About Northwest Associated Arts

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.

Photo credit: Terry Jo Lewis

From the President

Welcome to Northwest Associated Arts’ 2019-2020 Season!

As I write this, the leaves are beginning to turn shades of yellow, orange, and crimson, and there is a noticeable crispness in the air. For us choral singers, it also means the summer “drought” is over. We come back together to see old friends, meet new ones, and find inspiration in a fresh set of music to learn, hone, and polish over time.

We are looking forward to another exciting season of programs, starting with ChristmasSounds in Burien, our inter-generational concert featuring nearly 150 singers from all five of our choruses and ensembles. Other highlights of the season include our annual Cabaret evening and fundraiser in February, Your Mixtape (dig out the old Walkman!), and our spring offerings: SilverSounds pulls out all the stops with I Love Rock & Roll! , YouthSounds embraces the season with Spring is In the Air, and ChoralSounds surveys the history of American popular music with Hindsight is 20/20. We are also pleased to continue our relationship between the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and ChoralSounds with a Masterworks performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C, a fitting way to celebrate 250 years since Beethoven’s birth.

Northwest Associated Arts is a unique organization: our choruses provide opportunities for musicianship and performance to singers from fourth grade to retirement age. Along the way, our singers experience camaraderie, engagement, a deep sense of purpose and belonging, personal growth, and an opportunity to create something greater than the sum of the individual parts. We’re so grateful to have three talented and dedicated Artistic Directors to guide and inspire our members.

We could not continue to fulfill our mission without the support of our members, friends and family; the generous grants from the City of Burien, 4Culture, and the Tagney-Jones Foundation, which provide critical ongoing financial support; the sustaining contributions of our season sponsors, 909 Coffee and Wine, Tin Room Bar and Theater, KPFF Consulting Engineers, and Solstice Senior Living at Normandy Park, plus many local businesses and sponsors; and individual donors and audience members. Thank you all; it is your generosity that will enable us to be a vibrant presence in Burien/South King County for another 35 years.

We encourage you to stay connected: come to a concert, follow us on social media, consider making a donation, or singing in one of our ensembles. Thank you for helping to ensure the musical arts remain alive and well in our community!

Jennifer Mason
NWAA 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.

Concerts & Tickets