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A grassroots music event in Portland Oregon that brings high level musicians from around the U.S. to share their knowledge and talents!

Pacific Timbre Music Symposium is a new 4-day annual event created to bring current masters of music to the Northwest for the benefit of aspiring musicians. Portland, Oregon provides the perfect backdrop for the attainment of Pacific Timbre’s objectives: to create an intimate, organic learning experience of the highest quality that will enable dedicated teenage and adult musicians to take their skills to the next level. In the spirit of Portland, we are building this camp from the ground up, utilizing local resources, and seeking to involve the community at large.

Our still-growing list of educators includes a Grammy Award winner, an internationally renowned pianist, the 2001 National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, a world famous mandolinist, an Oregon Music Hall of Fame Member, a world renowned Jazz drummer, an up-and-coming guitar prodigy, and many more. These individuals have shared the stage with current and past giants of the industry, including: Chet Atkins, Victor Wooten, David Grisman Quintet, Buddy Guy, Joan Baez, Pat Bergeson, Butch Baldassari, Guthrie Thomas, Peter Erskine, Tommy Emmanuel, Scott Nygaard, Steve Miller, Robert Cray, and Buster B. Jones.

The symposium will consist of daily classes and lectures, all held at the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus. Performances by visiting artists at various venues throughout the Portland Metro area will punctuate the week. Classes will be 90 minutes in length and sold on an individual basis. Daily participants will attend a morning or afternoon session which includes: two 90 minute classes, lunch, one educator lecture, one ticket to that evening’s symposium concert, a t-shirt and a sticker. Attendees wishing to partake in the entire symposium will be eligible to attend one half-day session per day, all lunches, lectures, and evening performances. Classes will be small - averaging 15 students per class - to allow for the optimum amount of close-quarter interaction with the master musicians.

Each educator brings a unique style and background to the workshop, and our curriculum reflects a diversity of passions. This allows us to offer classes in many genres and disciplines. Our classes will range in skill level from beginning to advanced with our focus resting on the intermediate to advanced musician.

A sampling of course offerings includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Finger Picking for Guitar
Blues Guitar from Delta Blues to Ragtime
Slide Guitar
Bass from a Bluegrass Perspective
Intermediate and Advanced Piano Techniques
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Drum Techniques
Vocal Techniques
Stage Presence and Performance Techniques
Beginning and Intermediate Ukulele
Intermediate to Advanced Mandolin
Intermediate to Advanced Violin and Fiddle
Songwriting 101
A Guide to Success in the Music Industry

Costs during the Symposium:
$15 per lecture (at the door)
$25 per concert (at the door)
$25 per 90 minute class (at the door)
$100 per session (morning or afternoon, includes 2 classes, 1 lecture, 1 performance, and lunch)*
$350 for the week (one session per day which includes: three hours of classes, 1 lecture, 1 performance, and lunch)*
*must register by June 7th to secure listed pricing

Lectures and performances will be open to the general public in addition to registered students. Daily lectures given by visiting artists will explore their professional journeys and provide a unique opportunity for attendees to hear from expert artists. In the evenings, our artists will offer solo and collective performances. Lectures and performances are an integral part of Pacific Timbre’s curriculum, and admittance is included for all session participants.

Tickets will be available to other community members wishing to attend through www.pacifictimbre.com or at Music Millenium.

For more information, please visit our website www.pacifictimbre.com. 

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Starting a new music event can be daunting - especially in such a quality music hub like Portland, Oregon. There will be several logistical bumps along the way including: staffing for the symposium, insuring the safety and fun of all symposium attendees, and fulfilling our goals of providing Portland with a phenomenal event.

Our experiences staff has built many new organizations and events over the years, but we also ask you as the community to come together and work with us to make this a fantastic event. We will be hiring staff for the event, working with local business to ensure quality amenities for all attendees, and encouraging community support as the event grows further.

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  • We do have limited space for our symposium, but we want to extend the opportunity for everyone to enjoy a class, lecture, or community concert.

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    Receive a symposium sticker, help someone attend, and feel good knowing that your small donation will help a musician in the North West.

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    Entrance for one person to attend the music symposium. It is your decision whether you come or pass this on to another lucky individual. We want anyone and everyone to have the chance, but we have limited space. So, you get to decide who attends. You, your kid, your brother who lives in your mom's basement, perhaps a kid down the road! This package includes a t-shirt, a sticker, lunch, a lecture, two 90 minute classes, and one ticket to that evenings show.

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    One signed album, t-shirt, and poster from any featured artist educator at the symposium. As well as the perks of the $100 package. This is a killer deal - don't miss the chance to collect some sweet personalized merch!

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    A symposium t-shirt signed by all of the artist educators from the event. As well as the $150 package. What an amazing opportunity to own a personalized piece of music history.

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    This package gives you access to one session per day, as well as all of the daily lectures, lunches, and evening concerts. You will also receive a symposium t-shirt and sticker.

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    Dinner for two with a musician of your choosing. Pick an artist from the symposium and go out on the town with them for an evening of good food and fantastic conversation. Want to impress your friends with your new found music knowledge? What better time to gain that knowledge than over a meal with an amazing musical mind!

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    Gold Sponsor. Host an artist educator at your house for a private show involving you and your closest friends. Why deal with large crowds in busy settings when you can bring one of our musicians to your place and enjoy them - just for yourselves!

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    ADVERTISEMENTS!!! Receive a full page ad in our program publication and assist students in attaining a love for music! Each symposium attendee will receive a program guide and they will all know the name of your business or organization. We will also add tickets for you and one person to attend each of our events.

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    Platinum Sponsor. You will be the premiere sponsor for this event. This includes your name or logo featured on all promotional and program material including (programs and t-shirts). You will also receive a golden pass to attend all symposium events including classes, lectures, and concerts. And finally, you will receive the $1,500 reward package!

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