Friday, June 17
Opening Night — Anniversary Spectacular
Guest Artist: Sebastian Chang, piano
Featuring a World Premiere Special Commission
Sunday, June 19
Guest Artist: Seth Parker Woods, cello
Featuring music by Black composers
Friday, June 24
Truths Be Told
Guest Artist: Davóne Tines, baritone
Sunday June 26
A program showcasing the textures, colors and depth of the orchestra
SPECIAL EARLY FAMILY PROGRAM
Tuesday, Jun 28
Guest Artist: Bruce Campbell, narrator
Family Friendly 1-hour program
Friday, July 1
Guest Artist: Tessa Lark, violin
Works using American folk and popular musical heritage for inspiration
Sunday Jul 3
Closing Night - Rhythms of the Barrio
Guest Artist: People of Earth
Featuring a West Coast Premiere Special Commission.
Jason Mraz & Raining Jane Lalalalovesongs
Best of Britt Featuring
Old Crow Medicine Show
One Night Of Queen
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Dark Star Orchestra
American Acoustic: Punch Brothers and Watchhouse featuring Sarah Jarosz
An Evening with Chicago
Celebrating Billy Joel
I was born and raised in the southwestern Michigan town of Dowagiac. After graduating from high school, I moved to Orange County, California where I attended several junior colleges, as well as Long Beach State. I stayed in Southern California for 15 years before moving to Southern Oregon. Here I met and married my wife Marla Cates and raised a son, Jesse, who also has volunteered at Britt. Since retiring from Harry and David after 20 years in the IT department, I enjoy spending time, golfing, flyfishing, and playing music with friends. I think that it is important to give of your time in support of your community, and have found that volunteering at Britt is the perfect fit for me.
First Vice President
I was born and raised in Riverside, CA. My parents put a strong focus on appreciation of all types of cultural events, so I was fortunate to be introduced to Broadway musicals, dance and classical music at a very early age.I went to Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, where my major was French and French philosophy.I married my husband Michael in 1984. We moved to Oregon in 2005, where we live on 78 acres in the Applegate Valley, overlooking the Siskiyou Mountains. I have been self employed most of my working life, including owning an exotic bird store, The Pecking Order. I bred miniature horses and exotic birds, including macaws and cockatoos. I was the Marshall of the Wee Wheelers, a miniature horse driving group, which was featured for ten years in the Rose Bowl Parade. I successfully competed at the National level in many horse events - dressage, driving, and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), winning National Championships. My other passions are gardening, travel, theater and music. I am totally committed to volunteering at the Britt as I believe in what it offers to the community. We are so lucky to have access to a full philharmonic orchestra and other world class musical entertainment in such a magical setting. I thoroughly enjoy the company of the other volunteers who donate so much time and energy to enhance the Britt experience. I have found my "home" on the Britt Hill in the Gift Booth, where I love interacting with the Britt patrons.
Second Vice President
Like so many others who live around here, I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. I became a nurse while living in Riverside, CA, then moved to Southern Oregon in 1985. Soon after, I discovered Britt Festivals. I have spent many years enjoying the magic of the Hill as a patron and a volunteer. I have two sons and four other grown “kids” I call mine. My family is my greatest passion and joy. I also volunteer for a dog rescue organization and my state and national professional associations. If you want to strike up a conversation with me, just ask me about my pets or healthcare policy. I do an annual St. Jude fundraiser in honor of someone who helped me achieve my dream career. Currently, I work as a healthcare executive for a clinic in Grants Pass. I am excited to be one of Britt Society’s newest board members. Britt volunteers are the best kinds of folks.
