Press Release

Welcome New Pied Pipers!

20150924_113006Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Pied Piper program brings local musicians to our island preschools each week during the school year, and special sessions during the Summer.   “We couldn’t imagine a week without the Pied Piper music program in our classrooms,” said Susan Anderson, Executive Director at Children’s House.  “Young children gain so much through music and motion, and the shared experience brings them together in highly unique ways that support their development.  Music helps enhance language, develop listening skills, and they learn respect for the instruments and the talent.  Nothing beats a live performance to connect with a child!”

20150929_151136 This Fall, OICMF is welcoming two new members to the Pied Pipers team: Tom Rawson and Mandy Troxel. They’ll join Anita Orne in visiting four island preschools.  Tom is a local folksinger and storyteller. He taught preschool and primary grades in  public and private schools in the Seattle area, and on Orcas for 30 years. Tom is the music teacher at Salmonberry School, and performs regularly at children’s concerts, libraries, and folk festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Mandy has lived and made music on Orcas Island for over 13 years. Alongside Anita Orne, she co-leads the “Girls with Ukes” ensemble and frequently contributes to the soundtrack of many Orcas community events. An accomplished singer-songwriter, she has released two recordings, and currently performs solo and with her band “The Bitter Ends.” 

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is dedicated to sharing music, musicians and music education with our preschools.  This early childhood musical opportunity involves playing instruments, singing and creating musical stories, and provides a strong music-based foundation from which our young ones learn and grow.

Two “Signature” Events at 2015 Chamber Music Festival!

Miro Quartet Transcendent  Evening
It was a special honor when the Miró Quartet selected Orcas Island as the perfect setting for a much-anticipated event.  During our 2015 Season, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presented the pre-release of Miró Quartet|transcendence, an incredible double disc set (Blu-ray/CD) of Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887. Last year the Quartet recorded and filmed the making of this iconic work in Seattle at Benaroya Hall on David Fulton’s instrument collection, including several Stradivari and Guarneri.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele were supported by benefactor David Fulton in embarking on this beautiful and transcendent musical journey.

The evening included a live performance, an exciting multimedia debut of this award-winning documentary, and a fascinating question and answer session with the Miró Quartet, OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and OICMF Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker.  Patrons were thrilled to Miro 11be part of this one-of-a-kind event, and didn’t want to see the evening end!  Our thanks to concert sponsors Lee and Stuart Rolfe, and reception sponsor Carl de Boor!
The Miró Quartet also unveiled educational aspects of this project: the “Play It Forward” educated initiative, and “The Miró Transcendence Education Contest,” in partnership with Carnegie Hall. To learn more about these programs, 

Kostov/Valkov CD Premiere
Lachezar and Viktor 5Opening night of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was the perfect time and place for the CD release of Lachezar Kostov and Viktor Valkov’s Kostov-Valkov Duo Transcriptions & Paraphrases for cello and piano.  The lines were long during intermission and post-concert receptions, as adoring fans looked forward to autographed copies of their CD.

This exciting duo have performed together since 2000, performing across the United States, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Japan.  Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has been hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing” and described as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist.”  Winner of the 2012 New Orleans _MG_9140International Piano Competition, Bulgarian pianist Viktor Valkov has been highly acclaimed by critics as a “lion of the keyboard.”  The CD features Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 and 2 and Evocation a la Chapelle Sixtine, Buxton Orr’s A Carmen Fantasy, Martinu’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini and  Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Figaro.

The CD was produced by Aloysia Friedmann and sponsored by The Anders Foundation, William and Valerie Anders.


Miró Quartet Transcendence Pre-Release Event


                    Monday, August 17th –  7:30 pm
                                   Orcas Center

This summer the Miró Quartet is back, and in addition to their concert performances during the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, there’s an added bonus!  They’re having a pre-release party of an incredible double disc set (Blu-ray DVD/CD)  of Schubert’s Great G Major String Quartet. Last year the quartet recorded and filmed the making of this disc in Seattle at Nordstrom Hall on David Fulton’s instrument collection, including several Stradivari and Guarneri.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele were commissioned by benefactor David Fulton to embark on this bold and beautiful journey.

