About ChoralSounds Northwest

ChoralSounds Northwest (CSN) is a Burien-based mixed chorus, under the baton of Artistic Director Ryan Ellis, that offers the fun of singing traditional choral music as well as new arrangements with a decidedly theatrical style.

A friendly, cohesive group of dedicated musicians who are drawn together by their love of choral singing, CSN offers a musical home to singers who want to experience the fun and camaraderie of singing and performing with a professional group. CSN concerts are much more than typical choral concerts. Sets, costuming, lighting, choreography and drama all combine for fun-filled, theatrical shows.

Concert Season

CSN’s 2015-16 concert season kicks off in December with a Christmas Concert that includes all 7 ensembles from NWAA, and nearly 200 singers!! In February we have some fun with our annual Cabaret, in May we will look at the musical history of the Americana music scene, and we close our year with Masterworks III, which includes Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.

CSN offers many solo, duet, and small ensemble opportunities to our singing membership. The chorus’ performances are enhanced with special sets, lighting, and choreography, making them a fun and entertaining experience for performers and audiences alike.

Other Season Events

In addition to the mainstage concerts in Burien, CSN is sometimes asked to perform at various other functions within the greater Seattle area, including a new tradition of a performance on Memorial Day at the Greenwood Memorial Park to honor our fallen military heroes. In the past, CSN has joined with other area amateur musical organizations for performances at Seattle’s incredible Benaroya Hall. The chorus has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and in June 2001 the chorus made its first trip abroad, where it toured Italy while performing in its churches and performance halls. Next summer many of the singers of CSN with travel to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for a concert tour with other singers from around the Northwest.


Membership in CSN is open to all singers of high school age and older who want to sing with the chorus. Singers who decide to join CSN will be asked to sing a short excerpt from any song of their choice – with or without accompaniment – in a private session with the conductor, to help him place their voice in the chorus. Previous choral singing experience and the ability to sight-read are desired, but not required for membership. For information about auditioning for CSN, visit our CSN Auditions page.