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Kulshan Chorus holds auditions Aug. 27, Sept. 3

Bellingham Youth Jazz Band starts rehearsals Sept. 16 at Bellingham Senior Activities Center.
Bellingham Youth Jazz Band starts rehearsals Sept. 16 at Bellingham Senior Activities Center. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Kulshan Chorus starts rehearsals Thursday, Aug. 27, and director Dustin Willetts and board president Sonja Lee say the 80- to 90-voice choir needs more people with lower voices — basses, baritones and tenors — but that all vocal ranges are welcome.

Auditions are simple, the tuition is reasonable, and the experience of singing with Bellingham’s cross-cultural, multi-generational group that celebrates America’s diverse musical heritage is enriching and fulfilling, both for the members and for audiences.

The choir’s repertoire draws from world cultures spanning a range of styles, from Gregorian chants to American pop, South African freedom songs, Polish carols, African-American gospel and the sounds of Brazil and Cuba.

Auditions will be 6:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings. The chorus’ winter concert is Dec. 12.

For details on auditions, email or More on the group: and Facebook.

Vintage markets come to Make.Shift

Make.Shift and Bellingham Black Market Boutique held its first in a series of vintage and handmade Sunday markets on Aug. 1 at Make.Shift, 306 Flora St. The next ones will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, and Oct. 4.

A rotating series of artists, crafters, and vintage aficionados will offer their goods at what are dubbed “offbeat and relaxed” events. If you’re interested in vending, email Colleen Harper at

More on Make.Shift Market is on Facebook.

WCC choir seeks community members

Whatcom Community College’s Collegiate Choir begins its fall season Sept. 22 with rehearsals from 11:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on campus, 237 W. Kellogg Road. Director Carol Reed-Jones says the non-audition choir of men and women sings music from a variety of historical periods, cultures and styles, with public performances.

The class is open to the public. People can register for two college credits online at (search the class schedule for Music 165, Item 5835) or in-person at the registration window on campus; or register as a community member (no college credit) through the Community and Continuing Education program for a nominal fee, in-person at the registration window on campus.

Youth Jazz Band starts rehearsals

Bellingham Youth Jazz Band begins its 19th year of weekly rehearsals at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Bellingham Senior Activities Center, 315 Halleck St., under the auspices of the Jazz Project.

Directer Mark Kelly says musicians in seventh through ninth grade who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drum set or vocals, and who are currently in a school band, choir or orchestra may join. Informational fliers will available in September at local school and music stores.

Details: 360-676-5750, or

Mt. Baker Youth Symphony begins season

Mt Baker Youth Symphony welcomes young musicians to a new season in fall 2015. Rehearsals begin Sept. 14 at Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin St. Former students should arrive at 6 p.m. for Junior Symphony, and at 7 p.m. for Youth Symphony.

New students auditioning for Youth Symphony must schedule an audition with Sharyn Peterson on Sept. 2. Email her or call her at 360-421-2527.

The repertoire includes classical music, jazz, Broadway and film music, and folk and ethnic styles. Registration forms can be downloaded from the symphony’s website,

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or