They came to Orcas Island with a marimba, taiko drum, Andean flute and more.
They left one week later, leaving a decided impact on students of all ages. The exciting duo of Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy, who teach and perform in the Seattle area, were the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musicians-in-Residence in February.
“The visit provided the children with a wonderfully engaging tour of songs and instruments from around the world,” said Tom Rubottom, Montessori School teacher. “The performers, with their drums, piano, percussion, flutes and whistles captivated the children’s minds and moved their bodies, leaving the class with great big smiles and, perhaps, a deeper appreciation of how music can bring us all together.”
Miho is from Japan, Diego from Colombia. They came together in 2006 after admiring each other’s works and discovering their sounds could be combined to make something genuinely new and unique. Their primary goal is to encourage cultural understanding through music.
“Miho and Diego’s visits to both Kaleidoscope preschool and Salmonberry primary were exceptional experiences,” said Tom Rawson, OICMF Pied Piper. “The children received a rich experience in understanding both rhythm and dynamics, as well as a taste of the cultures that the music comes from. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the fabulous presentations Miho and Diego gave.” At one preschool, Miho played “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on their steel drum and invited the children to sing along. They surprised her by singing it in Japanese, too!
In addition to visiting the preschools, Miho and Diego coached Band Director Darren Dix’s 5th, 6th, Middle School and High School Band students. They were enthusiastically welcomed as they taught and performed for Pamela Wright’s kindergarten through 4th grade music classes. In the evening, they worked with Community Band members and conducted a Master Class in percussion, which were educational and entertaining for all. And the duo performed a special concert at the Senior Center, where the marimba, wooden flutes, piano, drum and maracas added up to fun Friday event.
“We can’t thank enough Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and the Washington State Arts Commission for this wonderful opportunity,” said Miho Takekawa.
March, April and May … filled with music, singing and teaching!
MARCH: Violinist Monique Mead will return March 4 -10th as Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence to work with Orcas School string students, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians. In addition, both Monique and Adam Stern, pianist, will work with Island Sinfonia on ensemble building and conducting. They will present a free concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz
APRIL: Miho Takekawa & Diego Coy will visit Orcas Island for the first time the week of April 6-10 as OICMF Musicians-in-Residence. The Miho & Diego Duo has been boldly blending Latin and Japanese musical traditions in Washington, Oregon, California and Japan since 2006, encouraging cultural understanding through music. The Duo will spend time with Orcas School band students, as well as coaching and teaching percussion to elementary students. They will share their “Musical Trip Around the World,” an award-winning musical education program for preschool through K-2 students, on Wednesday April 8 at 1:00 pm, at Orcas Center. This program is designed to have children understand different cultures and languages by introducing a new genre of music. In addition, Miho and Diego will perform at the Senior Center on Friday, April 10th at 1:00 pm.
MAY: Baritone Philip Cutlip will return as a Musician-in-Residence May 18-22.
Philip has been a popular artist for several Orcas Island Chamber Music Festivals, and was a featured performer for our “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert in December. Last year he was also a teaching coach, working with student and community musicians. As one choir member said, “How fortunate for us to be graced with the expertise of a professional and an opera singer taking time to give beneficial instructions.”
Funding for the 2014-15 Musicians-in-Residence programs is from the National Endowment for the Arts, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Monique Mead, Mimi and Slim Sommerville, and the Gould Family Foundation.
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They’re called WindSync, a quintet of virtuoso players who show just how exciting a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn can be. This fresh, energetic group will be the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musicians-in-Residence the week of March 10th.
The five members of WindSync will work with K-12 music students and teachers, offering skill-building techniques which focus on finding a group sound together, while providing enthusiasm and inspiration. In addition, the Quintet will conduct workshops with community musicians. Their busy week on Orcas will end with a Spirit Assembly for students.
Based in Houston, WindSync has thrilled audiences nationwide with their unique approach to classical music. The Quintet specializes in creative and interactive concerts that inspire audiences of all ages, and are pioneers in unconventional performance practices. They have frequently performed in schools representing Young Audiences of Houston, an arts program which applauded WindSync for its “extraordinary ability to connect students, educators, administrators, and parents in a powerful and meaningful way.” Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync was winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is thrilled that WindSync is bringing their talent and passion for education to Orcas schools in March. This project is underwritten by gifts to the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Music Education Fund.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is bringing brass to the island the week of Oct. 6th. C Street Brass is the Ensemble in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, playing trumpets, horns and trombones. This dynamic quintet will lead educational workshops and entertain with ensemble performances as part of the Festival’s Musician-in-Residence program.
During the day, C Street Brass will be coaching students at Orcas elementary, middle and high schools, counseling with school music teachers and presenting spirit school assemblies in school and at Orcas Center. The group will continue to coach and perform at night, too. On Monday, Oct. 7th at 7pm, C Street will take part in the Community Band rehearsal, with a focus on coaching brass members. On Thursday, Oct. 10th there will be a Brass Master Class with Orcas Island’s Turtleback Brass. Other island brass players are welcome to join this session. If interested, please call the OICMF Office 376-6636. On Friday, Oct. 11th, there will be a special concert at The Grange, “Classy Brass: A Chamber Music Festival Community Concert.” The program is at 7:00 pm, followed by a post-concert coffee bar reception. Tickets are $15, $10 students 18 and under. To reserve your seat for this exciting concert, call OICMF 376-6636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
C Street Brass performs classical, jazz, commercial, and chamber music – and you can hear them online at www.cstreetbrass.com. They have appeared in chamber music series across the country, and toured internationally in Tbilisi, Georgia as Resident ensemble of the Traveling Notes Music Festival and in Doha, Qatar as ambassadors for Carnegie Mellon University. The quintet has received outreach and community education training from violinist and educator Monique Mead, who Orcas students and audiences know well as OICMF’s popular Musician-in-Residence and Festival performer. C Street Brass is teaching and performing on Orcas thanks to a Music Education Sponsorship from the following donors: Bill Anders, Janet Ketcham, James Connell and Win Rhodes.
