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Choirs in the Puget Sound region

This is a list of community and professional choirs and choruses in the Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan area of western Washington.  For choirs outside the Puget Sound region, please see the Washington State page. 

This list is not intended to encompass church choirs or private, employee choirs.  These choirs should be open to anyone with sufficient talent to join!  They range from "show up and sing" community choirs to professional groups with very demanding audition processes.  Most have some sort of instrumental accompaniment.

The choir list is generally ordered by where the group normally rehearses, then in alphabetical order.  

If you see any errors, or if you know of a choir or chorus that isn't on this page, please send me whatever information you have.  You can see the most recent changes hereLast updated Mar 6, 2014.

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Seattle
(64 listings)

Ancora
Size: 12 to 16 women
Style:  Challenging repertoire from all periods, with a focus on tuning and blend.  Mostly a cappella.
Rehearses:  Capitol Hill
More info: http://www.ancorasings.net

BlueStreet Voices Jazz Ensemble
Size: 24 members
Style: Jazz
Rehearses: Seattle and Bellevue (Tuesday evenings)
More info: http://bluestreetvoices.com or 206-361-5726

Cantaré
Size: 40-50
Style: Explores a wide range of choral literature, including 19th-century spirituals, psalms, plainchant, as well as works by 20th-century composers.
Rehearses: Seattle, Maple Leaf neighborhood
More info: http://www.cantarevocalensemble.org

Cappella Romana
Size: 8-24 members
Style: Professional vocal ensemble; Greek and Russian vocal works and European early music
Rehearses: Seattle, with series at Town Hall Seattle
More info: http://www.cappellaromana.org/

Choir of the Sound
Size: 90+ members
Style: Wide range, from classical to "pops"
Rehearses: Shoreline
More info: http://www.choirofthesound.org/

Choral Arts
Size: 30 members
Style: wide range of demanding choral music
More info: http://www.choral-arts.org

City Cantabile Choir
Size: Unknown
Style: wide range of local and international music, including AfroCeltic and Brazilian.
More info: http://www.scn.org/arts/ccc/

Compline Choir
Size: About 16
Style: Plainsong (religious)
Rehearses: Seattle, St Marks
More info: http://www.complinechoir.org/

Diverse Harmony
Size: Unknown
Style: Unknown
Rehearses: Seattle
More info: http://www.diverseharmony.org/

Dunava
Size: 7 to 10 women
Style: Balkan and East European folk music
Rehearses: Seattle
More info: http://www.dunava.org

Endolyne Children's Choir
Size: Varies.  Three different choirs based on age and experience.
Style: Music education and performance opportunities for children.
Rehearses: West Seattle
More info: http://www.endolynechoir.org/

The Esoterics
Size: 24 to 60 members, depending on music being performed.
Style: 20th and 21st century choral a cappella 
Rehearses: Capitol Hill
More info: http://www.theesoterics.org
Recordings: Barber: Samuel Barber's Collected Choral Works (2010),  Ourania (2009), Ru'ia (2008), Notturna (2007), Mandala (2007), Sonettaria (2006), Immaginosa (2005), Penitentia (2004), Elementia (2001) Antiphonia (1999), Beata (1997)

Finnish Choral Society
Size: About 20
Style: Finnish choral music and more.
Rehearses: Whittier Heights (Between Greenwood and Ballard)
More info:  http://www.finnsnw.com/FCS/index.html

Gesangverein Arion
Size: About 30
Style: Deutsche lieder.  Affiliated with the German Heritage Society.
More info: http://germanheritagesociety.org/Arion.html

Kalaidoscope Youth Choirs
Size: Varies. Multiple choirs, placement dependent on age and ability.
Style: Wide range of music. A unique music education experience for children in grades 2 through 6. Affiliated with the Esoterics.
Rehearses: Capitol Hill (St Joseph School)
More info: http://www.theesoterics.org/kaleidoscope

Magnolia Chorale
Size: About 36
Style:  Wide range, including Classical, Folk, Pop, Jazz, and Showtunes, usually accompanied.
Rehearses: Magnolia
More info: http://www.magnoliachorale.org

Market Street Singers
Size: 75
Style:  All genres, easy to demanding.  Non-audition, active all year.
Rehearses: Market Street (of course), in Ballard
More info: http://www.marketstreetsingers.org/

Medieval Women's Choir
Size: 50 or more women of all ages
Style: Medieval
Rehearses: Greenlake
More info: http://www.medievalwomenschoir.org/

Musica Sacra
Size: About 16
Style:  Music from a variety of sacred traditions.  "Dedicated to creating definitive choral performances of the highest caliber in the sacred space originally intended by the composer when he composed his work."
Rehearses:  West Seattle
More info: http://www.musicasacrachamberchorale.com/

Metropolitan Glee Club
Size: About 30 women
Style:  Wide range, classical to popular.
Rehearses: Alki, West Seattle
More info: http://www.seattlegleeclubs.org/

