Open to students who study violin, viola and cello, ages 16 and up.
Students arrive on Sunday of festival week and leave the following Monday morning.
The program takes place in Port Orford, Oregon.
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
Faculty will perform concerts in the early part of the week, and student concerts are scheduled toward the end of the week at several different locations. The festival will include performances by each student ensemble and a string orchestra made up of all participants. One of the unique aspects of our festival is that the student ensembles get to perform their piece several times in different locations. 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 $1350 for the week (discount offered for payment by check), which includes housing, meals and all instruction. Some scholarship is available. If cost is a barrier, contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.. 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. Under 18 students will be housed together with separate beds in one room upstairs, with a counselor downstairs. Click here to see more about the motel.
TRAVELING TO OREGON
The largest airport closest to Port Orford is in Eugene, OR, which is three hours to the north. There is also an airport in North Bend, OR, which is just an hour north, but much smaller. For those flying into Eugene, flights need to arrive before 4:30 on Sunday the festival begins. Those flying into North Bend need to arrive before 5:30. We will work to arrange travel from the airports back and forth to Port Orford.
Masterclass at the Public Library
String Orchestra Rehearsal
Battle Rock Beach
Quad rooms - three students upstairs in same room, counselor downstairs