The quartet has chosen Orcas Island as the perfect setting to make this announcement,  as they embark on their 20-year anniversary, and a select number of patrons will have the opportunity to be a part of this exclusive event.  The evening includes a live performance, an exciting multimedia debut, and informative Q&A with the Miró Quartet.

Tickets are $40 and includes a copy of the Miró Quartet “Transcendence”  Blu-ray Disc and audio CD.  Guests will also enjoy a reception of delicious
hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine in the Madrona Room.    To purchase, visit   

Music Lovers Seminars Set the Stage!

Before the curtains open for the 18th Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival August 6 – 22, 2015, go behind the scenes for what many call a “transforming experience.”  Music Lovers Seminars are presented for each program by five Lecturers who are highly respected musicians and classical music experts.  OICMF Board Member and Seminar sponsor Glenn Prestwich summarizes his seminar experience: “Before attending phenomenal concerts featuring the world’s top artists, you have learned about the personal lives and sociopolitical challenges of each composer, you’ve understood the arc and key “what-makes-it-great” elements of each musical composition, and you’ve attended a live rehearsal of one of the works. Then, at the concert, you can really appreciate each work and the performers’ artistry and collaboration to the fullest!”

Opening weekend we’re delighted to welcome Robert Baldwin as Lecturer for the “Russian Tableaux” program being performed August 6 on Lopez Island, and August 7 and 8 on Orcas. Dr. Baldwin is an accomplished violist, the Music Director of the Salt Lake Symphony, and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah. He performs and conducts concerts across the United State and Europe. His pre-concert talks and community music classes are popular mainstays of the Utah Arts scene, and you can view his award-winning blog on music and creativity at before the downbeat.  Dr. Baldwin, a specialist in Russian music, will present these lectures on both Lopez and Orcas Islands!
Lopez:  Thursday, August 6, Port Stanley School, 9 am – noon.
For tickets, visit Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock or email
Orcas:  Friday, August 7, St. Francis Catholic Church 9 am – 12:30 pm.
For tickets, visit our web site.
On Tuesday, August 11th, Steve Reeder, who we’re also welcoming as a new Festival Lecturer this year, will provide insights into the “Façade” concert. Steve is an announcer at Northwest Public Radio, and served as on-air host and Program Director for Classical KING-FM in Seattle.
Friday, August 14th, Stephen Rumph, associate professor of music history at the University of Washington and internationally recognized scholar, explores “The Romantic Cello” concert. Patrons will remember Stephen Rumph’s fascinating lecture last year for “Miró|Beethoven|An Epic Journey” Concerts.
On Tuesday, August 18th the Miró Quartet’s amazing violist, John Largess, will educate and entertain patrons with his seminar exploring “Orcas~trations:Into the Woods.”  John is also performing in this concert for Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).
Friday, August 21st, popular Lecturer Lisa Bergman will return to provide insights for the magnificent closing concert, “Hallelujah Junction.” A passionate promote of classical music and concert pianist, Lisa is founder and Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and is a national Gracie award-winning radio announcer on KING-FM.
Music Lovers Seminars take place at St. Francis Church from 9 am – 12:30 pm, with the exception of the August 14 Seminar, which will be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall. All Seminars on Orcas include a coveted visit to a rehearsal. Tickets are $30, students 18 and under free.   To purchase, visit our web site!  A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space. Call the OICMF Office for more information 360-376-6636.


OICMF Honors Students!

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award four High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund.  OICMF Board of Directors Emeritus Marilyn Anderson, and OICMF Executive Director Leslie Rae Schmitz presented awards to Mikaela Hansen, Celestine Jensen, Emy Carter and Lisa Carter at the Celebration of Success ceremony on June 12, 2015. This annual $500 award for graduating seniors honors students who have demonstrated that music is an important element in their lives.  Their music involvement could include singing, playing an instrument, composing, or recording of music.  The award is named for founding OICMF Board member Marilyn Anderson and her dedication to music education. This tradition began in 2007, and has been a source of encouragement for music students, acknowledging the importance of their practice, performance, enjoyment and love of music.  Congratulations Young Musicians!


