Britt Ukulele Getaway Faculty Showcase

Britt Ukulele Faculty Showcase

Performing in the 2014 Green Show on Friday, June 27.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

West Coast ukulele masters showcase breadth of this joyful instrument.

Guido Heistek - holds a B.F.A. Music from Concordia University in Montreal and is a CANSTAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. He makes his home in Vancouver, BC. He is on faculty at the Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, The Vancouver Island Music Workshop and the BC Swing Camp. Guido has performed in the US, Japan, Canada and Europe. In 2011, Guido and his ukulele appeared with Black Gardenia in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Guido teaches private and small group lessons at his downtown studio: Yaletown Music and is senior teacher at Vancouver’s Ruby’s Ukes. In 2011, Guido released Hear the Strum an instructional DVD which teaches ukulele students how to strum by ear and from the heart. In 2013 he released a beautiful new CD, Guido Heistek – Solo Ukulele.

Mandalyn May - From sweet & soulful to hopping & hollering, Mandalyn May (of Sons of Jefferson and Hop, Holler & Hum) brings a refreshing twist to the world of songwriting on ukulele, guitar, & mountain dulcimer.  With a voice straight out of the Appalachians and a fresh, percussive playing style, she relates stories of life, love, murder and history with gentle gusto. Her whimsical stage presence, rhythmic ukulele love songs and soulful guitar ballads have delighted audiences on both coasts of the United States and across the pond.  Her earthy yet ethereal voice is not to be missed!

Craig Chee - Wanting to bring something to share on the mainland, Craig chose to focus on the ukulele before leaving Hawai’i for college. Although Craig had grown up playing the cello and piano, he wanted something that gave a little more distinction of coming from the islands. During Christmas and summer breaks of his Freshman year at the University of Oregon, Craig has had the pleasure of studying under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez. Ever since then Craig has been trying to further experiment with the ukulele in settings that aren’t typically associated with the instrument.  His new album was just released in September 2013!  Craig plays throughout Oregon and at ukulele festivals across the country and throughout the world.

Britt Ukulele Getaway Faculty Showcase on Community: While the Britt Ukulele faculty comes from all across the west coast, the ukulele community is truly everyone's community.  This happy little instrument is accessible, fun, deceptively tricky, and breaks down barriers of all kinds.  Their performance dates coincide with Britt's Ukulele Getaway, when approximately one hundred ukulele students of all ages will spend three days learning and playing.  Britt has developed an incredibly supportive, welcoming, and above all, happy community of uke-thusiasts from across the Rogue Valley, and we know that the community is much larger than those who actively participate in ukulele gatherings.  Ultimately, our community is people who like music and who like smiling even more.