Thanks for support of school music

The Orcas community enjoyed a real musical treat on Sunday, March 3 — the 22nd Annual Music Advocacy Group benefit concert for the Orcas Island School District music program.

MAG is so fortunate that our largest musical groups and many experienced volunteers have been willing to lend their time and energy to planning, rehearsing and performing for this concert every year since 1998. The amount of thought and time given to producing this event to benefit school music is deeply appreciated by the many islanders for whom this concert is a musical highlight.

For MAG, this annual concert is both a joyous celebration of school music and a gift to the community. It is also the principal fund-raising event that enables MAG to provide over half of the school music budget. Your generosity helps to fund a wide range of necessities like instruments, equipment, music scores, fees and travel for off-island workshops and competitions, and professional development for our two music teachers. Last year, MAG’s contributions to the school totaled over $19,000.

MAG took the opportunity at this gathering to recognize recently retired founding MAG board member and former president Catherine Pederson for her dedication to music advocacy. Former board member Victoria Parker gave an eloquent tribute to her and presented her with a scroll recognizing her as Founding Member Emeritus.

At the lovely reception following the concert, concertgoers and performers visited with each other and enjoyed a display of art by elementary students, set up by Art for Orcas Kids. March is Music in Our Schools Month, and on March 13 your support enabled the third through fifth-grade classes to visit the Seattle Symphony and play their recorders at Benaroya Hall.

The funds raised so far surrounding the concert have provided further evidence of the community’s amazing generosity as well as your recognition of the importance of music in our children’s lives and educational development. There is still time to contribute, either by mailing a check to MAG at P.O. Box 1171, Eastsound, WA 98245, or by donating online through our website:

To all of you who understand that music enhances student learning in all areas and brings enrichment for a lifetime, and who are so generous in your support for the music programs, please accept our heartfelt thanks!

Miriam Ziegler

President MAG