Another year of choral education is in the books! And what a year it was. Starting with our summer camp programming, we tentatively made our way back to in-person rehearsals after a year and half of virtual learning. In September we started rehearsals outside and ran hybrid lessons where students could tune in from home. […]Read More
Do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at Seattle Girls Choir?
Then this blog is for you.
Here you will find notes from our Artistic Director, guest columns from alumnae, families, and faculty, sneak peeks into the rehearsal process, travel diaries from tours and competitions, and much more.
By Grey Karis-Sconyers Music has always been an important creative outlet for me. I spent most of my childhood singing a little too loudly in school choirs and tormenting my family members with out-of-tune recorder songs. But I didn’t start taking music seriously until I joined SGC. At the end of sixth grade, Claudia Chin […]Read More
By Jacob Winkler This is an interesting time for all you other graduates, as you are finishing up one stage of your lives (high school) and moving on to the next (college). Now you are being asked to reflect on the impact that SGC has had on your lives, and how it has changed you. […]Read More
By Xahria Hatch I joined SGC halfway through 8th grade, and let me tell you that was hard. The week after I started rehearsals, everyone else sang The Star Spangled Banner for… it must have been a baseball game. I think. I didn’t know, because I’d joined a week before. But although I had to […]Read More
By Vesi Tsenkova SGC has been an after school staple for me for years now, and choosing a single moment to encompass the entire experience is close to impossible. I could probably write a novel with the sheer number of stories, standout moments, and memories I have of this organization. However, I remember my very […]Read More
By Arundati Iyer I sit alone on the dusty, empty riser on a stage in a large hall. I hear the footsteps of another girl who has also arrived early. She climbs up the stage and sits next to me. As we wait for the rest of the choir to start rehearsal, I quietly begin […]Read More
By Sonya Fues Ever since I started choir in third grade, I have been completely entranced by the sound of PV singing. I knew, from the first time I heard them, that that was what I wanted to do one day. As I entered PV, I wanted more than anything to be a first soprano, […]Read More
By Sylvia Lindblad When I first joined SGC in 2013, I was in 4th grade, and I had never been part of an organization like this before. Although I had always loved to sing, this was my first time singing in a choir. Walking in on the first day of Vivissimi, I only knew one […]Read More
By Abby Assadi One bright September day in 2017, I waltz through the front doors of the Volunteer Park Seventh Day Adventist Church, ready to start my first day at Seattle Girls Choir. Girls are gathered in the open lobby where there percolates a bubbling excitement that manifests itself in the rapid conversations bouncing back […]Read More
We are looking for our next Artistic Director! SGC seeks a highly skilled, energetic and inspiring choral conductor with proven ability to provide artistic, educational, and organizational leadership. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director will provide leadership and direction to the other musical faculty; build relationships with other arts organizations in the […]Read More
My Dearest Seattle Girls Choir Friends & Families, I am writing to let you know that the 2021-22 season will be my last with Seattle Girls Choir. I have accepted a position as Music Director of the Northwest Choirs, effective upon my return from Europe with Prime Voci in July. I have mixed emotions about […]Read More
By Claire Balcom I joined SGC with the least amount of dramatic flair possible. For what would turn out to be a staggeringly life-altering decision, it was one I made very casually, slipping quietly into the summer camp before my 8th grade year without so much as an audition (I sang with Mr. Gagiu at […]Read More
By Amelie Petit Most of the seniors who went to Wales with SGC write about it in their senior essay, and I am no different. We were running on 5 hours of sleep at best, I had eaten at least 3 power bars in the past 2 hours, and it was 90 degrees out. To […]Read More
By Ellie Rice I had thought that my senior essay would have to be my final goodbye before I graduate from this organization. After this, I officially wouldn’t get to experience the joys of being a chorister anymore. I’d be released into the world, only to return for a few Town Hall concerts or maybe […]Read More
By Sophia Hillstrom I have been in the Seattle Girls Choir for 9 years. I joined when I was in 4th grade when I started singing with Allegra. My most distinct early memory of SGC was listening to Prime Voci sing “There is Sweet Music” by Daniel E. Gawthrop. That was the moment I knew […]Read More
Last fall, the SGC Board of Directors took an exciting step towards greater integration of youth voice into organizational governance by welcoming three choristers to the team as Youth Representatives. We wanted to give these choristers a chance to introduce themselves, and let you hear a little about what motivated them to take part in […]Read More
In Summer 2017 in Wales, at the Youth Folk category of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, 28 girls walked onstage. Re-watching this performance, the camera’s distance renders our faces deceptively neutral. In reality, we were excited but apprehensive, running on adrenaline and four hours of sleep. Countless hours of practice were about to pay off. Reaching the […]Read More
I am both grateful and slightly resentful that my parents never enrolled me in an organized activity as a child. Other kids had soccer portraits on the fridge, dance photos in frames, or piano trophies lining their walls. They had their thing, their talent, their descriptive adjective to put next to their name. These labels […]Read More
Singing is something almost everyone does. Children sing, performers sing at ballgames, people sing along with the radio in their car…it’s a universal human activity. Because it can seem so simple, people tend to underestimate the skill it takes. But singing is a skill I have pursued for many years, and it takes enormous effort […]Read More
There is absolutely no feeling in the world that can compare to the sensation that follows 28 American, teenaged choristers collectively skipping the second verse of Suite Judy Blue Eyes at a concert in Llangollen, Wales. We had just received less than ideal results in our second competition during the Eisteddfod International Choral Competition and, […]Read More