Featured Artists

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Musica Matrix

Featured Artists

The Queen’s Noyse: Renaissance Loud Band

The Queen’s Noyse performs a variety of genres specific to the playing of loud band instruments such as the cornetto, shawm and sackbut. Repertoire includes Renaissance dance music from the Continent and England, vocal music such as chanson and cancioneiro and instrumental music specific to that period.

Stephen Bacon: cornetti

Stephen Bacon: musician, luthier

Stephen Bacon, musician, luthier

Mr. Bacon came to Ashland, Oregon in 1979 to perform with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He fell in love with Southern Oregon making instruments for a number of years before his work in historic instrument restoration came to fruition in the form of a string instrument repair business. He has overseen Bellwood Violin with great joy and community support and serves the needs of numerous student, amateur and professional musicians of the area.

Stephen began music lessons as a child studying a variety of instruments. He continues to pursue his interest in historic music, though purely with the love of an amateur.

His formal education includes a music degree from El Camino College in Southern California, formal independent studies with an emphasis in the theory and construction of historic instruments from Cal State Dominguez Hills, extended studies at USC Isomata, UCLA, UC Riverside, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Switzerland, the Ali Akbar School of Music and Southern Oregon University. He continues to do research at museums and libraries throughout Europe and the United States.

Stephen began working with, making, and repairing musical instruments at the age of seventeen, in his grandfather’s shop. From ages 16 thru 23 he served a formal apprenticeship with Ted Ernst. His training in instrument repair consists of college courses, and minor mentoring by a series of masters, including Rod Cameron, Herb Myers, Joseph Grubauch, David Morse, Clarence Shaw, Michael Klein, David Kerr, David Jones and Janet Toon. These skilled Professionals have nurtured his skills and provided inspiration in his work.

He is a strong supporter of Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and past board member. He performs with the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, Who’s Hu Chinese Music Ensemble, lectures with the Schuman Collection and has served as an instructor for the Southern Oregon University Collegium Musicum. He is the Conservator and Assistant Curator of the Schuman Collection of Musical Instruments at Southern Oregon University.

Stephen is the great-grandson of Edward R. Bacon, accomplished violinist, and owner of the violin shop of John Hornsteiner in Chicago in the early 1900s. Hornsteiner has been referred to as the great teacher of the American school of violin makers. Stephen’s grandfather, John W. Bacon, was a physics professor and inventor, and spent time under Hornsteiner. His father, Richard, a violinist in his youth, was an engineer, and his mother, Bonny Bellwood, was an artist and musician.

bellwoodviolin.com · bellwood@mind.net · (541) 482-1436
330 East Hersey Street # 11, Ashland Oregon 97520

Mark Jacobs: sackbut 

Mark Jacobs musician composer teacher

Mark Jacobs: musician, composer, teacher

Composer Mark Eliot Jacobs lives in southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley and is a fixture of the music scene there. He is the trombonist in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 production of The Wiz. In previous seasons at OSF he has played for The Music Man (2009), Pirates of Penzance (2011), Animal Crackers (2012), and Guys and Dolls (2015). Mark is principal trombonist in the Rogue Valley Symphony, trombonist in the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, Rogue Valley Symphony Brass Quintet, and a sackbut & serpent player with the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, among other engagements.

Growing up in West-Central Illinois, Mark started studying piano and trombone in the early 1970’s. Composition started for him as a kind of conversation with the etudes he was working on in these early lessons. His educational journey led him to a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition degree from Western Illinois University in 1982, then Master of Music (1983) and Doctor of Music (1986) degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Mark divides his time between composition, performance, and teaching in Ashland and Medford, Oregon. He is an adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University where he teaches in the areas of music theory, composition, and low brass.

Mark has written a wide range of music, including works for orchestra, band, musical theater, and chamber music. His tone poem Las Ranas de Katanchel was premiered by the Rogue Valley Symphony in November 2010. It was recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 for the Navona Records compact disc release Spellbound. The 2011 production of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at Southern Oregon University featured Mark’s original musical score. The Medford Mail Tribune declared it an “amazing collection of original compositions.” He has completed two commissions from the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon: The Orchard City in 2012 and Crater Lake Fantasy in 2015.

