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!

history in the making

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

Night Beat Tickets on Sale!

ALL-STAR LINEUP – Click on dates below to purchase individual tickets $15. All concerts start at 7:30pm and take place at First Congregational Church. 2401 Cornwall Ave. in Belingham, WA.

DEC. 3 – JEREMY BERRY, violist (BMC Awards 2001, 2002, 2003)
jeremy-berry compr croppedJeremy Berry began his viola studies with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker at the age of five. A graduate of both The Juilliard School (B.Mus.) and Colburn Conservatory of Music (Artist Diploma), Mr. Berry is a member of the famous Calidore Quartet, and visiting assistant professor at Stony Brook University.

Every year we bestow the Virginia Glover Awards on three Western students, chosen in competitive audition. But the awards concert is often more about the joy of collaboration, as the recipient’s friends pile on for an exhilarating classical jam session, full of virtuosity and fun.

Jeremy DesChane 2015MAY 5 – JEREMY DESCHANE, pianist (BMC Awards 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
After sweeping the BMC Enid Carrick Awards, Jeremy Deschane solo and chamber appearances have taken him across the U.S. His teachers have included Jeffrey Gilliam, Rebecca Penneys at the Eastman School of Music, and John Pickett at Central Washington University, as well as master classes and lessons from such artists as Leon Fleisher, Malcolm Bilson, Stephen Drury and Gil Kalish.

Katherine Copland Soprano 3Ms. Copland grew up in Bellingham, and earned a B.Mus. degree from the University of Washington. She now resides in New York City. At Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Copland was Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Other lead roles in New York include The Judgment of Paris (Eccles), the Brahms Requiem, Messiah, Simon Boccanegra, Carmen, and Sir John in Love; in Italy, La rondine, Anna Bolena, Madama Butterfly, and Le nozze di Figaro (both the Countess and Susanna).

TAKE-A-STUDENT: One teenager accompanied by an adult is admitted free to all Night Beat concerts at First Congregational Church (except Martin Kuuksmann’s benefit concert). Because of space limitations at Firehouse PAC, the offer is not valid for the Cole Porter show in October.

Bellingham’s concert of the century!

UPDATE: Thank you for coming to BHS for an incredible gathering of homegrown talent! This was a concert of sublime music, and just a sample of what BMC Award Alumni do on a daily basis. Read Jesse Nichols’ article in The Western Front celebrating the BMC. Come and join us in September for more exceptional music during our Centennial Season!

On SunBMC Gala ad quarter page for ENNW-1 comprday, June 21, 2015 at 3pm, the Bellingham Music Club (BMC) will kick-off its 100th season with a Gala Centennial Concert at Bellingham High School.
A galaxy of renowned musicians from around the world, mostly BMC student award winners, will perform in tribute to the club’s remarkable history. Among the performers gathering from across the state, the U.S., Canada and Europe are:
Centennial Strings: Grant Donnellan, Joanne Donnellan, Douglas Johnson, Jeffrey Carl Johnson, David Quiggle, Nick Strobel, Jonathan Thomson, Lisa D. Toner and Roman Yearian;
Guitarist Albert Diaz;
Pianists Cole Anderson, Siyuan Li, Angelo Rondello and Madeline Slettedahl;
Vocalists Stuart Lutzenhiser, Lindsey Nakatani and Tracy R. Satterfield.
They will be joined by local musicians, flautists Deborah Arthur and Nirvana Guernsey.
Donnellan, Joanne compReceiving special honor will be Joanne Donnellan, renowned string teacher and 1961 BMC Award winner. The concert will feature chamber works by Boccherini, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Poulenc, Ravel, Schubert and others. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the BMC Student Awards program, which has been nurturing promising young musicians at Western Washington University and in Whatcom County over its 100-year history.
Concert tickets are $25, available online, and at Village Books in Fairhaven and Piper Music at 2512 Meridian. For more information about the BMC Centennial Gala concert, please visit the BMC website and click on tabs marked ”Centennial” or call 360-398-2484.
Share our Facebook event on your timeline and invite your friends! Read Dean Kahn’s article in the Bellingham Herald. Tune in and listen to Joanne’s interview on the program Musical Chairs on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm on Classical King-FM 98.1

BMC season concludes with performance by Erika Block

Photo credit: Kate Mills

Photo credit: Kate Mills

Join us for the last free Wednesday morning concert of the season on June 3 at 10:30.

Erika Block, clarinet, plays Sonatina for clarinet and piano (Bohuslav Martinů) and Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1 (Johannes Brahms) with Judy Widrig at the piano, and Cinq Pièces en Trio, for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon (Jacques Ibert) with Pat Nelson, bassoon, and Jennifer Weeks, oboe.

Plan on attending the reception that will follow the concert!