2016 Year in Review: Pacific Arts Association, host of the Drayton Harbor Music Festival

By Kitty King

Highlights for the students: This year was the time to discover their talents, challenge themselves and inspire everyone with the joy of their success. As one board member noted, “The enthusiasm of the campers, and their respect for one another and their craft was more evident this year than ever

Highlights for the audiences: Audience members were amazed at the extraordinary Kick-off Concert on opening night.

Thanks to the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Ellerhein Estonian Choir, we were able to offer Blaine both the award winning Calidore String Quartet and the world famous Ellerhein Choir all in one evening! It was like having Carnegie Hall right here in Blaine.

The enjoyment continued all week, with three performances by our world class music faculty, student performances on both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and our Big Band Benefit that rocked the roof at the new Blaine Pavilion.

Looking forward to 2017, our 16th year of inspiring young artists and bringing world class music to Blaine, we plan to continue our excellent music programs and expand two of our more popular items: songwriting and jazz choir.

We are proud of our efforts to put Blaine on the map by bringing music to our shores.

Thank you, Blaine, for your support!

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