About Island Consort
Island Consort launched its first season in October of 2013. Island Consort was founded by director & keyboardist Sheila Weidendorf. The Consort presents both instrumental and vocal works--the choral division is conducted by Dr. Dianne Vars--alone and in concert, from the 16th century to the present day. Members of Island Consort are predominantly Whidbey Island residents, though we often enjoy the company of guest soloists from elsewhere! The Consort has produced festivals celebrating contemporary classical composition call New Music on the Rock--this year new music is part of our regular concert series. In addition, we have a monthly salon series running the gamut from classical to improvisational to world music. Island Consort is devoted to music, and are committed to keeping quality chamber music alive and well on Whidbey Island!
Sheila Weidendorf, Artistic Director: Ms. Weidendorf is the Founder and Artistic Director of Island Consort. She received her B.A. in Music History and Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota's School of Music, studying with Duncan McNab, and holds an M.A. in Feminist Theology. She regularly peforms chamber music concerts in the Puget Sound region. She plays keyboards (piano, harpsichord, organ) and sings for Island Consort and directs Island Consort's regular season and our New Music on the Rock and Luise Greger Women in Music festivals.
Dr. Dianne Vars, Vocal Conductor: Dr. Vars has earned degrees from Mansfield University (piano), Indiana University School of Music (music theory), and University of Washington School of Music (choral conducting and literature). She has conducted choirs and taught music theory, piano, and voice at colleges and universities in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington. During these years, Dianne also presented numerous piano duet and solo vocal recitals, and concertized and toured in Wisconsin and Minnesota as soprano soloist with The Lyric Arts Trio. In 1989, she was chosen Conducting Fellow of the Chamber Chorus at the prestigious Aspen Summer Music School, where she also received advanced
coaching in orchestral conducting.