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Oregon Festival of American Music

If you love music, join us for a toe-tapping concerts, films, lectures and rehearsal access at the Oregon Festival of American Music!
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Program No. 14988RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,399
Oregon

Oregon Festival of American Music

If you love music, join us for a toe-tapping concerts, films, lectures and rehearsal access at the Oregon Festival of American Music!
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,399
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,399
Program No. 14988RJ

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DATES & PRICES

Inn D’town Htl Luxury Htl
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Comfortable accommodations featuring basic amenities.

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Centrally located accommodations that meet our high standards for comfort and service.

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Upscale accommodations offering the best in comfort, service and amenities.

Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2022
Inn 1,399
Downtown Hotel 1,449
Luxury Hotel 1,799
Aug 1 - Aug 7, 2022
Inn 1,399
Downtown Hotel 1,449
Luxury Hotel 1,799

DATES & PRICES

Inn D’town Htl Luxury Htl
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations featuring basic amenities.

Accommodation Details

Centrally located accommodations that meet our high standards for comfort and service.

Accommodation Details

Upscale accommodations offering the best in comfort, service and amenities.

Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2022
Inn 1,699
Downtown Hotel 1,799
Luxury Hotel 2,419
Aug 1 - Aug 7, 2022
Inn 1,699
Downtown Hotel 1,799
Luxury Hotel 2,419

At a Glance

Since 1992, the Oregon Festival of American Music (OFAM) has been delighting audiences with music performances and educational events dedicated to the traditional music of America. Join a group of fellow Road Scholars in beautiful Eugene, Oregon for spectacular music that focuses on the Great American Songbook. Each season offers a unique festival theme and will be packed with unique concerts, amazing artists, sing-alongs, talks, films and guest lectures that you’re sure to love!
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking up to four blocks. Shuttles do not have wheelchair lifts.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Meet guest artists and faculty members at the Shedd Music School who offer insight into performances and a variety of musical topics.
  • Attend multiple evening and matinee concerts highlighting music from the American Traditional Songbook with special emphasis on the festival’s theme.
  • Delight in a singalong led by a music expert from The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, highlighting the music you will enjoy throughout the week.

General Notes

Program includes A-level seats to multiple festival evening and matinee concerts. Upgrade to AA level available for purchase.
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Chuck Redd
Chuck Redd is a professional percussionist capable of wowing any audience with his jaw-dropping solos. He’s an expert on musical stylings, arranging, improvisation and technique, and his friendly demeanor and warm personality make him approachable and easy to ask questions.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Chuck Redd is a professional percussionist capable of wowing any audience with his jaw-dropping solos. He’s an expert on musical stylings, arranging, improvisation and technique, and his friendly demeanor and warm personality make him approachable and easy to ask questions.
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Amy is Director and Conductor of the Oregon Festival of American Music Songsters. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Amy has been involved in music education and Eugene’s performing arts community for over twenty years, including acting as chorus manager for the Eugene Symphony Chorus. She is a freelance accompanist and can usually be found at home covering her favorite jazz and pop tunes, accompanying community choruses, singing Mozart and Bach or preparing children’s choirs to sing with orchestras.
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Matt Treder’s love affair with the piano began as soon as he could reach the keys. At home in almost any musical milieu, he has played in jazz combos, toured in a country band, co-founded Eugene cult rock band ToneDawg and composed music for video games. He is on faculty at The Shedd Institute and serves as music director at the Spiritual Growth Center of Eugene. He primarily plays be ear and has fun taking different to demonstrate what we mean by “standards-based jazz”.
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An educator by profession and arts supporter by avocation, Ginevra Ralph helped to found both the Eugene Opera and Eugene Ballet in the 1970s. She is the co-founder of The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, the only community music institute in the state of Oregon outside of Portland. A long-time advocate and teacher of students with cognitive and physical disabilities, Ginevra applied this teaching experience as she developed curriculum and instructional principles for The Shedd to include all ages and abilities.
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James Ralph co-founded the Oregon Festival of American Music in 1991 and serves as the executive director and principal artistic leader of The Shedd Institute. He developed its innovative, thematically-based festival programming approach, which features multiple artistic directors and cultural projects that incorporate multiple genres of music, literature, history, criticism, fine art, dance, musical theater and film into single festival structures. Jim has a B.S. in anthropology and an M.A. in medieval church history. He loves teaching and providing lifelong learning opportunities to his community.
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Howard Schuman is a senior human resources and institutional development consultant with over 30 years of international project management experience; he has assisted with projects in over 35 countries. Howard is also a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s film committee. He speaks Thai, Indonesian and Malay, and is author of the career development book “Making It Abroad – the International Job Hunting Guide.” Howard makes sure that in addition to bringing his laptop, his subscription to Netflix is up-to-date during all of his travels.
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Heidi Turnquist is the Shedd Music School Administrator. She participated in the Oregon Festival of American Music as a member of the Young Artist Academy vocal ensemble from 1998-2001. Her college background includes curriculum development as well as musical theatre, musical comedy, improv, and dance. She is active in the local theatre scene, and has performed in musicals, operas, choirs, and more around the Eugene area.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
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The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists
by Philip Furia
Furia's history is the current "bible" on the subject and a great resource for either setting the stage for OFAM or for in-depth vignettes on your favorite writers.
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Eugene, OR
D
The Gordon Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: When you check in at the front desk, pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Then take some time to freshen up and relax before dinner. At 5:30 p.m., we will begin van shuttle service from the hotel to The Shedd (John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts) for dinner. The Road Scholar program at OFAM includes 8 matinee and evening performances: opening and closing evening concerts A-level seating that can be upgraded to AA-level for a small fee. . An order form and concert descriptions will be included in your materials or you can contact the Shedd Ticket Office directly at 541-434-7000.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. In the Great Hall at The Shedd, we’ll have plated meals with beverage choices of soda, coffee tea, Oregon water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: Co-Founder of The Shedd Institute and Oregon Festival of American Music, Ginevra Ralph, and Director of Education at The Shedd Music School, Heidi Turnquist, will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Program activities and all meals are at The Shedd. Road Scholars are invited to attend post-concert receptions with the artists. There is a scheduled shuttle service for riding to/from the The Shedd that can also be arranged as needed. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leaders will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for you understanding. Ginevra and Heidi will also present a short history of The Shedd Institute’s year-round music programming, educational activities, and tell the story of how the organization has turned this 65,000 square foot former church into a premier concert hall as well as “acres” of classrooms for a community music institute. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Faculty-Artist Presentations, Concert
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
The Gordon Hotel

