October 2020 Music Student of the Month – Will Stephens

High school band student Will Stephens is setting a great example by keeping up his trombone practice and managing all the digital challenges of  online band class.  Will started on the trombone because a friend was playing it and, after 5 years, Will has discovered a few other benefits to being in band that has … More October 2020 Music Student of the Month – Will Stephens

September 2020 Music Student of the Month – Kai Ross

Kai was one of two students selected by audition to play at Carnegie Hall last February.  Traveling to play with different student groups has been one of the best perks of playing music. Kai has wise words for why we should all keep practicing even when we don’t feel motivated. Congratulations on being recognized September … More September 2020 Music Student of the Month – Kai Ross

FALL 2020 School Music News

2019-2020 Student Accomplishments November 2019: SJMEA Honor Orchestra and Honor Band – 2 String and 2 Band students auditioned and were selected for participation. January 2020:  SJMEA High School Solo and Ensemble. Orcas student musicians in both Band and String programs received “Superior” or “Excellent” ratings. February 2020: SJMEA Junior Solo and Ensemble. Both Band … More FALL 2020 School Music News

January 2020 Music Student of the Month – Orlando Ljubic

This is Orlando’s first year learning the trumpet and he is enjoying learning all about the instrument. He’s eager to improve and actively asks for advice on how to get to the next level–an attitude that Band Director Darren Dix appreciates. He has great advice for other new learners and that is, ‘Just try to … More January 2020 Music Student of the Month – Orlando Ljubic

December 2019 Music Student of the Month – Keyla Salinas Cruz

Keyla was drawn to the violin for its beautiful sound and has found it easy to learn.  At Orcas Elementary, 5th grade students start learning an instrument of their choice as part of the school music program.  Keyla, however, has been playing for 2.5 years and takes private lessons after school.  We love her dedication … More December 2019 Music Student of the Month – Keyla Salinas Cruz

2019 GiveOrcas holiday catalog: Chromebooks/Cart needed for OISD Music Program in new Wing 

Tra-la-la-lala!  The 2019 GiveOrcas Holiday Catalog runs from Dec 2-20, and MAG is one of 20 non-profits that are participating.  At the top of our music teachers’ wishlist is a dedicated set of 30 Chromebooks, housed in a storage cart cum charging station, that will serve the music classrooms in the new music wing.  Here, … More 2019 GiveOrcas holiday catalog: Chromebooks/Cart needed for OISD Music Program in new Wing 

Senior Student Projects That Are Giving Back Through Music

Three graduating seniors at Orcas Island High School have each embarked on a musically-focused senior project as their way to give back to the music-loving Orcas community that has supported their musical development while at the public school. Dishwashing to opera music  Luke Pietsch was first introduced to opera fortuitously, while working as a dishwasher … More Senior Student Projects That Are Giving Back Through Music

Letter to the Editor – Keep Music Room in the School Construction Bond

The reduced scope of the 2017 School Construction Bond has relegated the Multi-purpose/Music Room to the ‘Alternate’ category, in a re-prioritized list of projects for a new bid package.  There is a serious possibility that the Multi-purpose/Music Room may be dropped.  The School Board will open new bids for the revised scope of the 2017 … More Letter to the Editor – Keep Music Room in the School Construction Bond

Orcas Community Once Again Demonstrates Strong Support for School Music

— from Miriam Ziegler, President, Music Advocacy Group – On Sunday March 4, the Orcas community enjoyed a real musical treat, the 21st Annual Music Advocacy Group Benefit Concert.  The School’s Old Gym was filled to capacity. An audience member commented, “This MAG Concert is my favorite concert of the year, and I attend a … More Orcas Community Once Again Demonstrates Strong Support for School Music