October 2022 Music Student of the Month – Kenneth Farani

“Playing percussion teaches you to slow down and be patient and yet be focused, counting in your head. I think that music is really inspiring and I’m really grateful to have this program.” Great insight from our October Music Student of the Month! We look forward to hearing you play at a school concert soon, … More October 2022 Music Student of the Month – Kenneth Farani

September 2022 Music Student of the Month – Ethan Moss

Our first honoree of the 2022-23 Music Student of the Month series is described as ‘a calm and collected leader’ by OISD Strings Director, Pamela Wright. We are so proud to support the nurturing of music talent and youth leadership. Congratulations, Ethan! The Music Student of the Month series recognizes Orcas Island Public School musicians … More September 2022 Music Student of the Month – Ethan Moss

April/May/June 2022 Music Students of the Month

We hope these little stories give you a glimpse of the outstanding musicians the public school music program is nurturing. A belated but heartfelt congratulations to these amazing Orcas Island student musicians—Theo Johnston (April), Natalie Zapeta Arevalon and Ginger Haug (May), and Finn Rubottom (June), who helped us close out the 2021-22 school music program! … More April/May/June 2022 Music Students of the Month

March 2022 Music Student of the Month – Toribio Quintero 

We are thrilled that public school music students are, once again, participating in off-island, in-person, competitions and performing with peers across the state. You make us proud, Tori! Congratulations on being March’s Music Student of the Month in 2022! The Music Student of the Month series recognizes Orcas Island Public School musicians who work hard … More March 2022 Music Student of the Month – Toribio Quintero 

January 2022 Music Student of the Month – Kristian Freeman

Fun and community are two enduring reasons that make music-making a lifelong passion for many adults. Thank you, Kristian, for sharing how learning music is enriching you both personally and socially. Congratulations on being the first Music Student of the Month in 2022! The Music Student of the Month series recognizes Orcas Island Public School … More January 2022 Music Student of the Month – Kristian Freeman

December 2021 Music Student of the Month – Cooper Maddux

Keep up the great work, Cooper! Congratulations on being recognized by your teacher as the December 2021 Music Student of the Month. The Music Student of the Month series recognizes Orcas Island Public School musicians who work hard at their musical skills and whose love of music is an inspiration to their fellow student musicians. … More December 2021 Music Student of the Month – Cooper Maddux

November 2021 Music Student of the Month – Hazel McKenzie

Hazel’s dedication to her musical instrument of choice at 5th grade, the cello, has meant adapting to learning on a computer screen (due to Covid19 restrictions) not long after first picking it up—a challenging task even for more experienced music students. Her efforts have paid off and Strings Director Mrs. Wright noticed a huge improvement … More November 2021 Music Student of the Month – Hazel McKenzie

Public school music program needs chair carts for daily use — GiveOrcas Holiday Campaign 2021

Orcas Island Music Advocacy Group (MAG) is helping to raise money for 4 steel carts to safely stack, move, store and protect the 80 or so music chairs used daily by 5th-12th grade music students for practice and performance in the public school. These storage carts will keep large stacks of chairs stable, freeing up … More Public school music program needs chair carts for daily use — GiveOrcas Holiday Campaign 2021

2021 Fall School Music News

Hello from MAG! School music has started, in-person, at Orcas public schools. Hooray! The high school band even performed ‘live’ at the Homecoming week bonfire on the Village Green on October 8th. Holiday concerts are being planned, albeit only open to families at this time. This year, there are 116 students in Band and Strings … More 2021 Fall School Music News