William White, music director George Shangrow, founder

OSSCS Season Opener: The Bowmakers


OSSCS is proud to sponsor the digital premiere of The Bowmakers, a documentary that explores the expertise and artistry that go into crafting violin bows at the highest level. The film travels to the Brazilian rainforest and the French countryside, but at heart, it’s a local story: five of the world’s finest bowmakers live and work in Port Townsend, WA.

The Bowmakers will be available for one week only, September 12–2022. Tickets are $15.

At OSSCS, we remain committed to celebrating local art and artists even during this difficult time. Your purchase of a ticket to The Bowmakers will help us weather this storm, and if you are in a position to make an additional donation, we’d very much appreciate the support.

You did it!

I’d like to thank the entire OSSCS community, on behalf of the organization for donating, bidding, spreading the word, and participating in myriad other ways to make our first-eve online auction week the sparkling success that it was!

Because of you, we are in a financial position to continue fulfilling our mission during the quarantine period and to spring back to action once things return to normal. I hope you also felt that the auction week was, in and of itself, a festive occasion that really celebrated what makes this organization so special. I certainly did.

So What’s Next?

Well, that’s the big question, isn’t it? Basically, it’s like this: we have about 100 plans and 1,000 contingency plans on top of those for how to move forward. We’ll keep bringing you music online during the quarantine in a variety of guises. But as to the specifics of the 2020–2021 season, the basic plan is to delay any announcements as long as possible so that we are sure to operate from a place of maximum information.

I’m not kidding when I say we’ve got 100 plans, though, because we have creative ideas in every area of music and community, from how to mount concerts, how to stream them, how to publicize them, and even how to adjust our ticket pricing model.

It’s a brave new world, but I’m feeling braver now after what we accomplished this week.

Thanks again,


P.S. Be sure to check out (if you haven’t done so already) these world-premiere performances OSSCS musicians premiered during our auction week: