September 2021


Back by Popular Demand!
Between Heaven & Earth: A Year With Brahms











Sheila Weidendorf, piano & Tekla Cunningham, violin


Sponsored by the Whidbey Island Music Festival, Tekla Cunningham and Sheila Weidendorf are again performing the violin/piano sonatas of Johannes Brahms in two new house concerts on September 17th and 18th! (See more information about this project lower on this page!)

Tickets are available now at:




August 2021

I always get wistful in August. To be sure, plenty of warm, sunny days still await us. Flowers are still in bloom and school is not yet back in session (at least for my daughter). I still have plans to linger at the shore and soak up the rays and the salt air and be at least a little bit languorous. And yet, the light HAS shifted. Night descends earlier and earlier. Many migratory birds have already flown off, leaving the trees a little more quiet, perhaps a little lonely. In any case, we have entered a transition zone for sure!

In these end-of-days of summer, my mind—my pre-pandemic mind, that is—would have been fully focussed on the concert season ahead. Concert venues, program content, musicians, posters—my days would be full of plans and designs and rehearsal schedules. But not this year. I AM, personally, busy with music—working on my improvisations, diving deep in the world of Brahms with my friend and colleague, Tekla Cunningham (there will be an album recorded this fall some time!), starting up rehearsals again with my trio, Trio Indigo—plenty of music to keep me occupied and out of trouble! But I do NOT yet have any plans to gather large groups of musicians for rehearsals or performances. Thus, Island Consort as a conduit/producr of chamber music is alive and well, while Island Consort as a performance entity remains on hiatus for the time being.

Do stay tuned here, or to our Facebook page for word of upcoming house concerts, recordings, etc.

Musically yours,

Sheila Weidendorf

Director, Island Consort




June 2021

I am so pleased to announce an upcoming  concert series and recording project between Whidbey Island Music Festival Director, Tekla Cunningham, and myself! We have been immersed in the violin-piano sonatas of Johannes Brahms for over a year, and will soon be performing them live through WIMF. We will also be doing a video concert to be available later in the summer through WIMF, and will be recording a CD of the sonatas as well. Enjoy this little video about our project!









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