About Whatcom Sound Jazz
Whatcom Sound Jazz is an organization dedicated to the study and performance of quality jazz literature and sharing it with the community. Our ensemble, Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers, consists of 8 Soprano and Alto singers, three instrumentalists, and a conductor/director. The ensemble is a musical arts community of talented, non-professional singers. Whatcom Sound Jazz also offers workshops open to the broader community.
WSJ is a non-profit organization, formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. In 2019, Whatcom Sound Jazz became an IRS recognized 501 (c)(3) organization with tax ID 83-3334625.
Currently, our board of directors consists of:
Brock Blatter, President
Karen Goens, Treasurer
Nadene Gurulé, Secretary
Sarah Yates, Member at Large
Diane Leigh, Member at Large
Singing with Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers
Open auditions are held in summer for September start. Occasionally we have openings at other times of the year. More info!
Donate to Whatcom Sound Jazz
Your support is encouraged and appreciated, to help keep this small but dynamic ensemble going. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to make a donation.
Whatcom Sound Jazz is looking for committed community members to help administer the group and plan our events. Contact email@example.com if interested in serving on our board of directors or in volunteering at our concerts or behind the scenes. We'd love to hear from you!
A Brief History
WSJS was directed from 2006 to 2016 by its talented founder, Ann MacDonald, under the umbrella of Bellingham Sings, sponsored by Allied Arts of WA. Ann's passion for choirs shaped the group and gave inspiration to its singers, several of whom are still singing with us now. Noted jazz vocalist and pianist Cheryl Hodge led the group during an interim period in 2016-17. Since September 2017, our group has been led by our current Artistic Director, Michael-Paul Gurulé.