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Upcoming Special Events at the Ashland Senior Center

Please join the Britt Orchestral Fellows String Quartet on Monday, August 7, at 7 p.m. in Britt Fellow String Quartet 2016 Hunter Park. The James Collier Orchestral Fellowship Program gives music students pursuing a performance degree the opportunity to play with a professional orchestra and create their own chamber ensemble. The fellows are chosen each year by audio audition, letter of recommendation from professors and private teachers and cover letters that outline their personal and career goals. This year Britt received auditions from local artists, from across the US, including Costa Rica and China. The fellows performing on August 7 include:

Miya Saito-Beckman - our violin fellow from the Eugene, OR. She recently graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon, and she will continue her studies at the University of Oregon for a Master's Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. Beckman hopes to develop a teaching method that integrates both classical and alternative fiddle styles while reaching her goal of teaching and performing violin.

Benjamin Abel - our violin fellow from Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of music in Violin Performance and is currently attending the Frost School of Music studying Violin Performance. Abel has experience playing with the Butler Symphony Orchestra and the Hendrick's Symphony.

Alicia Keener - our viola fellow from Lubbock, Texas. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music in String Pedagogy from Texas Tech University, and she has experience playing with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra. Keener wants to continue exploring the many facets viola has to offer in orchestral settings, chamber music and even solo repertoire while making connections and sharing music within her community.

Shengni Liao - our cello fellow from Changsha, China. She is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma in Cello Performance from Texas Christian University, and she has experience playing with the Plano Symphony and the Las Colinas Symphony. Liao's aspirations include securing a position in a professional orchestra, and she strives to keep classical music alive by teaching and inspiring the youth of today.

Outreach performances like this are an important part of Britt Education's mission and very important to their maestro, Teddy Abrams. For more info visit Please plan to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The Lionís Club Ice Cream Mobile will be on-site for refreshments! Hunter Park is located on Homes Avenue between Walker and Normal Streets. This special event is offered at no charge.

Repair SO (Southern Oregon) is back by popular demand at the Ashland Senior Center! Plan to join us on Monday, August 28, 10 a.m. to noon. Master Recyclers, Heidi and Paulette (and other volunteers), will bring their sewing equipment, and all you have to do is bring your clean clothing that needs mending. No appointment needed. This is a new idea for our area, based on the "Repair Cafes" in Holland and Sweden. 

The Ashland Senior Center is located at 1699 Homes Avenue. For more information visit or call 541.488.5342. 

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