How to play a part in the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

For those who are new to the island or have wondered about how to participate in the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, there are many ways to get involved in this popular event.

The festival attracts world-class musicians, island as well as off-island patrons, and volunteers who make sure their summer plans include the concert weeks. The 2010 season will feature 11 concerts plus Music Lovers’ Seminars, pre- and post-concert talks, Nightcap Receptions and a number of special events all happening between August 12 and 28.

A season brochure mailing will be sent to patrons nationwide, and all island addresses in May, announcing the concert repertoire and visiting artists’ performance dates. Or go to to view the season program.

Volunteers have the opportunity to usher, hostess, sell merchandise, serve beverages, arrange flowers, set tables, move furniture, park cars, assist the Box Office, help with mailings, and more. The artists are treated to lunches and dinners, and volunteers enjoy both preparing the meals and talking with the musicians. In addition, there are Orcas Islanders who provide housing for the artists in their home or guest houses.

To get involved in the Chamber Music Festival this year, contact Joyce Stone at the Festival Office at 376-6636.