Becky Elmendorf

Choir Director

Becky Elmendorf was born in Hondo, Texas on an Army Air Corps base during WWII, but spent most of her childhood in southern Indiana. Her dad was a symphony conductor and music professor, and her life was full of music and church since her parents were the church choir director and organist. Becky graduated from Indiana State University with a major in math and a minor in choral conducting and went on to Stanford University where she earned her master’s degree in math education.

Becky had met Byron at ISU and they married in 1967 after he joined the Marine Corps and shortly before he went to Vietnam. She stayed in California where she continued teaching math and music. Upon his return, Becky followed Byron to Arizona, to Michigan, and to Washington where he directed park and recreation departments and she taught math, directed church choirs, and played her viola in local symphonies. They had a son, Ty, and a daughter, Amy, while living in Vancouver, WA, and came to Bellingham in 1978 when Byron was named the Parks and Recreation Director for the city.

In the 35 years they have lived here, Becky has directed choirs at St. James, Birchwood, and now, First Presbyterian Churches. She and Byron are ordained elders in the church and raised two great children in this community. Becky taught math at WWU, Whatcom Middle and Bellingham High Schools during the first 19 years and then opened Squalicum High School as an assistant principal in 1998 and then principal in 2000. Since her retirement from the school district in 2006, Becky has continued playing viola in the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and served as the President of its Board of Directors for the past two years.

Becky and Byron love the Northwest and are enjoying their travel in many countries in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia as well as trying to visit as many National Parks in the USA as possible. They always return home to four incredible grandchildren who live in Everson and Seattle.