Welcome Home Concert, January 7, 2017

Guitarist Eli Schille-Hudson, Bellingham High School Graduate, to Give Welcome Home Concert, January 7, 2017

For immediate release:

November 7, 2016


Bellingham, WA.—Eli Schille-Hudson, a guitarist now studying at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will be the featured artist at the Bellingham Festival of Music’s 7th annual Welcome Home Concert, January 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the First Congregational Church of Bellingham, 2401 Cornwall Ave. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free for students and a donation of $15 is suggested for adults.

For each of the past six seasons, the BFM has invited back and presented an emerging musician of promise who is studying in a nationally recognized music program. These annual recitals are a way to recognize the accomplishments of the artists, their teachers, and the community which supported their early training. The program complements the Festival’s other Outreach initiatives, including masterclasses, support of the fifth grade strings programs in the public schools, Beethoven-in-the-Schools, and Play it Forward Chamber Music Residencies.

A native of Bellingham, 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 guidance 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 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 Second in the Undergraduate Instrumental category at the 2016 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition, and Fourth at the 2015 University of Louisville Guitar Competition. He plays on a 2013 Dake Traphagen guitar, handmade here in Bellingham.

Program to be announced.


For more information: www.bellinghamfestival.org

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
828 Racine St.
Bellingham, WA 98229



Nestled between snow-capped mountains and island-studded bay, Bellingham, Washington’s spectacular natural beauty provides the ideal backdrop for the celebration of classical music. Since 1993, the Bellingham Festival of Music has enlivened the summer season with outstanding live orchestral performances and chamber music recitals for Northwest Washington audiences.

Under the direction of co-founder and noted American conductor Michael Palmer, the festival orchestra is composed of some of the finest musicians in the United States and Canada, many of them principals in such illustrious orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta Symphonies. They are joined by eminent soloists who have included Garrick Ohlsson, Lynn Harrell, Arnaldo Cohen, Vadim Gluzman, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Hilary Hahn, Frederica von Stade, and Pepe Romero. In addition, the festival boasts a resident chamber ensemble, currently the Calidore String Quartet, which presents recitals as well as participating in community educational and engagement activities.

Of equal importance to its summer season are the Festival’s year-round outreach initiatives which extend the beauty of classical music to youngsters in the region. Among these programs are masterclasses, and both the Play it Forward Chamber Music Residency and Beethoven in the Schools project which bring music to K-12 classrooms. In 2014-15, BFM also helped kick start the return of the Fifth Grade Strings program in the public schools, and in 2015-16, donated string instruments valued at $10,000 to the program.

The Festival’s artistic excellence has been recognized widely throughout the country and its concerts and recordings have been broadcast nationally, first by NPR and most recently by American Public Media on its Performance Today show. Among these recordings are the three-CD set of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos featuring Garrick Ohlsson with Michael Palmer conducting the Festival Orchestra. These performances were recorded live at the Festival on the Natural Soundfields label in 2000.

The recipient of grants from several entities, the Festival received National Endowment for the Arts grants in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015—a resounding endorsement of the quality of its performances and the contribution it makes to regional and national cultural life.