January Music Student of the Month – Willow White

“Willow is dedicated student, and even joined the H.S. Pep Band and plays with us at every game!” – Band Director Darren Dix Congratulations Willow for being our first student musician to be recognized in 2018!  Between Nov 2017 to Feb 2018, many of our string and band student musicians have played and competed in … More January Music Student of the Month – Willow White

OIHS Students Earn Top Awards

Many thanks to Ed Wilson for sharing this article that also appeared on Orcas Issues: A busload of Orcas Island High School (OIHS) musicians traveled to Bellingham High School on Saturday morning, January 27, to compete in the all-day San Juan Music Educators Association (SJMEA) regional solo and ensemble contest. By Sunday night, it was learned that two … More OIHS Students Earn Top Awards

December Music Student of the Month – Ashling Gordon

“I like how music can show emotion, and how you can move while playing.” -Ashling Gordon, Orcas Island Strings musician Congratulations Ashling for being recognized in December 2017, and to all our student musicians in 2017.  We look forward to hearing more about your musical journeys in 2018!  The Music Student of the Month series … More December Music Student of the Month – Ashling Gordon

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