Photo by Justin Briggs

March 22, 2018
Contacts: Kay Hilton, Director of Britt Education, direct line: 541-690-3852,
Mike Gantenbein, Director of Marketing Director, direct line: 541-690-3849,

Britt’s Guitar Weekend is back June 22-24, 2018!

3 Days – 7 Instructors – 8 classes

Presented by Britt Education & Engagement, in partnership with Siskiyou Music Project and Hilltop Music Shop

MEDFORD, OR, March 22, 2018 -- Britt Education & Engagement’s Guitar Weekend is an immersive 3-day workshop taught by seven virtuoso instructors that culminates in a Guitar Faculty Concert on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The weekend is for anyone who is interested in exploring a wide range of guitar playing, beginners to advanced, ages 13 and up. Instructors will help develop good practice and listening habits/routines, examine traditional chord progressions, learn new rhythmic concepts and much more. Eight 2-hour sessions will focus on: Bossa Nova, Improvisation, Fingerstyle, Blues Slide, Americana, Ragtime Blues, Flamenco, and Classical.

All Britt Guitar Weekend activities are supported through a partnership with Siskiyou Music Project, who will provide some scholarships for the weekend (contact Ed Dunsavage at Hilltop Music Shop is also partnering with Britt Education on the weekend, and is offering 20% off repairs, guitar set-ups & accessories at Hilltop Music Shop to all registrants - an offer that is good for 30 days before and 30 days after the weekend.

Admission to two evening faculty concerts is included in the full price of registration. For a second year, nationally recognized artists Vicki Genfan and Terry Robb return as faculty, and will be performing an additional concert at Hilltop Music Shop on Friday, June 22, 2018. This concert is also open to the public. A preview of each day’s guitar offerings is provided below.  More in-depth videos of each faculty guitarist discussing their courses may be viewed alongside their artist biographies and a full schedule of events on the Guitar Weekend webpage at 

On Friday, June 22, Grant Ruiz, who has performed in several productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is a founding member of Flamenco Pacifico, begins the weekend teaching the first of his two sessions, “Classical Guitar for Everyone.” After lunch, students will be led in “Blues Slide Guitar - Demystified” with Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, known for his adeptness in traditional blues, ballads, swing, and original tunes. The first day of instruction concludes with Mark Nelson, a multi-instrumentalist at home in a wide variety of traditional music settings, teaching “Americana – The Carter Family.” 

On Saturday, June 23, Ed Dunsavage, who has performed at many prominent venues including The Newport Oregon Jazz Festival and West Coast Live, will lead students in “Bossa Nova Guitar,” a unique musical style that developed in the late 1950’s in Brazil. Students end the second day with Ed Dunsavage and Page Hamilton, from the band Helmet and who completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar at the Manhattan School of Music, in the “Improviser's Guide to the Galaxy.”

The final day of Guitar Weekend, Sunday, June 24, will open by examining​ the style of “Ragtime Blues Guitar” with instructor Terry Robb, one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time and Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee. Students conclude the weekend with Vicki Genfan, winner of the esteemed Guitar Player Magazine’s ‘Guitar Superstar’ award in 2008, in “Intro to Open Tunings & Modern Fingerstyle Techniques.”

Workshop FAQs:
Participants may select from different registration options based on their interest and skill level:

Full Weekend Pass: (open to all guitarists ) Adult $249 / Student $149 (must provide student ID at registration)

Auditing Pass: $99 (recommended for those who have just started to play the guitar or who just want to learn more about the history and literature of the guitar)

Location: Rogue Performance Hall, 130 East 8th Street, RCC Building C, Medford

Dates: Friday-Sunday, June 22-24, 2018 – 9:00am-5:00pm

For more info and to register, visit


Britt Education & Engagement Mission:

Connecting our community to diverse music education and listening experiences, our programs provide the gateway to a lifetime of artistic self-expression for musicians, students, and inquisitive audience members. Visit Britt Education at