Jul. 28— Aug. 6, 2023

Port Orford, Oregon

Photo by Dennis Oda

About the Festival

The Redfish Music Festival (named after the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve) hosts a week long music festival the first week of August on the beautiful southern Oregon coast in Port Orford, Oregon. The Festival was designed by musician Fritz Gearhart to include public concerts and an intensive week of classical music training for students studying violin, viola and cello. In residence for the week, a faculty of internationally renowned artists will work with our students and perform in festival concerts. The Redfish Music Festival also presents concerts throughout the winter and spring bringing quality classical music to the south coast region of Oregon.

THE STUDENTS 

The summer festival hosts chamber ensembles comprised of college students (age 18 and up) and high school students (age 16 and up). Students will be housed at the oceanfront Castaway Motel. Ensembles will receive daily coaching in small ensembles, attend all of our festival concerts, take part in private lessons and additional workshops with our artist-faculty, and finally, combine together to form a string orchestra at the final concert.

THE VENUES

Concerts and open teaching events will be held in various locations within the charming coastal towns of Port Orford, Bandon and Langlois. Venues include Zion Lutheran Church in Port Orford, the Port Orford Public Library, the Bandon Sprague Theater, the Crescent City Cultural Center and the unique Langlois Cheese Factory event space. The festival also features some outdoor events including a live concert at the oceanfront Castaway Motel.

THE MUSIC

The festival features classical music performed by small ensembles of two to five players. Within the genre of classical music, this is commonly referred to as Chamber Music. We subscribe to the belief that classical music is not a narrow genre, but a living art that encompasses many styles of music. Our goal is to feature wonderful masterworks from the past, but also showcase the current artistic pursuits of talented, dedicated and inspired performing artists from around the globe.

THE CITY

Port Orford Oregon is the oldest town on the Oregon coast, and the westernmost city in the continental United States. It can be reached by driving one hour south from Coos Bay, or driving one and a half hours north of Crescent City, California. Nearby airports are Coos Bay (North Bend, airport code OTH - one hour north) and Eugene (3 hours).

The Town of Port Orford, Oregon

Photos from Camp 2022

Port Orford looking toward Humbug mountain.

Enjoying the river in California

2022 Camp Participants

An island at Battle Rock Beach

Performance on the stage at Ed’s pizza.

Trip to Redwoods

Boys on the Beach

In the car on the way to California

Counselors at Battle Rock Beach

Perfect place for a performance next year.

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