The Northwest Firelight Chorale sings from the core, giving joyful, soul-stirring performances that create an exhilarating and memorable experience for all who hear us. We are a vibrant mixed-voice ensemble based in Seattle, Washington, now in our fifteenth season. The Northwest Firelight Chorale is celebrated not only for our musical excellence but our unique ability to connect with audiences. Our broad repertoire includes folk, gospel, Broadway, classical and world music. We’re a local choir with a global vision, reaching out to communities far afield through musical collaborations, and through fundraising for local and global causes.
We are a playful choir that is serious about good music! Deeji’s teaching philosophy focuses on developing all voices in the choir and giving everyone their opportunity to shine.
The Northwest Firelight Chorale loves to take its show on the road! Over our 15 years in existence we have performed for tens of thousands in a variety of venues, both locally and abroad. For our local performances, in addition to our regular concerts which are performed in churches throughout the region, we have enjoyed making frequent appearances at area retirement homes as well as being featured performers for the world famous Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival, the internationally acclaimed Northwest Folklife Festival, the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium’s ‘Seattle Sings’ Festival, the “Green” Festival, Sustainable Ballard, and many national conferences. We have also performed as the opening act for Celtic Thunder’s Emmet Cahill.Internationally we have performed for audiences in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and Ireland helping raise money for local charities. On our international tours we have had the privilege of singing in some of Europe’s great churches, including the Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey Church, the Mont Sainte Odile Basilica, the Cologne Cathedral, and the Strasbourg Notre Dame Cathedral, where we had the honor of being invited to sing for a mass celebrating their 1000 year anniversary.
In addition to being a seasoned choral conductor, professional singer, and choreographer, our director Deeji has over 30 years of experience teaching private voice lessons. Rehearsals are fun and energizing, and begin with warm-up exercises designed to develop excellent vocal technique.
The Northwest Firelight Chorale aspires to build community within our membership, between ourselves and our audiences, and globally. Our annual retreats help us get to know one another outside of our rehearsals and performances, and we’ve been known to meet up at local restaurants after rehearsal ends! We extend our warm and loving energy to our audiences and seek ways to support our local community. Choir members come from all levels of musical experience, various professions, different neighborhoods of the city (and suburbs!), and diverse walks of life.
The Northwest Firelight Chorale is a popular participant in fundraisers for charities and causes. As part of our commitment to our community, we have helped to raise over $100,000 for the homeless, environmental causes, education, and victims of natural disasters. Some of our most cherished performances are at senior homes, bringing our music to those who can’t come to our regular concerts.