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BMC Awards! Four WWU Musicians Garner Top Awards in Final 2021 Competition

In our final showcase of BMC student competitions for 2021, we bring you four Western Washington University students who raised the bar for musical excellence! This year, fourteen talented WWU students participated, representing the diverse specialties of piano, strings, winds and voice. We especially want to acknowledge the exceptional collaboration of Dr. Patrick Roulet, Chair of the WWU Department of Music, and the generosity of adjudicator Austin Schlichting, a composer and teacher with ties to Bellingham.

Now, here are the winners of BMC’s 2021 WWU Competition in honor of Virginia Glover:
1st place: Jordan Marbach, saxophone
2nd place: Alex Amick, piano
3rd place: Helen Koenig, violin
Randy Sasnett Prize: Lily Guthrie, soprano
CLICK photos below to enjoy listening to their award-winning performances:
In his submission for the BMC competition, Jordan Marbach played the first and fifth movement from Lilith by William Bolcom, and the first movement of David Maslanka’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano. Liz Ames is his accompanist.
Alex Amick plays the Rigaudon from “Le tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 12 in A♭ major, Op. 26 (mvt. 1, Andante con variazioni) and Chopin’s Étude Op.25 No.11 in A minor.
Helen Koenig plays the first and second movements (Allegro and Adagio) of Johannes Brahms’ Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108, with Luke Arnold at the piano.
Lily Guthrie performs “Ach ich fühl’s” from The Magic Flute by Mozart, with Mark Davies at the piano. As a bonus, Lily Guthrie also sings “Quel guardo il cavaliere” from Don Pasquale by Donizetti, and “Apparition“ by Debussy

Every time we encourage young musicians with our awards and prizes, we create a legacy and invest in the future. Supporters like you play a vital role in these rising stars’ artistic growth. We thank you for fostering our talented youth and sustaining BMC!