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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.

A Community Christmas Concert

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We are a 501(c)(3) organization; contributions are tax-deductible.

From the start, Whidbey Island Orchestra has relied on community support. Our income comes from fees the adult musicians pay to participate and, especially, community donations.

The Covid epidemic has prevented us from having free community concerts, but we still have expenses for music storage, insurance, and our Youth Scholarship program. Music Director/Conductor Cynthia Morrow has graciously donated the majority of her time and worked tirelessly and creatively to shepherd the orchestra through this challenging time.

Providing a safe environment for brass and woodwind instruments to join our string players proved to be too challenging for this season. But our string players, flutes, piano, and percussion are delighted to present a selection of Christmas (and Chanukah) music for your enjoyment (and ours!). Please take a moment to donate, and click the link to see the videos.

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Whidbey Island Orchestra
P.O. Box 1451
Freeland, WA 98249-1451

How Your Support helps Whidbey Island Orchestra

Purchase a set of parts for a new piece: $50 - $120 / set

Website registration and hosting: $125 / year

Storage of our musical scores and supplies: $60 / month

Insurance (General Liability and D&O): $120/month

Soloist Appearance: $75 - 200 / concert

Arranger: $200 / piece

Student Scholarship for 1 year: $150

Donation for use of performance venue (other than WICA): $75 - 125

Posters and Programs for 1 concert (other than WICA): $300

Assistant Conductor - 1 rehearsal or concert: $100


0:00 - A Charlie Brown Christmas
by Vince Guaraldi - Arranged by Larry Moore

6:34 - I'll be Home for Christmas
by Walter Kent and Kim Gannon - Arranged by Bert Ligon

10:43 - Chanukah Festival Overture
by Calvin Custer - Arranged by Sean O'Laughlin

16:58 - Gesu Bambino
by Pietro Yon - Arranged by Stephen Wieloszynski
Violin: Brian Kenney

22:37 - Selections from The Nutcracker:
March - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Trepak
by Peter Tchaikovski - Arranged by Lynne Latham

29:15 - Feliz Navidad
by Jose Feliciano - Arranged by Steven L. Rosenhaus

31:59 - All I Want For Christmas Is You
by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff - Arranged by Larry Moore

35:16 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane - Arranged by Bert Ligon

39:00 - Patapan
by Bernard de la Monnoye - Arranged by Thomas Quigley

41:45 - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss - Arranged by Bert Ligon

45:09 - O Holy Night
by Adolphe Adam - Violin: Brian Kenney

49:14 - The Holly and The Ivy
Traditional English Carol - Arranged by Marshall Ocker

51:23 - Silent Night
by Franz Gruber - Arranged by Marshall Ocker

54:48 - Angels We Have Heard On High
Traditional French Carol - Arranged by Marshall Ocker

57:22 - Sleigh Ride
by Leroy Anderson - Arranged Bert Ligon


Conductor: Cynthia Morrow

First Violin: Brian Kenney (Concertmaster), Josephine Chia, Susan Hanzelka, Talia Toni Marcus, Chris Seeman

Second Violin: Bev Heising, Barbara Banfield, Heidi Hoelting, Holly Martin, Genta Hoxha Mullett, Lindy Sylvester

Flute:Virginia Sytsma, Jeannie Miller

Viola: Linda Morris, Jeff Belfiglio, Sarah Chappelle, Teresa Skuggeld, Wyatt Sylvester

Cello: Clyde Wilson, Arne Bergstrom, Enid Braun, Chelsea Bonacello, Jane Hayes, Bobbie Mayer, Kathy Pryde

String Bass: Scott Swanberg

Percussion: Steve Buff, Mark Cassidy

Keyboard: Linda McClean

Sound Recording and Engineering

Kaj Lund-Olsen

Videography and Editing

Laura Canby

Recorded at, and Special Thanks to:
Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, WA

Recorded December 21, 2021