BMC Connects! series brings you news and stories about those talented students BMC has encouraged on their way to musical excellence. In our first article, we are reaching across the country to Colin Wheatley, violist, teacher, conductor, and three-time BMC high school strings award winner from 2006 through 2008. Colin started violin lessons when he… Continue reading BMC CONNECTS! with Colin Wheatley
"BMC Encores" continues to bring you memorable performances from its vault! This month, watch A Swell Party with Cole Porter, BMC’s original cabaret musical! Click here to relive or experience it for the first time! Local theater stars, Martha Benedict, Martin Bray, Ben Buchanan, Sherrie Kahn and Megann Schmidt, play dozens of roles and perform… Continue reading A Swell Party with Cole Porter
Welcome to our inaugural video featuring memorable BMC concerts you can relive or experience for the first time! International flute legend, Sheridon Stokes, famed for his film soundtrack performances from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE to TITANIC, joined pianist Wade Dingman for a remarkable concert of iconic works on November 8, 2018. Enjoy the artistry on BMC ENCORES… Continue reading Introducing BMC ENCORES!
Your BMC membership for 2020-2021 can make all the difference right now. Although our live concert plans are still pending, our local young music students are not waiting. They are studying, practicing, and performing “virtually” with their teachers and friends. They are anticipating their opportunity to compete for the BMC awards this year. Awards and… Continue reading BMC is “passing the basket” with this message – You are needed!
The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra just announced the winners of its annual Concerto Competition. Leigh Hjelmseth, flute, takes top honors, followed by violinist Clara Kelly, pianist Annika Jonson, and cellist Jaechan Lee. All four were BMC High School Award Winners and performed at matinee programs in February and March 2020. Awards Committee Chair Charli Daniels says:… Continue reading Bellingham Symphony announces winners of Concerto Competition!
Over the past few months, we reached out to a number of BMC student competition participants, to ask how they were adapting their academic ambitions to the pandemic’s impact. From our Facebook series YOUNG MUSICIANS ON THE MOVE, three of their responses struck a chord. We’re happy to share them with you. Blaine High School’s… Continue reading The values we share enrich our lives and the community
BMC Board welcomes Isabelle Cormier, Chris Sasnett, Joan Youngquist, John Moffat, Carol Reppun, Charli Daniels, Emily Sasnett, and Sue Gault into new leadership and managerial roles. With impressive credentials, musical knowledge, varied interests and life experiences, they will serve BMC well. At the dawn of our 105th year, we enter a challenging era filled with… Continue reading Incoming Board Members at Work!
The new normal provides a greater awareness and appreciation for the activities that bring joy and laughter into our daily lives. For BMC volunteers, that means a renewed devotion to our mission of providing high-caliber programs for our community and supporting young musicians through our competitions and concerts. Click here to read our special edition… Continue reading BMC Keeps Music Thriving!
Encouraging student musicians has long been a focus of the BMC, and times like these reinforce the importance of that mission. We hope you will find inspiration in a message from BMC President, Charli Daniels. She describes how you have helped the BMC support deserving young high school and college musicians, and how they, in… Continue reading A Time for Reflection and Gratitude
Stressful times become more endurable with music. Whether you are listening to others perform, or creating music yourself, the experience helps keep you grounded and focused, while releasing your spirit to soar. But today, life-saving physical distancing makes access to music all the more challenging. And no one feels this more acutely than our community… Continue reading Inspiring music-teaching for our times