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 LGBTQ-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 choruses are representative of the large community in which we live. Members range in age, race, gender-identity, sexuality, profession, background, and outside interests. Members share a common vision - a more harmonious world that celebrates the unique identities and talents of all people.
SMC and SWC are rooted in Seattle’s LGBTQ community and are proud members of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses. We welcome anyone who is a member or ally of the LGBTQ community.
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. Both groups perform and tour with their respective main choruses.
Yes! CDs can be purchased from our music store.
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 x213.
To inquire about specific bookings, please visit this page.
Auditions are held several times throughout the year. Detailed audition information can be found here.
All interested singers are encouraged to audition. Prior choral singing experience and elementary music reading skills are helpful but not necessarily a prerequisite.
All of the singers in the chorus are volunteers and receive no compensation for their participation in the chorus. Some members of the chorus have received professional music training and some are by vocation working within the professional and/or educational music world.
Singing members donate more than 63,000 volunteer hours per year.
We do not offer advertising opportunities; however, we do offer corporate pponsorship 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 x212, or read more.