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
  • TREBLE CHOIR
  • ENSEMBLE CHOIR
  • CHAMBER SINGERS

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.

SKILLS

Chamber Singer members include singers from 7th 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 2.25 hours on Mondays from 5:15 – 7:30. This rehearsal is open for observation.

SCHEDULE

The Chamber Choir begins rehearsals in early September.  Get the full Chamber Choir 2016-17 Schedule here.  

Susan SenftConductor

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.