Seattle Jewish Chorale Programs
Seattle Jewish Chorale performs under the stellar direction of Mary Pat Graham. Our September-June performance seasons typically include several major productions in December and June, as well as outreach/community performances throughout the year. Performance venues have included Town Hall Seattle, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, the Northwest Folklife Festival, and Seattle City Hall, among others. Performances take place throughout Greater Seattle. We are confident that we’re fulfilling our mission based on growing audience size each year, continuously sold-out concerts, increasing performance requests, and enthusiastic feedback:
- "Wonderful! The music made this [Holocaust Memorial Day] commemoration truly heartfelt.—Dee Simon, Washington State Historical Education Resource Center
- “…artistically engaging and culturally expressive… a wonderful reflection of lay Jewish commitment and identity.”—Rabbi Daniel Weiner, Temple DeHirsch Sinai
- “…a reminder that music has the power to uplift and sustain us spiritually.”—Susan Monas, Congregation Beth Shalom
Promoting access to Jewish arts and education is a core value of Seattle Jewish Chorale. We provide scholarships for singers, non-revenue generating community/outreach performances, and a ‘pay what you can’ option for the un/underemployed at ticketed performances. Your support enables us to grow and sustain our organization while supporting our shared values.
Seattle Jewish Chorale promotes unity among diverse populations within and outside of the Jewish community, and helps the wider community see how Jewish culture and values overlap and connect with other cultures. Our audiences are Greater Seattle residents interested in Jewish choral music, cultural diversity, and preservation of Jewish heritage.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We are very proud of our artistic growth. As we celebrate our 5th anniversary, in addition to our standard local performances, we continue to expand our audiences. During Hanukkah we traveled to Olympia, WA, and are now gearing up for our first international tour to Victoria, BC. We have been invited by Congregation Emmanu’el to give a special performance in celebration of their 150th anniversary. Partnerships with local arts organizations have enabled us to include interfaith outreach. We performed at St. Mark’s Cathedral alongside Cathedral Children’s Choir, Choral Arts, and Abrace in Blessed Are the Peacemakers: An Interfaith 9/11 Memorial, where guest artists, along with Total Experience Gospel Choir, at Choir of the Sound's winter concert: Dare to Dream, Dream to Be Free.
Most Pressing Need
Seattle Jewish Chorale is a young volunteer-run organization that has documented success in expanding access to Jewish arts and education throughout Greater Seattle. Due to our successful growth, community demand for our performances is beginning to outpace our ability to fund our artistic programming solely out of our member dues and donations from friends and family. The economy has also impacted donation levels. Your donation goes directly to our artistic programming, enabling us to better serve our community.
Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and to hear about our upcoming performances! http://seattlejewishchorale.org