Festival Office Trio

Festival Office Trio

Joyce, Victoria, Laura

Behind the doors of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival sits a hard-working trio!  Executive Director Victoria Parker, Office and Marketing Manager Joyce Stone, and Festival Production Manager Laura Gibbons are dedicated to assure the success of the two-week Summer Festival, the concerts and educational programs throughout the year, and its strong tradition of volunteer participation and community support.
Serving on and working for regional and state-wide management teams, policy boards, and action committees, Victoria has gained a reputation for dynamic camaraderie, leadership and governance. Joyce brings a career in television marketing, as an award-winning writer and producer of news and entertainment promotion, public service campaigns, sales presentations and fundraising videos. Laura joined the staff in the summer of 2012, and brings a diverse communications and event production background, from award-winning talk shows to commercials, public affairs programming, public speaking and community events.
A few changes are in store in the next few months. Victoria and Joyce will be reducing their work schedule, and Laura will be increasing hers! It’s both a talent and budgetary win/win!  More talent, same bottom line. We’re all excited about this new chapter, and we want to let you know that our door is always open!

Elegant Salon Concert June 2nd

Elegant Salon Concert June 2nd

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”                              

 Fritz Kreisler

            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





Singing Pied Pipers

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brings new voices to the four Orcas preschools and toddler centers, introducing two talented musicians and singers.

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.


Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival at Lopez Center May 19th!

It’s the concert Lopez Islanders have been waiting for.  World famous pianist Jon Kimura Parker and extraordinary
violist/violinist  Aloysia Friedmann will be performing together at Lopez Center on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 pm. You’ll hear them perform composer Jake Heggie’s “Orcas Island Ferry,” commissioned for Aloysia and Jackie and premiered at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in 2012.  The program also includes beautiful works by Rachmaninoff and Clara and Robert Schumann.  In addition, guests will be treated to Jackie Parker’s magnificent  performance of his new transcription of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. According to the Toronto Star, “Parker’s work is nothing short of mesmerizing as the music flows by in all of its passionate, visceral, energetic glory.
What an amazing way to mark the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring.”  This exciting CD has just been released, and will be available for purchase. Jackie will autograph CDs during the post-concert reception.

Friedmann, Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and Parker, Artistic Advisor, bring the world’s top performers to Orcas Island – and now to Lopez Island, too. This special May concert is a wonderful introduction to the summer Festival and one you won’t want to miss.  Following the concert, patrons can visit with Aloysia and Jackie, and enjoy wine and cheese. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students.  To purchase, go online www.lopezcenter.org or locally at Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock and Blossom Grocery.


“Serenade” by James Hardman

Islanders surely know the beautiful landscape scenes created by artist James Hardman.
In addition to the James Hardman Gallery at Orcas Island Artworks, his paintings are  displayed at the Lambiel Museum and in over 800 private collections. Now, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is proud to announce that Hardman’s work will be featured in its 2013 publicity and programs. Each year, the Festival selects images that convey a sense of our amazing place, and Hardman’s unique paintings fit perfectly with the Festival’s slogan “Classical Music With  A View.”  His unusual style uses a glazing method to create the colors he sees in nature, with hundreds of thousands of brush strokes in each picture. “The most important part of my workday is not spent in the studio, but out on my daily walk. This time in nature is essential not only for the scenes I observe, but for the renewal it brings to my senses,” Hardman says. The first publication to feature Hardman’s images will be the 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Season Brochure, which is mailed to all islanders in late March.  The Summer Festival takes place August 8 through 24.  For concert and artist information, visit www.oicmf.org.

Miró Brings Gift of Music!

It was a concert perfect in every way.   As guests approached Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, they were greeted with white Christmas lights framing the beautiful historic mansion.  The lobby was filled with a Festival of trees, each uniquely decorated by Orcas Island non-profit organizations.  And then the stars of the evening  –  the magnificent Miró Quartet.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele masterfully performed Beethoven’s Harp String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 and Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major, D887.  The world famous and much-loved Quartet played these classics in Rosario’s Music Room, the centerpiece of the mansion featuring Belgian stained glass, a Tiffany chandelier, two mezzanine libraries and a two-story 1913 Aeolian pipe organ.  It was the perfect setting for a magical evening. 

We can’t thank the Miró Quartet enough for coming to Orcas Island in rainy December to perform for our “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert.  It was a very special gift which overwhelmed concert-goers will long remember!



Fabulous Fall Salon Concerts

Rich musical color characterizes the collaboration of Desmond Hoebig, Professor of Cello at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Professor of Piano at Rice University, concert soloist, prizewinner and known as “Jackie” when on Orcas as OICMF’s Artistic Advisor.  The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival welcomes these two distinctive guest artists who return to visit Orcas from their respective touring and teaching schedules for two evenings of singular performances, October 2nd and 3rd.  The setting for these concerts is an elegant, intimate music room in a private home.  Salon Concert tickets are $75 and seating is limited.  To attend call 360-376-6636.



Chamber Music Fesitval Honors Students

Each year the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival honors graduating seniors who have demonstrated that music plays an important part of their lives.  The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, funded through the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund, was presented at the “Celebration of Success” ceremony at Orcas High School on June 15th.  Students Mackie Blackburn, Robin Gropp and Susanne Meitzner each received a $500 award, presented by OICMF Board Member Catherine Pederson and Executive Director Victoria Parker. The Chamber Music Festival is committed to supporting music education, and thrilled to have watched these young people grow into talented and dedicated musicians.

December Concert with Miró Quartet

Make This a December to Remember!                                                                                                                                                                        Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual Fundraising concert, “Leaves of Gold,” will feature the magnificent Miró Quartet.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele will perform two concerts in the Music Room at Rosario Resort, Thursday, December 6th at 6 pm and Friday, December 7th at 6 pm.  Tickets to this gala event are $150. All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education.  An elegant evening of music and delectable cuisine you won’t want to miss! For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org.