Mark completed a tour of concerts of his recent compositions for band in three cities in the vicinity of Basel, Switzerland. The world premiere of Five Chicago Scenes for Band took place at the St. Leodegar Church in Möhlin, Switzerland on November 23, 2014 with the Musikgesellschaft Möhlin Band. The Musikverein 1860 Rickenbach e.V. Band performed his The Orchard City: Medford, Oregon 1913 at the St. Gordian Church in Rickenbach, German on November 30, 2014. The Musikverein Karsau e.V. 1898 Band performed Exoplanet 42 on December 7, 2014 at the St. Michaelskirche in Karsau, Germany. All three bands are directed by Markus Tannenholz of Bad Säckingen, Germany.

markjacobsmusic.com · jacobyte@gmail.com

William Scharen: sackbut

William Scharen musician teacher

William Scharen: musician, teacher

Will Scharen began his study of the trombone at age 9 in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. He has since earned three degrees in trombone; a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Montana, a Master of Music in classical performance from the New England Conservatory, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado.

Many successful and dedicated students have passed through Will’s private studio. Will has been teaching trombone for the last 15 years in Montana, Washington, Colorado, and Oregon. In addition to his private studio, Will has taught at the University of Colorado and Regis University.

As a professional trombonist, Will is active as an orchestral player and chamber musician, while occasionally also appearing in theater pits, jazz ensembles, and rock bands. He has been second trombonist for the Rogue Valley Symphony since 2014. Will’s prior orchestral experience includes former positions and extensive freelance work with dozens of ensembles in Colorado, Wyoming, and other places he’s lived. He also appears as a soloist, having recently recorded the Saint-Saens Cavatine with Martin Majkut for a forthcoming RVS project. A few years ago, Will performed the world premiere of his own edition of Eugen Reiche’s Concerto No. 1 with the Mayo Chamber Symphony in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as having given guest recitals in Montana and Wyoming.

When not behind the mouthpiece of his trombone or guiding the next generation of young trombonists, he enjoys spending time with his wife, cooking, and pursuing one of his many outdoor hobbies in the mountains.

willscharen.com · william.scharen@gmail.com

Pat O’Scannell Musica Matrix Director, shawm

Gothic Voices Director Pat O’Scannell

Pat O’Scannell: musician, director, teacher

Ms. O’Scannell began organ studies in 1968 with Dr. Ben Herbert and later under Dr. Lyle Smith at U.C. Riverside. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1979, following six years of study under Dr. Fred Gable, renowned Praetorius Scholar. Pat played with the Southern California Early Music Ensemble, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, & The Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City before the Oregon Shakespeare Festival starting in 1980. She was hired as a multi-instrumentalist specializing in historic performance practice and remained at OSF for ten years before becoming music director for the Green Shows until 2007.

Her ensemble, The Terra Nova Consort, was in residence at OSF from 1990-2007 making over 15 recordings and winning an international acclaim by winning an international recording contest sponsored by Early Music America and Dorian Recordings Ltd., Canada’s largest audiophile indie label at that time. This launched a national and international touring program that took the group to many States, Canada, and Mexico where they had a 7 year collaboration with Los Tiempos Pasados in Sister City Guanajuato Mexico. TNC performed at numerous music festivals including Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg GE and made numerous live radio appearances on syndicated programs such as Prairie Home Companion (MN) St. Paul Sunday (MN) Harmonia (IN), In the Mode (CA), West Coast Live (CA) and numerous syndicated NPR broadcasts worldwide. Their recordings and live performances received favorable review from The San Francisco Chronicle, El Sureste de Tabasco, The Chicago Tribune, The Victoria Times Colonist, Mittelbayrische Zeitung, The Portland Oregonian to name just a few.

Pat has taught at SOU through the Music department as well as Senior Ventures, Shakespeare Studies, Elderhostel and other programs. She founded a Collegium Musicum program at SOU in 2003, teaching historically based performing practices to local musicians. O’Scannell founded Musica Matrix in 2006 to bring more performance, enrichment and educational opportunities to historic music enthusiasts in the Rogue Valley.

vocal styles, recorders, capped reeds, violas da gamba, shawms, medieval vielle, hurdy gurdy, gaita, percussion, irish traditional styles: tin whistle & bodhran

Stephen Bacon, musician, luthierMark Jacobs musician composer teacherWilliam Scharen musician teacherGothic Voices Director Pat O’ScannellMark and WillShawns

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