We are so excited to announce that we have filed our articles of incorporation and had our first board meeting! Our bylaws have been approved and we are on our way to becoming a nonprofit. The final approval will make our status retroactive to the date of filing our articles of incorporation. We will keep you updated as we move forward with the process.
To bring high quality classical music to the wider public and offer specialized educational programs to teach and inspire the next generation of performing artists. To promote classical music not as a single defined narrow genre, but as a living art that encompasses the pursuits of talented, dedicated and inspired performing artists around the globe.
Meet the Board of Directors
Violinist Fritz Gearhart is president of our board. He has taught on the university level for over 30 years. Fritz has taught at numerous summer programs and as a violinist has performed internationally. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie (six times since 1998). He is heard frequently on National Public Radio, including past live broadcasts on WFMT Chicago, WQXR in New York as well as Public Radio’s nationally syndicated program Performance Today. Passionate about music education, he has developed the Redfish Music Festival to include the best aspects of the many programs he has been a part of throughout the years. It has always been his dream to start a festival, and this is the culmination of that dream. Fritz is currently on the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music.
Miya Saito-Beckman is our secretary. Don’t think of the old notion of what that word meant “back in the day.” Miya is a dynamic, intelligent and driven musician and educator. She brings to the festival a wide range of skill and will be essential in charting a course forward for the Redfish Music Festival. She earned both her BM in Violin Performance and her MM in Violin Performance and Pedagogy and was also awarded the “Graduate Performer Award” for her Master’s degree. Miya has a broad range of skills as an educator, including teaching Music Mind Games, fiddle and Suzuki group classes, coaching chamber ensembles and leading orchestral sectionals. Ms. Saito-Beckman has been a violin soloist with the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra and and the Central Oregon Symphony. She has studied with the Calder Quartet and the Ariana String Quartet and has taken master classes with violinists James Ehnes and Rachel Barton Pine. She has studied with members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble after being accepted to attend the Global Musician Workshop and is a recipient of the ASTA Alternative Strings Award. A four-time finalist at the National Fiddling Championship, Ms. Saito-Beckman is also the four-time Oregon State Fiddle Champion.
Valerie Berg-Johansen is our treasurer and brings energy and knowledge to the board. Val graduated with a DMA in violin performance from the University of Oregon, and in her Lecture Document Bringing Music to Underserved Children, she dove into the topic of musical nonprofits. In a continuation of her quest to gain nonprofit experience in the real world, Val has served in many capacities for music nonprofits since graduating. Her roles have included being the secretary for Symphony of the Vines and helping to create their new Student Spotlight series, and helping develop a new program path for Central Coast Music Academy with equitable education as its central focus. In addition to keeping up with her duties to nonprofits, Val is a passionate Suzuki violin teacher in San Luis Obispo, California, and performs regularly with Symphony of the Vines in both Chamber and Orchestral settings.
Cellist Andrew Smith is on our executive council to help guide Redfish. He is a Professor of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Principal Cellist of The Las Vegas Philharmonic. He is an original member of the Camerata Deiá, a group founded in 2001 to be the resident ensemble with The Festival Internacional de Deiá , a summer festival in Majorca, Spain. He was also a founding member of The Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, a summer music program in southern Italy, where he taught and performed from 1998 - 2008. An active recitalist, Andrew has collaborated with pianist Alfredo Oyagüez in cello/piano recitals in Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Argentina, and Japan, as well as in Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia. Recent recitals include performances at the Emilia Romagna Festival, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Mr. Smith is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a member of the Young Artists String Quartet.
Diane Monroe, a native Philadelphian, is a violinist who brings both jazz and classical audiences to their feet. Her visibility as a jazz artist began with membership as first violinist of the Uptown String Quartet and the Max Roach Double Quartet. Diane has appeared on The Cosby Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and has recorded on the Soul Note, Philips/Polygram, and Mesa/ Bluemoon labels. During her four-year run with the String Trio of New York, she toured in concert with Joe Lovano, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Bang-On-A-Can All Stars, and literary artist, Quincy Troupe. Having won the coveted Pro Musicis Recital Award as a classical artist in 1983, Ms. Monroe performed violin recital debuts at Merkin Hall, NY and Los Angeles’ Schoenberg Hall. As an active musical presence in Fiddlefest, she appears in the documentary film Small Wonders and the Meryl Streep movie Music of the Heart. Diane has participated in the chamber music festivals of Marlboro, and has taught violin and coached chamber music at Oberlin Conservatory, Temple U., Swarthmore College. Ms. Monroe is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Musical Academy (now U.Arts).