Northwest Boychoir
Size: about 150 boys, age 6 to 14
Style:  Wide range.  Rigorous musical training for young vocalists
Rehearses:  University District
More info: http://nwchoirs.org/

Northwest Chamber Chorus
Size: about 40 members
Style: Primarily Classical
Rehearses: Phinney Ridge, Seattle
More Info: http://www.northwestchamberchorus.org

Northwest Chorale
Size: 60+ members
Style: Classical, with orchestra.  Non-profit chorale to raise money to feed the poor.
Rehearses: Lake City
More info: http://www.nwchorale.org/

Northwest Girlchoir
Size: 250 choristers; girls and young women ages 6 to 18.
Style: Wide range.  Musical training for young vocalists.  Scholarships available.
Rehearses: Greenlake / Ravenna Blvd
More info: http://www.northwestgirlchoir.org/

Northwest Vocal Project
Size:  30 men, ages 14 to 30
Style: A mix of updated Barbershop and modern men's choral a cappella.
Rehearses: Seattle and Bellevue
More info: http://www.nvpseattle.com

Norwegian Men's Chorus
Size: about 24
Style: Folk music of Scandinavia, as well as America and Great Britain.  Founded in 1889, thought to be the oldest continuously-operating choral organization in Seattle.  There is also a women's chorus.
Rehearses: Ballard, at the Nordic Heritage Museum
More info:  http://pcnsa.org/LocalGroups/Seattle.html

Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Size: 16 members, men and women
Style: Variety of four to eight part charts, with jazz, swing, blues, and other styles.
Rehearses: Alki
More info: http://www.seattlegleeclubs.org/

OK Chorale
Size: varies
Style: Non-audition choir through the UW Experimental College, for beginning and experienced singers
Rehearses: Broadview
More info:
http://www.classesandworkshops.com/more-seattle-classes/music-and-singing-classes/ok-chorale-seattle-choir-singing-classes/

Opus 7
Size: about 24 members
Style: Concentrates on 20th century music, but not limited to that era
Rehearses: St. James Cathedral, Seattle
More info: http://www.opus7.org/

Orion Chorale of Washington State
Size: 18 to 20
Style: Sacred music, spirituals and arranged hymns a cappella.
Rehearses: Seattle
More info: www.orionchoralewa.org

Pacifica Children's Choirs
Size: Several groups of children, from 1st through 12th grade.
Style: Wide range.
Rehearses: Seattle
More info: http://www.pacificachoirs.org/

Phinney Neighborhood Chorus
Size: About 60
Style: "A hodge-podge of world music with a folk bent."
Rehearses: Phinney Ridge
More info:
http://phinneychorus.org/

Prelude Glee Club
Size: about 10
Style: Popular, classical, show-tunes -- no audition.
Rehearses: West Seattle
More info: http://www.seattlegleeclubs.org/

Renaissance Singers
Size: 10
Style: "Comprised of ten singers, the ensemble offers a fresh approach to early music while contributing to a vital niche in Seattle's arts community."
More info: http://www.therenaissancesingers.com/ 

Sacred Music Chorale
Size: About 60
Style: Christian
Rehearses: First Hill
More info: http://www.sacredmusicchorale.org/

Seattle Bach Choir
Size: About 36
Style: Founded in 1984 to focus on Baroque composers, its repertoire has expanded to include many periods and styles.
More info: http://www.seattlebachchoir.org/

Seattle Children's Chorus
Size: 200+ boys and girls, ages 7-20, in four performing levels
Style: wide range, focusing on sacred, classical and folk; treble and SATB
Rehearses: Shoreline and Everett
Auditions: call for info
More info: 206-542-5998 or www.seattlechildrenschorus.org

Seattle Chamber Singers
Size: 60+ members
Style: Classical.  Affiliated with Orchestra Seattle
More info: http://www.osscs.org/

Seattle Choral Company
Size: 75 to 150 members of all ages
Style: Acclaimed symphonic chorus which consistently draws large audiences to its concerts. Performs large masterworks, a cappella and pops concerts.
Rehearses: University District
More info: http://www.seattlechoralcompany.org/

Seattle Girls' Choir
Size: Varies by choir level. Ages range from 6 to 18.
Style: Wide range, with focus on Classical.  Six progressive levels of choirs, each appropriate in content, program, schedule and teaching style for the age of the girls in the choir.  Education program features training in music theory, sight singing, vocal training, performance skills, and more.
Rehearses: North Capitol Hill

More info: http://www.seattlegirlschoir.org
Recordings: Cantate 2000 (2000),  Jackson Berkey Meets the Seattle Girls' Choir (1999)

Seattle Jazz Singers
Size: 8 singers plus combo
Style: Jazz
Rehearses: Edmonds Community College

More info: http://www.seattlejazzsingers.com/

Seattle Jewish Chorale
Size: About 30
Style: Repertoire reflects the wide spectrum of Jewish experiences and choral traditions—from Italian Renaissance psalm settings, classical choral/orchestral works and Israeli pioneer songs to jazzy Yiddish theater music, contemporary “Jewish gospel” and Middle Eastern fusion. A non-discriminatory organization that welcomes qualified singers of all backgrounds, beliefs & orientations.
Rehearses: North Seattle
More info: http://www.seattlejewishchorale.org/ or jewishchorale@live.com 

