Role at Bellingham Music:
Clarinet, Flute & Saxophone Instructor
School Liaison & Classroom Assistant
Retail & Rental Assistant
Degree: B.A. Music Education (in progress at WWU)
Pearl Petaia is a Bellingham native who received her diploma from Meridian High School. She started instruction on her primary instrument of clarinet in 6th grade at Meridian Middle School and started playing saxophone with her school jazz band in the 8th grade. As Pearl progressed musically, she became involved in community music ensembles, including church choirs, the Mount Baker Youth Symphony directed by Sharyn and Malcolm Peterson, a Teen Acapella choir directed by Steve Barnes through the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and was a Drum Major of the MHS Marching Band for two years.
Pearl is currently attending Western Washington University in pursuit of a degree in Music Education, is Collegiate President of the Washington Music Educators Association, and her dream job is to be a beginning band teacher. Pearl studies under Professor Erika Block and plays on a Backun Protegè. You may have seen Pearl around town making yummy foods at the Bagelry, playing ukulele or guitar and singing at open mic with her sister and cousins, or recently playing in the pit orchestra for Bellingham Theatre Guild.