Winners of BMC voice and piano competitions in concert

The BMC recently held auditions for high school competitions, and is pleased to announce the 2016 winners for:
High School Voice Awards in honor of Jack & Ginny Frymire
First Place: Lucy Evans
…..Second Place: Tristan Wine
…..Third Place: Katie Pringle
…..Additional prizes go to Molly Holtorf and Kathryn Oettel
High School Piano Awards in honor of Nancy Bussard
First Place: William Zhang
…..Second Place: Griffen Schwiesow
…..Third Place: Olanna Skrinnik
Please join us to hear these promising young artists perform at the next BMC concert, on Wednesday morning February 3, 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church. All are welcome! The concert is free and open to the public; donations accepted to help fund BMC Student Competitions.

BMC is part of coalition bringing ‘Roomful of Teeth’ to Bellingham


The BMC partners with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the WWU Music Department, the Whatcom Chorale and the Bellingham Festival of Music to present Roomful of Teeth, an a capella vocal group dedicated to exploring the expressive potential of the human voice. The Grammy-award winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth arrives in Bellingham for a stellar, one-night-only performance, January 27 at 7:30 pm!

To hear a sample of Roomful of Teeth’s award-winning work Partita for Eight Voices, which received both a Grammy for the ensemble and a Pulitzer for composer/performer Caroline Shaw, click here or here. From Tuvan throat singing to Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music to Inuit throat singing, this group continues to push the boundaries of the human voice. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the most innovative vocal groups out there!

All student tickets are FREE, allowing our community’s young musicians to be inspired by the next generation of classical performers. Tickets are available through WWU’s Theatre Box Office at (360) 650-6146. Don’t miss out; get your tickets now! Click here, then click “tickets” and then “January 2016” from the WWU Box Office page to navigate to the Roomful of Teeth Buy-Tickets option.

Announcing a scholarship for Marrowstone

The Bellingham Festival of Music is honoring the BMC Centennial Season with a scholarship to attend the Marrowstone Festival summer camp, July 24 – August 7, 2016. A wonderful example of three organizations working together for the betterment of the arts in our community!

This full-ride scholarship is open to string players, who are entering the Ethel Crook H. S. String Competition. Please contact coordinator Mark Schlichting at once to express your interest! For more information about BMC student awards, please visit Student Competitions and Audition Material pages.

The BMC is most grateful to its generous partners in music!

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Season’s Greetings

season's greetingsThe BMC wishes you Peace, Joy and Hope – along with Music! – for this Holiday Season and the New Year!

Free Wednesday Morning Concerts return on February 3, 2016, when we hear the winners of the BMC piano and voice competitions.

BMC Gala picture - Cole Anderson comprIn the meanwhile, pianist Cole Anderson, a multiple-time BMC piano competition winner, is the featured guest of the Bellingham Festival of Music sixth annual Welcome Home Concert on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at 7 pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Read Margaret Bikman’s interview with Cole here.

Cole and his wife Siyuan Li brought the house down when they played Ravel’s La Valse at the BMC Centennial Gala Concert last June. Come and start your new year with some beautiful classical music and support this young rising star. Admission will be free for students; a $15 donation to BFM’s Music In the Schools Programs is suggested for adults.

We thank you for your interest and support, and look forward to seeing you at the concert in 2016!

Mark the dates!

UPDATE: Hear and see Jeremy and Michael play Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus on YouTube. This was taped in King-FM studios just a few days before our Night Beat. Absolutely stunning collaboration between top notch musicians!

thanks plus berry updated with wreathBerry and Refvem were the guests on Classical King-FM 98.1 NW Focus Live with Sean MacLean, Friday Nov 27. Click here to hear the interview and music recorded live in the Seattle studios. In addition to Night Beat, the two musicians offer a free recital on Wednesday, Dec 2, 10:30 am, at Trinity Lutheran Church. All are welcome!

BMC now accepting applications

Greetings on behalf of the BMC high school competitions coordinators: Joan Rae (piano), Gail Haines (voice), Mark Schlichting (strings), and Sherrie Kahn (other instruments). Please click on “Student Competitions” tab for general information and audition dates, and “Audition Material” for guidelines and application forms.  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the auditions!

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BMC Centennial Special Event

WCHS logoPresentation by BMC members for the Whatcom County Historical Society on Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 pm. Learn about the BMC history and milestones, look at archival material and hear about the BMC student competitions and current Centennial Season. The meeting takes place in the Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum. Come early for refreshments. Free for museum members; $3 suggested donation for others.

Benefit Concert for BMC student competitions

kuuskmann 2Grammy nominated, world-famous bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann with WWU professor, pianist Jeffrey Gilliam, play in concert to benefit BMC Student Competitions on Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm, at First Congregational Church, 1314 Cornwall Ave.
The program includes: James Waterson Souvenir de Donizetti, Tõnu Kõrvits Sololoqui for solo bassoon, Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel, Schumann Fantasiestücke, Scriabin Vers la flamme, Op. 72 (for piano) and Camille Saint-Saëns Sonata for bassoon and piano.
This fundraiser will help the BMC support young musicians of Whatcom County at the high-school level (four separate competitions in piano, voice, strings and other instruments) in addition to WWU. In all, the BMC grants over $5,000 annually to local students who demonstrate talent, perseverance, and fine musicianship.
$20 tickets are on sale online, at Piper Music, 2512 Meridian St, Bellingham, at Village Books, 1200 11th St (Fairhaven), and at the door before the concert if not sold-out. Come, enjoy an evening of exceptional music, and know that your money fosters promising youth!

October features new musical comedy revue

UPDATE: November 21 show at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden is sold out. Click here to read Christopher Key’s review. Read Artist Profile: ‘Anything Goes’ with Sherrie Kahn in Bellingham Herald.

What better way to celebrate our first 100 years? How about a world premiere?

Scott Henderson returns to direct  A SWELL PARTY WITH COLE PORTER  at the Firehouse PAC on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 24, both at 7:30 pm.  Local favorites, Martha Benedict, Martin Bray, Ben Buchanan, Sherrie Kahn and Megann Schmidt perform more than 30 of Cole Porter’s timeless songs. Shorter, free performance on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Tickets for Night Beat are $15. No take a teen for this show; rated PG-14 for sophistication.

Porter poster for web