About Northwest Associated Arts

Photo credit: Terry Jo Lewis

Northwest Associated Arts is a non-profit family of choirs that has been providing the greater Seattle area with choral performances that enliven, enrich, entertain and educate members and audiences alike since 1984. Based proudly in Burien, the ages of our members extend from grade 4 to well beyond retirement. Our shows aim to provide members a place to showcase their unique talents and passion for the performing arts while fostering a bond of community through music.

From our Executive Team

Amber Early

NWAA Board President, Amber Early

As I write this Northwest Associated Arts is in the midst of rehearsing for the second half of our 2021-22 season, and I could not be more happy to sing in person again with this amazing group of people. We had an extraordinary holiday concert at Glendale Lutheran church, where Silver Sounds, Choral Sounds, and Vocal Sounds joined together on stage for the first time in over two years! Words cannot express the absolute joy of making music together in person. 

Like everyone, we’ve experienced challenges during covid. Before the pandemic, regular Tuesday rehearsals were more than just about singing. They were where we socialized with our friends and connected with our community. When our in-person rehearsals and concerts were put on hold, we had ways to connect, mostly through Zoom rehearsals and virtual happy hours. But, I think we can all agree that Zoom fatigue is real, and virtual gatherings are not as rewarding as seeing faces in person, even when half hidden by masks 

This season of singing definitely looks different than before the pandemic. To ensure the safety of our singers and our audience, all of our active singers are fully vaccinated, and we all wear masks during rehearsals and at all of our events. We spread out a little bit more than we used to. Both Silver Sounds and Choral Sounds offer singers to join rehearsals via Zoom if they’re not yet comfortable joining us in person or if they’re feeling sick. But all of these sacrifices are worth it to be able to sing in the same room together and perform onstage. 

We’re so fortunate that our members recognize and celebrate our mission: to provide performances that enliven, enrich, entertain and educate members and audiences alike while appealing to a variety of musical & artistic tastes. Members are energized by an environment that fosters bonds of community, serving and respecting people of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups.

It’s that strong community bond that sustains this organization and brings singers back season after season. And, it’s how we’ve managed to weather the pandemic and come back stronger than ever. 

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who supports NWAA’s mission. Specifically, thank you to 4Culture, The City of Burien, the Tagney-Jones Foundation, and KPFF Consulting Engineers for the grants they provide. I would also like to thank all our sponsors, our advertisers, businesses, and individuals for all they give, either in monetary donations, time, or goods and services. It is because of their ongoing generous gifts, donations, and support that we are able to continue providing services and opportunities for our singers and our community year after year.

Amber Earley
Board President

Our Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Northwest Associated Arts provides performances that enliven, enrich, entertain and educate members and audiences alike while appealing to a variety of  musical & artistic tastes. Members are energized by an environment that fosters bonds of community, serving and respecting people of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups.

Vision Statement

NWAA offers both musical education as well as performance opportunities for a broad range of artists, from grade three through adulthood. We believe that the discipline, camaraderie and pride instilled through the arts are valuable for people at any stage of their lives. We know that offering choral and other experiences and education to singers of all skill levels creates a fertile environment for personal growth and for professional level performances, while fostering a healthy community among our membership and audience.

It is the policy and practice of Northwest Associated Arts and its performance organizations to offer equal opportunity for employment, membership, and participation in all activities and services consistent with its purposes, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age or disability. 

Free Youth Ticket Program

Because we are committed to building a lifetime love for choral music among the youth of our community, we are pleased to offer a FREE ticket to all of our mainstage concerts to anyone 17 & under, when accompanied by a paid adult. Click here for more information.