Seeking New Director: Apply Now!

Olympia Sweet Adelines, an award-winning chorus, is seeking adynamic front line director. We are a chartered small (but growing) Sweet Adeline chorus of 20 enthusiastic members located in Olympia, Washington.

Olympia Chorus has been part of the Western Washington music community for over 50 years. We placed 5th at our 2019 (and most recent) regional contest. We are eager to maintain our momentum!

We asked our members to share qualities they would like to see in our new director:

  • Prepare/plan for effective rehearsals
  • Possess strong vocal music, communication and teaching skills
  • Prepare the chorus for future competitions
  • Be available for sing-outs as much as possible
  • Be willing to seek continuing education
  • Utilize humor, joy and fun as part of the rehearsal and learning processes
  • Hold high expectations for the chorus and individual members
  • Develop rapport with individual members and engage in chorus culture
  • Participate with the Leadership Team, Music Staff and
  • Assistant Director(s) to guide chorus progress

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

Visit a Rehearsal!

We rehearse every Tuesday 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.

*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.