February Music Student of the Month – Itiari Villarreal

“When people play music, it gets their bright side out.  Their face lights up.  It relaxes everything to play beautiful music!” – Orcas Middle School Strings student, Itiari Villarreal Congratulations Itiari for being our February 2018 student musician!  We look forward to hearing you play at the upcoming Grades 1-12 Strings Concert on May 3, 2018 … More February Music Student of the Month – Itiari Villarreal

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

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

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