We’re here to help

Patrice O’Neill, Executive/Artistic Director


One of the four founders of Wintergrass, Patrice can probably answer your questions about anything festival related. If you can catch her. When not Wintergrass-ing, Patrice performs with both Uncle Bonsai and The Go Janes and is the happy owner of PONO tenor and baritone ukuleles.

PLEASE NOTE: We are fully booked for 2024. We are not considering any bands for 2025 at this time. Thank you! 

Maria Camillo, Assistant Artistic Director


Maria books & manages the artists. She is also the workshop wrangler, social media manager and mistress of the web(site). She’s stepped into this role after many years of being the primary photographer for the festival. She is also a source of knowledge about curly hair care products, and makes a mean lasagne. 

PLEASE NOTE: We are fully booked for 2024. We are not considering any bands for 2025 at this time. Thank you! 

Stephen Ruffo, Director of Operations


Stephen takes care of all technical and production needs and he has a great smile. He’s got a growing collection of fine guitars and can identify pretty much any car by just looking at the fender. 


Tom Petersen, JAMz manager


Long serving as the Wintergrass Education Concierge, Tom Petersen is taking on the duties of managing all JAMz programs.  JAMz1 (ages 4-6) JAMz2 (elementary & middle school) and JAMz3 (high school and college) are all under his direction. Tom is a longtime public school teacher specializing in social studies. He’s an avid bluegrasser, jam leader, and award winning blood donor. 

Jen Kunitsugu, Patron Manager


A friend introduced Jen to Wintergrass several years ago and she and her family have been attending and volunteering ever since. By day, Jen is an accountant for a non-profit child services organization.  She’s a classically trained violinist who loves old-time music.  She’s lovely, patient and ready to help you keep Wintergrass thriving with your generous donations.

Janet Brightly, Sponsor Manager


Janet takes care of all Wintergrass sponsors. She is all about fun. Of course we can’t say “For a good time, call Janet.”  That’s taken. Let’s just say, you’ll be glad you contacted her. 

Bruce Adolph, Exhibit Manager


If you’d like to show your wares at Wintergrass, Bruce is the guy. He has vast experience producing a number of guitar shows and events at the annual NAMM show, among many other skills. 

Amy Hakanson, Volunteer Manager


Want to volunteer?  Need help with figuring out what, when and where to do so?  Amy’s your girl. You’ve seen her sporting a Nyckelharpa at Wintergrass many times

Mary Pat Byrne, Acoustic Sound Board President


Mary Pat brings a decades long career of arts management and instigation to Wintergrass. She also brings her mandolin. She’s tried to figure out how to bring her piano but it won’t fit in the elevator.

General Inquiries

PO Box 2024
Milton, WA 98354

(253) 428-8056

PO BOX 2024, MILTON, WA 98354

(253) 428-8056

Wintergrass is a production of Acoustic Sound, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. EIN: 91-2103544
all photos copyright Maria Camillo