Bellingham High School Concert Choir and Showstoppers Perform at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

Bellingham HS Choir  Bellingham HS Showstoppers cropped

Bellingham High School Concert Choir and Showstoppers
Linda Short, director

Tuesday, April 2. 2013
11:30am
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025 (map)

Program – to be chosen from the following:

Barnum | Adoramus Te, Christe               
Arr. Beard, Tucker | I Believe
Biebl | Ave Maria
Arr. Caldweel, Ivory | John, the Revelator
Lange | Esto Les Digo
Martin | Come to the Music
Pfautsch | Musick’s Empire
Victoria | O Quam Gloriosum est Regnum
Arr. Walker | How Can I Keep From Singing
Whitacre | Go, Lovely Rose

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About the artists…

The Bellingham High School Choirs have existed since the school opened in 1937.  The school is named after the beautiful city of about 80,000 in the northwest corner of Washington State, only 40 miles from the Canadian border.

Concert Choir members are auditioned out of the student body of about 1,000 students, and the group ranges from 40 – 60 members most years. This allows students to learn and develop skills in a group that fosters very close relationships between members.  This year the group totals 50 members, 40 of whom are able to represent Washington at the National Festival of States.  The Bellingham High School (BHS) Concert Choir consistently earns the highest marks given at regional contests, even though most schools are larger and have middle school choir feeder programs.  Most members in the BHS Concert Choir start their high school years with little or no vocal music experience and start working from the first day to reach and exceed the standards of previous groups.  The choirs are lead by director Linda Short who believes every student is valuable and has something to contribute.  Every student is encouraged to reach whatever vocal music goals they have set for themselves and promised that with their hard work and complete participation they will be able to join any music program they choose by the time they graduate.  Her passion for music and her students is one of the driving forces of the choir’s success.  The choir has won numerous awards both individually and as a group. The group regularly performs at the school, in the community, and in Washington, northern Oregon, and southern British Columbia, Canada in a variety of venues.

Showstoppers is a 20 member group auditioned out of the Concert Choir.  This group has won the Regional Ensemble Contest for the last 13 years, when the group first entered the contest.  Each year they represent the region at the State Contest, and while receiving high scores, are usually beaten out by much larger schools with choral music programs starting in the first years of elementary school.  In 2008, Showstoppers won second place at the State Contest and students still strive to be in the top three at state.  Showstoppers, as the name implies, entertains audiences of all kinds.  In addition to more serious music for the small ensemble, they perform a variety of music including a different choreographed medley every year.  This year’s medley is called “Steppin’ Out” and features the group swing dancing.  This group is in high demand all year and performs numerous times in extremely different settings.  Students are taught to lead and assess themselves in preparation for college and beyond.

Linda Short is the Vocal Music Director at Bellingham High School.  She has worked in the Bellingham School District for 31 years and for 26 years at BHS.  She is a graduate of Bellingham High and loves teaching at her old Alma Mater.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Western Washington University (WWU) in 1980 and her Master’s of Music in 1986, also from WWU located in Bellingham, WA.  She is a member of NAfME and serves as the secretary of her local district.  She is also a member of ACDA where she has presented several times at the Summer Institute.

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