About Northwest Sound
We are a men's a cappella chorus, and the Bellevue Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. We perform in a variety of musical styles including Americana, jazz, show tunes, pop and more, all done with distinctively rich barbershop harmonies. Come to one of our shows and you might hear Songs from classics like Puttin’ on the Ritz and Wonderful World to popular hits by artists like Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Queen, and the Beatles, from songs featured in Disney films to songs from great stage musicals like Man of La Mancha and Forever Plaid. We produce and perform concerts several times per year featuring different groups from within Northwest Sound, local community choruses, and other local and nationally known a capella performers. We also perform at local festivals, community events and for private functions.
Northwest Sound is a teaching chorus with over 30 years of providing regular vocal coaching and instruction for its members as well as special programs teaching a capella singing to members of the community. We are the premier barbershop chorus in the Northwest with a reputation for quality that attracts members from as far away as Tacoma and Vancouver, BC. We have a highly trained and accomplished music team and coaches with decades of experience, awards from regional and international competitions, and qualification as contest judges. We use instructional techniques and materials from Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) to enable singers with a wide variety of musical backgrounds and talents to learn, improve and enjoy developing their skills to the fullest.
Part of the barbershop culture is to showcase the skills we’ve gained and share the joy of our accomplishments in regular friendly competitions. Northwest Sound won its first competition in just the 3rd year of existence and has continued to perform at a high level throughout its history. We have been regional champion and International competitors 12 times in our 32 years, including each of the last 3 years. With the inspiration and expert direction from our Music Director Ken Potter and our greatly expanded musical team, we have steadily improved scores over last 3 years moving from 27th to 13th place among choruses at the BHS International competitions.
Barbershop is about harmony in human voices coming together to create beautiful and inspirational music. It is a brotherhood where men of all ages can join together in this truly American art form and form friendships that last a lifetime. It provides challenge, growth, and commitment - singing great a cappella harmony is continuous journey of learning. The combination of delight in music, friendship, and personal growth makes barbershop singing a joyous and fulfilling hobby. Will we see you at our next rehearsal? We rehearse most Wednesday evenings at 7pm at First United Methodist Church in Bellevue (1934 108th Ave. NE). All are welcome to visit or join in.