Seattle Labor Chorus
Size: About 40
Style: Songs of labor, freedom, and equality
More info: http://www.seattlelaborchorus.org/

Seattle Ladies Choir
Size: 50+
Style: Songs selected by the group, primarily contemporary music, including music by Queen, The Beatles, Metallica, Florence+the Machine, and more.   No audition.
Rehearses: Fremont
More info:  http://www.seattleladieschoir.org/

Seattle Men's Chorus
Size: About 250 men
Style: A nationally respected gay men's chorus, performing a wide range of music.  The largest community chorus in North America.
More info: http://www.seattlemenschorus.org/

Seattle Peace Chorus
Size: 45 members
Style: wide range of music, promoting peace and harmony
Rehearses: Wallingford
More info: http://www.seattlepeacechorus.org/

Seattle Pro Musica
Size: 60 members
Style: Award-winning, nationally acclaimed choral group, performing a wide range of music from Medieval to 21st century.
Rehearses: South of Madison Park
More info: http://www.seattlepromusica.org/
Recordings: Navidad, Christmas in the New World (2009), American Masterpieces (2008), Music of the Spirit (2006), Weihnachten: A German Christmas (2002), Peace in our Time (2002), Alnight by the Rose (2001), Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil (1998)

Seattle SeaChordsmen
Size: 25.
Style:  Barbershop.  Seattle chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society.
Rehearses: Queen Anne
More info: http://www.seachordsmen.org/

Seattle Shores Chorus
Size: About 35 women
Style:  Barbershop (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses: Shoreline
More info: http://www.seattleshores.org

Seattle SoundBYTES
Size: 8-12 mixed
Style: Pop and oldies, a cappella
Rehearses: University District
More info: http://www.seattlesoundbytes.com or http://www.youtube.com/SeattleSoundBYTES

Seattle Symphony Chorale
Size: 150 members
Style:  Classical.  Affiliated with the Seattle Symphony.
More info: http://www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony/meet/chorale/

Seattle Welsh Choir (Côr Cymraeg)
Size: Unknown
Style:  A mixed choir for adults (SATB), that sings traditional and contemporary music in the Welsh language
More info: http://www.scn.org/people/welsh/corcymrg.html

Seattle Women's Chorus
Size: Over 200 women.
Style: "Our choral performances are full-scale productions that combine the region's leading professional talents with nationally-known guest artists to create events that expand the possibilities of choral performances and have enormous popular appeal."  Associated with the Seattle Men's Chorus.
More info: http://www.flyinghouse.org/swc/

Sine Nomine
Size: Unknown
Style: "Mixed voice chamber choir specializing in the fine performance of early music, including both sacred and secular works from all regions."  Associated with the Early Music Guild.
Rehearses:  Seattle
More info:  http://www.earlymusicguild.org/tickets/communitycollegia/sinenomine/

Sno-King Community Chorale
Size: 72+
Style: classical to pop music, with three performances each school year (Edmonds Community College) with guest artists at each performance. Holiday concert for 2004 will be December 11, 2004, 7:30pm at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 4th & Daley St., with the Meadowvale High School Chamber Choir.   
Rehearses: Edmonds Community College
More info: http://www.sno-kingchorale.org

Sound Harmony Chorus
Size: 11 women currently but always looking to grow.
Style: Songs from all genres that are arranged in the barbershop style. Completely a capella. A prospective chapter of Sweet Adelines International
Rehearses: Ballard (Seattle Creative Arts Center)
More info: http://www.soundharmony.org
Auditions: last Monday every month after 2 visits

Sound of the Northwest, The
Size: 30 members
Style: Spirituals sung a cappella, arranged hymns and other songs from the African American heritage.  Invited to sing at Carnegie Hall on February 19, 2012.  
Auditions: By appointment.  Currently adding members in all vocal ranges.
Rehearses: Mondays, 7 pm St. Clements Episcopal Church, 1501 32nd Ave South, Seattle
More info: http://www.culturalpursuits.org/sound.html 

Sounds of Music Chorus
Size: 10 to 15, mostly seniors
Style:  Eclectic - oldies from the '30's, pop, showtunes, etc.
Rehearses:  Lake City
More info:  206-784-1152

South Seattle Community Choir
Size: Unknown
Rehearses: South Seattle Community College in West Seattle
More info: http://www.southseattle.edu/programs/conted/choir.htm

Spirit of the Sound
Size: Currently growing, with a target of 60+ singers
Style: Wide variety of styles with a spiritual focus
Rehearses: Phinney Ridge
More info: http://www.facebook.com/spiritofthesoundchoir

SVEA Male Chorus
Size: About 20 men
Style: Originally formed to preserve music of Scandinavia, now performs a wider range.
Rehearses: Swedish Cultural Center (Swedish Club), Queen Anne
More info: http://www.swedishculturalcenter.org/Events/groups.htm  

