December 2016 Newsletter

It has been a busy and exciting year for the Bellingham Festival of Music – and it has been my great privilege to serve as your chair. With 2016 coming to a close and preparations to open our extraordinary 24th Season well underway, I wish to thank each of you for making it possible to continue showcasing world-class classical music performances in our beautiful community.

As I move to the second year of my chairmanship, I ask that you please consider adding the BFM to your community volunteer list. We are always looking for music lovers to become more involved in the organization and to help us build upon our many successes. And, if you have not yet responded to our annual membership drive letter of last month, please take a moment to do so today.

Our continued great success is a reflection of the dedication and generosity of our many incredible supporters. To each of you I again say thank you, and I so look forward to enjoying with you the many wonderful performances of our 24th Season.

Happy Holidays,
Karen Berry, Chair


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

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, handmade here in Bellingham.

The Perfect Holiday Gift:

BFM 2017 Season Tickets

BFM season tickets offer a discount on prices and a promise of summer nights and beautiful music. So, if you are looking for that perfect gift that keeps on giving, why not consider a season ticket package for that special person in your life? While season tickets don’t go on sale until January 17, 2017, you can slip your promise of tickets into a holiday card and present it to your lucky recipient this holiday season. Individual tickets go on sale February 1, 2017. Season performances and ticket prices can be found by visiting and All tickets will be available through the WWU Box Office.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Bellingham Festival of Music!

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