WELCOME HOME CONCERT
Guitarist Eli Schille-Hudson
January 7, 2017 – 7:00 PM
First Congregational Church of Bellingham
2401 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, WA
Students: Free | Suggested donation: $15
Graduate of Bellingham High School
Now Attends Indiana University
Jacobs School of Music.
More information at bellinghamfestival.org
Eli Schille-Hudson, guitarist
For the past six seasons, the BFM has presented an emerging Bellingham musician of promise who is studying in a nationally recognized music program. These Welcome Home Concerts are an important part of the Festival’s Outreach initiatives, allowing us to recognize the artists, their teachers, and the community which supported their early training. The Festival’s 2017 Welcome Home Concert will present Eli Schille-Hudson, a native of Bellingham and a 2013 graduate of Bellingham High School. Eli began his musical studies at the age of nine, experimenting in a variety of styles, including folk, blues, jazz and rock n’ roll with local teacher Sher Vadinska. Performing for the first time at the age of ten before an open mic at a local coffee house, The Three Trees, it was this youthful experience that made Eli decide that he wanted to play music for the rest of his life. At the age of 16, he discovered his passion for classical guitar and devoted himself to the pursuit under the guidance of local teacher Jordan Batterman. Now a senior at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs scholarship, he studies under Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Eli placed Second in the Undergraduate Instrumental category at the 2016 Indianapolis Matinee Musical competition and Fourth at the 2015 University of Louisville Guitar Competition. At Indiana, Eli has participated in master classes 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. Eli plays on a 2013 Dake Traphagen guitar http://www.traphagenguitars.com/index.html, handmade here in Bellingham.