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.

Early Birds Open Festival Ticket Sales

The Early Bird tradition calls dedicated Chamber Music Festival devotees to a dawn event inspired by the desire to purchase summer Festival tickets as early as possible! Patrons arrive with the morning light, receive a sequence number plus piping hot coffee, homemade cakes and breads served while they await their concert and seat selection moment.  Seasonsales are launched at 8AM on Wednesday, May 23rd. The momentum for the 15th Season of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, August 9-25, began on April 18th for donors of $500+ and now opens for all.

Click the papaya-colored Ticket Sales Button for on-line access beginning at noon on the 23rd.

Spring Musicians-in-Residence Inspire

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.

Pied Piper Bassoonist

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.

Ukulele gift for 4th graders

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.

Barn Dance

Sunday, April 29th at 3:00
It’s our first Barn Dance for preschoolers and their families! Rachel Buchman and local talent will lead a fun afternoon filled with music, dancing and goodies at an historic Orcas Island barn. Teachers will be providing details to parents, or call the OICMF office for information: 360-376-6636.


Rachel Buchman Returns as Musician-In-Residence

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.

Winter Salon Concert with Pianist Jeffrey Kahane: “Thrilling!”

On Monday, February 27, 2012, world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane performed for an enthusiastic, limited-seating audience of 60 on the Orcas Center OffCenter Stage. Kahane has frequently appeared in the annual Summer Festival of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (OICMF). He is conductor and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Afterward, Valerie Anders, OICMF Board President said, “To experience a concert by a remarkable musician such as Jeffrey in this intimate setting is absolutely thrilling!”

On this night, Kahane performed Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, G. Kahane’s Django and Chopin’s Mazurkas, Barcarolle and Polonaise-Fantasie. This Salon Concert, one of three planned for 2012 by OICMF, was followed by a “nightcap reception” for all who attended.

The next OICMF Salon Concert for 2012 is scheduled for May 19 at 5 pm. It will feature violinist Monique Mead, who will be accompanied by pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn, according to Victoria Parker, Executive Director of OICMF. The May concert will be in a private residence on Buck Mountain for a limited-seating audience of 35. Tickets are available for $75. To reserve, call the OICMF office at 360-376-6636.

Salon Concert with Jon Kimura Parker – Extra Performance Added!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Salon Concert on Thursday, Dec. 29th sold out quickly. Now, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has generously agreed to perform a second concert so that others may attend. The concert will take place Friday, Dec. 30th, at 7:00 pm at Orcas Center’s OffCenter Stage.

It promises to be a wonderful holiday evening to share with family and friends.

Jackie will perform the same concert December 29th and December 30th. The program features Pictures at an Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition. Jackie will also perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 3 From Old Notebooks. Pictures at an Exhibition is an epic and hugely popular work with a fascinating history. Mussorgsky was a member of “The Five,” a 19th-century group of Russian composers. He was devastated by the sudden death of architect and artist Viktor Hartmann, one of his closest companions. An exhibition was organized in honor of Hartmann, using his sketches of architecture, characters and scenes from everyday life. This exhibit inspired Mussorgsky to compose Pictures at an Exhibition in six weeks, as he imagines himself walking down the hallway that showcased his friend’s work. The original piano version is rarely heard, but you can hear it performed by one of the world’s great pianists, Jon Kimura Parker, December 29th and 30th.

 Following the concert, guests will enjoy a nightcap reception, with Thurston Wolfe Festival wines and festive hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are available now. Call the OICMF office 360-376-6636. Tickets are $75.

Proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education.