News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 2, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, August 2, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, August 2, 2018
GSA students to perform at Deer Isle Jazz Festival

When Quinn & the Tuplettes hit the stage as the opening act of the 18th annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday August 3, they will be taking part in a tradition that has developed over the 15 years that George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill and Opera House Arts have partnered on for the Deer Isle Jazz Festival, according to a news release from OHA.

“It’s like a farewell performance for our seniors,” says Steve Orlofsky, director of GSA’s jazz program. “I tell them, ‘you walk in June, but you don’t really graduate until you’ve done this.’ It’s the last duty of our graduating seniors.”

This year, the six students who make up the honors combo—Isla Brownlow, Nellie Haldane, Erika Hipsky, Sophia Steinbarger, Elana Williamson and Quinn Stabler—will open for David Virelles and Román Díaz.

The Deer Isle Jazz Festival is often the first professional gig for GSA students, and many of them go on to professional careers. The opening act for Saturday’s concert at the festival features Joseph Boulet, a recent graduate of GSA who played the Jazz Festival for three years, and Peter Apfelbaum, a renowned musician who met Boulet when GSA opened for him as part of Dafnis Prieto’s So O Si Quartet. The pair will be joined on Sunday, August 5, by Ross Gallagher, another GSA alum, for an intimate concert at gWatson Gallery.

Programs sell out and advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended. Tickets, information and schedule:, or call 367-2788.