During this COVID crisis we are holding online two age-appropriate online Zoom classes per week:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays for children from Kindergarten through 5th grade. 

Fee is $100 per month (a sliding scale is available for families with annual income less than $100,000). 

There are no auditions required for our online courses.   

Curriculum for online Zoom classes:   Written theory, ear-training and songs for singing

  • CHILDREN’S CHORUS
  • ENSEMBLE
  • CHAMBER SINGERS

The Children’s Chorus is the beginning choir and the first performing level for Kindergarten through 2nd graders.

Teachers:  Tom Hecker, Mary K McNeill and Susan Senft

Mary K McNeill, Conductor of the Children’s Chrous

Skills to be learned

Songs for singing, theory and ear-training.

Online Classes

The beginning choir meets online by Zoom two days each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 through 4:30.  Registration is open now.  Submit request for more information.   

Mary K McNeill 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  is our intermediate class for 3rd – 5th graders.

Teachers:  Casie Dietrich, Mary K McNeill and Susan Senft

Skills to be learned

Songs for singing, theory and ear-training.

Online Classes

This class meets online by Zoom two days each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:35 through 5:15.  Registration is open now.  Submit request for more information. 

Ensemble meets online on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:35 through 5:15.

 

The Chamber Singers is on hiatus until we can again meet in person.  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.

Skills

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.

Expectations

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.

Rehearsal

The Chamber Singers meet for 2 hours on Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30. This rehearsal is open for observation.

Schedule 

The Chamber Choir begins rehearsals the second Monday in  September.