YouthSounds Northwest is committed to providing musical education and performance opportunities for young people from grades 4 through 12. In a time of funding cuts to music programs in the schools, the goal of Youthsounds is to foster a love of music while delighting audiences with the entertaining performances of dedicated young singers.
Youth Choral Education Program
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 ChristmasSounds in Burien 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.
YouthSounds Northwest Artistic Director
An active middle school music educator and passionate advocate for young people, Kerstin Shaffer brings over 20 years of experience in directing YouthSounds Northwest.
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.
Free Youth Ticket Program
Northwest Associated Arts is committed to building a lifetime love for choral music among the youth of our community through our Free Youth Ticket Program. We are pleased to offer a free ticket to any of our mainstage concerts to anyone 17 & under, when accompanied by a paid adult. Click here to learn more.
Sing with us!
Membership in YouthSounds Northwest is open to all young people from grade 4 to 12 who would like to gain the experience of singing with an ensemble. For more information about auditioning for YouthSounds, visit our Auditions page.