Swedish Women's Chorus
Size: 20
Style: Swedish, both traditional and current, as well as music encompassing other styles and genres.
Rehearses: Swedish Cultural Center (Swedish Club), Queen Anne/Lake Union
More info: See their Facebook page
or http://www.swedishculturalcenter.org/Events/groups.htm

Total Experience Gospel Choir
Size: 15 to 50 members
Style: African-American oriented Gospel choir
More info: http://www.totalexperiencegospelchoir.org/

The Tudor Choir
Size: 10 to 30 singers, depending on repertory
Style: Emphasis on Renaissance, early American, and English choral music
More info: http://www.tudorchoir.org/

Vocalpoint! Seattle
Size: 45 young men and women, 7th - 12th grade
Style: Strong reputation for its music revues built around special themes in rock ‘n’ roll. They also perform major choral works with the Northwest Boychoir.
Rehearses:  University District
More info: http://nwchoirs.org/



Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Renton, Issaquah, Mercer Island) (21 listings)

a cappella Joy Chorus (formerly Lakeside Chorus)
Size: About 40 women
Style: Barbershop (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses: Kirkland
More info: http://www.acappellajoy.org

Bellevue Chamber Chorus
Size: about 25 members of all ages
Style: Classical and "pops"
Rehearses: Bellevue
More info: http://www.bellevuechamberchorus.net/

Bellevue GirlChoir
Size: 100+ choristers; girls and young women, ages 5 through 14.
Style: Wide variety of music, including folk songs, classical, world songs. Musical training for young vocalists. A Multi-level Program: Kinder Choir, Primary Choir, Intermediate Choir, Training Choir, Concert Choir.
Rehearses: Bellevue, WA
Auditions: In August and December
More info: http://www.bellevuegirlchoir.com

The Cascadian Chorale
Size: 50 members.  A subset of 15 form the Cascadian Singers, a chamber choir that has additional performances.
Style: Classically oriented, plus seasonal music.  Has composer in residence.
Rehearses: Bellevue
More info:
http://www.cascadianchorale.org/

Columbia Children's Choir
Size: 100 boys and girls, from 1st grade to Junior High, in different choir levels by skill and experience
Style: Age- and message-appropriate variety of repertoire from around the world. This community-based children's choir has earned multiple international awards. Vocal technique is Bel Canto and sight-reading is taught using the Kodaly Method (do, re, mi).
Rehearses: Redmond
More info: http://www.columbiachoirs.com

Columbia Vocal Ensemble
Size: 40-50 High School and College-aged singers
Style: Challenging repertoire from all periods. Regularly competes in domestic and international choral competitions, and has won numerous gold medals.
Rehearses: Redmond, Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
More info: http://www.columbiachoirs.com

Common Ground Choir Academy
Size: Varies. Multiple choirs for children, youth, adults, and seniors. Placement according to age and music genre.
Style: Multiple choirs of a variety of music genres. Example: secular pop choir, gospel choir, jazz choir, musical choir, hymns choir, scandinavian choir, ethnic choir, russian choir, etc.
Rehearses: Issaquah
More info: http://www.commongroundgospel.com/

Con Brio Women's Choir
Size: about 35 members, hoping to grow to 50
Style: Wide range of music from sacred, classical music to music from around the world. Tour once a year, will be attending choir competitions beginning 2004.
Affiliated with Columbia Choirs (above, in the Seattle section)
Rehearses: Redmond.  Auditions required.
More info: http://www.columbiachoirs.com/conbrio.php

Concord Chamber Choir
Size: 25-30 men and women
Style: Challenging repertoire from all periods, with a focus on tuning and blend.
Rehearses: Bothell, Wednesdays, 7:15-9pm  (only 6 rehearsals per concert)
More info: email info@columbiachoirs.com

Eastside Girls Choir & Youth Ensemble
Size: unknown, ages 5 to 18
Style: Wide range, including Broadway musicals, classical, folk, and contemporary, with focus on musicianship skills and proper vocal technique.
Rehearses: Medina
More info: http://eastsidegirlschoir.com/

Issaquah Singers
Size:  50 member four-part choir 

Style:  Vocal jazz from the 30's & 40's, Broadway musicals, folk songs, wide range

Rehearses: Thursdays in Issaquah Sept. to June. No auditions, but ability to sight read and match pitch essential

More info: http://www.issaquahsingers.com/, Dorothy Hay, Director, 425-413-4414 or Tara Michaels, 425-557-2840

Jubilee Singers
Size: About 12
Style:  African-American Spirituals
Rehearses: Unknown
More info: http://www.jubileesingers.org/

Kirkland Choral Society
Size: 65-80
Style: wide range of choral music
Rehearses: South Rose Hill, Kirkland
More info: http://www.kirklandchoralsociety.org/

