Board of Directors:
Executive Director; Deborah Fischbach (707) 937-2133 Director@InstituteForTraditionalStudies.org
Secretary; Shannon Burla
Treasurer; Melissa Fischbach
Board Member at Large; Madeleine Faught
Holly Hoods M.A.
Peter Barg M.D.
Frannie Leopold P. A.
Scott Claypool P. A.
Lisa Emonds Ellis
Allen "Mickie" Zekley
Professor Markwyn Ph.D
ITS Brief History:
2022-"Memories of a true Renaissance Man" A Robert Donovan Thomas video
Present day- from 1982- Presented "Los Californios, The Alta California Orchestra" at many events including; "Celebrating California, Admission Day 2000 Festival."
Costumed musicians played for the Alta California dancers who taught Early California dances to the audience, and danced with
them in the gold rush era tent in Capitol Park, Sacramento. Our most recent program, provided music and dance intruction to schools, missions, weddings special events and for groups.
Sponsors of The Musical Instrument Library
2007-2009 American Masterpieces-California Residency recieved NEA, CAC, WESTAF grant for touring, proforming, teaching music and dance of early California. We made our dance instruction booklet and CD with some of this grant.
2007- Los Californios, The Alta California Orchestra, Played for a grand wedding and band members were photographed and featured in a coffie table recipes and party book by Sandy Hill, titled " Fandango". ISBN-13:978-1-57965-338-5
2000- Voices of 1846 - A California Legacy; Partnership with
James Kelty & Associates. Provided financial support and in-kind
contributions for this historical reenactment film for the California
4th Grade History Curriculum.
1999-Applied to and awarded CAC "Artist in Communities" matching grants for Omar Ait-Vimoun Mohktari and his Pacific Andaluse
Conservatory of North African Music, enabling Omar to teach interested musicians for free
1999 to 1997-In 1997 we became a sponsor for Mike Seeger's (traditional) "Southern Banjo Styles" video series.
Mike working with our project coordinator, Heath Curdts managed to raise 15,000 for the project in 1997 and another 15,000 in 1999.
1997-Sponsor of "Travel Radio Journeys", winner of 1998 Golden Reel Award, Pat Lawrence producer.
Received funding 10/2000 earmarked for travel to Amman, Jordan for the "Peace through Tourism Conference."
1995 to 1996:
Developed and coordinated music and musicians for Los Californios (now renamed The Alta California Orchestra) CD, "Fandango at Sonoma"
in partnership with The Living History Centre and Wells Fargo Bank. Research for this CD had been on going since 1979 when the Institute was founded.
Please visit The Alta California Orchestra page for updates on the orchestra and their ongoing performances and residencies.
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