August Featured Artist: Alex Abrams

Published on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 by Kitty King

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Alex’s story is one of contribution. He has taken his time, energy and talent and used them to share his music with us all. He took his diploma from Blaine High School in 2005, after contributing to the school’s wind ensemble for four years. 

After graduating from Whitman College with a degree in cello performance, he obtained a masters in music from Central 
Washington University (CWU), where he performed as principle cellist in the CWU Orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has played with the Walla Walla Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony and Newport Symphony.

Alex’s present activities show his true range as a musician. He gives private cello lessons at the John G. Shedd Institute of the Arts and at the same time is a member of the post-rock band This Patch of Sky, which will release an album on iTunes and on vinyl sometime in August.

Then comes the jazz! For the past seven years, Alex has been an important part of the Blaine Jazz Fest/Drayton Harbor Music Festival, first as a student, and then as a counselor to the students who attend the seven-day camp. He brings his musical expertise, leadership skills and sense of humor to Blaine every summer, encouraging  the students to enjoy their musical and social experiences at camp.

4 - 5 • Auditions for “The Sound of Music” are Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 5, 7 p.m. at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front Street, Lynden, in the Dutch Village Mall. 

Kids ages 5-13 will be taught a brief piece of a song from the show, so they don’t need to have anything prepared. Ages 14 and up should have a short (16 measures) song ready. Bring sheet music for the accompanist, or sing a cappella. 

Callbacks, if necessary, will take place on Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. at the theater. Questions? Contact director Teri Grimes by email at

“The Sound of Music” will be performed at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Lynden from September 24 to October 12.