Director Search

The Olympia Chorus is seeking a front line director!

The Olympia Chorus is seeking a front line director. Contact

We are a chartered mid-sized Sweet Adeline chorus of 35-40 enthusiastic members located in Olympia, Washington. Olympia Chorus has been part of the Western Washington music community for over 50 years. We currently rehearse on Monday nights 6:30 – 9:30 PM at Olympia’s Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, although we would consider altering our rehearsal schedule to accommodate the “right” person. We placed 5th at our 2019 regional contest.

We asked our members to share the qualities they would like to see in our new director. The list below is a compilation of their comments. Most importantly, we are seeking a director who can continue the vocal learning and growth we have enjoyed over the past two years. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess strong musical knowledge and skills
  • Possess a balance of joy and musicianship
  • Have the ability to teach/grow the vocal skills of the chorus
  • Communicate effectively 
  • Prepare the chorus for future competitions
  • Be available for sing-outs as much as possible
  • Be willing to seek continuing education
  • Utilize humor and fun as part of the rehearsal and learning processes
  • Hold high expectations for the chorus and individual members
  • Develop rapport with individual members
  • Prepare/plan for effective rehearsals
  • Participate with the Management Team and Music Staff to guide chorus progress
  • Collaborate with and delegate responsibilities to Assistant Directors
  • Commit to engaging in our chorus community

If you feel you would be a good match for Olympia Chorus and are interested in applying, or if you have questions, please contact the chorus or Sally Ryerson at

Visit a Rehearsal!

We rehearse every Monday evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, WA. All rehearsals are open to visitors—whether you want to sit and watch, or participate! Please arrive a few minutes early so we can meet you and give you more information.

The chorus will NOT be rehearsing on the following Mondays:

  • January 1, 2019
  • May 6, 2019
  • May 13, 2019
  • September 2, 2019
  • November 25, 2019

*Note: Although we rehearse in a church, Olympia Chorus is not a religious organization.

First-Time Visitors

Guests, on the first night, are invited to sing with us or they can sit and watch us. A member of our music staff might ask you to meet with her for just a few minutes to determine which part you and your voice would be most comfortable singing. You may also be paired with a “riser buddy” who sings the same part as you to help you with the music throughout the night. We usually have copies of sheet music available for all of our songs as well.

*Note: Because of some members’ allergies, please refrain from wearing perfumes or strongly-scented toiletries.

What to Expect

A typical rehearsal starts with about 30 minutes for warm-ups, both physical and vocal. After everyone is warmed up, we work on music that will eventually be performed at shows or competitions. At some point during the night, there is usually a brief period dedicated to sectionals, where the chorus splits up into groups based on voice parts. After rehearsal, we make announcements about upcoming performances, educational opportunities, fundraising projects, and other things. We always end the night by joining hands in a circle and singing one final song.