Wintergrass 2011 Sponsors

Don’t forget that Wintergrass is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Ticket sales are a part of the revenue for the festival and education programs. The rest of the funds come from donations and our sponsors. Some of these sponsors have been with us for years, some are new. Of course you can check out their websites any time and their booths at Wintergrass 2011. Let them know that they are appreciated by both thanking them and purchasing their wares and services.

Wintergrass 2011 Sponsors


Wintergrass Workshop-Presenting Yourself to the Presenters: The do’s and don’ts of getting a gig

So you’re in band and you want to know how to get out of your garage and onto a stage in front of an audience where your mother is not the only one in attendance… Attending this hour-long workshop is not a guarantee that you’ll get hired, but it is a chance to hear what catches the eyes and ears of people who do the hiring – and what doesn’t. Devon Leger was the lead booker for the Northwest Folklife Festival for six years. The largest community arts festival in the nation, he helped booked over 800 bands every year for the four-day festival. After leaving Folklife in 2010, he started his own booking agency, Hearth Music, and a new festival: The Seattle Folk Festival, which debuted at Town Hall Seattle on Dec 12, 2010 and will return in 2011. Mary Doub is a founding member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, founding member of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, producer of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and producer of Rhythm of Roots Music Festival.  Patrice O’Neill is a founder and Creative Director of Wintergrass. She also helps to produce Tacoma’s First Night event and is a member of the team that produces the Mandolin Symposium. In addition to her work as a producer, she also performs with two different bands.

Wintergrass Teacher Scholarship

Sallal Grange to Award Scholarship to a Valley Teacher

The Sallal Grange, located in North Bend, Washington, is a historic Grange with a community service and music focus. The Grange wants Snoqualmie Valley residents to reap the benefits of using music to motivate students by awarding a unique scholarship to a teacher that works or lives in the Valley.The Grange will be awarding a scholarship to a teacher who lives or works in the Snoqualmie Valley to attend one of two outstanding one-day teacher workshops to be held on Friday February 25 at the Wintergrass Music Festival in Bellevue, Washington. The ideal candidate is a music teacher working with middle or high school music students, or a progressive non-music teacher interested in learning cross-discipline approaches to motivating elementary or middle school students.

Snoqualmie resident and Workshop Director, Trisha Tubbs describes the workshop: “We’ve brought in some leading experts from around the country to create two innovative, interactive and interesting workshops. Teachers attending the workshop last year raved about it being the best workshop that they had ever been to.”

One teacher will be awarded a scholarship of a fully paid tuition for the recipient’s choice of one of two full-day teacher workshops and a weekend pass to the Wintergrass Music Festival, one of the preeminent acoustic music festivals of its kind in the country. (Total value: Over $175)   The workshops will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm during the 4-day Wintergrass Music Festival at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Washington February 24 – 27, 2011. Each class counts as 8 clock hours for Washington State Teacher Professional Development.

The scholarship will be for one of the following teacher workshops:

  1. Alternative Styles to Motivate Music Students and Help Them Achieve Higher Levels of Proficiency: Designed for middle and high school music teachers. How to use alternative styles of music to motivate music students, how to produce large scale alternative styles performances, and learn to play a banjo, guitar or mandolin. Includes Wintergrass Youth Academy tour and performances by acclaimed youth bands. Opportunity to observe 2-day Wintergrass Youth string Orchestra Invitational. Features Bob Phillips, president-elect of the American String Teachers Association and Director of Strings Publications for Alfred Music Publishing; Renata Bratt, PhD Music and leading alt style musician and educator; and many other instructors.

  1. Using Americana/Bluegrass Music to Connect with Learners : Perfect for non-music elementary or middle school teachers that are interested in cross-discipline teaching. Case studies on using Americana/roots music in a cross-discipline approach to connect with students and non-traditional learners will be presented, as well as information on teaching and motivation approaches using music and dance, clogging history and instruction, basics of vocal harmony, Youth Academy tour, performances by acclaimed youth bands, and hands-on instruction on playing the guitar, banjo or mandolin. Features Tom Kopp, PhD and education professor specializing in motivating students; Tom Petersen, middle school history teacher; Don Share, PhD and professor of political science; and many other instructors.

