GSCC Member Organization

Seattle Children's Chorus

Mailing Address:
PO Box 33935
Seattle, WA 98133
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Kris Mason
Founded: 1989
Next Anniversary: 2018–2019 academic year
Ensemble Type: Youth Auditioned Community Choir
(Contact: 206.542.5998 to schedule an audition)
Size: 150 members
Yearly Contributions: $900
(Attend rehearsals, perform and concert, and parents are asked to volunteer.)
Rehearses: Tuesdays, 4:00pm during the Academic Year at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Shoreline, WA
(Brio and Intermezzo have various rehearsal times and locations. Please see our website.)

Description

Seattle Children's Chorus is a choral arts organization dedicated to fostering musical excellence in the development of young singers. Founded in 1989 by artistic director, Kris Mason, the Chorus offers a quality, performance-based vocal education and selects repertoire of highest caliber from all genres of choral music with a special emphasis on sacred literature.

SCC offers six levels of instruction. Poco a Poco is SCC's early music education and appreciation program for boys and girls ages 3-6. Five other choir levels are available to auditioned boys and girls, ages 7-18. These include Brio (7-9) directed by Jennifer Hanson, providing a foundation for choral and vocal instruction including beginning music theory and introduction to part-singing; and Intermezzo (9-12) directed by Kris Mason, which takes foundations laid in our training program to a higher level of vocal training, theory and part-singing. Arioso (12-18) also directed by Kris Mason, is at the core of SCC's music education offerings as the top level treble choir. Coro Vivo is SCC's young men's choir which provides advanced vocal training and performance opportunities designed for changed and changing male voices, directed by John Hendrix. Camerata, also directed by John Hendrix, is our SATB choir, providing our advanced young men and women singers an excellent transition to college-level choral singing.

Seattle Children’s Chorus believes in enriching the young singer with excellent festival and cross-cultural experiences. Seattle Children’s Chorus has toured both locally and internationally, having traveled to South Africa, Italy, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Central Europe, Canada, Brazil, and the UK. In 2013, Arioso competed at the Interkultur Sing'n'Joy Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, receiving two gold awards. Arioso and Camerata have performed for regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Arioso was also selected to sing at the national convention of the ACDA in Los Angeles in 2005. Camerata has participated in two Festival of Gold competitions, most recently in 2009 and received top honors. They also appeared as a guest choir at the Northwestern Regional Conference of ACDA. Both choirs participated in the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales in 2010 where Camerata received two 2nd place awards. In 2015, Arioso, Camerata, and Coro Vivo participated in the Roma a Musica Sacra festival in Rome, winning a gold award in both the Sacred and Gospel/Spiritual categories. This past summer Arioso, Camerata, and Coro Vivo traveled to South Africa to participate in Ihlombe! 2018. The choirs were honored to participate in celebrations for the 100 year anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth. This year we will be returning to the Festival of Gold with our high school choirs and to Fort Worden Children's Festival with our middle school and upper elementary choirs.

Along with a choral season of 5 formal performances, Seattle Children's Chorus enjoys giving back to the community by participation in local churches, as well as civic and cultural events.

Seattle Children's Chorus
Seattle Children's Chorus