Island Strings, a coalition of string teachers on South Whidbey, will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year in fostering Whidbey‘s string players. They teach Suzuki and other methods to build a good foundation for young students. They also provide numerous year round performance opportunities for students to build confidence in sharing various music from classical to fiddling. Calyx Community Arts School, sponsored by South Whidbey Tilth, is multilingual arts and nature integrated learning for the whole child (ages 5 to 8). Island Strings and Calyx students will be performing folk songs from Scotland, France, Germany, etc and Beatles music celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles.
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Ceilidh Chids, Whidbey‘s unique youth string ensemble (currently 14 members), provides aspiring string players the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of music in a setting that is “serious but fun.” Founded in 2010, Ceilidh Chids is directed by Roxallanne Medley, concert master of Saratoga Orchestra. The ensemble meets weekly and performs at least three concerts each season. They will perform works from their recent St. Patrick’s Day concert: Bach’s Brandenburg No. 3, Gaelic Air and Dance, Neil Gow’s Lament and the Fiocco “Allegro.”
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ICTHUS, a youth vocal group (currently 9 members), founded in 2009, is directed by Karl Olsen, music director of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of the Brothers Four. They have performed at the church services and community events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance, and their beautiful harmony has always stolen audience’s hearts. Their music at Youth in Arts includes their well-received Baba Yetu, a 2010 Grammy-nominated up-tempo song in Swahili, and Prayer of the Children, a moving piece, reflecting children’s voices in war-torn areas; originally, the situation in the former Yugoslavia.