I was born in Tempe Arizona and raised in the small town of Tolleson just 10 miles west of Phoenix. At the age of 20 I moved to Pasadena Ca. I graduated from Citrus College in Azusa Ca, raised 5 children and worked at Wells Fargo Realty Service as the supervisor of the accounting department and then executive secretary to the President. I met the love of my life and best friend, Rick Nagel, in Pasadena and married him. We have been together since 1980. In 1987 we moved to Ashland and now live in Talent. Sports have always been a part of my life. I played volleyball, softball, ran 5k’s weight lifting, kickboxing and bowled. Still love to play volleyball, but it has to be a senior league. I am a total football couch potato during the NFL season and host a great Super Bowl party with my husband. My other passions are cooking, travel, music concerts, dancing to old rock songs, and volunteering at Britt (since 2005). I enjoy a good red wine with dinner or a micro-brew during sports. Ok, anytime. My professional experience includes a public accounting background, Office Manager, Licensed Tax Preparer and Quickbooks data entry. Am very active in the community. I am a member of Soroptimist International of Ashland having served as President twice and being recognized with the Woman of Distinction Award. My involvement with the Ashland Chamber of Commerce includes chairing various committees including Ashland’s Old Fashion Fourth of July. I have also served on various Boards and committees including the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Talent Schools Foundation and Shakespeare fundraising. Currently, am self-employed with my husband doing tax returns during the tax season.
I began volunteering at Britt in the 1980’s and have worked every position on the Hill plus being on the Board. I am on two other Boards: Southern Oregon Chapter American Guild of Organists and Senior Aces, an organization on learning Macs and PC computers. My love of music started when I was 8 years old and started piano lessons in Southern California. That continued through college as I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and Pipe organ performance. I continued with organ as I worked toward my Master’s Degree. I taught music in public schools, directed musicals, gave piano and organ lessons and directed choirs I changed from teaching music in the public schools to Library and became the IT person for 3 schools for over 20 years. I have since retired from teaching but I still play the organ for churches as a paid employee.
Having started this life in Minnesota, I grew up in New England, Ohio, New Jersey, and attended college in Pennsylvania. I settled in the Applegate Valley in 1974 and lived on a commune there and in the Illinois Valley. It was the old back to the land movement, and turned out to be a great way to live and raise a family. Homesteading is a tough job, and does not pay very well, so I worked as a tree trimmer, forest worker and did some construction. I also worked as a beekeeper, following the springs from Modesto to North Dakota. When my children started to require more resources, I realized it was time to embrace a career, and became a middle school teacher. I have been a teacher for twenty-seven years at Pinehurst School on the Green Springs and at Talent Middle School. Teaching a variety of subjects, I taught mostly Tech Ed (shop, engineering and design) and eighth grade science. I have lived in Ashland since 1988 and am blessed with three beautiful children and two grandchildren. You will often see me riding my motorcycle to Britt on summer evenings, or perhaps in a national park, or on some remote logging road. I enjoy playing and listening to music and living life fully in whatever form appears. I started coming to the Britt in the late seventies, and became a volunteer in about 2000. My life is enriched by being exposed to a wide range of music and artists both familiar and new. Britt volunteering has filled my summers with hundreds of enchanting nights. I love socializing with Britt volunteers and patrons, and helping make sure that folks have a safe, fun and inspiring evening. I have worked mostly in event staff and as a security captain. I love being a part of the Britt team and my intention is to support this awesome organization in whatever way I can and the volunteers who contribute so much to create the magic called Britt Festivals.
