MEET OUR TEAM

VAL ROGERS

Executive Director

Val is a music teacher and passionate organizer working to expand and enrich the community singing experience through world music camps, festivals, and workshops. Val has toured professionally with the vocal ensemble Northern Harmony, performing and teaching South African and other world vocal musics in western Europe. Intensely drawn to southern African choral singing since first encountering it over a decade ago, Val’s devotion to learning and sharing this choral tradition is driven by the powerful sense of joy and bonding people experience through expressing this music. In addition, Val brings 20 years of successful non-profit leadership and fundraising experience in arts and environmental organizations to her role as Executive Director of Rogue World Music.

ANA BYERS

Communications & Events Manager

Ana brings a wide and varied background of experiences to Rogue World Music. As performer with a background in theatre, film, movement, voice-over and narration work, music, and singing, she is a dedicated lover of the arts and an outspoken advocate for the sense connection, understanding, and voice that the arts can bring to a community. She has a degree in Theatre Arts, with an emphasis in performance, and will soon complete a secondary education in Nonprofit Management.  In addition to her background in performance, Ana has helped stage and produce large-scale fundraising events for Rogue Valley organizations connected to the arts, environmental stewardship, health-care, local farmers, and artisanal crafting.

MEET THE BOARD

DEE FRETWELL

Board Member

Steeped in a strong love of music, Dee noticed a missing link between music instructors and the 49% of children in Jackson County living below the poverty level.  These kids deserved the chance to find expression and development through music! This desire to help fill a void between financially challenged kids and music instruction led Dee to both serve on the board of Rogue World Music and to found Modern Roots Foundation. As the founder of West Coast Country Music Festival and a university adjunct instructor in business, Dee also brings insight and experience to the challenge of growing and sustaining the Ashland World Music Festival.

MEGAN DANFORTH

Founder & President

Megan hails from a musical family and grew up singing American folk styles alongside her father. When she joined the Vermont-based world music chorus The River Singers, she fell in love with the exotic sound and authentic spirit of traditional world music. Inspired to share her passion with her new community on the West coast, Megan founded her own world music chorus, the Rogue World Ensemble, in 2009. Her vision for the choir soon grew into a full-fledged nonprofit folk arts organization that would support traditional world music through a range of sponsored performances and educational programs. Through Rogue World Music, she hopes to bring music back to its community roots and the community back to its musical roots. Megan also sings in the world music vocal trio Wild Honey.

CARLOS DELGADO

Board Secretary

Carlos brings a multi-disciplined experience and perspective to Rogue World Music.  As a dabbler in the arts through piano playing at an early age and most recently singing and story telling through homeschooling his daughter he is enthusiastically supportive of any expressive creative outlet through the arts. As an experienced architect translating needs into creative spaces, he has had the privilege of working with musicians, singers, sacred ritualists, and recording professionals to create environments that hold and enrich music and cultural expression.  In an era without in-depth integration of the arts and nature in education, Carlos is devoted to supporting organizations such as RWM that provide guidance for awareness and community connection to subtler realms.

TERRY LONGSHORE

Board Member

Terry Longshore is a percussionist based in Ashland, Oregon whose genre-crossing work exhibits the artistry of the concert stage, the spontaneity of jazz, and the energy of a rock club. He performs nationally and internationally as a soloist and ensemble member, collaborates with artists working in diverse media, and has premiered and recorded numerous works. Longshore is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an artist endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads, Gon Bops Percussion, and Beato Bags, and is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Education Network. He is Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Graduate Program at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.

MARK KNIPPEL

Board Member

Mark Knippel’s music contains a wide variety of influences, from the repetitive rhythmic intensity of African music, to the fluidity of Indian classical music, to the exotic melodic and scalar ideas of composers like Bela Bartok and Oliver Messiean. He studied composition at Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon, under Todd Barton, Wayne Slawson, Robert Kyr, and David Crumb. He graduated in 2006 with a BA in music composition and education from SOU, and in 2011 with his MMus from the U of O. His saxophone quartet, “At the Loss of Love and Folly”, has been published by Dorn Publications. Two of his guitar quartets (“Marenje” and “Attained Elusiveness”) have been recorded by the San Francisco Guitar Quartet (www.sfgq.com) on the album “Chasing Light.” The album can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com/cd/sfgquartet.

Mark completed an assistantship for the world-premiere musical, Tracy’s Tiger, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon in 2006. He has received the ASCAPlus Award, and received the Schneider Award, given to the outstanding music student at Southern Oregon University.  He currently serves as a Development Associate at Britt Festivals in Medford, Oregon.

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