Awards and Prizes

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

H. S. String Competition winners at March 2023 matinee program showcase

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 competitions, students are recognized and valued in their music making, and often motivated to pursue a career in music.

BMC holds four competitions for high school students. BMC encourages young musicians by granting four prizes for each of the competitions in the following amounts:  first ($450), second ($350), third ($250), and fourth-place ($100).

In addition, BMC is proud to offer an extra formative experience when it invites the top placers of each competition to perform at a matinee program. Playing for a friendly and supportive audience plays an essential role in the young musicians’ growth and development; this opportunity is part of BMC’s tradition and legacy.

Please visit the Application Material page for guidelines and forms.

The Bellingham Music Club also sponsors the WWU Music Competition in honor of Virginia Glover where awards/prizes of $500, $300, $200 and $100 are granted. Recipients will be selected from WWU Music Department nominations. This year, the competition takes place on April 1 at WWU. It’s a full day of spectacular performances. Drop in to hear one or all!