Welcome to the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium!

Our mission is to promote the choral art in the greater Seattle area through cooperation, public awareness, and performance. We envision a region of thriving choral ensembles that enrich our community through shared resources and inspired artistry. The member choirs of the Consortium have come together to strengthen and promote the First Art through collaboration, collegiality, and cooperation.

Please check out our Seattle Sings™ site for a concert calendar and details on our biennial Festival and Big Sing events.

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Announcing our Youth Choral Education Fund Winners

The Greater Seattle Choral Consortium is happy to announce the recipients of the 2016–2017 Youth Choral Education Fund.

Rainier Youth Chorus will be developing a section of their “Vocina” choir at Kent Elementary, under Karen Martin. The funds from GSCC will be used to provide registration and uniform funds for 9 singers who would otherwise be unable to participate financially.

Lochburn Middle School, under Sarah Edwards, will be using their grant to purchase choral music, provide uniforms, and fund field trips for its choirs. The school has a high population of students who qualify for free/reduced lunch, and a wonderfully diverse student body.

The choral program at Baker Middle School, under David Ferguson, will be augmenting their choral library, affording an accompanist, and inviting clinicians to work with its choirs.

The GSCC board is thrilled to infuse these worthy programs with funds to enhance their students’ experience of choir.

Announcing the 2016–2017 Youth Choral Education Fund

Supporting quality choral experiences for children and youth

Three awards (up to $750 each) are available, to be used during the 2016–2017 school year.

Preference will be given to teachers, choral directors, and youth leaders who:

  • Work with students, families, and institutions with the greatest socio-economic challenges
  • Have demonstrated high quality music teaching/leadership
  • Work with young people who currently have no or limited access to a choral experience
  • Work with elementary or middle school aged singers
  • Work in the Puget Sound region

Teachers, choral directors, and youth leaders, please submit the following 5 items by Wednesday, June 15, 2016:

  • A resume showing your music teaching/leading/conducting experience and degree received
  • A one-page proposal letter, describing your singers, teaching situation, and the need for funding
  • A short letter of recommendation (can be an email) from an administrator, colleague, or parent regarding the quality of your work with young people
  • A proposed budget (itemize how you will spend the money—choral sheet music, accompanist for rehearsals and/or concerts, teacher stipend, venue rental, etc.)
  • A sample 3-song program (titles, composers, arrangers) to show choral music you have used with students or that you would like to have your students sing

At the end of the 2016–2017 school year, award recipients will submit: a written summary of how the award funds were spent; a printed concert program (if used); and a photo or short recording (audio/video) of the choir(s) who benefited from the award funds.

All materials are due by Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by email to Greater Seattle Choral Consortium YCEF committee, ycef@seattlesings.org. Please email the committee with questions or for more information.  

GSCC Youth Choral Education Fund award recipients will be notified by July, 2016, and the monies will be awarded in September, 2016. The GSCC Youth Choral Education awards are made possible, in part, by the member choirs of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.

Looking Ahead to 2016

The GSCC’s Board of Directors is looking forward to an exciting year of advocacy for choral music in our region. We’re continuing many of our familiar programs, expanding some, and even adding new ones to extend our reach and to bring our message to even more of the singing and non-singing community.

This May, the GSCC will participate for the first time in the Folklife Festival at three separate events. First, we will have the GSCC Discovery Hour, featuring two of our members leading music discovery and learning. Second, the GSCC will host a “Folklife Sing,” including a sing-a-long performance of the Carmina Burana. And finally, there will be an evening performance block of six member choirs in the Bagley Wright Theatre!

This year we also hope to continue our relationship with SeaFair events, including July 4th weekend and providing carolers for the Christmas Boats. Be on the lookout for an invitation to be a participating choir in this event! (We even provide transportation!)

The board has agreed to expand our Scholarships to Schools program, providing three $750 grants to music education programs that might not make it without some extra support. Schools use the funds for things like music purchases, hiring an accompanist, and providing other resources to students so they can have a quality music-making experience.

In October, we’ll have our second “Big Sing,” a sing-a-long event featuring you as both audience and choir, joined by instrumentalists and soloists supporting multiple guest conductors chosen from within the Consortium. This year we’ve chosen the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems for our sing-a-long, sure to be favorites for everyone!

Following a board retreat this summer, we’ll announce plans for fall workshops and masterclasses, and tell you about a great idea for soloist auditions that puts our area’s best soloists in front of conductors and artistic directors. I’m sure the board will have even more to talk about about after this important planning session for the Consortium’s future.

Of course, members should continue to look for advocacy and support from our expanded GIGS system, with concert announcements and newsletters going out regularly. Our Concert Program Insert, QR Code ads, and other branding will help our members advocate for themselves and each other across the choral community.

As always, if you have any questions, or the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium can support you in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at membership@seattlesings.org. I look forward to an exciting year!

Scott Kovacs, President, GSCC

2015–2016 Youth Choral Education Fund Award Announcement

Supporting quality choral experiences for children and youth

We are pleased to announce the two $750 award winners for the 2015-2016 school year. They are:

  • Shelby Leyland, John Muir Elementary, Rainier neighborhood, Seattle; and
  • Aimee Mell, Seattle World School, a secondary school for English language learners and immigrant students in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Both are working to provide music education and choral experiences where none have existed. Congratulations to both!