Lake Washington Singers
Size: 24-36 Women
Style: Varied. Classical, Folk, Jazz, Show tunes, easy to moderately challenging, usually accompanied.  (SSA)  Nonprofit group: Concert proceeds support 3 yearly scholarships for local high school students intent on continuing their vocal education.
Rehearses: Bellevue, Monday evenings.  Seasonal (mid-Jan to mid-May, and mid-Sept to mid-Dec).  First three rehearsals each season are open to prospective new members with no audition.
More info: http://www.lakewashingtonsingers.org or 206-363-3874

Master Chorus Eastside - formerly Issaquah Chorale
Size: about 50 members
Style: wide range, from Madrigals to Classical to American folk songs
Rehearses: Issaquah
More info: http://www.masterchoruseastside.org

Northwest Girlchoir
Size: 250 choristers; girls and young women ages 4 to 18..
Style: Wide range.  Musical training for young vocalists.  Scholarships available.
Rehearses: Main choir rehearses in Sand Point.  Sister program rehearses in Bellevue.

More info: http://www.northwestgirlchoir.org/

Northwest Sound Men's Chorus
Size: 40-50 Men
Style: Barbershop; A Cappella
Rehearses: Bellevue
More info: http://www.nwsound.org/

Pacific Sound Chorus
Size: up to 80 women
Style: Barbershop (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses: Mercer Island
More info:  http://www.pacificsound.org/

Redmond Chorale
Size: 30+
Style: A semi-auditioned SATB mixed-voice community choir that performs both sacred and secular high-quality literature.  In the spirit of community service, the Redmond Chorale turns all financial proceeds back to the greater Redmond Community.
Rehearses: Redmond
More info: http://www.redmondchorale.org/

Renton Community Choir
Size: Unknown
Style: Unknown. Choir is formed specifically to perform at the Renton River Days festival in July of each year.
Rehearses: Renton. In 2009, rehearsals were at the Renton 1st Methodist Church.
More info: Contact choir director Jerry McManus at Bellevue College.

Spirit of Sound Singers
Size: 50+ women
Style:  Barbershop  (A performing-oriented chorus, as opposed to a Sweet Adelines competition chorus, though many of their singers are also Sweet Adelines members.)
Rehearses: Renton
More info: http://spiritofsoundsingers.org/

 

South (Tacoma, Olympia, Kent, Auburn)   (36 listings)

Breath of Aire
Size: 60+ members, ages 16 - 75
Style: Wide range, including inspirational, classical, a cappella & orchestral, Broadway, gospel, spiritual, contemporary ChristianNon-profit group does many benefit concerts to help others.
Rehearses: Kent   (Two Saturday mornings per month, visitors welcome)
More info: http://www.breathofaire.org

Cascade Foothills Chorale
Size: 50 members
Style: Wide range, from Classical to Showtunes
Rehearses: Enumclaw, Thursday evenings, September through May
More Info: http://www.cfchorale.org/

ChoralSounds Northwest
Size: 85 members in main chorus, plus a second 30 member ensemble.
Style: Wide range, from Renaissance to Baroque to Classical to 20th century.
Rehearses: Burien
More info: http://www.nwassociatedarts.org/csn/

Cora Voce
Size: About 40
Style: Wide range of demanding music.  The singers, many from out of state, study their music on their own, then come together for a week of rehearsals before the performances.
Rehearses: Tacoma
More info: http://www.coravoce.org/

Evergreen Women's Chorale
Size: 20-25
Style: Classics to Broadway, no extended works
Rehearses: Kent (Panther Lake Community Church)
More info: (253) 839-1437

Federal Way Chorale
Size: 50+
Style: Classical, plus Jazz and more
Rehearses: Federal Way
More info: http://www.fwchorale.com

Harmony Kings Men's Barbershop Chorus
Size: 40-50 singers
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Federal Way
More info: http://harmonykings.org/

Harstine Island Community Choir
Size: 50, of all ages
Style: Themed concerts include choral masterworks, music from various countries, specific topics, and more.
Rehearses: Harstine Island, near Shelton
More info: http://www.harstinechoir.org/

Illumni Men's Chorale
Size: 18-24 men
Style: Exploring all repertoire available for men's voices, with strong focus on musicianship.
Rehearses: Kent
More info: http://www.illumnimenschorale.com/

Jet Cities Chorus
Size: About 60 women
Style: Women's barbershop, part of international "Sweet Adelines" organization.
Rehearses: Federal Way
More info: http://www.jetcities.org/

Kids in Koncert
Size: 40-60 with featured specialty ensembles
Style: Wide range including classical, pop, jazz and vocal doo-wop. Performs annually at several local prominent events. International tours every 4 years; destinations have included Japan and France. National tours have included Washington D.C. and Disneyland.
Rehearses: Capital Playhouse in Olympia
More info:  http://www.capitalplayhouse.com/programs/kik.html

KidSounds Northwest
Size: Varies.  For students in grades 3 through 5.
Style: Wide range.  Associated with ChoralSounds Northwest
Rehearses: Des Moines, Highline
More info: http://www.nwassociatedarts.org/yc/

