The Sisters Folk Festival's transition to a year-round organization has brought the creation of educational programs like songwriting immersion workshops and luthier training for kids and teens, along with a Studio to School collaboration.

The Sisters Folk Festival’s transition to a year-round organization has brought the creation of educational programs like songwriting immersion workshops and luthier training for kids and teens, along with a Studio to School collaboration.

Courtesy of Sisters Folk Festival

Sisters Folk Festival has restructured its management plan, eliminating managing director Ann Richardson’s job.

The organization stages a winter concert series and year-round arts education programs, in addition to the folk festival, staged every September in Central Oregon. Richardson has overseen finance, operations and other matters for nine years.  

Festival board chair Sue Boettner says big changes are afoot, with a capital campaign and new education programs. So, Boettner says, a single executive voice was needed. Creative director Brad Tisdale’s position will remain unchanged.    

The board has appointed an interim executive director, former festival board member Debbie Newport, and will start a search for a permanent leader Jan. 25. Richardson could not be reached for comment.  

Boettner said, “Ann was shocked and saddened when we informed her of this strategic decision, but she is proving to be the consummate professional” in departure.