About

Our Mission

The Siletz Bay Music Festival is dedicated to bringing extraordinary music performances and education to the Central Oregon Coast.

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

Staff


Jain Sekuler, Board Member and Executive Director, 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
Adrienne Welsh, SBMF Tech and Admin Support. An alumna of Trinity College of Music, London, Adrienne was a freelance musician before moving to the United States and embarking upon a career in Information Technology. After 20 years in IT management she left the corporate world to pursue a balance between music and technology as an independent contractor. Now a Newport resident, Adrienne divides her time between cello & double bass teaching and performing, and providing technical and administrative support to arts and environmental nonprofit organizations. adriennesbmf@gmail.com

Board Members

 

Martha J. Payne, JD, SBMF Board Chair, is an attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. She has a BS in Business Administration, Portland State University, her JD is from Lewis and Clark. Martha is a past board member, chair of various arts groups, a music lover, volunteer, full time resident on the Oregon Coast. mpayne@beneschlaw.com
Sue Parks-Hilden, Board Treasurer, 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.  After college Sue worked for Dun & Bradstreet, Mt. Hood Community College, and the law firm of Sussman, Shank, Wapnick & Stiles. Opting to follow her first love, she spent the next 30 years as the Director of Theatre Arts at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, building the program and a new Performing Arts Center, while teaching acting, theatre history, improvisation, and theatre appreciation.   As a performer and director, Sue has acted, sung, danced and directed her way around the Pacific Northwest at venues such as Lake Oswego Theatre, Portland Civic Theatre, Sumus Theatre, Summer Repertory Onstage, Tacoma Civic Theatre, Triangle Productions, Musical Theatre Company, Storefront Theatre.  Moving part time to Salishan in 2001, she and her husband Craig moved to Salishan Hills in 2007 full time. 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 Treasurer of the Board.   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
Charlotte Lehto, Board member and past board chair, was born in Washington and raised in Oregon. She graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove with a BA in Business Administration and Economics, and a minor in History. Upon graduation, she moved to the East Coast, lived in New York and Virginia and worked in accounting. While in Virginia she attended post graduate studies at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg and University of Oklahoma. In the 90’s Charlotte returned to the West Coast opened a small piecework business in Forest Grove where she worked with Amblin Entertainment launching the movie Jurassic Park. In 2000 she made a career change to insurance, and relocated to Lincoln City to establish her insurance agency which serves personal, commercial, health and Medicare clients. Charlotte enjoys her volunteer work with Lincoln City Kiwanis and is Treasurer of LC Warming Shelter and Homeless Solutions. She is a classically trained pianist and looks forward to helping Siletz Bay Music Festival enhance its exposure across our coastal communities and beyond. 2537 NE 57th Court     541-994-2471 / 541-994-2884 Lincoln City, OR 97367            charlotte@insurancestores.com
Rev. Michael Grogan 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
Jain Sekuler, Board Member and Executive Director, 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
M. Craig McKenzie. Craig has a Master of Fine Arts in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama, and a secondary degree in mathematics and theatre arts. He has been a math educator for middle school and high school, also Technical Director for Berkley Repertory Theater and Director of Production for Eugene Opera. For 19 years Craig was the Technical Director for the Oregon Bach Festival, a large annual music festival held in Eugene in cooperation with University of Oregon. craigsbmf@gmail.com
Heather Haugland. 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

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,
Charlotte