Summer Music Schedule
OCMA Orchestra members and community partners announce outdoor musical events for two weekends: July 17-18 and July 24-25.
COVID restrictions will determine the number of patrons who can attend each concert in July. The Mingus Park concert is free with donations accepted. Concerts at the Coos History Museum Plaza Stage will be ticketed.
Ticket reservation forms are available starting May 17th. If you did not receive one in the mail, please leave a message at the office.
Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra
Nicole Buetti, OCMA’s Contrabassoonist, developed an amazing virtual educational project with her husband, Jason Gunderson. Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra is a collaboration between Portland Columbia Symphony and In A World Music Kids featuring the Nirks™. This 16-part series introduces young listeners to the instruments of the orchestra through fun and engaging songs, stories, and personalities!
Meet the Instruments (inaworldmusic.net)
Nicole provides the following backstory: “A lot of amazing people have been involved in this project. But there is one person in particular, without whom none of this would be possible. Jason Gunderson is my assistant director, script supervisor, cameraman, puppeteer, puppet operations engineer (who even knew that was a thing until you have to try to make a turkey play the harp and a monkey play the trombone), and anything else I needed including a shoulder to lean on whenever the project seems overwhelming...Please show your support for Jason and the PCSO by sharing and liking this video.“
Special Message from Maestro James Paul
Dear Friends of the OCMA Festival,
I am delighted that Festival activities will take place this July. Of course, they will be at outside locations and with small ensembles to ensure safety. Plans are well underway for a return to Marshfield High School in July 2022. We are developing a full program.
I'm happy to report that I am recovering well.
Our official mascot, the Noble Chihuahua Carlos, is also looking forward to being back in Coos Bay. He can't wait to be at Sunset Bay again. He deeply regrets not being able to appear on the podium this July, but I have explained that podiums generally are inside concert halls most of the time.
I hope you are all well and that we will see each other again soon.
Best wishes, James Paul, Music Director and Conductor