Our Mission

The mission of Siletz Bay Music Festival is to bring multi-genre world class music performed by outstanding musicians to the Central Oregon Coast; to reach across race, culture, age, social and economic barriers, to uplift and educate all people seeking extraordinary musical experiences.

Siletz Bay Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.  EIN# 45-2668175
All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law

The Siletz Bay Music Festival has grown from an intimate chamber music series to becoming a centerpiece of cultural life on the Central Oregon Coast, bringing great chamber and orchestral music, jazz and added surprises to throngs of Lincoln City residents and visitors for more than two weeks each summer. While the Festival has changed, the constant has been the devotion of our audiences.

We are the only on-going music festival in the region that brings together more than 65 extraordinary musicians from all over the globe, participating in a variety of musical genres. Under the guidance of Artistic Director, Yaacov Bergman, we continue to create new and exciting programming with a proven mix of classical favorites, unique, eclectic, cutting-edge musical selections, family-friendly and theatre events.

Artistic Director

Yaacov Bergman, Artistic Director and Conductor, has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Siletz Bay Music Festival from its founding. Maestro Bergman is also Music Director of the Walla Walla Symphony, Music Director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and former Music Director of the Colorado Springs Symphony, the New York Heritage Chamber Orchestra, and the 92nd St. Y Symphonic Workshop Orchestra in New York City. He has conducted in Osaka and Kobe, Japan; Vienna, Austria; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Buffalo, San Diego, West Virginia, Redlands, and Brooklyn, in the United States, and in Israel and Denmark. yakibman@gmail.com

