Retired and aspiring artists and performers have made the culture of Orcas Island a vibrant and unique experience for islanders and visitors. Several theater centers host regular performances of plays and concerts, including major productions and benefit events produced and led by local masters. Acting and performance is encouraged by the school district and students put on plays and musicals regularly during the school year.
Music has been a part of island life on Orcas for hundreds of years and the tradition holds strong today with several public bands that perform seasonal concerts and play for special events. Private bands and individual performances are quite common as well and can often be seen at talent shows and seasonal public events. Music styles range from country and improvisational to progressive rock and classical; during the summertime many restaurants feature live music during their dinner hours. Come enjoy the art and traditions of Orcas Island and the San Juan Islands.
The Hall, located on beautiful Madrona Point in Eastsound, has been a natural community gathering place since it was built in 1891. The Hall is host to a variety of classes, dances, wedding receptions, art fairs, fundraisers, birthday parties and community events.
Call 360-376-5640, Eastsound, Orcas Island
Harpist/Pianist Lisa Carter performs with Emy Carter on violin and Paris Wilson on violin for a truly classical romantic sound for your wedding. The classically trained trio can perform many classical pieces, but are very talented in composing and arranging popular songs that can be performed at your wedding. Please visit our website at almostclassicalmusic.com or email us at email@example.com
Call 360-376-2187, Eastsound, Orcas Island
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island was formed to enhance the quality of life on Orcas Island by providing quality theater experiences and providing for the training and education of Actors, Directors and others involved in theater productions and by providing an opportunity to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in theatrical productions.
Hosts an Annual Summer Festival and seasonal concerts with musicians from around the world. Alos provides music education.
Perpetuate the artistry, craftsmanship, and knowledge of maritime traditions.
Call 360-376-5881, San Juan County, Washington
JP and the OK Rhythm Boys are a fiddle trio featuring JP Wittman on fiddle and Gordon Koenig and Anita Orne on guitar and bass (with occasional forays onto mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and musical saw). They all sing, too. Swing, jazz standards, originals, fiddled-up 60s hits, hoe downs, waltzes, whatever catches their fancy - eclectic is too specific a word...
Call 360-376-5197, Orcas Island
Offers plays, training for actors and directors, and hosts theatrical events. (Cultural Description) The purpose of The Actors Theater of Orcas Island is to enhance the quality of life on Orcas Island by providing quality theater experiences for the residents of Orcas Island and other areas in the State of Washington and providing for the training and education of Actors, Directors and others involved in theater productions and by providing an opportunity to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in theatrical productions. (Non-Profits Description)
Call 360-317-5601, Orcas Island
Community choir which rehearses during the Fall, Winter, and Springs months and provides public concerts.
Promote the advancement and education of Fine Arts.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
Pure and Simple Music
Pure & Simple Music was founded in 1989 by pianist/composer Christopher Peacock and his wife Jaylin. As a performer since 1980 at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands, Peacock often had requests for a recording of his unique, simplistic style. His first release, Island Time, began what Peacock calls "a record label committed to pure acoustic sounds with simple melodic styles." This "Pure & Simple" sound is inspired by the beauty and tranquility of the San Juan Islands.
Call 800-240-7873, Orcas Island
Promotes and integrates artistic resources of the county for the creative development and education of the community.
Call 360-376-4567, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
A non-profit chamber orchestra that includes musicians of all ages. Added url from the oicf nonprofit directory. Still no facebook. 7/24/15 (Kelsey)
A volunteer band that plays for public events and promotes traditional and modern band literature.
Call 360-376-2202, Orcas Island
Orcas Open Arts
Sponsors artists' residencies and art education activities.
Call 360-376-7577, Orcas Island
The Orcas Island Historical Museum is unique in being the only object-based, interpretive heritage facility for the island, with a permanent collection comprised of approximately 6000 objects, paper documents and photographs. Call our office for open hours.
Call 360-376-4849, Orcas Island