October 19, 2015
MEDFORD, OR — Britt has formed a partnership with The Modern Roots Foundation to offer a new Rogue Roots & Strings Camp. Structured in the tradition of a fiddle camp, the Rogue Roots & Strings Camp was created with the goal of instilling a lifelong love of music and building community for young people. Registration is open now for the new camp, which will take place over spring break, March 21-25, 2016.
The Rogue Roots & Strings Camp is open to students of all experience levels, including beginners, of acoustic fiddle, guitar, ukulele, banjo, cello, bass or mandolin. The age level is 8-18. The camp also includes a “Tiny Notes” track, which will consist of half-day sessions, open to students ages 4-7. The camp will take place at Ashland Hills Hotel.
The faculty for Rogue Roots & Strings will feature Hanneke Cassel, who was the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion. Cassel has performed across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China and India, and teaches regularly at several camps and fiddle schools. She recently released her new album Dot the Dragon’s Eyes, which included guest appearances by Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, Jeremy Kittel and others. Additional faculty will be announced soon.
“We are so excited to be partnering with Britt for the Rogue Roots and Strings spring break camp!” says Dee Fretwell, director of The Modern Roots Foundation. “It’s really the perfect pairing, combining The Modern Roots Foundation’s connectivity to kids in music and Britt’s longstanding success in providing music to our community. Kids will receive a unique chance to dive right into the heart and community of music, regardless of their previous experience playing an instrument. By week’s end, the kids will perform in front of friends and family, showcasing their newfound confidence performing songs together onstage.”
Registration for Rogue Roots & Strings Camp is $195 per person, and $75 per person for the Tiny Tots track. Registration and more information is available at www.brittfest.org/rootsstrings
ABOUT THE MODERN ROOTS FOUNDATION
The Modern Roots Foundation was founded on, and is dedicated to, a sustainable concept of linked musical prosperity. The Modern Roots Foundation ensures that southern Oregon children have access to musical instruments and instruction, regardless of their economic status. Since its inception in 2013, over 1,000 hours of instruction have been granted to children in Jackson County through the Modern Roots Foundation. More information can be found at www.ModernRootsFoundation.org.
Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Classical Festival, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit www.brittfest.org.