Here is a sample schedule for the festival. There will be variation between days, not reflected here.
9:00-10:00 Lessons/Masterclass and Individual Practice
10:00-12:00 Chamber Music Coaching
1:00-3:00 Coaching/Lesson and Rehearsal Time
4:00-5:00 Special Topic or Workshop
5-6:30 Free time or social event
7:30 Festival Concert or String Orchestra Rehearsal
Several students concerts are scheduled during the week, including a concert of solo Bach at the Public Library (students will each bring prepared movements to play). We will also schedule a few short casual outdoor concerts at various locations in Port Orford. The festival will conclude with a performances by each student ensemble and a string orchestra made up of all participants. Special afternoon topic sessions will be offered by our artist-faculty including an Improvisation workshop with faculty member Miya Saito-Beckman.
The student tuition for the festival is $1300 for the week, which includes housing, meals and all instruction. Students will be housed in the oceanfront Castaway Motel. Rehearsals, individual practice and lessons will take place in local venues in Port Orford. Some concerts will be in other south coast towns. Some scholarship is available. If cost is a barrier, contact email@example.com with request.
August on the Southern Oregon coast is very pleasant. However, it might be cooler than you expect. Temperatures range between 60-70 degrees and can often be very windy. Although it’s July, bring long pants and jackets. An extra pair of shoes for beach walking is also recommended.
WHAT TO BRING
All students are required to bring a music stand. We suggest all students invest in a lightweight stand (there are some excellent very durable but lightweight plastic stands these days) so walking between events is easy. Concert dress will be black pants/skirts, black shoes and socks, and a single color shirt with long sleeves. Daily dress can be casual. Jeans and t-shirts are typical.
The small town of Port Orford is a vibrant community that enjoys the arts. It has the typical infrastructure of a coastal town, including a grocery store, gas station, convenient store, as well as quite a few restaurants and art galleries. However, it is a very small town with a population around 1000, so bring what you need and don’t expect that you can go to Walmart, as the closest one is an hour away (Coos Bay).
Students will be housed at the Oceanfront Castaway By the Sea Motel in Port Orford (a festival sponsor). Every room has a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Click here to see more about the motel.
Outdoor Concert by the Castaway Motel
Concert at Sprague Theater in Bandon
Quad Rooms - Three Students Upstairs, Counselor Downstairs