Maple Valley Community Choir
Size: Varies
Style: Primarily holiday music
Rehearses: October through December in Maple Valley
More info: MGlaser591@gmail.com or krissyriggs@comcast.net

Masterworks Choral Ensemble
Size: 85+
Style: wide range, from classical to Broadway
Rehearses: Olympia
More info: http://www.mce.org/, or call 360-491-3305

Normanna Men's Chorus
Size: About 28 men
Style: Norwegian and other Scandinavian music.
Rehearses: Tacoma
More info: http://pcnsa.org/LocalGroups/Tacoma.html

Northwest Repertory Singers
Size: about 50 men and women
Style: from classical to folk
Rehearses: Tacoma
More info: http://www.nwrs.org

Olympia Choral Society
Size: 70+
Style: Wide variety
Rehearses: Olympia/Lacey area
More info: 360-705-6462 or http://www.olympiachoral.org

Olympia Chorus
Size: About 50 women
Style: Barbershop (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses: Olympia
More info: http://sairegion13.org/choruses-html

Olympia Peace Choir
Size: 70 members, men and women (multigenerational)
Style: Eclectic -- themes of peace, justice, optimism and earth stewardship
Rehearses: Olympia (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd)
More info: http://www.oly-wa.us/peacechoir/

Olympia Youth Chorus
Size: 30 or more youths
Style: Unknown
Rehearses: Olympia
More info: http://www.olympiayouthchorus.org/

PLU Choral Union
Size: 93-voice mixed choir
Style: Variety of classical literature. Community chorus affiliated with Pacific Lutheran University.
Rehearses: Tacoma
Auditions: Held in June of each year.

More info: http://www.pluchoralunion.org/

Puget Sounders Men's Chorus
Size: 20 men
Style: Barbershop. 
Rehearses: Olympia
More info: http://www.heartspire.com/Puget_Sounders.html

Rainier Chorale
Size: 65+
Style: wide range, including classical, jazz, pop
Rehearses: Kent
Auditions: Beginnings of calendar quarters. See website for more info.
More info: http://www.rainierchorale.org/

Rainier Youth Choirs
Size: about 25-30 members per group
Style: A non-profit organization with several groups for ages 8 - college, offering training based on Kodály's methods.  Affiliated with Rainier Choral Arts.  Wide variety of music, including folk songs, classical, world songs.
Rehearses: Covington (Kent)
Auditions: In August and December
More info:  http://www.rainieryouthchoirs.org

SilverSounds Northwest
Size: 30.  For retired or senior choristers.
Style: Wide range
Rehearses: Des Moines, Highline
More info: http://www.nwassociatedarts.org/silversounds/

Sonoro
Size: 40 and growing
Style:  Wide variety, from Bach and Brahms to cutting edge music by Eric Whitacre and Sarah Hopkins.
Rehearses:  Tacoma, WA
More Info:  http://www.songsofsonoro.com/

South Sound Classical Choir
Size: About 40
Style:  Classical
Rehearses: Puyallup
More info:  http://sscc.valleyartssociety.org/

Tacoma Barbershop Harmony Chorus ("The Totem-Aires")
Size: About 35 men
Style: Barbershop (member of the Barbershop Harmony Society)
Rehearses: Tacoma (Tacoma Elks #174)
More info: http://www.totemaires.org/

Tacoma Youth Chorus
Size: 250 in five choir levels, ages 8 to 18, boys and girls
Style: Wide range; musical training for talented young singers
Rehearses: Weekly, September through June
More info: http://www.tacomayouthchorus.org

Tahoma Valley Youth Chorus
Style: A rigorous, yet positive, approach to choral music for girls and boys in Kindergarten through 12th grade from throughout the South Puget Sound region.
Rehearses: Puyallup
More info: http://www.tahomavalleyyouthchorus.com/

Tapestry Singers
Size: 25+
Style: "We explore the world of popular songs, ragtime, folk music, songs from the shows, operettas, and seasonal favorites."
Rehearses: Puyallup
More info: http://valleyartsunited.org/

TeenSounds Northwest
Size: Varies.
Style: Wide range. For singers in grades 9 through 12.
Rehearses: Des Moines, Highline
More info: http://www.nwassociatedarts.org/yc/

The Valley Chorale
Size: 30-35
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Puyallup
More info: http://tvc.valleyartssociety.org/

Vivace! Choral Program
Size: varies by choir level, ages 9 through 18.
Style: Wide range, with emphasis on classical. Three choir levels for students in grades 4 through 12, exploring age/experience-appropriate music. Includes summer camps, and a Cathedrals Tour Program, which gives upper-level students the opportunity to sing in famous acoustic halls in the region and across the country.
Rehearses: Graham (southeast of Tacoma)
More info: http://vivacechoral.com/

YouthSounds Northwest 
Size: Varies.  For students in grades 6 through 8
Style: Wide range.  Associated with ChoralSounds Northwest
Rehearses: Burien, Highline
More info: http://www.nwassociatedarts.org/silversounds/

North (Everett, Bellingham)    (20 listings)

