Education & Engagement
2019 Residencies

"The chance for my students to experience presenting their music to a variety of ages in an educational setting has been invaluable. They are honing skills that will be indispensable to their careers. Thank you for your work with them and for providing this opportunity!"
~ Dr. Terry Longshore, Southern Oregon University

Britt Education & Engagement continues to offer an expanded residency program, with a focus on bringing local, regional and national musicians into our schools during the school year. These music visits serve kindergarten through graduate level students in Jackson and Josephine counties during each school term. Residencies range from a single school visit to five days of presentations, master classes, individual lessons and affordably priced performances in our community. Many of our residencies are in partnership with other local arts organizations and educational institutions, and all school visits are offered for free.

If you’d like musicians to visit your school, contact our Director of Education & Engagement at kay.hilton@brittfest.org

 

Bohemian Trio
Bohemian Trio

Britt Education is proud to bring this accomplished trio to the Rogue Valley for the first time. In partnership with Siskiyou Music Project, the trio will be visiting local high schools and appear in concert at The Artistic Piano Gallery this January.

Immersed in different cultural and musical backgrounds, Yosvany Terry, Orlando Alonso, and Yves Dharamraj joined forces in 2013 to form Bohemian Trio. The three musicians were drawn to the idea that their blend of traditions would speak to the true voice of the Americas: a cacophony of cultures that, together, forges a new identity that transcends Old World boundaries.

The piano, cello, and saxophone of this New York-based trio bring the diverse sounds and rhythms of Cuba and the Americas to life in an original brand of new music. With roots in Cuba, France, Trinidad, and the US, the Trio shifts intuitively among classical, jazz, and world music. At the heart of their collaborations are Yosvany Terry’s original works, which are driven by Afro-Cuban rhythms, sweeping classical melodies, and a touch of improvisation. The Trio’s repertoire is rounded out with commissioned works by composers such as Manuel Valera, Sonia Jacobsen, Pedro Giraudo, and Emilio Solla, and favorites from the classical repertoire, such as Passacaille from Ravel’s Piano Trio.

The members of Bohemian Trio are distinguished graduates of Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Arte, Juilliard, Yale University, and Manhattan School of Music; they have won international competitions and major awards including Grammys; they have collaborated with artists such as Chucho Valdes, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, and Itzhak Perlman, and perform regularly on five continents in the world’s most renowned halls.

 

SOU Percussion Duos
SOU Percussion Duos

In partnership with the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and professor Terry Longshore, Britt Education will be bringing four percussion students into Jackson and Josephine county schools this February. The students will prepare programs appropriate for K-6 classrooms, demonstrating different percussion instruments, compositional styles, and techniques.

This is an annual partnership which provides important access to music education for underserved students, while also giving undergraduate and graduate students from SOU's percussion program an opportunity to teach prior to graduation.

 

The Meriwethers
The Meriwethers

Britt Education is partnering with Sunny Wolf Charter School to bring The Meriwethers back to their school this spring. Oregon students learn about Lewis & Clark’s Corp of Discovery and The Oregon Trail when they reach the 4th grade. The Meriwethers are continuing to refine their original arts programs to enhance the learning of both of these subjects.

This program will take place at Sunny Wolf Charter School between February and mid-March, and will bring music, visual arts, historical journaling, and performance aspects, designed to work in tandem with the goals of the teachers and the existing state curriculum. Britt Education is proud to bring these teaching artists into the Wolf Creek community!

Learn more about The Meriwethers at their website and check out what students and teachers are saying about their program.

 

Ursula Barton
Ursula Barton

Ursula Barton Britt Education is partnering with Crater Renaissance Academy to bring Portland visual artist, Ursula Barton into their arts classes this March. Ursula will work with the students to create a design for a mural, teach the students how to plan and implement the design, and guide the students in the process of painting the final version. This mural will become a permanent part of the Academy for the entire community to enjoy.

Proudly representing her Oregon Roots in Portland, Ursula graduated in 2010 with a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She then created a series of large paintings inspired by her rainy bike rides across the many bridges of Portland. This series grew into a product line celebrating the city, our rain, and our beautiful bridges.

Now after founding Jailhouse Studios in 2016, a female-run art collective and gallery, focused on showing emerging female artists and their allies, she has expanded with talented local designers, manufacturers, and small businesses.

In 2011 she began her mural career. Working with small businesses and private homes. She continues to paint any walls and odd spaces she can find with imagery inspired by her environment. Her cityscape series has grown with her travels, with works featuring Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, LA, New York, Mexico and more. Ursula continues to investigate architectural narratives and the powerful metaphor of the bridge throughout her gallery work and street art. 

To learn more about how Ursula started out, check out the article in the 1859 Oregon Magazine from November 1st, 2015. Of Ink and Accidents written by Lee Disanti, photos by Joni Kabana.

 

SOU Mazama Trio
SOU Mazama Trio

SOU Mazama Trio In partnership with the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and professor Rhett Bender, Britt Education will be bringing this trio of wind students into Jackson and Josephine county schools this April. The students will prepare a program for K-8 classrooms, demonstrating different wind instruments, literature, and techniques. This new partnership provides important access to music education for underserved students, while also giving undergraduate and graduate students from SOU's wind program an opportunity to build and present an education program prior to graduation.

 

 

Kevin Carr
Kevin Carr

Kevin Carr will be visiting rural elementary schools as part of Britt Education’s Residency program this May. Kevin is a soulful and exciting musician whose style draws from Irish, Québécois (French Canadian), Galician (northern Spain) and Appalachian roots. His performances are a mix of stories and fiddle and pipe tunes from traditional sources around the world. Kevin has taught at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Alastair Fraser‘s Sierra Fiddle Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and a host of other music camps across the country, and has performed in concert and at dances in Europe, Canada and the USA for over 30 years, both solo and with the Hillbillies from Mars, Les tetes de violon, Wake the Dead, and with Men of Worth.

He also currently plays with the Carr Family Band, which includes his wife Josie Mendelsohn and son and daughter Daniel and Molly Carr.

 

Questions?

For more information contact education@brittfest.org or call 541-779-0847.