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Puget Sound’s Premier Choir For Young Singers

The Northwest Boychoir’s musical sophistication, rich tonal quality, and dedication to exacting perfection have established its reputation as one of the nation’s premier boychoirs. As part of the Northwest Choirs with Vocalpoint! Seattle, the Northwest Boychoir has trained thousands of young singers for 40 years, and more significantly, shaped the lives of our region’s youth by teaching important lessons in personal commitment and the value of teamwork.

Recent highlights include appearances in Britten’s War Requiem and Berlioz' Damnation of Faust with the Seattle Symphony. Last summer the Northwest Boychoir performed at the Eastern Music Festival Gala under the direction of Gerard Schwarz as part of their North Carolina Concert Tour. The Choir closed the season with A Festival of Lessons & Carols at Benaroya Hall, presented by the Seattle Symphony in December. Performances this year include Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Orff's Carmina Burana with Seattle Symphony, a collaboration with Seattle chamber music presenter Simple Measures, and the opera Brundibár with Music of Remembrance.

Together with the Ladies of Vocalpoint! Seattle, the Northwest Boychoir shared a 2009 Grammy nomination with the Seattle Symphony for a recording of Samuel Jones’ The Shoe Bird. The Northwest Boychoir is also featured on Brundibár and Vedem, recorded for Music of Remembrance on the Naxos label. When soundtrack composers need the unique boychoir sound, they often turn to the Northwest Boychoir whose professional talents are featured on films and video games. The Northwest Boychoir is featured on Peggle 2, Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs sample library, and has recorded with the Oscar-winning film composer, Michael Giacchino.

Led by Joseph Crnko, now in his 30th year as music director, the Choir’s staff of professional musicians and educators are engaged in the teaching of a rigorous curriculum that trains young singers to be fully-skilled musicians who sing at the highest professional level, read music fluently and perform in professional settings with confidence.

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What They Are Saying

  • "It is a great to be at a place where singing is cool for the boys."
    – Northwest Boychoir Member
  • "The experiences are rich and the opportunities he has had to mature as a person and as a musician have been unparalleled. He is totally devoted to the Northwest Choirs.”
    – Northwest Choirs Parent
  • “Nothing beats watching the transition in your child from singing, Wheels on the Bus to performing at Benaroya Hall.”
    – Northwest Boychoir Parent
  • “The education Northwest Choirs provides goes beyond the mechanics of learning music theory and its application. They learn the significance and background of the pieces they perform, which is important from historical preservation and cultural perspectives. They also learn discipline, teamwork, and perseverance...and developing these important life skills is a phenomenal experience.”
    – Mary Fertakis, President, Washington State School Directors Association
  • "It was a real pleasure to hear the choir and catch up afterwards. It's a powerful thing. I learned the intensity and pleasure of working hard. You also took us seriously, and I'm not sure if many young people have that experience. I'm grateful for it often. Thank you."
    – Alumnus
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