In a joyful and supportive environment, choristers in Northwest Girlchoir learn a lot and have fun! In 4 different choir levels, they develop healthy singing technique, build musicianship skills, grow as performers, and work as a team. They prepare for professional-calibre season concerts and community performances throughout the year and go on tours!
How to Join
Northwest Girlchoir accepts new singers in September for all choirs. Singers in grades 3-9 may also audition for January openings in Fresca, Amabile, and Vivace as space permits. An audition is required for participation in the grade 3 - 12 choirs. Register online for a low-pressure, 20-minute placement audition with Artistic Director Sara Boos. Upon acceptance, families will receive registration materials by email.
Northwest Girlchoir will be holding virtual auditions this Spring and Summer for Fall 2020 enrollment.
tuition & scholarships
Northwest Girlchoir offers several payment plans to accommodate families. Northwest Girlchoir also values accessibility and diversity, and has a long-standing, growing financial aid program. We encourage participation by any enthusiastic young singer regardless of ability to pay full tuition.
Northwest Girlchoir’s audition process is low pressure and fun! During the 20-minute audition, Artistic Director Sara Boos will check your daughter's voice quality, range, and listening skills by having her sing a series of simple patterns. She will be looking at your daughter's ability to focus and take direction, her interest in learning new things, and her kind/positive character.
For girls 6th grade and above, we recommend some previous musical training (not necessarily vocal). Good examples of this would be playing an instrument (e.g. piano, violin), performing in a band or orchestra or participating in a church or school choir. The singer should prepare one short, non-"pop" song (i.e. "My Country 'Tis of Thee," "Twinkle, Twinkle") to sing without accompaniment. Parents are asked to sit in on auditions.
Auditions are held throughout the spring and summer for fall enrollment and in November/December for January enrollment options. There will be a $10 audition fee due at the time of sign up.
Northwest Girlchoir is currently holding virtual rehearsals for all choir levels.
Rehearsals take place at North Seattle Church at 2150 N 122nd St, Seattle, WA 98133.
The regular choir season starts in September and ends in June. Learn about each choir's rehearsal schedule in the descriptions below. Note: The Vivace and Amore choirs may also have extended rehearsals in June/July for tours.
Choir LevelS, Grades 3-12
Northwest Girlchoir tours offer opportunities to work with amazing clinicians and to meet other choirs and audiences from around the region and world. Choristers forge new friendships, deepen current bonds with their fellow choristers, and gain pride in their choir through days of fun and hard work “on the road.” Singers gain valuable musical and life skills through performing for unfamiliar audiences and managing themselves in new environments; they grow as individual musicians and as a cooperative ensemble. Tours are optional but highly recommended. Fees for tours are in addition to the annual tuition, and financial aid is available through Northwest Girlchoir’s Scholarship Program.
Our touring program:
Fresca: Tour Day to elementary schools, senior centers, and museums or an overnight festival
Amabile: 2-3 day tour to a choral festival or collaboration with a regional choir, in places like Olympia, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C.
Vivace: Annual week-long festival participation, at festivals like picFest in Eugene, OR and Sing-A-Mile High in Denver, CO
Amore: Bi-annual international tour to places like Argentina, Italy, France, and Australia.