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

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

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