The first practice session

An evening practice session was held at the inn which gave players an opportunity to polish up their music and get familiar with their beautiful surroundings. It also allowed the director to check the sound. Maestro Dewey Ehling loved the way the music carried across the lawn.

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As the evening progressed the practice session moved inside the Great Room of George Washington Inn. It was a productive session and everyone enjoyed their time invested in preparing for the inaugural Washington Music Festival. If you had been listening you would have heard baroque music interspersed with some patriotic music that George Washington would have recognized. The inn’s walls reverberated with the incredible music of Bach and Handel and made it sound like a Stradivarius.

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Great ideas

Maestro Dewey Ehling has some great ideas for this summer’s inaugural Washington Music Festival. Here is a list of some composers and their works that could be performed in this exciting new venue by members of the various musical groups with which Mr. Ehling collaborates. Bach and Handel were contemporaries of George Washington. Why not bring these three men together again?

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sheep May Safely Graze


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Concerti Grossi

Water Music

Royal Fireworks

Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

The Moor’s Revenge*

arcangelo corelli

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Concerto Grosso

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster (1826-1864)

My Old Kentucky Home*

Nelly Bly*

*These are some examples provided by the author of the composer who was suggested.

Meet Dewey Ehling

Dewey Ehling
Dewey Ehling

The Olympic Peninsula’s very own Dewey Ehling, Clallam County’s “music man,” whose efforts stretch across the peninsula from the Port Townsend Community Orchestra to the Port Angeles Symphony and on to the Peninsula Singers, dropped by the inn this morning to liaise about the development of the festival. A walk around the inn with various proposed venues were discussed. Mr. Ehling will now take his thoughts and try to flesh them out to take the event to the next level. Call the inn at 360-452-5207 or email ( if you know someone who wants to participate or get involved. Dewey Ehling would love to hear from you.

Port Townsend Community Orchestra
Port Townsend Community Orchestra
Port Angeles Symphony
Port Angeles Symphony
Peninsula Singers
Peninsula Singers