Northwest Associated Arts – About

About Youth Choral Education Program (YCEP)


NWAA’s Youth Choral Education Program (YCEP) is committed to providing musical education and performance opportunities for young people from grades 4 through 12 in the South King County area through its youth choir, YouthSounds Northwest. Conducted by Artistic Director, Kerstin Shaffer, YouthSounds performs concerts throughout Burien, including NWAA’s annual Christmas show at Highline Performing Arts Center every December.

In a time of radical funding cuts to music programs in the schools, these ensembles provide an important and life-changing opportunity for students to learn through the discipline of music. Along the way, audiences are delighted with the entertaining performances of these dedicated young singers.

The goal of YCEP is to foster a love of singing by engaging a wide variety of music repertoire. Proper vocal technique, theory and artistry are emphasized with an eye towards developing well-rounded young musicians.

YCEP is funded, in part, by the generous support of:  City of Burien, Tagney-Jones Foundation through the Seattle Foundation, JR Mailing Services, Inc., and many individuals & families throughout our community.

Other Season Events

YouthSounds Northwest is frequently invited to participate in community events throughout the south Seattle area, including the Burien Strawberry Festival, the Burien Arts Showcase, and various benefit concerts.


Membership in YouthSounds is open to all young people from grade 4 to 12 who would like to gain the experience of singing with an ensemble, by way of an audition with the conductor. For more information about auditioning for any of our youth choruses, visit our YouthSounds (YCEP) Auditions page.