Violinist Monique Mead, accompanied by pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn, will perform an intimate and elegant Salon Concert in the home of dear friends on Sunday, June 2 at 3PM in the afternoon. Concert hosts have opened their home and gardens to concert attendees for this spring performance in support of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and for Monique’s return to visit the island.
A passionate ambassador of classical music, Monique has developed a multi-faceted career as a performer, presenter, pedagogues, and consultant. Inspired by her collaborations with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Monique has devoted her career to building new audiences for orchestras, choirs, and music festivals in the United States and Europe. Her relationship with the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival includes visits as Musician-in-Residence coaching school and community musicians and island music groups. 2012 marked her 5th appearance as a guest artist during the Summer Festival.
Deborah Rambo Sinn is the Founder/Director of the Olympic Music School in Sequim, WA. Most recently, she has written a book on music interpretation, Playing Beyond the Notes, (she will be at Darvill’s Bookstore in Eastsound on Wednesday evening, May 29th for a book signing event) published by Oxford University Press. Deborah has given concerts and master classes on four continents and taught students from more than 14 countries. She holds a Doctorate and a Masters degree from Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) and James Tocco. Dr. Sinn is a nationally certified teacher of music through Music Teachers National Association.
The musical and teaching collaboration on Orcas Island of these two talented musicians offers a rare opportunity for island residents to learn and listen, both!
Salon Concert Tickets: $75. Seating limited to 35.
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Violin Concerto in B minor
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andantino quasi allegretto
III. Molto moderato e maestoso
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Sicilienne and Rigaudon
Schön Rosmarin (Beautiful Rosemary)
Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)
Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Meditation from “Thais”
Miniature Viennese March
George Gershwin (1898-1937) (arr. Jascha Heifetz)
From “Porgy and Bess”
I. Summertime/A Woman is a Sometimes Thing
II. It Ain’t Necessarily So
Monique Mead, violin
Deborah Rambo Sinn, piano
Sharon Abreu (pictured on slider) visits Kaleidoscope and Children’s House weekly while Anita Orne (pictured below leading one of her favorite songs about a moose) visits Salmonberry and Montessori. They are enthusiastically referred to as the “Singing Pied Pipers” when teaching our island young ones new and familiar songs.
Sharon, an acclaimed classical soprano, and Anita, of the popular fiddle trio JP and the OK Rhythm Boys, have jointly developed a list of songs that includes American folk tunes and a diversity of cultural traditions. You’d not be surprised to hear such home-grown classics as “Old MacDonald”, “This Land is Your Land”, (complete with sign language accompaniment) Row Row Row Your Boat”, and “You are My Sunshine”. The children are now heard to use their new and increasing musical vocabulary such as ENCORE! to request repeats of favorites. Listening skills are practiced with these engaged young ones as they imagine forests and chilly weather on snowy days, for example, when Sharon plays “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Classical music is woven in and among the 40 minutes of music times.
This shared canon of songs and lessons in musical language and listening are aimed at providing a continuity of musical experience for our youngest islanders. As they enter kindergarten they will have a common language to begin new friendships – their “library” of songs. The Chamber Music Festival introduced the instrumental Pied Piper program to Orcas preschools several years ago, bringing talented community musicians to show how their instruments look, sound and bring joy to their lives. The Singing Pied Pipers is a grand and important addition to OICMF’s Music Education on Orcas.
The Chamber Music Festival’s preschool Music Education is sponsored by several generous community members. Most recently a distinct Music Education Endowment Fund was established to help sustain these important OICMF offerings. Interested in learning more and helping? Contact Victoria at 360-376-6636.
It’s a year-round commitment. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival provides training and inspiration to the community, from preschoolers to adult musicians.
Starting with our young ones, OICMF brings Musicians-in-Residence to the island, teaching 3-7 year olds musical storytelling, rhythm skills and the language of music. In addition, dedicated community musicians take part in our Pied Piper program, visiting preschools to show how their instruments work, sound and bring joy.
For K-12 students, the Chamber Music Festival brings guest artists to the classrooms several times a year. Highly trained musicians offer skill-building techniques, mentor instructors and students, and provide inspiration.
Musicians-in-Residence for the past year include Rachel Buchman, who has taught music to young people and doctoral students in the United States, Germany, England and Israel; Monique Mead, a violinist, concert presenter and passionate ambassador of classical music in the United States and Europe; and the Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups, at the top of the international chamber music scene.
Violinist Monique Mead and pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn created a collegial partnership to team-teach music students and community ensembles on Orcas Island. The week of May 15-19 was awe-inspiring!
Generously sponsored by an OICMF donor family.
On May 7th and 9th a host of volunteers prepare the mailing of 1,300 Season Brochures to the Chamber Music Festival’s patrons and donors on Orcas Island and world-wide. Arranged in calendar format with repertoire, performing artists, and Festival social events noted, the brochure is a Festival-goers best friend. Want one? Call or write!
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Pied Piper and bassoonist Judy Whiting visits Kaleidoscope preschool, amazing young ones with the high and lows of her very big woodwind. Learning the language of music with Judy and her bassoon kept the preschoolers’ rapt attention as rhythms, scales, short folk songs, and sounds like the ferry’s fog horn, a train, a dancing bear, and a clown sparked imaginations. The Pied Pipers are comprised of community musicians who volunteer their time for 20-30 minutes visits to the island’s four preschool centers. The program organized by OICMF and sponsored by a generous OICMF donor.