August 2020

Well, summer came to Whidbey Island, but Covid-19 didn't leave. Just as our director was about to launch a series of patio concerts, our governor issued a roll-back of gatherings and entertainments. Thus, our music remains in limbo.

Meanwhile, Island Consort bid farewell to Dr. Dianne Vars, our choral conductor for seven years of performances. While her retirement was planned BEFORE Covid hit, the current suspension of our Consort activities makes her retirement all the more poignant.

Dr. Vars brought to Island Consort not only her vast knowledge of the choral repertoire and performances practices, but a deep and abiding dedication to Music itself. Island Consort is truly indebted to her, and to her passion, wit and immense skill.

Thank you, Dr. Vars!



Thus, that's all the news for Island Consort at this time. We remain in suspension, with no plans ready to be made for the future. We thank you so much for your years of love and support of our music programming. To stay abreast of Island Consort happenings, visit this website, or our Facebook page at or by emailing our Director, Sheila Weidendorf, at to have your name added to our e-list.


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Island Consort is a program of  the Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and is not an independent entity.