Education & Engagement
2018 Residencies

"Thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for our students.They want to be in a band just like The Meriwethers and some of them started writing their own songs!"
~ Penelope DeGennaro, Sunny Wolf Charter School

Britt Education & Engagement continues to offer an expanded residency program, with a focus on bringing local and regional musicians into our schools during the school year. These in-school 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 5 days of presentations, master classes, individual lessons and affordably ticketed performances in our community. All school visits are provided at no cost to the schools.

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

 

The Meriwethers
The Meriwethers

Britt Education is partnering with Sunny Wolf Charter School to bring The Meriwethers to their school this spring. Oregon students learn about Lewis & Clark and The Corps of Discovery when they reach the 4th grade, and The Meriwethers are creating an arts program to enhance that learning.

These musicians and artists will be visiting Sunny Wolf Charter School between February and mid-March to bring music, visual arts, historical journaling, and performance to work in tandem with the teachers of Sunny Wolf and the existing state curriculum.

Their multimedia performances are designed to spark the imagination and inspire a deep, meaningful connection to the history of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. As an Oregon-based group, they are particularly excited about their program's overlap with state curriculum standards. Using a combination of storytelling, song, and video/visual elements, the Meriwethers can engage students' senses on every level, imparting information about:

-The impetus for the Corps' 8,000+ mile round-trip journey from 1804 - 1806
-Members of the Corps, from the co-captains themselves, to officers and privates, to Sacagawea, and York, and even Seaman the dog
-Journal entries and letters of the Corps members
-Flora and fauna they encountered along the way
-The building of Fort Clatsop
-What happened to Corps members after their return
-The impact this incredible journey and its main players had on our infant nation

…and much more.

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

 

Teddy Abrams
Teddy Abrams

Britt's conductor and Music Director, Teddy Abrams, will visit music classes at various local schools during the week of February 12th. Teddy will work with the students on pieces in their repertoire during his visit. At each school, Teddy will also be kicking off the Britt Star Award program, announcing that one outstanding music student per school will be chosen in May to receive the Britt Star Award and the free orchestra tickets that go with it.

An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is the widely-acclaimed Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and conductor of the Britt Orchestra, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. A tireless advocate for the power of music, Abrams continues to foster interdisciplinary collaboration with organizations including the Louisville Ballet, the Center for Interfaith Relations, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Speed Art Museum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

 

Artu Duo
Artu Duo

Pianist Garret Ross and cellist Ruth Marshall met in 2009 at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Their first performance as a duo was in 2011. Since then, their collaboration has grown and thrived.

To begin their collaborative life, Ms. Marshall and Mr. Ross studied chamber music with various teachers. In 2011, the Artu Duo had a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, where they studied the Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Colin Carr and Thomas Sauer. In 2012, they were resident artists at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England, studying the music of Brahms and Schumann with Menahem Pressler.

Artu Duo has been the ensemble-in-residence at the Apollo Music Festival in Houston, MN, since its founding in 2013. In the same year, they made their debut on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Cultural Center in Chicago, IL, which was broadcast live on WFMT. Since then, they have played concerts on the Music Northwest Chamber Music Series (Seattle, WA), the Courtroom Concert Series (St. Paul, MN), Spectrum (New York City, NY) and at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), Illinois State University (Normal, IL), University of Louisiana (Lafayette, LA), and Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA). In November 2016, they made their debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Ross and Ms. Marshall are both active as teachers, and have been delighted to participate in outreach activities as a duo. Most recently, they worked with students at Lafayette High School in Louisiana, and the Boys & Girls Club in Bloomington-Normal IL.

 

Britt Guitar Trio
Britt Guitar Trio

The Britt Guitar Trio will feature guitarists Ed Dunsavage, Grant Ruiz and Mark Nelson performing in solo, duo and trio settings as they present an eclectic mix of styles from jazz to flamenco and Brazilian, as well as some pop favorites. The performances will be complemented by discussion and Q&A sessions, in which various aspects will be covered from the history of different guitar styles and their technical elements to the professional lives lead by each guitarist, their educational background, and so on.

Ed Dunsavage is adjunct guitar instructor at Southern Oregon University, where he teaches both classical and jazz guitar styles as well as jazz theory and improvisation. Grant Ruiz has performed in several productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has been a member of Amor Flamenco, Alba Flamenca, the Dark Rose Trio and currently Dúo Flamenco with percussionist Terry Longshore. He currently serves as president of the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society. Mark Nelson is gifted multi-instrumentalist, equally at home in traditional music as he is in a number of folk instruments. He has taught slack at the Aloha Music Camps on Molokai and Hawaii, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, the Lark in the Morning Celebration, the Strathmore Art Center and Common Ground on the Hill, among many other places.

The Britt Guitar Trio will join several other faculty members for the 2018 Guitar Weekend.

 

Third Coast Percussion
Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion was named ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame in 2013. School visits will offer students an introduction to the music Third Coast performs and their careers as professional musicians. In addition to performing and teaching at Notre Dame, Third Coast designs and workshops the innovative concert programs and cross-disciplinary educational projects that they offer on tour throughout the country. Percussion music offers a rare chance for interactive hands-on learning experiences for a wide range of students and community members.

This project received support from the Oregon Arts Commission; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

SOU Percussion
SOU Percussion Duos & Trio

In partnership with the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and professor Terry Longshore, Britt Education will be bringing five percussion majors into Jackson and Josephine county schools this May. The percussion majors will prepare programs that can be easily adjusted for ages 6 to 18, demonstrating different percussion instruments, compositional styles, and techniques. This is an annual partnership which provides important access to music education for underserved K through 12 students, while also giving undergraduate and graduate students from SOU's percussion program an opportunity to teach prior to graduation.

 

Jovino Santos Neto Quartet
Jovino Santos Neto Quartet

In partnership with Siskiyou Music Project, Britt Education welcomes three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, who is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal's group from 1977 to1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.

Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

Currently, Jovino leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados and many more.

 

 
Questions?

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