“The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra announces that, beginning with the 2019-2020 season, it will change its name to the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (5/2) article in the Lynden Tribune (Lynden, WA). “The decision is the culmination of a thorough and careful inquiry, orchestra management says, during which a cross-section of stakeholders and local community leaders were consulted … Symphony musicians also contributed to the decision, with a majority vote in favor of the new name. As the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, the organization will continue its commitment to providing high-quality performances to audiences of all ages throughout Whatcom County. ‘I feel so honored and privileged to have watched this orchestra grow over the last five years…. This change will strengthen our visibility and our connection to the community,’ said music director Yaniv Attar. ‘To me, this change is a testament to … this community … and above all, to the strong foundation that the founders of this orchestra left us to keep building upon. This change will ensure that music will continue to thrive here as we serve the community of Whatcom County and beyond.’ More details about the name change will be announced in spring 2019.”

Posted May 2, 2018