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 

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

School Music Wraps Up A Notable Year – Over $19,000 in funding from MAG

The Orcas School music program bids farewell to two graduating seniors this year, a Band percussionist, Liam Griskey-Watson, and Strings violinist, Joanne Mietzner.   Both have been stellar musicians.  Joanne played in the San Juan Music Educators Association (SJMEA) Senior Honor Orchestra.  She also played in the Orcas High School Strings group that won first … More School Music Wraps Up A Notable Year – Over $19,000 in funding from MAG

Burghardt Fund exceeds challenge target, paving new ways for local music students to reach full potential

In June this year, at the Music Advocacy Group (MAG) annual meeting and reception, the board received a remarkable challenge.  Four generous island donors stood up and pledged to match, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 in donations from the community before the end of 2017.  The money raised would go to the establishment of … More Burghardt Fund exceeds challenge target, paving new ways for local music students to reach full potential

MAG’s $10,000 Challenge Grant Will Provide New Opportunities for Students

The Music Advocacy Group (MAG) is pleased to announce the formation of the Joyce Burghardt Excellence in Music Fund honoring recently-retired and founding MAG Board member Joyce Burghardt. MAG’s new fund will focus on helping Orcas Island public school music students develop their music skills to the highest level. Four generous island donors have pledged … More MAG’s $10,000 Challenge Grant Will Provide New Opportunities for Students