Board and Staff
Aloysia Friedmann | Founder and Artistic Director
Ms. Friedmann is a violinist and violist whose broad-ranging career has included tours in Japan, Europe, South America and the United States, performances with New York’s most prestigious musical ensembles, and a special onstage role on Broadway. The New York Times praised her “fiery spirit” after her Carnegie Recital Hall debut. As a regular member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s she has performed classical symphonies in Carnegie Hall and rock’n’roll alongside “Metallica” in Madison Square Garden. She made her Broadway debut as the violinist in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, which starred Dustin Hoffman. Ms. Friedmann performed with the Soni Ventorum Quintet on the world premiere recording of William O. Smith’s “Jazz Set for Violin and Wind Quintet.” Ms. Friedmann is featured as both violist and producer on the CD Classical Music with a View: Islands and Vistas. Ms. Friedmann has been an Affiliate Artist of Viola at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and performs regularly with the Houston Grand Opera orchestra. She was also acting concertmaster for HGO’s world premiere performances of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair. Trained at The Juilliard School and the University of Washington, Friedmann plays on a Grancino violin and a Grancino viola, both made in Milan in the late 17th century.
Jon Kimura Parker | Artistic Advisor
Mr. Parker is one of the world’s leading classical pianists, playing as many as 100 concerts annually everywhere from New York’s Carnegie Hall to London, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Tasmania. He has given two command performances for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has recorded as guest soloist with Andre Previn, jammed in an impromptu concert with Doc Severinsen and the original Tonight Show Orchestra, and was a celebrity guest on the children’s television program Under the Umbrella Tree on the Disney Channel. In November 1996 Jon Kimura Parker received the Governor General’s Arts Award, the most prestigious arts award in Canada. Gold Medal winner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, he was also awarded his country’s highest honor for lifetime achievement, the Order of Canada. A committed educator, Mr. Parker joined the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston in 2000. He studied in his native Vancouver BC with Edward Parker, Keiko Parker, and Lee Kum-Sing, and with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School.
Anita Orne | Executive Director
Anita Orne, Executive Director, brings a broad background as a teacher, musician, program director, Board member, emcee, artist and more.
Anita knows the Orcas Island Chamber Festival from the inside out. She has served on the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Board of Trustees for six years. Since 2000, Anita has also videotaped every concert during the Summer Festival to ensure a magnificent archival history. And she’s been one of the dedicated Pied Pipers at Orcas preschools, a program developed by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival to introduce young ones to the wondrous world of music. Anita’s impact is felt on Shaw Island, too, where she is Music Director of the Shaw Island School District. She works with their community to promote music and music education, and her role there continues, in addition to her Executive Director responsibilities. Since her move to Orcas in the late 1980s, Anita has served on many boards and committees. Plus, you’ll find her singing and playing everything from the guitar, bass and banjo – to mandolin, ukulele and saw – as a member of three music groups: JP and the OK Rhythm Boys, The Olga Symphony, and Mandy Troxel and the Bitter Ends.
Linda Slone | Festival Manager
Linda Slone, Festival Manager, graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Music. As a flute player, she has been and remains a valued member of numerous community ensembles in San Juan County and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Linda’s past experience includes work at Roger Sherman’s Loft Recordings, Darvill’s Bookstore, and the Orcas Island School District library. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Non-Fiction editing from the University of Washington.
Laura Gibbons | Community Outreach Manager
Community Outreach Manager Laura Gibbons comes to the Chamber Music Festival with a diverse communications and event production background. She received her B.A. in Communications Studies at the University of Southern California and continued graduate studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. While in California her professional experience included promotion production for an Emmy award winning woman’s talk show, line producing national and regional television commercials, Manager of the Story Department at Phoenix Entertainment and Manager of International Television Production at the Walt Disney Studio. Upon arriving in the Northwest she was Public Affairs Producer at KOMO-TV and co-producer of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Telethon. She has lived on Orcas Island for the past twenty years and is currently a partner in a native landscape and design company, an instructor of Public Speaking at Skagit Valley College and the co-founder and producer of the Orcas Island Solstice parade now in its 18th year. Celebrating art and community while using her seasoned organizational skills is her life long passion.
2015-2016 Board of Directors
Sam Coleman | President
Mimi Sommerville | Vice President
Carl de Boor | Treasurer
Catherine Pederson | Secretary
Artistic Advisory List
Valerie Anders | Chair Emeritus
Phil Burbo | Lighting Technician
Wade Campbell | Season Image / Graphic
Jean Dickerson | Gardening
Rick Gould | Archivist
John King| Web Designer
Jeff O’Kelly | Program Annotator
Anita Orne | Videography
Dan Rue | Piano Tuning
Bill Levey and Roger Sherman| Sound Engineers
David Shade | Stage Manager
Gunning, Stenson & Price, P.S., John Price | Accounting Services
Annie Moss Moore | Bookkeeping
Chimayo/Sazio, William Patterson
Patina Design, Leslie Ginnes | Floral and Design
Driftwood Nursery, Lorna Vester | Landscape Design and Gardening
Garvey, Schubert & Barer | Legal Counsel
Peter Fisher, 2016 images