Music is Math, 12”x12”, oil and ink on wood
Working on this. It’s a journal for a young musician. I’m rather pleased the way the cover turned out. I know I would enjoy this. It’s a custom work for a friend.
A simple design, so that more can be added to by the recipient. Making some interior pages for it. Fun to do, made with love.
Kristianna has been a Britt fan since moving to the Rogue Valley 14 years ago. She loves live music, especially in outdoor settings and enjoys the variety of music that Britt Festivals provide.
She’s been a volunteer for 4 seasons and held many positions on the hill: ticket taker, event staff, clean up, and usher. She prefers to “work the hill” as an usher because she can interact with patrons, addressing questions or concerns. She says that patrons are there to have a wonderful time and she enjoys helping them to have that experience.
Kristianna says, “Over the years it’s been fun working with the same volunteers and getting to meet new volunteer friends. Everyone has great attitudes and loves and respects Britt and enjoys the volunteer experience. Bow, Britt’s Director of House Operations, is a delight to work with …always has a ready smile and great attitude. He keeps it all happening smoothly for the volunteers.”
She believes that the new Performance Garden, showcasing regional musicians, has been a wonderful new addition to Britt because it provides a comfortable space for patrons to discover local artists while awaiting the main stage performance. Patrons can picnic on the grass or sit at tables.
Kristianna says: “Britt Festivals is one of the gems of the valley just as the Shakespeare Festival is. It is a unique music venue that offers world-class performances. Being able to picnic before or during the performances helps to create the magical Britt Experience.”
|Enjoy exploring the many faces of the recent Britt Ukulele Getaway, June 27-29, 2014, which was open to all ages. Both children and adults had fun learning how to play the Ukulele from a group of spirited, experienced instructors. My dog has fleas! Photos taken by Lisa La Pierre, Britt Intern, 2014.|
|Enjoy exploring the many moments of Britt’s 2014 Rock Camp, a week-long workshop, designed to foster creativity, community, and collaboration while providing an entry point to the arts for middle and high school students. Rock on with your bad self! Photos taken by Lisa La Pierre, Britt Intern, 2014.|
We encourage our former interns to share their discoveries as they venture forward, building interesting lives.
In these brief interviews, they explore how contributing as a Britt Intern has formed them as individuals.
Cody Stover was a Britt Intern during 2012, focusing on video marketing but let’s hear him speak in his own words:
“Two years following my internship, I look back and realize how incredibly valuable my summer on the Britt Hill was for my development. Starting my internship, I was not sure of my own career plans but after working for ten weeks in the Britt non-profit environment, I began to find my path.”
“Last winter, I traveled with Enactus, a non-profit organization, to Nicaragua to build houses, set-up a waste management system, and interview candidates for micro-loans. My experience with Britt led to my work with Enactus. I’ve discovered that I’d prefer working for a non-profit with humanistic goals and not just an interest in profit.”
“While at Britt, I produced the 50th Season Story Series, an interview series focused on telling the stories of long-time Britt patrons and musicians. This experience sparked my interest in journalistic documentary-style videography, and so this past summer I traveled to Alba, Italy where I lived with a host family and filmed a video documentary commemorating the cities’ 50-year sister city relationship. I was able to interview and network with people involved in the history of the sister city program, while gaining valuable global perspectives. I also became interested in the wine industry while in Italy.”
“Even though my internship was 2 years ago, Britt staff assisted me in securing a wine marketing internship with Kriselle Cellars. Britt Festivals does not simply make short-term investments but establishes long-term partnerships with their interns, helping them transition successfully from college to career. Britt Festivals has changed my life and better prepared me for my future, and hey….. working to the music of a starlit symphony on the Britt hill on a Southern Oregon summer night? That ain’t so bad either. “
On June 5, Jacksonville Elementary students presented their annual school musical on the Britt hill. This year’s production was Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. The whole school is involved in the production, from performing to costumes to set design to running the box office. The students gave a matinee performance for students all over the valley, and an evening performance that was open to the public.
Take a look at these great performers, with their creative costumes and set design!
The new Britt Festivals’ Poster for the 2014 Season was unveiled on Monday, June 2 at a reception on the hill. Jerry Simon, the artist, described his inspiration for the design to an attentive audience.
Simon explained: “It is a Festival of so many interesting kinds of music and is depicted through the musicians in the center of the poster and the musical instruments that break out at the edges. The color is rich and vibrant and the players are passionate about the performance. In the central focus is the banjo, an instrument strongly associated with America’s past through folklore and the rural working class. But everyone, in each style, in their own way, is making beautiful music.”
The poster is now on sale at the Britt offices in Medford: $35 for a signed poster and $20 for an unsigned version.
Jacksonville Elementary students also designed posters promoting their production of Disney’s Jungle Book Kids, which performs at the Britt Pavilion on Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Donna Briggs, Britt’s President and CEO, distributed awards for the best posters.
Then students acted out scenes from the upcoming musical to a delighted audience. Wendy Stanek directs the play, and her students sang “Bare Necessities,” and “I Want to Be Like You.” Tickets are still available at the door only at $3 per person or $8 per family.