ChoralSounds Northwest

A friendly, cohesive group of dedicated adult 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. Combining traditional choral music with the fun of other modern styles, ChoralSounds offers a musical home to Burien-area singers who want to experience the challenge, musicianship, and camaraderie of performing with a professional group.

Small Ensembles within ChoralSounds

ChoralSounds 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.

Smamblettes is an auditioned women’s ensemble that perform an array of beautiful and fun arrangements of the female voice giving singers a different type of performance experience.



The Big Easy

The Big Easy (ChoralSounds)
May 19th, 2023
May 20th, 2023

Photo credit: Lisa Eastman

ChoralSounds Northwest Artistic Director

Dr. Ryan Ellis

Proudly conducting ChoralSounds Northwest, VocalSounds Northwest, and Smamblettes since fall of 2014, Ryan’s credits include performing for Queen Elizabeth II and recently becoming Director of Choral Music at Seattle Pacific University.

Click here to get to know Ryan better!

Other Season Events

In addition to the mainstage concerts in Burien, ChoralSounds Northwest is sometimes asked to perform at various other functions within the greater Seattle area. ChoralSounds regularly performs on Memorial Day at the Greenwood Memorial Park to honor our fallen military heroes. In addition, past ChoralSounds Northwest credits include:

  • Concert performances in Carnegie Hall (New York City), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), and Bastyr University (Kenmore)
  • Concert tours throughout Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
  • Collaborations with fellow Burien musicians Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the world-renowned Stanford Chamber Chorale

Sing with us!

Membership in ChoralSounds Northwest is open to all singers 17 and older who want to sing with the chorus. For information about auditioning, visit our Auditions page. Click here for answers to ChoralSounds’ most frequently asked questions.