I was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut and graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with a BA in American Civilization. I moved to California with a college roommate during the turbulent 70’s and had many interesting times in the Bay Area – including meeting my husband, Peter, at a wild Christmas Eve Party in Berkeley. We got married a year later and moved "back to the land" in Washington state in 1976, where we lived off the grid for several years, built our own house (I peeled many logs!), grew our own food and learned how to survive without all the creature comforts we now love! Since my husband was in construction, we moved around a lot – wherever the latest building boom was happening somehow we ended up there. We have lived in California (3 different times), Washington, Hawaii and for the past 15 years outside of Jacksonville where we plan to retire. I have had many different types of jobs – from Consumer Research to Social Work to Personal and Health Insurance. On December 31, 2017 I retired from my job as Supervisor of a small testing center in Medford. That leaves me way more time to do what I love – volunteer! I have been a Britt Volunteer for 12 years – and have happily settled in to the Gift Booth where I get to meet so many interesting patrons and feel part of the Gift Booth Family. I am also a Volunteer Ambassador for Dogs for Better Lives and have a small pet sitting business. I am passionate about rescuing dogs and currently have 2 rescues who are the loves of my life I look forward to every summer when I get to spend many hours on the hill with my Britt Family.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area and have lived in Southern Oregon for a little over 20 years. I graduated from Stanford University's Physician Assistant Program in 1985. Before moving to Oregon, I worked as a Physician Assistant in emergency medicine for 8 years and I have worked for Asante Health Systems, as a Physician Assistant, in the Occupational Medicine Department for a little over 18 years. I have volunteered at Britt Festivals for 10+ years. The first couple of years I tried all the positions on the hill but found "Security", now known as Event Staff, to suit me the best. I have also filled in as the EMT (First Aid volunteer) when needed. I really enjoy my time at Britt especially working with the other volunteers. They are a great group of people and I have made a lot of new friends. I also enjoy experiencing the different types of music and artists who perform at Britt. I especially appreciate the work that Britt does with our schools and young people in promoting musical education. My husband, Ron and I live in the Griffin Creek area on some small acreage and raise a flock of registered Katahdin sheep along with 2 dogs and 3 cats. I love to garden and raise vegetables in the summer and hope to one day go through the Master Gardeners Program.
I grew up outside Detroit, Michigan and attended Central Michigan University. In 1974 I married my college roommate's brother and shortly after, escaped to California. We lived in Paradise for 5 years where my son was born. Three years later my daughter arrived. I was very fortunate and was able to be a stay at home mom for 6 years. It was the best time of my life. Over the years we moved north through the San Joaquin Valley. In Stockton, I went to work for a farm and home supply company and got in on the start up of their wholesale division. In 1990 I found myself on my own with my children and we relocated to Medford. My first job was working at Pinnacle Orchards where my education of Oregon agriculture began. When Pinnacle closed in 1995, a friend and I started a successful wholesale gift fruit fulfillment company. We closed the company in 2006 and I went to work at the Rogue Creamery where I learned the business from the ground up and set up their mail order division. From there I went to Agate Ridge Vineyard and learned about grapes, winemaking and wine drinking! Finally, I enjoyed 8 years working at Lillie Belle Farms chocolate shop. Aside from the wonderful chocolate, the facility was always filled with music. In 2017 I retired to enjoy life at my own pace and pursue volunteer opportunities. Music has always been a part of my life. I remember helping my Mom clean the house with Frank Sinatra on the turntable. I fell in love with the Beatles and their songs are still a part of my life. I danced to their music with my children and now my grandchildren. I've attended concerts by everyone from John Denver to Paul McCartney. When I moved to the Rogue Valley and wanted to meet new people, I decided to volunteer at Britt. The first season I signed up for 8 shows and ended up working 23 as Security, now Event Staff. I became a Security captain and after 10 years had to take a break to tend to family matters. I was able to return to the festival in 2017 as a member of the Event Staff. I love being on the hill in the summertime.
I’m an Oregon native, born in Merlin and raised in Grants Pass. Ever since I can remember I’ve been attending and enjoying a wide variety of performances at Britt with my family. I grew up in a very diverse family which led me to appreciate that everyone has a different perspective, and it’s valuable to see things differently from time to time. I spent 6 years in the Portland area where I was able to work for a tech company as well as experience many of the great things that the Portland area has to offer. After that time though, my wife and I knew we were ready to head home. My wife and I have two cats and a little baby on the way (if you’re reading this now, odds are we’ve welcomed them into the world!). We’ve been back in Southern Oregon since 2018 and are enjoying all of the amazing things this area has to offer. I currently work as an IT Specialist for a Grants Pass-based coffee company. I’m so grateful to be on the Britt Society Board, and can’t wait to see what I can do for the Britt Society and where we can take it into the future!