Applicants must either live or work in the Snoqualmie Valley (Snoqualmie Pass, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Preston, Fall City, and Carnation area). Applicants may be a teacher (music or other discipline), home schooler, curriculum specialist, college student studying education, college professor teaching education or music, or librarian. Applicants must submit a short (no more than one page) essay on why they should be awarded the scholarship and how they will use their experience to benefit their students and/or the Valley. Please include your name, address, phone, mobile phone, email, and pertinent information (e.g. what school you teach at, your position, etc.). Although not required, a letter(s) of recommendation would be advisable.  Applications are to be sent to the Sallal Grange & Community Hall, PO Box 1688, North Bend, WA 98045 or emailed to The application deadline is February 10, 2011.

The Sallal Grange & Community Hall recently celebrated eighty years of being a local resource and cornerstone for community fellowship. Recently revived, it hosts a well-regarded open mic night the first Friday of every month, with a communal potluck beforehand, and various other activities and concerts throughout the year. More information about the Sallal Grange & Community Hall is available on the web at: .

More information about Wintergrass (February 24 – 27, 2011) is available at and complete course descriptions are available at


Wintergrass 2011 & the King County Library Sytem Shows

Out of Many, America’s Music: Bluegrass
Featuring The Downtown Mountain Boys- Terry Enyeart, Dave Keenan, Don Share, Tom Moran and Paul Elliott
The story of bluegrass is the story of America, shaped by the trials of the Great Depression and World War II and sustained by a community of participants that keeps alive the artistry, values and literary traditions of the music. The Downtown Mountain Boys is the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting and accomplished bluegrass band.

The Downtown Mountain BoysBellevue Library
Monday, January 24, 7pm, Sponsored by Bellevue Friends of the Library.

Fairwood Library
Thursday, February 3, 7pm, Sponsored by Friends of the Fairwood Library.

Maple Valley Library
Friday, February 18, 7pm, Program held at the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center
23220 Maple Valley Highway, SE, Suite 15, (Wilderness Business Park),  Sponsored by the Maple Valley Library Guild and the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council.

Wintergrass Intensives-New Addition, Songwriting Intensive with Tim Stafford

The most recent addition to the educational offerings at Wintergrass is the  full-day Songwriting Intensive with Grammy award winning writer Tim Stafford of Blue Highway.

This will be a six-hour, intensive class in songwriting, covering all aspects of the craft and art:  lyric writing, melody, rhythm, harmony, making memorable and lasting songs.  We will cover the following topics according to class interest:

•How do they do it (an examination of selected songwriters and how they approach songwriting)

•New guitar chords you can use to make your songs different

•Saying exactly what needs to be said in a song; knowing what to leave out

•Composing melodies that match lyrics

•The business of songwriting—how to make money doing this! and how to pitch songs.

•This will be a “hands-on” class and we will attempt to write our own song in the course of the day!

Sign up forms will be up soon on the website but until the form is actually added to the site just email Patrice at

Wintergrass 2011 Perfomers-Joy Kills Sorrow

Boston’s Joy Kills Sorrow‘s will be at Wintergrass 2011 on Thursday and Friday. Their Wintergrass performance will be their first US performance after a month long European tour. The bands name is taken from WJKS, a radio station that broadcasted the Monroe brothers’ show in the 1930s.   This bands style is a blend of new songs including many originals based in bluegrass roots featuring banjo,mandolin,guitar and bass. Two of the musician Jacob Jolliff and Wes Corbett have NW ties prior to their moving to Boston. Jacob Jolliff originally from Oregon is Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student and a veteran performer, having toured professionally since age eleven.Wesley Corbett originally from Bainbridge Island is  a banjo who was featured in the August 2008 issue of Banjo Newsletter and has toured nationally with Crooked Still,The Biscuit Burners and The Bee Eaters.Founding member Matthew Arcara the bands founder and  guitarist, was the 2006 winner of Winfield’s National Flatpicking Championship and has performed  Darol Anger Vocalist  Emma Beaton was the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Young Performer of the Year. Bassist,vocalist and songwriter Bridget Kearney was the  winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.