About

Our Mission

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

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


Karin Moss, Executive Director. Karin Moss’ career in nonprofit management and entertainment marketing spans several decades and is characterized by a wide range of corporate and nonprofit association leadership success in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Her work has been cited for excellence by both national and international associations as a major contributor to the success of many world renowned recording artists and films. Karin has been the Marketing/Promotion Director of the California and Oregon State Fairs, Portland Memorial Coliseum, the Lawlor Event Center at the University of Nevada, Hollywood Park Racetrack, Paramount’s Great America, Indian Motorcycle and Ticketmaster. karinmoss@siletzbaymusic.org
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

Charlotte Lehto, Board President, 2018-2019Charlotte 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. charlotte@insurancestores.com

Siletz Bay Board President Welcome Letter

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
Jane McKenzie, Board Member, is a native Oregonian and a graduate of the University of Oregon.  Her first decades-long career in Portland was as an advertising executive.  She successfully founded her own advertising agency in Portland for many years before becoming a McDonald's franchise owner with her husband Greg Gruber. Jane and Greg live in Scottsdale, Arizona and love spending quality time at their home in Salishan.  Jane's great passions have always been a love of the arts and classical music as well as a love of the ocean and shore. janemcken@msn.com
Martha J. Payne, JD, Board Member, 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
Jain Sekuler, Board Member, 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. jainsbmf@gmail.com
Majalise Tolan, Board Member, is the former principal of Taft High School and currently the Secondary Teaching and Learning Administrator for the Lincoln County School District. She has been a high school teacher, athletic director and leader of professional development for teachers at the district and state levels. During the 2013-1014 school year, Majalise worked to create the vision for our successful Studio to Schools (STS) project funded by the Oregon Community Foundation. She is also an active member of the boards of: Family Promises of Lincoln County, Walter R. Behren’s Foundation, Neighbors for Kids and Music Is Instrumental. Majalise and her husband Jake enjoy living by the ocean in Lincoln County with their four children. Majalise.tolan@lincoln.k12.or.us
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
Sheila Stevens. Sheila completed a career in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, education, labor history, journalism, and quantum physics. Her work and research took her around the world, including a decade-plus in Polynesia and Guam. In retirement, Sheila and her husband visited all seven continents. She serves on the steering committee of Peace Village, as well as volunteering for a number of other Lincoln City organizations. seawings49@gmail.com

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