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The Whidbey Island Orchestra was formed in 2007 to provide quality musical experiences
for young and adult musicians of Whidbey Island and for our community.

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Community support is vital for Whidbey Island Orchestra. Although our adult musicians pay dues, these provide less than half of our operating expenses. We depend on the voluntary donations we receive for our primary community support.

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Whidbey Island Orchestra

WIO at WICA December 2019 Whidbey Island Orchestra at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, December, 2019

The Whidbey Island Orchestra consists of strings, winds, brass and percussion of all abilities and backgrounds.

To join the community orchestra or for more information, please contact our membership administrator at membership@whidbeyislandorchestra.org .

The mission of the Whidbey Island Orchestra is to foster a positive musical experience for its musician members and for our local community. We perform for the love of music and for the opportunity to spread the joy of music to Whidbey Island audiences, be they residents or visitors.

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String “Triple Quartet” Performs March 27 at WICA

WIO at WICA December 2019

A group of twelve string players from the Whidbey Island Orchestra performed four Mozart string Quartets, including “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” at WICA on March 27. Other than Djangofest, this was the first live music performance on the WICA main stage since the lockdown.

Music director, players, and the audience were enthusiastic about the experience. Cynthia said, “The balance was tremendously good. I really did feel thrilled myself hearing the sound coming from the players. It was great.” A player recalled, “One day I arrived late (to rehearsal) and I remember thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is us playing.’ Because it was so good.” An audience member noted, “The energy in the audience was so supportive and enthusiastic. People were so thrilled, it was electric. They didn’t want to leave.”

Cynthia and the musicians agreed that the excellent acoustics in the WICA space allowed musicians to hear, listen, and adjust to each other, forming a tight-knit group. “We went from amateurs to professionals in one fell swoop”, said Cynthia.