D. Andrew Moquin
Andrew is a native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, attended college on the East coast and eventually moved to the Northwest with his wife Kay in 1990. He is a graduate of Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island and also attended St. Steven’s College in Dover, Massachusetts where he studied with the intention of becoming a priest. After college he worked in marketing, public relations and development back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having completed campaigns with St. John’s Military Academy in Wisconsin, the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra he accepted the position as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Over a period of fifteen years he helped develop one of America’s top dozen major symphony orchestras. Following this, Andrew did similar work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which was under the direction of Antal Dorati. It was there while living in Grosse Pointe, Michigan that he changed careers and became involved in the gourmet food business eventually opening a restaurant and catering business. Also that is where he met his wife Kay. After marriage and a six-year period living in Grosse Pointe they decided to make a move. They sold businesses, did extensive research and eventually ended up in Bellingham, Washington before taking a magical year off travelling around the world. Since Kay was an Interior Designer she set up her business with Andrew’s help. He then took up ownership of Il Fiasco Restaurant for five years. They both became involved in the community and the restaurant served as a gathering place for business, civic and social events. Andrew was a member of the group that helped revive and restore the Mount Baker Theater in the early 90’s and also served on the Theater’s Board of Directors. He was invited to become a member of the Bellingham Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1993, Andrew was one of the founding board members of the Bellingham Festival of Music and served as the Festival’s President and Executive Director for many years. He is still intimately involved with the classical music festival as the Guest Artist Coordinator, serving as well as a consultant and assisting with fund raising and the legacy giving program. In 1997, he was a recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award and in 2004 was recognized as a nominee for the Priscilla Sabin Award for outstanding contributions to Whatcom County’s Tourism Industry. Andrew lost his partner Kay to cancer in 1997, is now retired, yet quite active. He joined the Whatcom Community College Foundation Board of Directors in 2015 and was instrumental in starting the “Magic of Whatcom” dinner/auction. This event in a two year period has helped to raise over $250,000 for the college. He also served as a member of the college Campaign Feasibility Study Committee in 2017. Andrew states that “a highlight of his life for the past 25 years has been the involvement in various capacities with the Bellingham Festival of Music. It has been an honor to serve and I am truly grateful for all those dedicated souls past and present who help make this great classical music event happen in our beautiful corner of the world. It does indeed enrich our lives”.