Board Members

Sue Parks-Hilden, Board Co-Chair, is a native and lifetime Oregonian. Sue was raised in Portland but spent many summers in Newport, Oregon, where her father was raised.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with English Literature and Theatre Arts degrees and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College, both in Portland. Sue spent 30 years as the Director of Theatre Arts at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon.  As a performer and director, she has acted, sung, danced and directed her way around the Pacific Northwest. Sue was the first Executive Director and founding member of Siletz Bay Music Festival and is immensely proud of the Festival, serving now as a volunteer and Board Co-Chair. She treasures the friendships she has made with Yaki and the musicians as well as the patrons, volunteers, and students who have made the Festival so special. Sue also enjoys volunteering for Family Promise and other organizations in the community.  sparkshi@charter.net
Rev. Michael Grogan, Board Co-Chair, is the Pastor of Congregational Church of Lincoln City, United Church of Christ. Mike grew up in north Portland, and spent many summers in and around Lincoln City. Though he has only been living here on the coast for a few years, Mike has been a strong supporter of the Music Festival from the first concert he attended. Mike has served on numerous boards for non-profits all over the country. He has pastored congregations in Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, Washington, and Hawaii before moving back to Oregon in December, 2013. Following a four year stint in the Air Force Mike earned a B.A. from Northwest Christian University in Eugene, and a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. mgrogan32@gmail.com
Heather Haugland, Board Treasurer. Heather graduated from the University of California, Riverside. She worked in the financial world for many years, ending her work career as a small business owner. Eventually she retired in Lincoln City, Oregon, discovering he richness of the music community here on the Central Coast, especially the Siletz Bay Music Festival. heatherly5@charter.net
Jain Sekuler worked a variety of theater tech jobs after majoring in Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her favorites were the openings of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, and two seasons at the Santa Fe Opera. After moving to Los Angeles she shifted from theatre to film and television production. In 2006, along with her husband, Eliot, she founded Lummis Days, an annual non-profit, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary arts festival held in Northeast Los Angeles. She has served as a producer for the festival for the last 13 years and remains on its board. Drawn to the cool summers of the Oregon Coast, Jain, her husband and three dogs sought refuge from L.A.’s heat in Gleneden Beach and have been splitting their time between the Oregon Coast and Southern California since her retirement in 2012. A strong believer in community involvement, she was delighted to find in SBMF a place where she could offer her experience and service. jains.sbmf@yahoo.com
Sue Anderson arrived in Oregon to attend college at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. After leaving Pacific, Sue and husband, Dick moved around the Northwest spending time in the Portland area, Eugene, Boise, Spokane, Seattle and Walnut Creek, California before moving back to Lake Oswego. She worked in retail with several cookware businesses before becoming a Realtor here in Oregon. Sue worked as a relocation specialist then moved to setting up and running a Realty Company where she was the Principal Broker and also was office manager for a construction company. When Sue and Dick retired in 2005 they moved to their second home in Lincoln City. Sue serves as President of the Board of Family Promise, is a Board member of Kiwanis, and supports B’nai B’rith Camp on Devils Lake while husband, Dick serves as Lincoln City Mayor.
W. Gregory Berton is a musician and native Oregonian.  He spent his working years as a bassist with the Symphonisches Orchester Berlin, the Oregon Symphony and 34 years with the San Diego Symphony where he held a variety of volunteer and board positions with the Symphony and other arts organizations. In 2015 Greg and his wife Rosanne retired to their vacation home in Lincoln City where Greg plays jazz bass and raises pasture pork and grass fed beef. Greg also serves on the board of the Lincoln City Cultural Center where he spent two years as Board Chairman and spearheaded the capital campaign for the creation of the Lincoln City Cultural Plaza. The plaza is scheduled for construction in spring of 2021.
Amy White grew up in Michigan and Wyoming, loving to both sing and play the piano. She studied music at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal jazz performance. After university, Amy worked in the Denver area as a freelance musician, performing in various groups and maintaining a thriving private music studio. She was also assistant director of the Cherry Creek Chorale, one of the largest classical choirs in the Denver Metro Area. Prior to moving to the beautiful Oregon Coast, she spent several years as a middle and high school vocal music teacher before moving to pursue a career in the craft beer industry as co-founder of Beachcrest Brewing Company. While the brewery was in its planning phase, she taught all around the Central Oregon Coast community as the choir consultant at Taft High School and general music teacher at St James Santiago School and the Neskowin Valley School. As Beachcrest Brewing Company’s Director of Operations, Amy now combines her love of craft beer and music by regularly hosting and participating in live music events at the brewery.
Mark Irmscher has called Lincoln City home for 25 of his 50 years residing in Oregon. In high school in Beaverton he learned to love music by playing clarinet in school bands. After earning a B.A. degree at the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology he was employed as an IT specialist with a start-up company and then continued on his own in software sales and consulting. Mark is currently employed at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library and has served on the Driftwood Library Foundation board for many years. When his head is not buried in a book, he can usually be found in his garden, on the beach or in the local hills on a hiking trail. After ignoring his clarinet for 30 years Mark was persuaded by a local musician to dust the horn off and play! He continues to perform locally with much humility. Mark has volunteered for many central coast performing arts groups, including the Cascade Head Music Festival, Theatre West, Porthole players and, of course the Siletz Bay Music Festival. He is excited for the opportunity to help shape the path of this amazing Festival going forward.
Wendy Wilson is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Lincoln City.  She moved to the Oregon Coast in 1995 and has been an active member of the community ever since.  She is a board trustee of the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Foundation, Auxiliary Communications Service volunteer for Lincoln County Emergency Management, member of the Kiwanis Club, and the Elks Club.  She has sponsored concerts to support the Siletz Bay Music Festival. Wendy is a wife, mother, and grandmother. When she is not serving her clients and community she is often travelling to see one of her 10 grandchildren or niece and nephew for a soccer game or birthday party. Wendy has been with Edward Jones since 1998. She was the Senior Branch Office Administrator for 16 years and then made the change to Financial Advisor in 2014. Her compassion and care of her clients goes beyond business. She truly has a heart for helping people and making sure they achieve their goals, not just financially, but in life. wendy.wilson@edwardjones.com

Advisors to the Board

Martha J. Payne
Richard Royse
Rocky Blumhagen
Alan Bennett

Welcome to the Siletz Bay Music Festival!

As President of our Board of Directors I’m delighted to share with you the accomplishments of our Festival and our exciting outlook for 2019 and beyond.

The Festival is a community treasure, bringing exceptional music performances and education to the Central Oregon Coast. The organization has been in existence since 2010 and 2020 will mark our 10 Year Anniversary.

Our 2018 Festival Season was the most well attended ever and tallied over 2500 attendees over 16 performances, including three free community concerts. Over 60 world renowned musicians performed during the Festival at the direction of our Maestro and Artistic Director Yaacov Bergman.

Our goals for 2019 and beyond include an ambitious program guided by Executive Director Karin Moss. Some of our plans include:

  • Working to deepen audience and community engagement with increased marketing in the local and regional arts community. Our beautiful new website has debuted, created by Karin Moss and Michael Lee.
  • Strengthening key partnerships with businesses, schools and other arts and cultural organizations.
  • Continuing to present concert programming reflecting a mixture of musical genres to appeal to a wide range of audience interests. This includes TWO Tapas Programs for Summer 2019.
  • Improving the financial health of the Festival via grants, donor and patron development and enhanced marketing efforts.

The Siletz Bay Music Festival is a vibrant, strong and thriving organization, thanks to talented performers, committed staff and volunteers and our appreciative audiences. Thank you for your patronage. With your continued support, we look forward to bringing even more great performances to our region for many years to come.

Best Regards,