Our Story and Evolution
Diverse Harmony was founded in Seattle in 2002 as the nation’s first gay-straight alliance youth chorus. Over the years we saw the choir grow to nearly 60 members and bring performances to communities throughout Seattle in our regular two-concert season. The chorus also performed tours to Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Miami, and Portland in pre-COVID times.
In tandem with our successful performances, Diverse Harmony
serves as a safe space for our singers, youth age 13 to 22 who identify as
queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied. 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.
No tuition or membership fee is required of singers, and we
accept all levels of musical ability.
As students “aged out” of the Diverse Harmony core group of ages 13 to 18, Spectrum Choir was established as an acapella choir for ages 19 to 25. Now, we are reforming after two+ years of being dark due to COVID.
We are excited about the future.
Diverse Harmony will hold rehearsals in Shoreline at the Briarcrest Elementary School and be available for concerts and performances in the greater Puget Sound area.
*Our vision is a world in which differences are celebrated.
*Our common bond is the love of music and performance arts.
*We believe that everyone should be loved for who they are.
Diverse Harmony is a member of GALA Choruses (the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses).
In tandem with our successful performances, Diverse Voices will serve as a safe space for our singers – youth age 10 to 18 who identify as BIPOC, queer, and allies – and their families and friends. Weekly rehearsals will be a home base for many of our youth and their families 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. Proof of COVID vaccination and boosters is required.PFLAG
Diverse Harmony choir 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, choristers often leave their first rehearsal feeling like they have a new musical family to welcome them every Tuesday night.join us
Diverse Harmony News
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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…
Viola is the business manager for Diverse Harmony. She comes to us as a long time Companis volunteer. Viola is a mental health professional…
Paul began his career as an actor and director in New York after graduating from NYU. He soon transitioned to a career in film and television production…
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
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Concert at Seattle First Baptist Church
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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.