Allegra
Size: 14 or more women
Style: Classical to modern choral arrangements, some technically challenging, focusing on blend and tone.  Associated with Sarabande and Dolcissima ensembles under the same director.  Audition required.
Rehearses: Bellingham, Thursday evenings
More info: 
http://www.bellinghamsings.com

An-O-Chords
Size: unknown
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Anacortes
More info: 360-675-8386

Bellingham Blend
Size: 25+
Style: Men's barbershop.  The chorus is made up of former competing men's barbershoppers of the SPEBSQSA organization who have "chosen to set forth to take the music to the people".
Rehearses: Bellingham
More info: http://bellinghamblend.weebly.com/

Bellingham Children's Choir
Size: 50 young people ages 5-15 (4 levels)
Style: "Traditional Choral Music with zest!" Age-appropriate vocal technique and instruction.
Rehearses: Downtown Bellingham
More info: www.baay.org

Bellingham Norwegian Men's Chorus
Size: About 16
Style: Norwegian and other Scandinavian music
Rehearses: Bellingham, Sons of Norway Hall
More info: http://pcnsa.org/LocalGroups/Bellingham.html

Cantabile of Skagit Valley
Size: About 16
Style: "from Renaissance motets through 18th century Baroque and Classical works, and Romantic-era part-songs; to masterworks of the 20th century, and new pieces featuring living composers that are culturally diverse and international in scope."
Rehearses: Mt Vernon
More info: http://www.cantabileofskagitvalley.org/

Dolcissima
Size: 14 or more young women, ages 14 - 21.
Style: Classical to modern choral arrangements, some technically challenging, focusing on blend and tone.  Associated with Allegra and Sarabande ensembles under the same director.  Audition required.
Rehearses: Bellingham, Tuesday evenings
More info:
http://www.bellinghamsings.com

Everett Chorale
Size: 100 members
Style: Wide range of music, mostly accompanied
Rehearses: Everett
More info: http://www.everettchorale.org/

Everett Norwegian Male Chorus
Size: About 26
Style: Unknown
Rehearses: Everett
More info: http://pcnsa.org/LocalGroups/Everett.html

Harmony Northwest Chorus
Size: About 35 women of all ages
Style: Barbershop (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses: Mt Vernon
More info: http://harmonynorthwest.org/

Kulshan Chorus
Size: 75 - 90 members
Style: Wide range of music from all over the world
Rehearses: Bellingham
More info: http://www.kulshanchorus.org

Mount Baker Toppers Barbershop Chorus
Size: About 25 men
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Bellingham
More info: http://topperschorus.org

Mount Baker Youth Choir
Size: Has a Preparatory Choir and a Concert Choir, with 15 - 20 youths in each.  Ages 6 to 18.
Style: Wide range, with a different style or theme each semester.
Rehearses: Bellingham
More info:
http://www.mbys.org/

Sarabande
Size: 14 or more women.
Style: Classical to modern choral arrangements, some technically challenging, focusing on blend and tone.  Associated with Allegra and Dolcissima ensembles under the same director.  Audition required.
Rehearses: Bellingham, Monday evenings
More info:
http://www.bellinghamsings.com

Skagit Valley Chorale
Size: 70 - 80 members
Style: Wide range, including classical, Broadway, spirituals, sacred choruses, and patriotic tunes.
Rehearses: Mt. Vernon
More info: http://www.skagitvalleychorale.org/

Snohomish County Children's Choir
Size: 40-50 youths, preschool through grade 12
Style: Wide range.
Rehearses: Snohomish
More info: http://snohomishcountychildrenschoir.com/

Valley Voices Acappella Chorus
Size: About 40 women
Style:  Women's Barbershop A Cappella.  Former Sweet Adelines members who have formed a fund-raising chorus for charities.  
Rehearses:  Lynden
More info: 
http://valleyvoices.weebly.com

Voices Northwest Chorus
Size: About 40 women
Style:  Barbershop A Cappella (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses:  Everett
More info:  http://voicesnorthwest.org/

Whatcom Chorale
Size: 100+ members
Style: Wide range, including classical, folk, hymns, spirituals
Rehearses: Bellingham
More info: http://www.whatcomchorale.org/

Windjammers
Size: About 20 men
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Snohomish
More info: http://evg.org/~windjammers

 

West (Bainbridge, Bremerton, Port Townsend)    (20 listings)

Anna's Bay Chorale
Size: About 60
Style: Non-auditioned community choir. Mostly classical music. Collaborates with the Bremerton Symphony and their chorale, and often performs joint concerts with local elementary and high-school students.
Rehearses: Union, WA (south shore of Hood Canal)
More info: http://www.annasbay.org/

Bainbridge Chorale
Size: 50-100 mixed chorus
Style: Varies – major classical works, Northwest composers, themed concerts. Intermittent theory classes offered before rehearsals.
Rehearses: Bainbridge Island
More info: http://www.bainbridgechorale.org or 206-780-2467 (780-CHOR)

