Chime in for a musical cause in the OICF Holiday Catalog 2017

This holiday season, your donation to MAG’s appeal in the OICF 2017 Holiday Catalog will help purchase a set of orchestral chimes and other music equipment for the Orcas public school music program.  It is a gift that our young percussionists and their fellow student musicians have been hoping for.  Donate here. Let’s hear from our … More Chime in for a musical cause in the OICF Holiday Catalog 2017

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

October Music Student of the Month – Nate Smith

Practicing helps more than you think it would! – Nate Smith, Orcas High School Strings violinist Congratulations Nate for being recognized in October 2017.  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 … More October Music Student of the Month – Nate Smith

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

From $10,000 seed fund to $10,000 for school music this year

What has truly mattered is the partnership with school teachers, administrators, the school board and the Orcas music community, with MAG as the conduit for their shared conviction in school music. Keeping music education in public school classrooms in today’s school budget climate is as challenging today as it was 20 years ago.  That the … More From $10,000 seed fund to $10,000 for school music this year

Time to Complete the Second Half of the School Music Building Plan

Thanks to a 2012 bond, the Orcas Island School District completed the first half of construction needed to house the school music program. Our beautiful new band room provides space for Elementary, Middle and High School band classes taught by Darren Dix. The second half of the planned music building construction – an adjoining structure estimated to … More Time to Complete the Second Half of the School Music Building Plan