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.



Hats Off to Our Board!

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Board takes the cake – and serves it up, too!
During the Summer Festival, the artists are treated to wonderful post-concert dinners created by guest chefs.  Following the exhilarating “Inspired by  Paganini” concert, the chefs were members of the OICMF Board, sporting Wall Street Journal newspaper hats.

With a menu inspired by Board member Win Rhodes, the dinner started on a high note with garden-fresh zucchini soup, followed by poached salmon, an orange and pecan grain salad  and Asian chicken in a lettuce wrap.  Using fantastic produce and fresh ingredients from Orcas Island, it was a meal fit for world class musicians!
As Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann commented, “What you’ve done, with offering your time and culinary expertise in preparing the delicious post-concert meals for all of us is a true gift that cannot be underestimated! ”

For their dedicated hard work, from the boardroom to the kitchen, we’d like to say thank you!

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.