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.
Thirty 4th graders at the Orcas Island Public School received ukuleles through Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Musician-in-Residence program. Gordon Koenig, as OICMF’s Musician-in-Residence, will work closely with classroom instructor Pamela Wright to augment the school’s General Music curriculum. “It’s so totally beautiful!” exclaimed Joey. “I’m naming mine Lucy “ piped another! The first day’s lesson include history of the ukulele, instrument parts and names, proper handling, and the F and C chords with the admonition to practice to be ready for Skip To My Lou next week! Funded through a gift by a generous OICMF donor.
There will be music and dancing when popular music educator Rachel Buchman returns to Orcas to visit pre-school students April 26 – May 1st. She’ll teach songs and the language of music to the young ones and coach teachers in methods of music presentation. In addition, Rachel will work with students in Pamela Wright’s elementary school General Music classes. Rachel was the wonderful Concert Mistress at the 2011 Children’s Concert, leading the young audience and Festival artists in musical storytelling. Musician-in-Residence Buchman is sponsored through a gift by a generous OICMF donor.