Jul. 25 — Aug. 1, 2021

Port Orford, Oregon

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Explore daily life in Port Orford, meet the instructors, and start planning your summer retreat by the waves.


July on the Southern Oregon coast is traditionally very pleasant. Temperatures hover in the 70s and days can often be very windy. Temperatures at night can dip in to the low 60s. Bring appropriate clothes and although it’s July, bring long pants, and jackets to use if temps are on the low side. Rehearsals, daily meals, lessons will all happen in locations around the small town of Port Orford, Oregon.


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 colorful shirts (short sleeves OK). Daily dress can be casual, shorts or 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.


The festival will schedule a final concert as well as other outreach concerts, both formal and informal. Outdoor events will be scheduled depending on weather.


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.


Each day will include one or two small ensemble chamber music coachings with a faculty member, topic sessions for all students  (i.e. Effective Practicing, Musician’s Physical Health, Technique Classes), instrument specific classes, private lessons, practice time and string orchestra. The schedule that follows is a basic outline. The exact daily schedule will differ slightly.

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Topic Session

10:00-12:00 Chamber Coaching 

12:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Practice and Private Lessons

2:30-4:00 Chamber Coaching/Masterclass

4:00-5:00 Instrument Specific Classes

5:00-6:00  Free Time

6:00 Dinner

7:30-8:30 String Orchestra

9:00 Back in Rooms, Quiet Time

10:00 Lights Out

Violinist Hal Grossman has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg String Competition, Mr. Grossman also received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. His New York Debut at Carnegie Hall received exceptional reviews from the New York Times. He was invited to perform for their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, in a CBC television and radio broadcast. Recital

appearances have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In the United States he has also been heard on National Public Radio, WQXI-New York, and WFMT-Chicago. Mr. Grossman served as the Concertmaster of the Estranach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, a position he has also held with the Illinois Philharmonic, the Boise Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony and the SaginawBay Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured at the Casals (Puerto Rico), Evian (France), Orfeo (Italy), InterHarmony (Germany) music festivals and, in the continental U.S., the Aspen, Lancaster, Breckenridge, Fontana, Great Lakes, Marrowstone, Manitou, and Garth Newel music festivals.

Mr. Grossman is Professor of Violin at The University of Oregon and on the violin faculty at the Aria International Music Academy.

Violinist Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. 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. A sampling from the press: "...a sizzling performance..."(The Wall Street Journal),  "...supple and imaginative..."(The New York Times), "...a superlative evening of musicmaking..."(New York Concert Review), and "Gearhart is a bold assertive player..."(Strad). Gearhart was a member of the Chester Quartet in the early 90s, the Oregon String Quartet since 1998 and has since recorded numerous compact discs for Albany, Koch Entertainment, Centaur Records and Bridge Records. His 2014 release on Centaur Records, Music of a Lifetime, features the music of his father Livingston Gearhart. Gearhart received his Master's Degree and prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. Earlier studies at the Hartt School included work with Charles Treger and members of the Emerson Quartet. In 2015 Gearhart directed a ten week study abroad program in Vienna, Austria, where he taught violin and chamber music. In the last 4 years Gearhart has performed internationally in Austria, Croatia, Spain and Korea. Mr. Gearhart is currently on the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music.

Port Orford from the air.

Historic Hughes House at Cape Blanco

Castaway Motel

Cellist Andrew Smith is an Associate 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. The Smith/Oyagüez duo recently released a CD entitled, “Spanish Music for Cello and Piano,” on the Delos label in January, 2017. Of the CD, the American Record Guide said the duo plays “with verve and sensitivity,” and recommended the program “without reserve.” During summers, in addition to The Festival Internacional de Deiá, in Spain, and The Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy, Smith has taught and performed in several music festivals, including the Marrowstone Music Festival, Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, CA, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Blue Mountain Festival, Dakota Chamber Music, The Green Valley Chamber Music Festival, the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, and The Las Vegas Music Festival. 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. He has also earned a Master's degree from The Mannes College of Music in New York, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT. He has studied cello with Timothy Eddy, Bernard Greenhouse, Leslie Parnas, Ron Leonard, and Geoffrey Rutkowski.

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