GSCC Member Organization

Northwest Associated Arts

Mailing Address:
PO Box 48251
Seattle, WA 98148
Electronic Contact:


ChoralSounds Northwest

Mailing Address:
13455 2nd Avenue SW
Burien, WA 98146
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Ryan Ellis
Founded: 1984
Ensemble Type: Adult Auditioned Community Choir
Size: 70 members
Yearly Contributions: $180
($90 per concert period. Scholarships and discounts for pre-paying available.)
Rehearses: Tuesdays, 7:00pm during the Academic Year at Glendale Lutheran Church, Burien, WA
(Tues. 7-9:15 w/15 min break; Sept. 13, 2016. thru mid Dec, and mid-Jan thru May.)


ChoralSounds Northwest (CSN) is a Burien-based mixed chorus, under the baton of Artistic Director Ryan Ellis, that offers the fun of singing traditional choral music as well as new arrangements with a decidedly theatrical style. A friendly, cohesive group of dedicated musicians who are drawn together by their love of choral singing, CSN offers a musical home to singers who want to experience the fun and camaraderie of singing and performing with a professional group. CSN concerts are much more than typical choral concerts. Sets, costuming, lighting, choreography and drama all combine for fun-filled, theatrical shows.

CSN Rehearses on Tuesdays 7-9:15pm at Glendale Lutheran Church in Burien.

ChoralSounds Northwest. photo: Peter Lindström
ChoralSounds Northwest. photo: Peter Lindström
ChoralSounds Northwest. photo: Peter Lindström
ChoralSounds Northwest. photo: Peter Lindström

SilverSounds Northwest

Mailing Address:
19834 8th Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98148
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Paula Hawkins
Founded: 2011
Ensemble Type: Senior Auditioned Community Choir
Size: 60 members
Yearly Contributions: $90
(Scholarships are available.)
Rehearses: Tuesdays, 1:00pm during the Academic Year at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines, WA
(Tuesdays 1-3pm, Oct. 4, 2016 thru April 9, 2017. Potluck Season Kickoff, Sept 27, 10-3.)


SilverSounds Northwest (SSN), under the direction of Paula Hawkins, is a mixed chorus of mostly retired folks from around South King County who believe that “You're never too old to rock and roll!”

This fun loving group presents their annual Mainstage show at the Highline Performing Arts Center at 3pm on April 9, 2017, which will feature clever themes and narration, sets, light costuming, choreography, humor and hi-jinks. Most singers are involved in more than singing, as they entertain audiences with dancing, acting and solos. This fun-filled group performs regularly around the community.

SilverSounds Northwest. photo: Peter Lindström
SilverSounds Northwest. photo: Peter Lindström

Youth Choral Education Program

Mailing Address:
19834 8th South
Des Moines, WA 98148
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Colleen Thomas-Reitsma & Kerstin Shaffer
Founded: 2004
Ensemble Type: Youth Auditioned Community Choir
Size: 40 members
Yearly Contributions: $250
($250/year if paid in advance, OR $140 per concert, OR $35 per month. Scholarships available.)
Rehearses: Tuesdays during the Academic Year at North Hill Elementary School, Des Moines, WA
(KSN (grades 3-5) Tue. 4:15-5:15; YSN (grades 6-8) Tue. 4:15-5:30; TSN (grades 9-12) Tue. 5-6:30)


Northwest Associated Arts is committed to providing musical education and performance opportunities for young people from grades 3 through 12 in the South King County area through its Youth Choral Education Project (YCEP). KidSounds is conducted by Colleen Thomas-Reitsma, while YouthSounds and TeenSounds are conducted by Kerstin Shaffer. The three choruses join all the other ensembles from NWAA for Christmas Concert this year, and the youth choruses perform together for their own May mainstage concerts at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien as well as at numerous community events throughout the year.

All rehearsals are held at North Hill Elementary School in Des Moines. Membership to KidSounds Northwest is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 5 and rehearsals are from 4:15 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. YouthSounds Northwest is open to boys and girls in grades 6 through 8 and rehearsals are from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. TeenSounds Northwest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 and rehearsals are from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Youth Choral Education Program. photo: Peter Lindström
Youth Choral Education Program. photo: Peter Lindström