Our Volunteer Spotlight shines on David Bortle, one of our invaluable sound crew members.
In addition to working with Folkmoot, David works with a diverse array of arts and cultural groups including rock n’ roll bands, corporate theatres, a ballet and ballroom and other performance styles and organizations.
He will serve as one of the sound engineers for Folkmoot 2018. He and his crew will work around the clock during the festival to ensure that all sound equipment is in full operation for ten days of international dance and music performances.
Folkmoot 2018 opens July 19 and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailland and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians.
Moving to Western North Carolina in 2008 with his wife, Starr Hogan, David went to work as tech director at the Bardo Arts Center on the WCU campus.
While not in the field working behind the scenes, David loves to spend his time at home with his family and pets while enjoying a nice glass of wine or going out with his wife to swing dance.
After settling into Western North Carolina, David noticed Folkmoot’s involvement in the community. Years ago, he had the opportunity to support Folkmoot through his work at the Bardo Arts Center and has been a volunteer with us ever since.
He has helped with many projects for our facilities committee, helping on volunteer Saturdays with facility maintenance and managing sound for year-round events.
Since he began volunteering for us, David has made wonderful improvements in our sound systems and sound presentations.
Folkmoot means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To David, Folkmoot is a non-profit that establishes a platform for community building.
He appreciates how the Folkmoot festival encourages diverse groups to put their differences aside for the universal love of dance and music.
“(Folkmoot is) different people coming together to transcend the American existence,” he said.
In the two years of working at Folkmoot, David undoubtedly enjoyed most working with last year’s Israeli performance group.
He describes the Israeli group as incredible, hard-working, and cultured.
He noted some of the performances were mesmerizing. Watching how delicate some of the dances are and seeing the groups experience emotions through their music and the art of their dance is magical for him.
He describes his experience volunteering with the festival as “an engaging performance that makes you forget everything going on around you.”
David commits his time to Folkmoot for the simple love of what the organization does in the community and encourages everyone to volunteer throughout the year and during the festival.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Catherine MacCallum, Operations and Volunteer Coordinator, 828-452-2997, x105, or fill out this online form.