GSCC Member Organization

Northwest Firelight Chorale

Mailing Address:
7352 Jones Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Deeji Killian
Founded: 2011
Next Anniversary: 2021–2022 academic year
Ensemble Type: Adult Auditioned Community Choir
(Be able to match pitch, hold your own when singing harmony, and sing expressively!)
Size: 65 members
Yearly Contributions: $430
(This is the base amount, and many members choose to donate above the base to fund scholarships.)
Rehearses: Wednesdays, 7:00pm during the Academic Year at St. John United Lutheran, Seattle, WA
(Occasional extra Saturday retreats or rehearsals; Additional rehearsals before concerts, dates TBD)


The Northwest Firelight Chorale sings from the heart, giving joyful, soul-stirring performances that create an exhilarating and memorable experience for all. We are a vibrant mixed-voice ensemble based in Seattle, Washington, celebrated not only for our musical excellence but our unique ability to connect with audiences. Our broad repertoire includes both sacred and secular folk, Broadway, classical, vocal jazz and world music. We’re a local choir with a global vision, reaching out to communities far afield through musical collaborations, and through fundraising for local and global causes. To date, we have helped raise over $100,000 for the homeless, environmental causes, education, and victims of natural disasters.

Our director, Deeji Killian, studied voice and conducting at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Cornish College of the Arts (where she received her music degree). She has sung professionally for 30 years, primarily in opera and musical theater. She also has 25 years experience as a voice teacher/vocal coach and extensive experience as a stage director, choreographer, actor, and dancer. Rehearsals are uplifting and energizing, and begin with 30 minutes of warm-up exercises designed to develop excellent vocal technique, engaging our bodies as well as our voices. Deeji’s teaching philosophy focuses on developing all voices in the choir, bringing each to its full potential.

The Northwest Firelight Chorale strikes the balance of excellent music making with a fun and supportive community atmosphere. We are a playful choir that is serious about good music! In addition to the various parties throughout the year, we have two in-town retreats to help us get to know one another outside of our rehearsals and performances.

The Northwest Firelight Chorale is also a popular participant in fundraisers for charities and causes. In addition to our regular concert season the choir also performs at festivals, weddings, memorials, senior centers, private parties and corporate events. We have sung at the Northwest Folklife Festival, and have gone on international tour to Tuscany and Provence in 2009 and made our second European tour to France and Germany in 2015.

Northwest Firelight Chorale. "Those Fabulous Forties" 2019 Fundraiser Group Shot (credit Jonathan Vogel)
Northwest Firelight Chorale. "Those Fabulous Forties" 2019 Fundraiser Group Shot (credit Jonathan Vogel)
Northwest Firelight Chorale. 2018 Full Choir (credit Jonathan Vogel)
Northwest Firelight Chorale. 2018 Full Choir (credit Jonathan Vogel)
Northwest Firelight Chorale. Promo photo from the "Too Darn Hot!" fundraiser performance in 2015 (credit Dartanyon Race)
Northwest Firelight Chorale. Promo photo from the "Too Darn Hot!" fundraiser performance in 2015 (credit Dartanyon Race)