Past Artistic Directors

Ryan Smit (2010 – 2017)

Ryan directed the BCC from 2010 until 2017. Under his leadership the Chorale advanced its reputation for choral excellence. One stellar accomplishment out of many was the recent presentation of Gretchaninoff’s entire Passion Week, a stunning and extended a cappella work rarely heard outside of Russia.

Ryan also brought excellence to the choral program at Lynden Christian School while teaching there from 2005 until 2017. He was a member of Male Ensemble Northwest and sang tenor professionally with Charles Bruffy and the two-time Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale for six years.

In the fall of 2017, Ryan accepted the position of Director of Choral Activities at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. The BCC appreciates his years of devoted and expert leadership and looks forward to a joint concert in Bellingham with the Dordt College Choir when, hopefully, they come here on tour in a few years. .


Our Founder – Tim Fitzpatrick 2003 – 2011)


A versatile musician with many areas of expertise, Tim Fitzpatrick has pursued a career that is supported by outstanding academic achievements and diverse musical endeavors. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from Western Washington University in 1982. His areas of focus included piano, harpsichord, choral music and acco

mpanying. In 1985, Tim received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from The University of Texas in Austin where he studied piano performance and pedagogy. After three years of teaching at Summerstar, a private music school in Bellingham, Tim moved to San Francisco. While there, he conducted a male chorus entitled The Songbirds,

worked as Minister of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Church in San Mateo, received voice training and studied choral conducting at San Francisco State University where he also accompanied and taught singing classes. Tim taught piano privately, prepared singers for the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, coached numerous vocal ensembles, and performed at Max’s Opera Café, a popular San Francisco restaurant that featured opera, classical, jazz, Broadway and pop music.

In 1996, Tim was offered a position in WWU’s music department as professional accompanist and worked there until 1998. Since his return to Bellingham, he has established a private teaching studio and worked as Director of Music with the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. In the summer of 2002, Tim completed a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from WWU and has served there as adjunct choral faculty, directing the University Women’s Chorale, Men’s Ensemble and University Choir. In March 2006, he was hired to the position of Assistant Professor of Choral Music/ Vocal Education. His choirs have toured Canada and recently been featured at the Northwestern Division Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association. Tim currently serves as the Washington State President of ACDA, and is active as a choral and vocal adjudicator around the Northwest. He was also founder and artistic director of the Bellingham Chamber Chorale, established in 2003 and transitioned to Ryan Smit in 2012.

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