YCEP Auditions


Whether a beginning singer with no experience or a more advanced chorister with previous experience singing in an ensemble, NWAA’s three youth choruses welcome singers from grade 3 to 12 from around the South King County area. Each of the ensembles performs repertoire from a wide variety of genres including sacred, classical, spiritual, folk, and other secular music.


All rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at North Hill Elementary School in Des Moines. Membership to KidSounds Northwest is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 5, and rehearsals from 4:15 to 5:15 pm in room 150. YouthSounds Northwest is open to boys and girls in grades 6 through 8, and rehearsals are from 4:15 to 5:30 pm in room 151. TeenSounds Northwest is open to students in grades 9 through 12, and rehearsals are from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in room 151.

Additional Member Requirements

Members of the youth choruses pay tuition for each concert period. Tuition rates are as follows:

$250 per year if paid in advance. $140 per mainstage concert or $35 per month.

Tuition scholarships are available based upon need.

To Schedule an Audition

To audition for the 2016-2017 season, please contact the appropriate conductor. Auditions will be held through the end of January.

KidSounds conductor Colleen Thomas-Reitsma can be reached at 206.718.6827 or via e-mail at colleen.nwaa@gmail.com

YouthSounds and TeenSounds conductor Kerstin Shaffer can be reached at 253.318.5890 or via email at kerstin.nwaa@gmail.com