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The Fall 2014 rosters for Orchestras A and B are now available here (updated 5/30/2014):
Marcus Tsutakawa & The Garfield Orchestras is the focus of the January 2014 issue of School Band & Orchestra magazine. "My goal is to perform often, learn as much new repertoire as possible, and play fun gigs." Read what Marcus has to say about the Garfield Orchestras here: SBOmagazine.com.
Friends of Garfield Orchestra has begun another year of support for Mr. Tsutakawa and the three Garfield Orchestras: Symphony Orchestra (advanced students), Concert Orchestra (students in training), and String Orchestra (freshmen strings).
This last summer, Mr Tsutakawa received an unexpected surprise - a letter from the White House, Washington DC:
See the original letter: White House Letter to Marcus 2013.pdf
Dear Garfield High School Orchestra,
Congratulations on your awesome performance at the Seattle Science Festival!
My friend and colleague Kal Penn spoke so highly of your performance, describing it as "world class" and "high caliber." President Obama is inspired by the talent and effort of young people and organizations just like yours. As the White House liaison to young Americans, I know how important determined and talented young people are to the future of our country.
President John F. Kennedy once said, "I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well."
You and the Garfield Orchestra fulfill this vision and carryon a proud American tradition of celebrating artistic expression.
Mr. Tsutakawa's reputation is widely known and I want to acknowledge the tireless, incredible work he's done over the course of many years. You are quite lucky to have him as a teacher and to attend a school that places so much emphasis on creativity, the arts, and music. Music touches and changes lives, enriches our communities, and contributes to our cultural heritage. Through your hard work, talents, and dedication, you serve as a source of pride for Americans of all ages.
The White House
The Garfield Symphony Orchestra performed the West Coast Premiere of Philip Glass' Icarus at the Edge of Time at the Opening Night of Seattle Science Festival, Beyond Infinity? The Search for Understanding at the Limits of Space and Time. They shared the stage that night with world renowned physicists, Brian Greene, Adam Frank and Sean Carroll, and narrator Kal Penn.
In addition to making a donation to the FOGO general fund, you can now donate directly to the orchestra classroom. Mr. Tsutakawa has setup a page on DonorsChoose.com describing what he's looking to fund and why. Those that find it easier to donate for a specific item now have a choice!
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GHS parent and photographer Tom Wolken has been photographing the Orchestra's performances. His photos can be viewed at his online gallery where you can download originals or buy prints. Or view many past performances of the Garfield Orchestra on YouTube. Thank you to Galen Chuang for curating this channel!
The Garfield High School Orchestra program, under the direction of Marcus Tsutakawa, is one of the preeminent training grounds for young musicians in the Northwest. The orchestra is made up of young people attending Garfield High School, freshmen through seniors, with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, excellent musical ability, and good academic records. Graduates of the program have been admitted to study music at top schools throughout the country, including Oberlin, Curtis, Harvard, Eastman, Yale, University of Chicago, Northwest