Out of concern for the safety of our students, teachers, and community, there will be no in-person residency visits for the 2020/21 school year. We are working with teachers and artists on virtual presentations until it is safe to return to classrooms. The Britt Bridge Series will feature teaching musicians sharing information about a variety of instruments, techniques, and music by education artists from around the country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Residency Artists
The Anderson Brothers - Ashland Jazz Festival
In partnership with Ashland High School and Siskiyou Music Project, the Andersons serve as clinicians to prepare the jazz students for the festival and perform as headliners in a culminating performance for the public on January 25th. They also starred in a promotional concert produced by Siskiyou Music Project on January 24th.
“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are two of the most extraordinary jazz woodwind players today. After attending Julliard, the Andersons based themselves in New York City, and have performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Vignola, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.”
Learn more about the Anderson Brothers at their website: https://peterandwillanderson.com/
SOU Percussion Students
Two duos of percussion majors will visit four rural elementary schools in February. Younger students will learn about percussion and presenting students will have an opportunity to teach short sessions in real classrooms before they graduate. This is an ongoing partnership between The Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU and Britt Education.
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 Mill City Quartet
Founded in the fall of 2007, the Mill City String Quartet seeks to create exciting and diverse concerts for listeners both familiar and new to chamber music. MCSQ has been chosen three times as Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes artists, allowing them the opportunity to develop curriculum and reach thousands of school children across all grade levels. The 2019-20 season brings two new opportunities for the quartet through being selected as education artists-in-residence with The Schubert Club and Oregon’s
Britt Festival. MCSQ is a proud recipient of grants through Prairie Lakes Arts Council and MRAC to support their outreach concerts in rural libraries, MCF-Faribault, and recurring concerts at MCF-Shakopee, our state’s all-women’s correctional facility.
Interested in supporting Minnesotan composers, the quartet has played works by Gene Gutche, Jocelyn Hagen, Benjamin MacInness, and Justin Busch. They also continue to promote string quartets by women and minority composers. The quartet is a frequent guest on regional chamber music series, including Schubert Club Courtroom Concerts, St. Cloud Chamber Music Society, Waseca Arts Center Series, Merner Concert Series, Thursday Musical, Rochester Music Guild, Sioux City Chamber Music, and Music on the Hill in Mankato.
Learn more about The Mill City Quartet at their website.
Four weekly visits to the 4th grade class to add music, visual arts, journaling and nature walks to the existing Lewis & Clark and Oregon Trail curriculum, culminating in a musical and video performance for the student body and parents. This is part of an ongoing Britt Education Residency for The Meriwethers.
This program will take place at Ruch Elementary School, 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.
Learn more about The Meriwethers at their website.
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.
Britt Bridge Series 2020/21
Episode 1: The Ukelele - From Portugal to Hawai'i
Introduction with Kay Hilton
Here is the Anderson Brothers Trio, one of many professional artists who visit local schools through Britt Education's Residency program. On this day, they were working with students in the Phoenix High School band. They were great at engaging students and having them join the trio.
Students enjoy the Meriwethers Residency at Sunny Wolf Charter School.