All About Us


The Water Music Society, a non-profit organization, provides high quality, affordable music programs for residents and visitors in southwest Washington State. 

WMS expands cultural opportunities for the community, increases awareness of diverse types of music, and supports music education in the local schools.


$5000 to Ilwaco Music Boosters for Drum Major workshop & music programs

$5000 to Ilwaco High School for music trip to Orlando competition
$4000 to Obo Addy for LB & OP elementary schools’ assembly
$ 825 to Fred Carter/Eugenia Moliner/David Cunliffe performances at Senior Center

$3170 to Ilwaco High jazz band trip to Reno competition
$ 994 to Ilwaco Middle School for band & choir sheet music
$ 940 to Long Beach Elementary for Tubano drums & Boomwachers with books
$ 805 to Ocean Park Elementary for steel drums & music books
$1092 to Naselle-Grays River schools for ukuleles
$1000 to Alpin Hong for Ilwaco High & Middle music students’ assembly

$7000 to Ilwaco High School for music trip to Orlando competition


Logo by Noel Thomas


Water Music Society has been providing entertainment of the highest quality and variety since 1984.

In 2013, WMS added, as part of its focus, becoming a fund-raising agent to support music in the schools. A portion of proceeds from WMS events are given to the local schools to enrich the musical environment for young people and further their opportunities for educational workshops and conferences.

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS, in July, has been gracing the peninsula since 2005. Ever expanding, the tour includes fabulous gardens, live music and food.

JAZZ & OYSTERS –Jazz & Oysters was created in 1986, one year after the start of Water Music Festival. The first Jazz & Oysters concert was held at the Oysterville School House in 1990 and continued there for many years. Over the years we’ve been delighted by the music of many world-class performers. Besides bringing great music to the peninsula, it is our goal to help fund our local school music programs with our profits.

WATER MUSIC FESTIVAL draws audiences from far and wide to the Peninsula for three days of memorable concerts. It has always been the goal of Water Music Festival to feature a variety of artistic genres during any concert weekend and to encourage artists to present a varied program. The Festival particularly welcomes those artists who relate well with the audience.

In 2009, WMF began a program of including talented young people from the community in one or more of the October concerts. This program was enthusiastically received and will be continued. Also, as part of the organization’s mission to promote educational outreach, one or more artists appearing in the October Festival conducts a workshop at the high school which includes elementary, middle and high school students.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT has been a favorite way to start the season since 2001. It has always been offered to serve our winter residents and the many families that come to the peninsula during the holidays.

Watercolor by Noel Thomas

Board of Directors

Susan Spence Board Co-President, Graphics Chair
Diana Thompson Board Co-President, Jazz and Oysters Chair
Diane Marshall Board Vice-President, Water Music Festival Chair, Christmas Concert Chair
Connie Kobes Board Secretary/Treasurer
Nancy Allen Music in the Gardens Chair
Diane Andrews Food and Beverage Chair
Rosemary Andrews Publicity Chair
Sara Zaga Tickets Chair