The City of Ojai Arts Commission is proud to announce the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
in the Arts will be awarded to Jaye Hersh on July 10 by the Ojai City Council. Hersh is widely
known in the community for her work with the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, Nordhoff High
School’s theatre and choral productions, Ojai Performing Arts Theatre, the Ojai Art Center
Theatre, and the Ojai Music Festival. She was also voted a 2003- 2004 Ojai Living Treasure by
the Ojai Rotary.
“In choosing Jaye for the award we focused on her strong commitment to the arts in Ojai,” said
Michael Addison, Ojai Arts Commissioner and the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee
Chair. “The Award is given in recognition of her proven continuous artistic excellence,
demonstrated community involvement within the Ojai Valley, and established recognition in her
field. She brings it all to the table.”
Besides her involvement as a vocal director in the above Ojai events and institutions, Hersh
herself is an accomplished actress and vocal performer. Local audiences may have seen her in
roles as diverse as the classic Shakespearean role Ophelia or as Broadway’s famous character
Mame. As a founder of the Ojai Madrigali she often performs annually strolling through the
arcade during the holiday season decked in period costume and giving impromptu concerts to the
delight of shoppers and merchants.
According to the Ojai Rotary website, “Jaye Hersh believes that everyone has a voice and
nobody should be ashamed to use it. She has made a mission to help people young and old tap
into something she thinks is becoming lost in our culture: a connection to music on a personal
Please join us for the Tuesday evening award at the July 10th meeting of the Ojai City Council,
7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 401 S. Ventura Street.