Monday, March 25, 2019

The Ocracoke School Song

A few days ago, Sundae Horn, our local community librarian, sent me a copy of the sheet music for “The Ocracoke School Song.” Arnold Sundgaard wrote the words; Alec Wilder composed the music.

With the annual PTA Variety Show coming up, Sundae thought it would be fun for the kids to revive the song that she remembers hearing students sing once about fifteen years ago. Principal Leslie Cole located a copy in the school files and shared it with Sundae, who asked me, “Any idea who Arnold Sundgaard was?”

Not only did I have no idea who Arnold Sundgaard was, I had never seen or heard of the song.

As it turns out, the story is quite interesting. Sundgaard was a nationally recognized American playwright, librettist, and lyricist.Wilder was a prominent composer.

You can read the story of how two nationally known artists came to create "The Ocracoke School Song" and download the complete sheet music from our latest Ocracoke Newsletter at


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