SAVE THE DATE!
Bellingham Festival of Music Annual Meeting
Lairmont Manor 405 Fieldston Rd
October 21, 2016 7-9 p.m.
Please mark your calendar to share this fun evening of wine and dessert with
Maestro Michael Palmer and the Board of Directors. Further details will be
provided in the Festival,s October Newsletter.
Russian Pianist Llya Yakushev Back By Popular Demand
As seen performing Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1
during July s Festival of Music
Western Washington University
Performing Arts Center March 19, 2017 3-5 p.m.
Getting To Know Your Board
“A Little Night Music” Star Erica Ewell
For those of you who attended the Western Summer Theatre performance last month of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music”, you had the pleasure of seeing BFM student board member Erica Ewell star in the lead role as Desirée Armfeldt! When Erica filled the newly established student position on the board in 2015, we knew she was a talented student and voice instructor. But, we had not experienced the clarity of Erica’s beautiful alto voice and her amazing stage presence until she transformed herself into the ever-elegant Desirée during three performances in Western’s Main Stage Theatre. The musical, written primarily in the familiar three-quarter time of a waltz, was directed by Heather Dudenbostel, Voice Instructor, and conducted by Ryan Dudenbostel, Director of Orchestral Studies, both with Western’s College of Fine & Performing Arts.
A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Erica is now pursuing a BFA Music Education degree from Western. Erica is the stage manager and vocal director at BAAY Theater and a volunteer at the Girls Rock Camp, a camp to empower girls ages 8-17 through music education and performance. Erica is also an alto section leader in Western’s Concert Choir, a select ensemble of 50 accomplished university singers. Upon graduation Erica hopes to teach high school choir in a diverse community, or work with a nonprofit like ours. We hope her experience on the board helps to provide important skills to take into her very promising future.
Steven Thomas, Principal Cello, Celebrates A New Son
We proudly welcome Julian André Francis Thomas as the youngest member of the BFM family. Born August 17th and weighing in at a healthy and vocal 8lbs. 5oz, Steven wrote, “Mother and child are doing well and Dad is a basket case. Much gratitude to the entire BFM community for helping me get to this point with their support.”