Formed in 1979, our organization has grown to house two choruses, Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus. We are Washington State's largest and most influential choral organization. We are the largest community chorus in North America, with over 600 singers. Both SMC and SWC are the largest LGBT-identified men's and women's choruses in the world.
Our voices transform society through innovative and entertaining programs that build community, illuminate the experiences of LGBTQ people and their allies, expand inclusion, and inspire justice.
Members of the chorus are representative of the large community in which we live. Members range in age, race, gender-identity, sexuality, profession, background, and outside interests. Both singing and associate members share a common vision - a world that accepts and values all of its citizens.
Both choruses attract many individuals from the LGBT community, but membership is open to all persons regardless of race, creed, ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
There are more than 360 singing members in the Seattle Men's Chorus and more than 240 in Seattle Women's Chorus.
In addition to the main choruses, there are two small ensembles, Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes. These groups perform at local and national venues where it would not be possible or practical to bring the entire membership. All groups perform and tour with the main choruses.
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We are a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization graciously accepting generous tax-deductible donations. Many programs exist for donating cash and/or services to the organization, as well as matches from employers. Donations can be made online or by calling 206.323.0750.
The chorus is open to invitations to sing for audiences around the world. As a volunteer chorus our available performance time is limited and our calendar fills up quickly each year. To inquire about bookings, please visit this page.
The Choruses are available to perform world-wide when afforded the invitation. As all-volunteer choruses, we have limited financial resources to make such ventures.
We have toured internationally to Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia.
National tours have included performances in some of the nation's most prestigious halls: New York's Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Boettcher Hall in Denver.
Statewide tours are a standard feature of both choruses and have included performances in cities such as Anacortes, Bellingham, Bremerton, Coupeville, Edmonds, Ellensburg, Everett, Kirkland, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Townsend, Spokane, Tacoma, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Woodinville and Yakima.
A special class of membership has been created to allow "non-singers" to be a part of the chorus. Associate members assist the organization in a wide range of activities including performance and administrative support.
Auditions are held several times throughout the year. Detailed audition information can be found here.
Singing members do not have to read music to join the Chorus. The Chorus asks that all members have a commitment to the mission of the organization and the desire to perform.
All of the singers in the chorus are volunteers and receive no compensation for their participation in the chorus. The members come from all professions and walks of life - lawyers, bankers, salespeople, teachers, physicians, administrators, computer programmers, hairstylists, and students. Some members of the chorus have received professional music training and some are by vocation working within the professional and/or educational music world.
It is estimated that singing members donate more than 100,000 volunteer hours per year.
We do not offer advertising opportunities; however, we do offer Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, which include many ways to reach our Chorus members and patron base.
To learn more about becoming a Sponsor, contact Matthew Ramsey at 206.323.0750, or read more.