We offer young singers (K-12th grade) a choral experience based on the approach fostered by Zoltan Kodály, which has produced tremendous success with children’s choirs. All choirs rehearse at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in North Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood.
- CHILDREN’S CHORUS
- CHAMBER SINGERS
The Children’s Chorus is the beginning choir and the first performing level for Kindergarten through 2nd graders. There is no audition for Children’s Chorus.
Mary K McNeill, Conductor
Boys and girls in the Children’s Chorus will improve their unison singing skills and may begin singing in two parts.
The beginning choir meets on Wednesdays from 4:00 through 4:50. Parents may observe class at this level.
The Children’s Chorus rehearsals begins the second Wednesday in September.
Mary K is one of Seattle’s best-loved music teachers, having taught in several Seattle schools over the past 20 years. Mary K organized the mass choir of over 1,000 voices when the Dalai Lama spoke at Safeco field. Mary K has completed three levels of training in the summer Kodály program at Seattle Pacific University.
Ensemble meets each Wednesday and requires a short, child-friendly audition. This choir serves singers from 3rd-5th grades.
Susan Senft and Mary K McNeill, Team Conductors
Children with no previous choir experience are accepted into this level. They will sing with other boys and girls who have progressed through the Children’s Chorus. Interludes-A singers will continue to develop their part-singing skills with vocal techniques and pentatonic sight-singing being emphasized. The group includes children from 3rd through 5th grade. The children will also begin a written music theory program.
Singers at this level are expected to practice their music at home daily for 15 minutes and work on theory at least once a week between rehearsals.
Ensemble meets on Wednesdays from 4:50 through 6:15. This rehearsal is available for observation upon special request.
Ensemble begins rehearsals the second Wednesday in September.
The Chamber Singers is our advanced performing choir. They have performed at the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Benaroya Hall, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and the Festival of Trees in Tacoma, O’Christmas Trees in Seattle as well as many local music festivals.
Susan Senft Conductor Chamber Singers
Susan Senft is the founder and artistic director of Pacifica Choirs. She founded Pacifica Children’s Chorus in 1993 in response to the growing interest in choral music education that engaged both girls and boys and that celebrated world music through local community partnerships. Susan holds a Master of Music degree with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names College in Oakland CA and a B.FA. in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Susan was the Music Director of the Puget Sound Revels in Tacoma for 10 years, appearing in many of the productions, too. She taught at Seattle Pacific University for 20 years in the summer Kodály program, teaching choir, conducting and musicianship.
Chamber Singer members include singers from 6th through 12th grades who have established good vocal technique, are good sight-readers, have ability to leap in vocally wider and more dissonant intervals and can hear dissonant harmonization. The Chamber Singers is the only non-treble voiced choir, taking male singers whose voices have changed. Often some of our male alums and/or dads will fill out the bass and tenors sections. An audition is required for youth entry.
This choir sings almost solely in three- and four-part harmony. A much greater emphasis is placed on the performance of foreign language as well as advanced choral technique and accelerated reading readiness. Advanced sight-singing and written theory continue in this level.
The importance of each member’s responsibilities, particularly in their individual preparation for each rehearsal and performance is stressed. Singers at this level are expected to practice their music at home daily for 20-30 minutes daily and work on theory at least once a week between rehearsals.
The Chamber Singers meet for 2 hours on Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30. This rehearsal is open for observation.
The Chamber Choir begins rehearsals the second Monday in September.