January 2021 Music Student of the Month – Mila Marinova

Mila, a cellist in her sophomore year, is a go-getter in the Strings program. She chose to learn the cello in 8th grade because some of her favorite pieces were written for the instrument. She enjoys practicing and finds is very rewarding when a piece she has worked hard on starts to sound like it … More January 2021 Music Student of the Month – Mila Marinova

December 2020 Music Student of the Month – Molly Johnston

Our music students never cease to inspire us!  5th grader Molly Johnston started learning the trumpet in the middle of the pandemic, when band class at school was only taking place online.  In the face of the challenges of beginning a new instrument and navigating online classes, Molly has remained enthusiastic and makes the effort … More December 2020 Music Student of the Month – Molly Johnston

November 2020 Music Student of the Month – Morgan Anderson

Morgan picked up the viola when she joined middle school strings as a 7th grader and she has shown that hard work and a good attitude pays off, catching up quickly with her classmates who mostly started at 5th grade. She has some proven tips for musicians of all ages. Congratulations on being recognized November … More November 2020 Music Student of the Month – Morgan Anderson

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