Activity note: Shuttles from the hotel to The Shedd will be available. If you prefer to walk the few blocks, we will give you easy directions. Many stairs in handicapped accessible building, elevator available.

Breakfast: In the Great Hall at The Shedd, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet.

Morning: Most mornings, we’ll have two presentations by Shedd Music School Faculty, UO Faculty, guest artists or other local experts on topics that will set the music you will hear in its cultural and historical context and to expand your understanding of musical styles, technique, composers and lyricists, arranging, and improvisation.

Lunch: In the Great Hall at The Shedd, choose what you like from the lunch buffet that includes soda, coffee, tea, Oregon water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our series of presentations and activities for Road Scholar will continue. There will also be a public talk themed to go along with this summer's festival theme.

Dinner: Shedd plated meal.

Evening: Concert: 8:00 p.m. The concert is upstairs in the 800-seat Jaqua Concert Hall. This concert sets the mood for the week. Shuttles will be provided to hotels after the concert.

DAY
3
Faculty Presentations, Films, Festival Artists, Concerts
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
The Gordon Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle or walking to the Shedd.

Breakfast: Shedd buffet.

Morning: Our series of presentations and activities for Road Scholar will continue.

Lunch: Shedd buffet.

Afternoon: After lunch you can attend the Festival’s community sing-along, led by Shedd faculty member, Amy Adams, to join in singing many of the great Songbook melodies you'll be enjoying all week. The sing-along will be in the Sheffer Recital hall

Dinner: Shedd plated meal.

Evening: Concert: 8:00 p.m Shuttles will be provided to hotels after the concert.

DAY
4
Faculty Presentations, Films, Festival Artists, Concerts
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
The Gordon Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle or walking to the Shedd.

Breakfast: Shedd buffet.

Morning: Our series of presentations and activities for Road Scholar will continue.

Lunch: Shedd buffet.

Afternoon: Matinee concert and another class or lecture

Dinner: Shedd buffet.

Evening: Concert: 8:00 pm A reception in the gallery will follow the concert. Shuttles will be provided to hotels after the concert.

DAY
5
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Free Time, concerts
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
The Gordon Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking approximately 1 block to/from museum. Stairs, elevator building.

Breakfast: Shedd buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a bus for a field trip to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) on the University of Oregon campus. The JSMA has extensive holdings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American art representing past and present world cultures. An educational expert will lead us through current exhibitions and provide insights into the permanent collection.

Lunch: Shedd buffet.

Afternoon: After the matinee concert ,there will be another lecture and public talk

Dinner: Shedd plated meal. The Road Scholar Songsters, who have had a parallel program all week, will perform for us at dinner.

Evening: Concert: 8:00 pm Shuttles will be provided to hotels after the concert

DAY
6
Wild Card Activities, Free Time, Concerts
Eugene, OR
B,L,D
The Gordon Hotel

Breakfast: Shedd buffet.

Morning: Today we’ll attend a public film in the Sheffer Recital Hall

Lunch: Shedd buffet.

Afternoon: After the final matinee you will have free-time to visit downtown Eugene and experience the Saturday Market!

Dinner: Shedd plated meal. 6:00 p.m.,

Evening: Concert: 8:00 pm Shuttles will be provided to hotels after the concert If you have an early morning departure, the program concludes with this concert, otherwise please join us for breakfast on Sunday morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Eugene, OR
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Shedd buffet. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.