Charles Castleman was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1941, and at age six appeared as a soloist with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. At nine, he made solo recital debuts at Boston’s Jordan Hall and New York’s Town Hall. He was a student of Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Henryk Szerying, and David Oistrakh, as well as receiving AB and MA degrees from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1963 he was a Silver Medalist at the Queen Elisabeth Concours in Brussels, and in 1966 was a Bronze Medalist at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1963 with Eugene Ormandy, playing Wieniawski’s F-sharp Minor Concerto, and in 1964 made his formal debut at Town Hall. In 1970 he organized the Castleman Quartet Program, an innovative workshop in solo and chamber music performances, which recently celebrated its 48th anniversary. As a teacher, he has presided over numerous master classes around the globe. A published musicologist, Charles has been the author of articles on Renaissance madrigals and violinist-composers. He is currently Professor of Violin at the University of Miami, and maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule.
STEPHEN ROGERS RADCLIFFE
Since his Lincoln Center conducting debut in 1986, Stephen Rogers Radcliffe has been recognized for his electrifying, musically acute performances, his passionate dedication to the nurturing of young talent and his innovative approach to audience development and artistic enrichment in the musical institutions with which he has served. For over a decade Maestro Radcliffe was Director of the Seattle Conservatory of Music and Music Director of both the Marrowstone Music Festival and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra; America’s largest youth orchestra training program. An artist, educator and scholar, Maestro Radcliffe was the Harry and Mildred Bemis Endowed Fellow in Musicology at Brandeis University, Director of Orchestra and Opera Programs at the University of Massachusetts, and Staff Conductor of the Boston Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet. From 1987 to 1997 Mr. Radcliffe was the Music Director of the New York Chamber Ensemble, which appeared regularly at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as on recordings, radio broadcasts and international tours. He is currently director of Orchestral Activities at University of Missouri School of Music.
Jill Felber is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, dynamic flute recitalist, innovative chamber musician, legendary contemporary music specialist, and a distinguished flute professor who inspires and motivates students worldwide. Jill has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos on five continents and has held residencies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Brazil and the United States. Also a tireless promoter of new music, Ms. Felber has inspired many composers to write solo and chamber works for her. She has premiered over five hundred works for the flute and has released world premiere recordings on several labels. Ms. Felber is Professor of Flute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned the Distinguished Teaching Award. Holding degrees from University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University, Ms. Felber has taught on the faculties of Ohio University, Capital University, and Wright State University. Her teachers include Keith Bryan, Judith Bentley, Samuel Baron, and James Galway.
Basil Vendryes was born in 1961 in New York City to West Indian parents. He received scholarships to the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Sally O’Reilly, Francis Tursi and Heidi Castleman. He has appeared as soloist with the Colorado, Aurora, Jefferson, Littleton, Lamont, Centennial, and Biola Symphonies, among others. Festival appearances include Spoleto, Heidelberg, Sunflower, Midsummer Mozart, Ouray, Lake Winnepesaukee, Las Vegas and the Grand Tetons. He was the founder/director for 18 years of the Colorado Young Sinfonia, comprised of some of the best young talent in the Denver area. Basil is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. As violist with the Aurora String Quartet (1986-95) Mr. Vendryes performed extensively, including recitals in New York, London and Tokyo. He has also served on the faculties of Biola University (CA), California Summer Music at Pebble Beach, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Green Valley Music Festival, and the Montecito International Music Festival. Basil Vendryes currently serves as Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony and is on the faculty of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.
Phil Ravinale, retired doctor of chiropractic and sports medicine, lived and practiced most of his life in the high Sierras in Truckee, California, After retirement, Phil moved to Port Orford with his wife and currently owns the Castaway by the Sea Motel in Port Orford. He is an invaluable voice on the board, with an important perspective and knowledge of the town of Port Orford and the south coast region of Oregon. Phil is passionate about the region and is excited to bring even more arts to an already vibrant community.