The Music Advocacy Group (MAG) champions and sustains music education in our public schools, with the support of music lovers on Orcas Island.

22nd MAG School Music Benefit Concert was a success! A heartfelt THANK YOU from us to you for being a part of this inspiring Orcas tradition.  We know we can count on you.


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The Music Advocacy Group (MAG) school music benefit concert on March 6 saw almost 250 people fill the High School Gym, joining 100 musicians to show their support for keeping Orcas kids learning music, singing and playing instruments in school.

The Choral Society, Island Sinfonia and Community Band put on accomplished performances that showcased the wealth of local music talent and proved, resoundingly, that music is a lifelong sport!  They set a fine example for the music students they were performing to support.  In turn, the Middle and High School Strings groups and the High School Band displayed growing confidence and virtuosity on stage, to the cheers of approval from the audience.

High school seniors Paris Wilson, and Tim Jenson, both award-winning music students, spoke on the podium about how they have benefitted from the music program.  Greg White, the School Board president, injected a sweet note of humor as he addressed the crowd about the value of music education in our school district.

“So much talent, goodwill and hope, and so many generous teachers in that room!” noted MC Jim Bredouw.

Catherine Pederson honored, becomes Founding Member Emeritus

The most touching moment was when Victoria Parker introduced long-time school music advocate, Catherine Pederson, with the words ‘School music has always mattered to Catherine Pederson’.  A dedicated school music advocate and former MAG board member herself, Victoria gave a heartwarming tribute to Catherine, noting that she has cultivated the love of music, beginning with her own family, and extending that passion and knowledge to countless children and adults on Orcas in her many roles as teacher, piano teacher, music director and board member.  Catherine has worked in the school district, and has been involved in organizations like MAG, Orcas Choral Society, Orcas Center and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival among others.  With her children and grandchildren looking on, a visibly touched Catherine accepted a MAG resolution recognizing her as Founding Member Emeritus.

The afternoon ended with a reception in the school cafeteria where audience and musicians caught up over cake and sweet treats, and viewed a musical-themed display of student artwork put up by Arts for Orcas Kids (A-OK).

To learn more about school music advocacy on Orcas, visit Volunteer, or donate online or via check to ‘MAG’ at P.O. Box 1171, Eastsound, WA 98245.  MAG is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Hurray!! At the school board meeting on Tuesday evening, Dec 18, board members decisively elected to construct the long-awaited Multi-purpose/Music Room, which was on the Alternate list of the recent re-bid for the 2017 Bond Construction.  The completion of the music wing has the support of many in our music-loving Orcas community.  MAG would like to thank the school music supporters who once again voiced their unwavering support in this re-bid process. Read more..



We are excited for a new year of school music that is enriching, and inspiring, for all our kids, from kindergarten through high school. Yay for you, yes YOU!!!  In 2017-18, donors like you helped MAG to provide over $19,000 in contributions, including: (Read more)

  • Annual contribution of $8,000 for general Music Department needs that helped fund the Seattle Symphony trip.
  • A new string bass, a stool, and storage rack for cellos
  • A set of orchestral chimes
  • 6 Chromebook laptops and the SmartMusic software program that facilitates practice excellence.
  • Registration fees for students to attend several invitational music proficiency programs

Let’s make it another great year for our student musicians!






Our signature Spring annual fundraiser is the single largest concert on Orcas island, where over 100 island musicians come together in a show of support for school music that has become an island tradition.

Now, the number of students choosing band and strings is growing tremendously and their performances at competition are winning regional recognition.  To reach greater heights, we need your continuing support for the Orcas Island Public School music program.

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