Newsletter August 2017

Hello Friends of Cascadia Music
Welcome to our recently launched monthly newsletter, intended to keep you up to date and really engaged with your Cascadia Music.  Forward this to your friends!  If you were forwarded this email, and would like to be on our mail list, please let us know at
What Just Happened?
Summer Music Camp – This year marked the 10th year of the Pipestone Summer Music Camp, which wrapped up on August 4 with a rousing final concert.  Twenty-two campers aged 8 to adult participated this year on violin, viola, cello and guitar.  The hard work and focused determination of all the students to “get it right” was heartwarming, and the joyful music made by the children in the final concert brought tears to the eyes of audience members.  One of the highlights of the week was an afternoon recital by the Fellowship Quartet from the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.  These skilled players shared their enthusiasm for music with the campers, told amusing stories about the life of college students majoring in music, then played beautifully.  We were lucky to have them stay to play in our orchestra rehearsal, sitting beside some of the campers.  Another highlight was when coach Rachel Nesvig shared her hardonger fiddle from Norway.  The drone strings and beautiful carvings on the instrument fascinated the campers. The Pipestone Music Camp welcomes music students of all ages 8 and older who can read music on strings, piano and guitar.  We are already planning for next year!

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Jazz Jam Session in the Beer Garden – On July 21 Cascadia hosted a jam session with the great Atlanta jazz pianist James Schneider, along with locals Terry Hunt, Howie Johnson, Kirk Schumacher, and George Schneider.  Guest appearances included Laura Love, Nancy Zahn, Tom Allen, Wayne Mendro, Ken Ruprecht, and others. A fantastic night of jazz! Look for more jam sessions in the future.
The New Cascadia Music Tee Shirts Are Here!
These handsome shirts, with our award-winning (really!) logo designed by Methow resident Mary Sharman, are available in many sizes, and will be for sale at upcoming Cascadia Music events.  If you can’t wait that long, stop by our office at Room 6 at the Methow Valley Community Center and pick one up.  Adult sizes (mens and women’s versions) are $20; children $15.
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Upcoming Events 
Pierre Bensusan – September 16, 7:00 pm at The Merc Playhouse.  It’s incredible that the Methow Valley is on Pierre Bensusan’s tour!  Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” (2014), “Rose d’Or” of the Montreux Festival for his first album, “Près de Paris” (Switzerland, 1976), “Best World Music Guitar Player ” by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Tickets available at Pierre Bensusan.
Four Hand Music – Saturday Sept. 23, 7 pm . Methow Valley pianists Lynette Westendorf and Maggie Coon will be presenting a recital of piano four-hand music as a benefit for Cascadia Music at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Maggie and Lynette have been playing casually together for a couple of years, and decided that an evening honoring Cascadia would be the ideal way to present their first full public recital. All music performed will be from the familiar four-hand repertoire, including works by Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy, and Lecuona. Suggested donation is $15 per person. Tickets will be available at the door, which open at 6:30 p.m. The evening recital is family friendly, and all proceeds will go to Cascadia Music. For further information, contact Lynette at 509-996-3418.
Cascadia Stories
Each month, we present a short feature about someone in the Cascadia Music community, meant to INSPIRE!  This month…Where Are They Now??
In 2005, Aly Eckmann performed with the Pipestone Jazz Ensemble at the Lionel Hampton Festival.
Here with Eva Ashford, Kat Stromberger and Nancy Zahn.

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Fast forward to 2017: Aly was the winner of Spain’s version of Big Brother. She is a successful radio and television personality, and continues to perform as a singer.

Pipestone Orchestra and Chorale are Starting Up Soon
Chorale rehearsals will begin Monday, September 18 at the Methodist Church. Bach and Handel to modern swing and jazz. Old familiar carols and new friends to meet.
And… there will be good sized portion of Handel’s “Messiah” for the enjoyment of singers, players, and listeners! Chorale questions can be directed to Dana Stromberger (509) 322-6249 or
Pipestone Orchestra will also be starting back in September, dates to be announced soon. Questions to Matt Armbrust,
Cascadia Receives Generous Grant Funding
In the past month, we have been extremely fortunate to have received funds from The Icicle Fund ($5,000), and The Moccasin Lake Foundation ($10,000 a year for three years).  These generous contributions affirm and enable our mission to “create opportunities to learn, hear and perform quality music in order to sustain a thriving musical community.”
New Drum Teacher
Jason Russell, a very fine local percussionist and drummer, is offering lessons. He has these words about his teaching: “My approach to teaching involves starting with a solid foundation in rudiments and proper technique.  Only after the student has a firm grasp on those two elements do we move on to the drum set.  Using a practice pad and sticks, the student will learn to read and play exercises from a book and later learn how to apply those patterns in creative ways.  Other subjects include proper grip and keeping time.  Once we move to the drumset, we will focus on applying the rudiments around the kit, dynamics, and using our feet. I welcome students of all ages and experience levels.  I will provide you with a practice pad and a pair of sticks which you can either borrow (with a refundable deposit) or purchase.  The student must purchase his or her own book.  If you already know how to play and want to work on something specific, we can do that as well.  Lessons are 30 minutes long and are $20.”  Contact
Opportunities for Friends of Cascadia Music
Cascadia Music has joined with many other local non-profits in using the new Volunteer Methow website.  When we have a special need for help, we’ll post it there. If you just want to know more about helping out, email us or call.
A Special Thank You to…
… those who helped make recent Cascadia Music events successful:
Jazz Jam Session:
Kirk Schumacher
Howie Johnson
James Schneider
Joe Marver
Don Haley
Wayne Mendro
Terry Hunt
Boo Schneider
Pipestone Summer Music Camp:
Thanks to the Methow Valley Community Center and Jody Love and the Taikwon Do school for sharing their rooms with us.  Also all the coaches and Linda Mendro for coming in to play piano for our Shostakovich chamber piece.
Thank you to everyone who supports us! 

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Cascadia Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on – and really appreciates – your support.  

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