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
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.
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
Needless to say I did not anticipate my SGC career ending prematurely on account of a viral pandemic but alas, life continues to prove itself unpredictable. Condensing my proudest accomplishments, innumerable rehearsals, and the greatest friendships I’ve ever had seems an impossible feat but these days I have nothing but time on my hands. When […]Read More
Like you all, I’m a singer. And it hurts my heart not to be able to sing with my choir. But I’ve come to realize that singing isn’t the only way my voice can be powerful. So I thought I’d share some ideas you can use too, to let your voice be heard: Speak up […]Read More
Like schools and organizations around the world, the Seattle Girls Choir is adjusting to the massive disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis. But instead of sitting idle, our young singers are making music virtually! Members of the our high school level choirs, Prime Voci and Sorella, recently recorded a moving rendition of the song “No […]Read More
Are we there yet? No, of course. Our rehearsal shutdown will continue through at least April 24. I wanted to give you an update on what the faculty is working on to keep your chorister engaged with their music education and their peers while we are unable to meet. CHALLENGES I’m going to start by […]Read More
Make a donation to Seattle Girls Choir today, and thanks to two generous SGC families your donation will be doubled. Together we can ensure a bright future for Seattle Girls Choir. For a choral organization, any situation in which we can’t make music together is a major blow. Unfortunately, here in Seattle we’re facing a […]Read More
2019 was a big year for Seattle Girls Choir! And as it comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on some of our top moments made possible by our talented singers, dedicated family members, faculty, and generous supporters. Prime Voci debuted a new concert program, Unsung Voices. Featuring 1,000 years of female composers, this […]Read More
We have all heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But when it comes to youth in foster care, the phrase takes on a new meaning. When a young person enters the foster care system, their health and wellbeing becomes the shared responsibility of our community. Unfortunately, youth in foster care […]Read More
Wow, time flies! One month ago, I was stepping into the SGC office for the first time as Stacia processed audition requests, sent out invoices, and set up my desk (perhaps all simultaneously…? She’s a wonder!) to make sure I had everything I needed to jump in. It was a day jam-packed with information and […]Read More
The Seattle Girls Choir is excited to welcome Meaghan Leferink as our new Executive Director! “We are incredibly happy to welcome Meaghan into the SGC family! Her enthusiasm for the nonprofit arts environment is contagious, and her unmistakable passion for SGC’s mission clearly stems from her direct, first-hand experience of the power of choral music. […]Read More
It was quite a successful night! The annual CABARET did more than just raise money for our choirs. It bonded families, created memories and provided a fun way for the younger choir families to peek at what the older choir gets up to when charged with providing toe tapping entertainment. In case you missed it, […]Read More
Dear Seattle Girls Choir Community, I am very excited to introduce our newest faculty member, Jaci Cummings, who will be taking over both Dolcine and Vivissimi in the Fall. In fact, she has already started, having led the first ever (and wildly successful) Vivissimi Day Camp last week. I’ve known Jaci for years, first socially […]Read More
In a few weeks, Cantamus and Prime Voci will be competing in international music festivals. I thought folks might be curious to know a little about the history of these competitions, as well as their place in Seattle Girls Choir’s history. Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Wales has a long tradition of local music festivals called […]Read More
2017 was a wonderful year for SGC, so let’s look back one last time. Happy New Year to all our friends and families! May 2018 bring you all much health, happiness, and MUSIC!Read More
We are delighted to introduce our new guest blogger, Kathryn Tewson and her post on Cooperation. It will be the first in a series exploring six different social, organizational, and metacognitive skills promoted by high level choral singing in childhood. Look for more posts to come on Collaboration, Competition, Focus, Discipline, and Practicing Excellence. Seattle Girls […]Read More
This week we kick off our 35th Anniversary Raffle here at SGC. If it seems like we just did this a few months ago, you aren’t entirely wrong: we’ve moved the raffle from the Spring to the Fall in response to feedback from families. And now it’s November! Raffle packets are being assembled, teddy bears […]Read More