Chamber Music Festival Tickets on Sale

AUGUST 6   – 22, 2015

Tickets are on sale for the 18th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, which takes place August 6th through  August  22nd.  This year’s Festival is going to be spectacular!  Cellos play a big part this year, including one concert with eight cellists on stage!  Opening and closing weekends feature the beautiful two-piano music of Rachmaninoff.  Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker welcome saxophonist Timothy McAllister, fresh from winning a 2015 Grammy!  He will perform everything from Gershwin to William Walton’s colorful Façade.  Metropolitan Opera’s Principal oboist Nathan Hughes brings his warmth of sound to Mozart and more. Add masterworks of Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schönberg’s haunting Verklärte Nacht – all being performed by superstar musicians – and you’ll want to be part of this exhilarating two-week Festival.

Visit our web site to purchase tickets, or call the Box Office @ 376-2281 between noon and 2 pm Wednesday through Friday.
To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists,  go to or call the Festival office @ 376-6636 for further information. 

Spring Brings Visiting Artists

March, April and May …  filled with music, singing and teaching!
MARCH:DSCN0904  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

APMiho and DiegoRIL:  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.

  MADSCN1451Y:  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.

Music Education donors know the deep satisfaction of giving musical times to young ones in the community on Orcas and Lopez Islands with their gifts. Let us know that you’d like to direct your gift to help continue the momentum. click here   Thank you in advance!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Free Concert

 Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pMonique and Adamm
 Emmanuel Episcopal Church
All are invited to attend a special Sunday afternoon concert on Sunday, March 8th  at 3:00 featuring Monique Mead, violin, and Adam Stern, piano.  Admission is free, and music students and music lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend.  The concert takes place at the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the center of Eastsound. Monique and Adam will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47,  Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz Kreisler.

Monique is the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence March 4 through 10.  She will work with string students in grades K- 12, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians.  In addition, both Monique and Adam will work with Island Sinfonia on string ensemble building and conducting.  Funding for these 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.

You’re a Piece of the Puzzle!

Exceptional experiences happen when the pieces of a puzzle come together.piece-5 Jackie, Monique, Anne
 For the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the pieces are many and varied:

  – Guest artists travpiece-4 preschoolersel to the islands to perform.
 – Full-house audiences rise to their feet with spontaneous applause during the Festival season, Salon Concerts and community performances.
 – Hundreds of volunteers complement every donor gift through countless hours and needed skills.
 – Eager preschoolers greet Orcas Island Chamber Music Singing Pied Pipers each week and share a Tune-Up Summer Camp with Teaching Artists on Orcas and Lopez islands.
 – Generous in-kind and supporting business contributions augment what is possible.
 – You – our Donors – send gifts from both near and far.
We’d like you to be a piece of our wonderful puzzle.
And thank you for trusting us to put it all together with you in mind.
To contribute, click here

Three Generations Gift

Imagine the moment when three generations of the Friedmann/Parker family stepped onto the stage of Rosario Resort’s Music Room! It was both emotional and inspirational for the artists and audience alike.  Performing Bach’s Allegro con moto from Quintet in F Major were Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s founder and Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Advisor (& husband) Jon Kimura Parker, piano; parents Laila Storch, oboe, and Martin Friedmann, viola; and daughter Sophie Parker, viola.  An 80-year age difference disappeared from the very first note! 

_MG_9691-L[1]The entire evening at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual ”Leaves of Gold” fundraising concert in December was filled with special moments.  Baritone Philip Cutlip performed beautiful selections from Bach, Schubert and Mendelssohn, as well as holiday favorites.  Aloysia captured the spirit of the season playing the traditional carol Greensleeves as well as the glorious Ave Maria.  Ian Parker lit up the night with his solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.

The historic Rosario Mansion, adorned for the holidays, was the perfect setting for this heart-warming evening. A reception followed with delectable hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts and wine in the Orcas Room of the Mansion. The event was hosted by Rosario Resort owners Jan and Jerry Barto.