We are proud to present the winners of the 2021 BMC High School String Competition in honor of Ethel Crook. This year’s "virtual" endeavor, conducted through innovative student-submitted audition videos, was an unprecedented success. We owe that to you and your unwavering membership support, and to the dedicated members of the Awards Committee led by… Continue reading BMC Awards! showcases our four high school string competition winners.
With great pride, we introduce the winners of the 2021 BMC High School Piano Competition! This competition is the first of five instrumental and vocal competitions completed in March. This year’s BMC Awards story is both dramatic and a bit heroic. Pandemic precautions made it impossible to hold live competitions, as we had for decades.… Continue reading BMC Awards! Four young pianists receive recognition in first “virtual” competition!
Our 2021 high school and university-level competitions are in full swing this month, and again, committee members and adjudicators alike are saying how impressed they are with this year’s young participants. We look forward to sharing their musical gifts with you when the competitions conclude next month! While we await the results, we offer this… Continue reading BMC Connects! with Three Rising Stars!
We've saved the 'first' for last! BMC Encores! is proud to present this video reprise of A Broadway Cabaret, our original 2014 musical production that launched the annual cabaret series. A Broadway Cabaret was a joyful song-and-dance tour through a century of musical theater highlights - from Gilbert & Sullivan to the contemporary Broadway of… Continue reading A BROADWAY CABARET (That started it all!)
In early 1948, Hal Kratzsch, Marvin Pruitt, and brothers Ross and Don Barbour, formed a barbershop quartet called Hal's Harmonizers. The quartet soon adopted a more jazz-oriented repertoire influenced by Glenn Miller, The Modernaires and Mel Tormé, and renamed itself The Toppers. The same year, with Bob Flanigan replacing Pruitt, they had their first paying… Continue reading Remember The Four Freshmen?
Short of sending chocolates and flowers, we believe we have an even sweeter Valentine’s Day treat for you! Our gift is a playful French love song, shared from the heart of a notable BMC award winner, through our video series, BMC Connects! Ten years ago, pianist Madeline Slettedahl dazzled audiences when she won the top prize… Continue reading BMC Connects! offers a French Valentine from award winner, pianist Madeline Slettedahl
"We interrupt our regular programming to bring you excellent news: The Bellingham Music Club is forging ahead with its competitions for high school and university-level students!" As it has done for decades, BMC is inviting young musicians to apply for its coveted awards and prizes. Awards Committee Chair, Charli Daniels, along with coordinators Evelyn Ames,… Continue reading News Flash!!! We interrupt this program…
While music allows our minds to travel in our imaginations, a professional musician’s career often takes them on very literal journeys. This month’s edition of BMC Connects! catches up with a past BMC award winner who has made music across the country and on distant continents. As a Bellingham High School student, Emily Pesavento née… Continue reading BMC Connects! with Emily Reppun Pesavento
It's a new year, and we want to make sure it starts out with good news! News that sings, dances, and wears ridiculous costumes. BMC Encores! is proud to present this video reprise of Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing!, our original cabaret musical that played to sold-out houses in 2018. Five veteran cabaret pros give voice… Continue reading Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing!
With hopeful hearts, we will soon welcome a new and promising year! BMC board members and volunteers voice their gratitude to you for helping us meet remarkable challenges this year. Your encouragement, active advocacy, and generous financial support mean a stronger musical community and future. As a result of all you have done and exceptional… Continue reading Musical gifts from you – and for you!