Community Chorus of Port Townsend and E. Jefferson County
Size: 70 - 85
Style: Wide range
Rehearses: Port Townsend
More info: http://www.ptchorus.org/

Free Range Folk Choir
Size: 50-80
Style: Folk music from around the world. Recent music has ranged from South African freedom songs, Canadian sea shanties and Bulgarian love songs, to old school Gospel music, medieval French rounds and local songs about Vashon Island.
Rehearses: Vashon Island
More info: http://freerangefolkchoir.blogspot.com/

Grand Olympics Chorus
Size: 32 or more women
Style: Barbershop (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses: Sequim
More info: http://www.grandolympicschorus.org/

Island Chordsmen
Size: unknown
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Friday Harbor
More info: 360-378-0830

Kitsap Chordsmen
Size: About 30 men
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Poulsbo
More info: http://www.singkitsap.org/

Kitsap Pines Chorus
Size: Unknown
Style: Barbershop (Sweet Adelines)
Rehearses: Bremerton
More info: http://www.kitsappines.org/

Lyrica, Ladies Choral Ensemble of Puget Sound
Size: 30 women
Style: Wide range, from classical to folk, patriotic to Broadway.  Performs across western Washington.
Auditions: Required. Call for more information.

Rehearses: Port Orchard
More info: http://lyricasings.com/

Northwest Women's Chorale
Size: About 16
Style: Wide range, from classical to folk to opera
Rehearses: Port Angeles
More info: http://www.nwwomenschorale.com

Olympic Peninsula Men's Chorus (formerly the Strait Men)
Size: 30 Men
Style: Barbershop
Rehearses: Sequim
More info: http://opmenschorus.com/

Ovation! Glee
Size: 20+
Style: Show choir, combining singing with acting and dancing.  Associated with "Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge".
Rehearses: Bainbridge
More info:  http://www.ovationmtb.com/

Ovation! Vocé
Size: 20+ girls
Style: All girl show choir, combining singing with acting and dancing.  Associated with "Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge".
Rehearses: Bainbridge
More info:  http://www.ovationmtb.com/

Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers
Size: About 16 men
Style: Gospel
Rehearses: Port Angeles?
More info: http://www.pmgospelsingers.com/

Peninsula Singers
Size: 50-60
Style: Wide range
Rehearses: Port Angeles?
More info: http://www.peninsulasingers.org/

Port Angeles Community Chorus
Size: Unknown
Style: Unknown
More info: Unknown

RainShadow
Size: About 30, mixed
Style: Classical
Rehearses: Port Townsend
More info: http://www.olympus.net/community/rainshadow/

Spectrum Choral Academy
Size: Varies by choir level. Ages 5-20.
Style: Wide variety of quality children's and youth choir repertoire including classical, folk, world music, Gospel, sacred, secular, Broadway and popular.  Program features training in music theory, sight singing, vocal training, performance skills, and more. All singers participate in annual Christmas and Spring Concerts in addition to regional festivals and camps
Rehearses: Gig Harbor
More info: http://www.spectrumchoralacademy.com

Vashon Island Chorale
Size: About 60
Style: Mostly classical, some Broadway/Pops.
Rehearses: Vashon Island
More info: http://www.vashonislandchorale.org/

Vashon Voices
Size: About 20
Style: Broad range, from jazz and pop standards to broadway hits, folk songs, and light classics.
Rehearses:  Vashon Island
More info: http://www.vashonvoices.org/            (Link broken as of June 14, 2013)

Vestre Sund Mannskor  (West Sound Men's Chorus)
Size:  About 10
Style:  Norwegian and American (various styles)
Rehearses: Poulsbo (Thursday evenings at Sons of Norway)
More info:  http://www.pcnsa.org/LocalGroups/Poulsbo.html

Whidbey Community Chorus
Size: 80 members
Style: Wide range, from classical to pops.
Rehearses: First United Methodist Church (Sunday evenings)
More info: http://www.whidbeycommchorus.org/                (Link broken as of June 14, 2013)


This list is brought to you by the Contemporary A Cappella Society.

Another great choral resource for this area is the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.

Another good resource is the American Choral Directors Association.  The site for Washington state is here:  http://www.wa-acda.org/

For more men's barbershop choruses, see the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA) Evergreen District page at http://www.evg.org/comm/WA.asp.  For more women's barbershop choruses, see the Sweet Adelines' North Pacific district page at http://www.sweetadelineintl.org/chaptersinfo.cfm?region=North%20Pacific

Centrum is an artists workshop retreat near Port Townsend, Washington. Each year in late-June, they present VoiceWorks, which they describe as "a week-long intensive program of study for novice singers, as well as seasoned professionals.  We enlist 'faculty' from among the ranks of professional singers and performers, and students spend a week at Fort Worden State Park, learning technique, repertoire, phrasing, and other elements for developing their voices and their musicianship."

And for the global choral community, go to ChoralNet at http://www.choralnet.org/

Check out the wide world of a cappella at the Contemporary A Cappella Society!

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though most choir descriptions came from their websites or their directors.