Northwest Associated Arts – ChoralSounds Northwest Auditions

ChoralSounds Northwest Auditions

Welcoming singers ages 17 and older, ChoralSounds Northwest is truly a community chorus, providing a welcome musical home for folks from all walks of life. Under the gifted direction of Dr. Ryan Ellis, ChoralSounds continues to focus its efforts on polished musical performance, and singers are energized and excited about this progress.

Singers auditioning for ChoralSounds are encouraged to sing a short excerpt from any song of their choice – with or without accompaniment – in a session with the conductor. In lieu of singing an excerpt, singers will be vocalized to hear their range and tone for the best placement within the choir. Previous choral singing experience and the ability to sight-read are desired, but not required, for membership.

Members of ChoralSounds also have the opportunity to audition for two smaller ensembles, VocalSounds and Smamblettes (woman’s group). Upon acceptance from the conductor, additional rehearsals and dues are required for these small groups.


Rehearsals for the 2017-2018 season are held at Glendale Lutheran Church (13455 2nd Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98146), from 7:00 until 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday evenings (rehearsals are held in the new sanctuary, at the north end of the Glendale Lutheran complex. Enter through the door at the far left.) In addition, there is usually one all-day rehearsal on a weekend during the preparation cycle for each concert, and singers are typically required to be at the theater every evening the week before each show opens for technical and dress rehearsals.

Additional Member Requirements

ChoralSounds members pay annual dues of $250, which cover all concerts within that year. Membership in the smaller audition-only ensembles requires additional dues: VocalSounds costs $150 for the full year, and Smamblettes costs $50 for the full year. Dues scholarships are available for singers based upon need. Dues cover the cost of music, as well as a portion of general operating expenses. There is required uniform concert attire, which is the singer’s responsibility to obtain.

To Schedule an Audition

Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be by appointment in September 2018. To schedule an audition, please email us or call us at 206.246.6040.

Summer Sing!

Still on the fence about auditioning? Want to get to know us better? Our annual Summer Sing is just for you! Come meet our director, join in a community sing with our members, and perhaps even schedule an audition. This fun annual event is the perfect way to get to know ChoralSounds Northwest without any pressure. Additionally, Dr. Ellis will be conducting a small handful of auditions at the event itself. If you would like to schedule a time slot that afternoon, please contact us at or 206.246.6040. We would love to meet you!