September 2019 Music Student of the Month – Sintia Cruz Hernandez

Sintia is picking up a new instrument this year, the euphonium, after two years of playing the trumpet in the school band, and she is enjoying the new sound. She appreciates how music can help shift her mood, whether it is to calm her nerves or keep her  feeling upbeat.  Congratulations to Sintia for being the … More September 2019 Music Student of the Month – Sintia Cruz Hernandez

April 2019 Music Student of the Month – Royce Tye

It’s only his first year in Band but 5th-grader Royce Tye already dreams of playing all his favorite songs.  In a heartwarming twist, he already has his own trumpet that has been in the family for almost a century.  What a fantastic start! Congratulations on being April’s Student Musician of the Month, we can’t wait … More April 2019 Music Student of the Month – Royce Tye

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

Mar 2019 Music Student of the Month – Lillian Hodges

6th grader Lillian is in tuned with how music can change her mood.  This girl loves listening to hip-hop but she’s just as serious about learning to play the violin at school.  “I like the harmonies. I like how it’s peaceful.  It makes me feel calm.” Orcas Middle School Strings member Lillian Hodges Strings Director … More Mar 2019 Music Student of the Month – Lillian Hodges

January 2019 Music Student of the Month – Kai Ross

Kai first had his ear on a viola played at an Orcas Chamber Music Festival Concert years ago, leading him to pick up the instrument at school.  Besides simply loving the sound, he sees music opening the doors to travel!  May you go far, Kai Ross.  Congratulations on being January’s Student Musician of the Month! … More January 2019 Music Student of the Month – Kai Ross

December 2018 Music Student of the Month – Moose Kinsey

Moose has been playing the cello for five years and continues to get a thrill out of learning to play a piece.  It’s a privilege to see our young musicians develop. Congratulations Moose for being recognized as our December 2018 student musician! “Whatever language people speak, they understand you when you play music.” says Orcas … More December 2018 Music Student of the Month – Moose Kinsey

April Music Student of the Month – Ava Ashcraft

“Playing music makes me calm and happy.” – Orcas Elementary School Strings student Ava Ashcroft Congratulations Ava for being recognized as our April 2018 student musician!  Learning a new instrument is a brave step and we’re glad you are up for the challenge.  All the best!  The Music Student of the Month series recognizes Orcas … More April Music Student of the Month – Ava Ashcraft

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