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Guitarist Eli Schille-HudsonEli Schille-Hudson copy

January 7, 2017 – 7:00 PM

First Congregational Church of Bellingham

2401 Cornwall Ave.  Bellingham, WA


Graduate of Bellingham High School Now Attends Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


Suggested Donation: $15.00 to the Festival’s Music in the Schools program; students admitted at no charge.


A native of Bellingham, Washington, Eli Schille-Hudson began his musical studies at the age of nine. No stranger to a variety of styles, his studies commenced and continued with steel-string and electric guitar, folk, blues, jazz, and rock n’ roll with local teacher Sher Vadinska. At the age of 16, he discovered his passion for classical music and classical guitar, and devoted himself to that pursuit under the tutelage of local teacher Jordan Batterman.

After graduating from Bellingham High School in 2013, he began his collegiate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he is currently in his senior year. As a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs scholarship, he studies under the tuition of Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. At Indiana, Eli has participated in masterclasses with world renowned artists Jorge Caballero and Zoran Dukic, and he traveled this past summer to Darmstadt, Germany, where he studied extensively with guitarist and composer Tilman Hoppstock at the Akademie for Tonkunst, Darmstadt.

He placed 2nd in the Undergraduate Instrumental category at the 2016 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition, and 4th at the 2015 University of Louisville Guitar Competition. He plays on a 2013 Dake Traphagen guitar, handmade right here in Bellingham.

Program to be announced.