Welcome to OICMF Scherzo (skert·sō/ noun:  a vigorous, light, or playful composition)
The monthly newsletter of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
March Musician-in-Residence
Monique Mead

Monique Mead returns to Orcas Island as OICMF's Musician-in-Residence March 16 th and 17 th ! Building on her many years of working with local students and teachers, she will spend her days at Orcas Island Public School with band and string students from elementary through high school. She will also offer an Open Workshop for String Players of all ages (including adults), from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Tuesday March 17 th . That evening, Monique and her son Tino Cárdenes will be playing a 7:00pm recital at the Community Church in Eastsound. Entrance by donation. Wednesday morning, Monique will be teaming up with yoga instructor Tiffany Loney for a very special yoga session. Watch local media sources (including next month’s Scherzo) for more details. To sign up for the workshop or yoga session, contact Tracy at (360) 376-6636 or tracy@oicmf.org . We all look forward to welcoming Monique back to the island!
The first OICMF Board at the inaugural Board Meeting
back row: Marilyn Anderson, Randi Beck, Rosalie Chantiny, Louisa Lundgren, Catherine Pederson, Alan Morgan
front row: Aloysia Friedmann, Jackie Parker, Laila Storch
Alan giving Aloysia priceless advice!
photo by Barry Carlton
In Memoriam
Alan Morgan

We are sad to tell you of the passing of Founding Board Member Emeritus Alan Morgan on December 29 th , 2019. A member of the first OICMF board, Alan was a source of wisdom and inspiration to Aloysia and many others from the very beginning of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. His knowledge of music and his velvet voice helped guide the Festival since its earliest days. We would not be the organization we are today without his kind counsel and support. As a member of the Seattle Commissioning Club, he and his wife Mary Morgan helped bring new music to life, including works which had their premieres at OICMF. Perhaps one of Alan’s fondest memories was helping Aloysia’s father, Martin Friedmann getting to the church in time for her wedding!


We shall greatly miss Alan at concerts, receptions, parties, all the places in and around the music he so loved.

You can read all about this wonderful man's wonderful life here:

Mary and Alan Morgan (front row right) with members of the Seattle Commissioning Club and OICMF artists Anne Martindale Williams, Andrés Cárdenes, Rod Gilfry, and composer Jake Heggie
photo by Barry Carlton
Recipe of the Month
This month's recipe shows us that violinist Robyn Bollinger's talents extend beyond the stage!


Robyn’s Peanut Noodles

These measurements are estimates - I don't often measure (unless I'm baking), so this winds up a little different every time. It might need more rice vinegar/soy sauce depending on your preference, but I figured this was a good amount to start. Sometimes I add a clove of minced garlic too. You can throw in any other vegetables you want - red peppers, mushrooms, snow peas, etc. Could also do red onion instead of scallions. So many options!

This makes enough for 6-8 people, or many meals over a week.
Peanut Noodles
2 - 8oz. packages soba noodles
1 - 16oz. jar natural peanut butter
1/2 c rice vinegar
1/4 c soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp honey
1-2 Tbsp minced ginger (fresh or jarred)
2 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
2 scallions, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped (I use the stems too - they have just as much flavor as the leaves!)
1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
1 - 16oz. bag carrots - either shredded or baby carrots large dice
Noodles: Bring water to boil. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles, reserving 1/2 c noodle water.
Sauce: In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, ginger, sesame seeds, and pepper flakes (if using). Mix well. Taste and adjust flavor according to preference. To achieve the right consistency, add reserved noodle water and/or more rice vinegar and soy sauce a little at a time. Sauce should be smooth and moderately thick, like thick hot fudge. Once the right consistency has been achieved, add in chopped scallions and mix.
Combine warm noodles with sauce. Let cool somewhat. Add in cilantro, tomatoes, and carrots. Mix well and enjoy chilled or at room temperature.
We look forward to sharing more OICMF news and events with you - keep your eyes peeled for next month's Scherzo !
All the best,
Anita Orne
Executive Director
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director

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