For Kevin Allen-Schmid, there is no higher calling than to direct choral music.“It is a great honor to be handed the baton of the Bellingham Chamber Chorale,” Kevin says. “It will be the finest choir I have ever stood before, and yet we will all need to grow and stretch in
order to create the level of choral beauty and the power of the musical messaging that I am imagining. I humbly hope that the singers and I, as well as our devoted audiences and supporters, will find this year to be uniquely satisfying and innovative, while maintaining the high standards for which the BCC is so widely regarded.”
A native of Idaho, Kevin earned his bachelors in music education and his masters in choral conducting from Pacific Lutheran and Central Washington Universities. He taught K-12 music in international schools in Malaysia, Germany, Tanzania and Spain for 11 years and led the nationally acclaimed choral program at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana for 20 years.
Kevin has served the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship as music director since 2013. This past June, 2017, he led a 42-voice Unitarian choir on a tour to find their protestant and musical roots in Transylvania. In the last two years, Kevin has directed the Whatcom County Interfaith Choir Festival twice and taught music as a long-term substitute in the Ferndale and Lummi Nation schools. Last year, it was Kevin’s pleasure to accompany the BCC at the piano, and he thanks outgoing director Ryan Smit for allowing him also to sing on the a cappella pieces.
“What a fantastic assembly of singers the BCC is,” claims Kevin. “Let’s sing!”