About ChoralSounds Northwest

A friendly, cohesive group of dedicated musicians who are drawn together by their love of singing, ChoralSounds Northwest is a Burien-based mixed community chorus under the baton of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Ellis. ChoralSounds combines the challenge and musicianship of traditional choral music with the fun of other modern styles of music. ChoralSounds offers a musical home to Burien-area singers who want to experience the camaraderie of performing with a professional group.

CSN also offers many solo, duet, and group opportunities to our singers, including membership in our two small ensembles:

  • VocalSounds Northwest is an auditioned ensemble designed to give more experienced singers an opportunity to sing advanced repertoire while focusing on the challenges and rewards of nuanced musical expression.
  • The Smamblettes is an auditioned women’s ensemble that perform an array of beautiful and fun arrangements fo the female voice giving singers a different type of performance experience.

Concert Season

Click here for all upcoming ChoralSounds Northwest concerts in and around the greater Seattle area.

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. In the summer of 2016, many of the singers of CSN traveled to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for a concert tour of the choral-rich Baltic region. In March of 2018, CSN will be performing an exchange concert with Stanford Chamber Chorale.


Membership in CSN is open to all singers 17 and older who want to sing with the chorus. 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. For information about auditioning for CSN, visit our CSN Auditions page.