The Britt Star Award recognizes outstanding music students in Rogue Valley public schools, and includes school visits to each school by Britt Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams to launch the competition.
Since Britt began its partnership with Jacksonville Elementary School in 1988, the award has been given to as many as four Jacksonville 6th grade students each year for their excellence in the musical arts. In 2017, Britt expanded the program to serve students at local high schools and currently confers the award at five high shools in Jackson and Josephine counties. Every February when Teddy Abrams visits participating high schools, band and orchestra classes kick off the competition by also working with the maestro on a piece from their repertoire.
A music teacher at each of the four high schools chooses one outstanding music student each year. High school students recognized with a certificate also receive a lawn pass to see all of the Britt Orchestra concerts in that season! Students are nominated by their music or classroom teacher, and are asked to write about their involvement in band, orchestra, chorus, school musical, or other performing arts activities. They also incorporate a summary of community groups they have been involved in and private instruction they may have received. The Britt Music & Arts Festival acknowledges elementary students with a Certificate of Achievement and three lawn seats to a concert with the Britt Orchestra.
Britt's Star Award winners for Spring 2017. Congratulations all!
Lydia Burkett / North Medford High/ Orchestra student
Kelsey Powell / Ashland High/ Band student - oboe
Caleb Hutchings / South Medford High/ Band student - piano & bassoon
Geo Betus / Phoenix High/ Band student - trombone
Jillian Deller / Jacksonville Elem./ April 2017
Britt is excited to recognize the creative and talented music students here in the Rogue Valley with the Britt Star Award!