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

Happy New Year! Orcas Island School District music teacher Pamela Wright has not let COVID stop her or her students. With new computers and software that MAG provided, she produced a virtual holiday concert featuring her 5th through 12th grade strings classes.

As MAG president Miriam Ziegler put it, “It’s a very difficult undertaking to put together a virtual group concert — it required both skill and a lot of hard work on Pamela’s part even with the necessary software.  Pamela did such a fantastic job with the teaching and the planning, and with putting it together.  We’re also very grateful to all the strings students for their hard work and participation!”

MAG thanks the school, parents and community for your continued support. Enjoy!

Fall 2020 Newsletter MAG is supporting the innovative ways that the school music program can evolve, connect with students, and provide the benefits of music education in the district’s current virtual learning environment. Read the latest here.

Orcas High School Students Return To Carnegie Hall.

Yes! Thanks to donors like you, our students have the opportunities to participate in inspiring musical events. In January and February, Middle School and High School music students have participated in the SJMEA’s Junior and High School Solo/Ensemble events in Bellingham. Two students ventured even further, to New York City! Read about their experience here.

Thank you for supporting our OICF Holiday Catalog fundraiser for Chromebooks

Cheers to all who donated, those who gamely contributed on Unique Donor Days, and not least, the many of you who posed with Flat Ed for selfies – we won an additional $250 when our entry was drawn! We raised $2,650 which is a good start for buying Chromebooks for the Music Wing.


Hello from MAG! The school music program started on a high note with the highly anticipated Multi-purpose Music Room ready for students.  Final touches are still being made, and there are many needs, but the excitement felt as each class walked in for the first time has been infectious.  Read more…

What’s new in 2019/2020 school music
89 students in Band and 67+ in Strings
3rd/4th grade Seattle Symphony trip in May

Two beginning French Horn students in 2019-20

Award Highlights in 2018-2019
SJMEA ‘Superior’ rating for HS Band 
SJMEA ‘Excellent’ rating for 7th/8th Band
SJMEA ‘Superior’ rating for HS String group — highest score in the region for two years
WWU-ASTA Silver Performance Award, MS Strings
WWU-ASTA 3rd Place Award, Chamber Music Div, HS Strings

*SJMEA – San Juan Music Educators Assn
*ASTA – American String Teachers Assn statewide contest


School Concert Calendar 2019-20
Dec 5      5th-8th Music Concert, HS Gym, 7pm
Dec 12    High School Concert, Orcas Center, 7pm
Jan 23     Elementary Concert, HS Gym, 6:30pm
Mar 1     MAG Spring Benefit Concert, Old Gym, 3pm
Apr 9      7th-12th Band/Strings Festival Concert, HS Gym, 7pm
May 7     District Band Concert, HS Gym, 7pm
May 14   District Strings Concert, Orcas Center, 6:30pm
May 28   Elementary Concert, HS Gym, 6:30pm


By partnering with the school and community, we can support a quality music program for all students. Volunteer, or donate online or via check to ‘MAG’ at P.O. Box 1171, Eastsound, WA 98245.  MAG is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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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