Awards and Prizes

The BMC encourages young musicians who demonstrate talent, perseverance, and fine musicianship with several awards.

BMC Award winners feb 2015
High School Piano and Voice award winners with Jack & Ginny Frymire and BMC President Kristin Van Schelt, Feb 4, 2015.

Click on picture to watch video and find out more about BMC Student Competitions

We know that pursuing excellence in music is hard work, and takes much determination and dedication on the part of students, with support from teachers and parents along the way. Through adjudicated auditions, students are recognized and valued in their music making, and often motivated to pursue a career in music. You are cordially invited to encourage young musicians by attending our auditions where first ($450/$500), second ($350/$300) and third-place ($250/$200) awards along with special ($200/$100) prizes in select categories will be granted.

The public is cordially invited to attend auditions. We will announce audition dates in the fall of 2020. Award winners will perform at the Free Wednesday Morning Concerts at 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran in February, March and April 2020.
BMC High School Winds and Percussion Competition in honor of Nicholas Bussard
Friday, January 10, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
BMC High School Vocal Competition in honor of Jack and Ginny Frymire
Friday, January 17, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
BMC High School String Competition in honor of Ethel Crook
Friday, January 31, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
BMC High School Piano Competition in honor of Nancy Bussard
Friday, February 7, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
WWU Music Competition in honor of Virginia Glover
Recipients will be selected by audition from WWU Music Department nominations.; auditions will take place at WWU in the Choir Room (Music Department). Date TBD.

New this year: The top placers for each high school competition will be invited to participate in the Whatcom Symphony HS Concerto Competition, with a chance to perform with the WSO!