Seattle Women's Chorus
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Seattle's Women's Chorus
Womens Chorus (SWC). Flying House Productions (FHP), the parent company for the Choruses, is the State of Washingtons largest and most influential choral organization and ranks third among the states music organizations in terms of budget, audience exposure, and ensemble size.
Flying House Productions is home to two of largest community choruses in America: Seattle Mens Chorus founded in 1979, which is also the largest gay mens chorus in the world with over 300 singing members; and Seattle Womens Chorus which made its premier on stage in 2002 and has quickly grown to over 200 singers. Combined the Choruses are larger than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Each Chorus currently has a small ensemble of 9 members each (Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes) who further the mission of the organization by performing throughout the Pacific Northwest as ambassadors for the larger Choruses.
Each Chorus has a base of over 80 volunteers and associate members who support both Choruses. Full-scale choral productions combine the regions leading professional talents with nationally-known guest artists to create events that expand the possibilities of choral performances and have enormous popular appeal. More than 25,000 people attend the five-concert series each season mostly using Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, and Meany Theater in Seattle with thousands more seeing each Chorus in other local performances every year.
Full-time professional staff includes the executive director, marketing director, development director, finance director, development manager, advertising sales & publications manager, box office manager, graphic designer, accounting assistant, development associate, company manager, administrative assistant, and assistant artistic director. The organization also works with several contractors on an ongoing basis including Dennis Coleman who has served as artistic director since 1980.
Flying House Productions cannot be considered as simply a local arts organization. In addition to the high level of performances it produces, Flying House Productions is also a voice for acceptance in the community and across the nation. It also plays an important national role as an organization that provides both musical leadership and administrative expertise that influences dozens of other arts organizations throughout the country and around the world.