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Thanks for supporting music in the schools | Letter

March 29, 2013 · Updated 11:51 AM

A celebration of school and community music thrilled every listener and performer who gathered at the old School Gym on Sunday, March 3 for the 16th annual School Benefit Concert presented by the Music Advocacy Group.  The concert was a stunning financial as well as musical success.

Thanks to all of you in the community who contributed, donations at the concert reached this year’s goal of over $7,000. MAG administers these funds, as needed, to support and augment the music program of the Orcas Island Public Schools.

This year we received an additional special gift, honoring Marilyn Anderson, a founder and steadfast friend of the Music Advocacy Group, of $5,000 to the MAG endowment fund. This gift was made by the Boards of the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas island Education Foundation, the and Orcas island Chamber Music Festival, who were joined by several private donors – all leaders in assuring stability and growth in our school’s music program.

MAG thanks our community’s superb music groups Orcas Choral Society, Community Band, Island Sinfonia and their directors, our school music teachers, administrators and school board who give leadership and support.

This year’s concert was highlighted by outstanding performances by our award winning advanced student groups – The Orcas youth Orchestra and newly organized choral group, Acapellagos. Jubilant audience response was a tribute to the students, their teachers, mentors and parents and all who contribute to school music.

Sixteen years ago, there were no music classes in our school.   Dedicated believers in school music, led by MAG, have insisted, since that time, that music be included as an integral part of the curriculum – available to every child.  The Music Advocacy Group is grateful for the community’s recognition of our support of school music.  It would not be possible without the ongoing help we receive from all of you in the community who believe that school music matters!

Catherine Pederson

MAG President

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