“Bringing World Class Music and Music Education to the Central Oregon Coast”
The Newsletter of Siletz Bay Music Festival, Spring, 2021
PRODUCTION NOTES: WE’RE BACK!
Like much of the world, the Siletz Bay Music Festival board of directors is feeling a renewed sense of hope and energy, abetted in no small part by days of sunshine, daffodils bursting out everywhere, warmer temps, longer days, and a glimmer of anticipation for herd immunity. As a result, we have been hard at work and have news to report.
The most exciting news is that the 2021 live and in person Siletz Bay Music Festival will take place from September 4 – 12, 2021. Venues will include the Lincoln City Cultural Center, the beautiful and acoustically perfect Congregational Church, and possibly a few surprise locations. Although the program has not been announced, you can look forward to chamber concerts, both classical and jazz, and some symphonic offerings as well.
The gala opening on Saturday night will feature SBMF favorite Mei-Ting Sun in a recital performance. It has become a tradition for Mei-Ting to open the festival and we are delighted that at least in this respect, 2021 will be no different.
Because the safety of our musicians and audience is our top priority, we will, of course, adhere to whatever guidelines exist at the time of the festival. That said, predictions for re-opening have been encouraging and we hope to have nearly full capacity and perhaps a relaxed requirement for wearing masks. We will let science be our guide.
In the meantime, the board has not been hibernating. We’ve used the opportunity presented by the lack of production activities during this period to recruit new members. We are happy to welcome Mark Irmscher, Lewis Smith, Wendy Wilson and Amy White to the Siletz Bay Music Festival Board of Directors.
It might seem like September is a long way off, but days, weeks and months have been zipping by and before we know it the festival will be upon is. And so, it is necessary to begin volunteer organizing now. Besides being of service to your festival, volunteering is a great way to get closer to the music and the musicians. There are many opportunities for volunteer service; here a just a few.
Housing: We hope to house our musicians, like always, in the homes of volunteers. Again, we will abide by CDC and state guidelines but acting as if this will be a viable solution to housing, we need to start now lining up possible residences.
Meals: We hope volunteers can supply at least some meals for musicians, either lunches or dinners. In the past it has worked well for groups, i.e., book club, knitting club, bridge or mah jong group members to create festive meals together. Or if you as an individual have a specialty, e.g., soups, salads, desserts, or other dishes, those could be incorporated into any meal.
With nine days of performances, there is always a need for house and production staff i.e., box office, program distribution, ushering, stagehand, etc.
Perhaps you have a creative talent you think could benefit the festival and would like to be more involved. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
If you have a home you’re willing to share, a dish you’re willing to prepare or are able to support your festival in any way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your services. We look forward to working with you.
Yaki is still hard at work creating another wonderful festival program. The schedule will be announced in early May and tickets will be on sale in early June. We hope you are as excited as we are that things are opening up and moving forward. Hope to see you all in September, if not sooner. – Board of Directors