Diverse Harmony: the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus
Diverse Harmony is the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. Based in Seattle, Washington, our chorus presents music that opens the hearts and minds of communities and provides a safe environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to share their love of music and be accepted for who they are.
The need to give is bigger than ever. Especially with the challenges of Covid-19.
GiveBIG Washington is a fundraising event that starts with early giving on April 19 and culminates with a 48-hour public campaign on May 3-May 4.
Through GiveBIG, individuals, businesses, and organizations come together to invest in healing our communities. Please consider choosing Diverse Harmony as your beneficiary this year.
DH is Going Virtual!
We are so grateful for the love and support we’ve received this past fall / winter 2021-2022 season, while we held in-person events for the first time since 2020. Due to the complications of rebuilding the choir in the midst of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, we have decided that going virtual for our upcoming season will best fit both the safety needs of our community and singers, and the needs of our choir as we continue to rebuild. We may be seeing each other through a screen, but we will be bringing the same spirit, love of music, and joy that we know and love from in-person rehearsals!Register Now
Diverse Harmony News
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Diverse Harmony was founded in Seattle in 2002 as the nation’s first gay-straight alliance youth chorus. Over eighteen years we have seen the choir grow to nearly 60 members, and have brought performances to communities throughout Seattle in our regular two-concert season. The chorus has also performed tours to Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Miami, and Portland — with an upcoming trip to Minneapolis in July 2021.
Diverse Harmony is a member of GALA Choruses (the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) and is considered a leading youth chorus among its ranks due to our longevity and large membership.
In tandem with our successful performances, Diverse Harmony serves as a safe space for our singers: youth age 13 to 19 who identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, asexual, or allied, among many others. Weekly rehearsals have become a home base for many of our youth where they can feel respected and accepted, and have fun making music together.
Since our founding, we have realized that the term gay-straight alliance does not encompass our entire chorus family. As of 2014, we are fully supporting our community by identifying as a queer-straight alliance youth chorus.
Queer is used as an umbrella term that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, asexual, queer, questioning, and other individuals that may not identify with other titles.
No tuition or membership fee is required of singers, and we accept all levels of musical ability.
- Our vision is a world in which differences are celebrated.
- Our common bond is the love of music and performance arts.
- Our mission is to create a safe, affirming environment where each person is accepted for who they are.
- We use our passion and the power of music to inspire all to celebrate the differences in our homes, communities and the world.
- We believe that everyone should be loved for who they are and represented with the appropriate language and queer is the appropriate term for our Diverse Harmony family.
information on the term queer, please visit PFLAG.
DH performs songs from a wide variety of genres — from contemporary pop to classical to Broadway — through which our members create themed shows or even stage musicals that we perform at the end of each season. Whether they came for the music, the friends, the community, or the snacks, DH choristers often leave their first rehearsal feeling like they have a new musical family to welcome them every Tuesday night.DH performs songs from a wide variety of genres — from contemporary pop to classical to Broadway — through which our members create themed shows or even stage musicals that we perform at the end of each season. Whether they came for the music, the friends, the community, or the snacks, DH choristers often leave their first rehearsal feeling like they have a new musical family to welcome them every Tuesday night. join us
Board of Directors
Meet the Diverse Harmony Board and Staff
Bob Sittig is the retired administrator of Seattle First Baptist Church. As a result of his association with the church, he has watched…
Steve Walker is the Vice President of Diverse Harmony. He was formerly the Executive Director of the National Gay Pilots Association and…
Daneil is a social services provider for youth and young adults in the Seattle Area. Their work focuses on empowering young people…
Bryant attended the MA Psychology program at the College of William and Mary followed by the Clinical Psychology PhD program…
Heidi comes to Diverse Harmony as a Companis volunteer. She is a retired CPA and tax attorney. She serves on the boards of Pro-Choice, WA…
J. Allen Leslie
Allen has been teaching Music in the Shoreline School District for twenty-four years, led choirs as a Music Director, and worked for various…
Check back soon, as more performances will be added!
Pictured above – Diverse Harmony travelled to Portland in 2013 to celebrate Pride and do outreach. We assisted in the creation of Portland’s own queer youth chorus, which is called Bridging Voices.Request a Performance
Postponed – TBD
Concert at Seattle First Baptist Church
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GALA! Minneapolis. MN
Friends of Diverse Harmony
Seattle First Baptist
SFBC, a Welcoming and Affirming American Baptist Church, has been the home of Diverse Harmony from its inception. The choir utilizes the church’s wonderful facilities for weekly practices and performances. Members of the church are avid artistic and financial supporters of Diverse Harmony.
Companis fosters skilled volunteer service by placing dedicated professionals with nonprofit agencies that need staffing assistance. Companis placed Heidi our Business Manager and Judith our Webmaster with us. Companis staff and volunteers are avid artistic and financial supporters of Diverse Harmony.
ArtsFund strengthens the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant making. The Seattle-based nonprofit has been building community through the arts for over 50 years and is one of the nation’s leading United Arts Funds. Diverse Harmony is a grateful recipient of two grants from the ArtsFund: one in 2020 from its COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund and another in 2021 from the Nonprofit Community Recovery program.
DH strives to be a safe, judgment-free space where everyone is accepted as exactly who they are, in various places in their own queerness. If you’re interested in joining, please sign up for our email list here!Sign up
Diverse Harmony is a space where youth can build community and confidence and experience the healing power of singing in a supportive and lively environment. It’s a space to make long-term friendships while exploring who you are, as exactly who you are.Read more
There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet.