SING FOR YOUR LIFE - Music for Health and Well-Being

Singing with Friends classes in Progress ~ scroll down for Spring Session info

Singing with Friends, a non-auditioned women's choir is a class/choir hybrid. Each week singers learn vocal technique and basic choral skills while singing a wide range of repertoire.    Music includes rounds, partner songs, music in unison and in parts, songs both familiar and new.  Printed music is provided; however, *no* reading ability is required.

“Even though I am a “shy” singer I let that go at Singing with Friends.  Mary Pat is a wonderful director.  She is a very good teacher, plus she is so encouraging. We all relax and make beautiful music together.  No matter what is going on in my life, I go sing and let the endorphins roll.”  ~Sara G.

The Seattle Singing with Friends class meets Monday nights 7-8:15pm at Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd St. Seattle  98125 in the lovely acoustic of their Fellowship Hall
* e-mail for more information

SEATTLE SPRING Session dates:  April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (no class the week of Memorial Day)  June 3, 10, 17.  
Ten classes;Tuition $ 140.

The Lynnwood Singing with Friends class meets Tuesdays 7-8:15pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW  Lynnwood 98036 in the intimate setting of the chapel.
 * e-mail for more information

LYNNWOOD SPRING Session dates are April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21   (no class the week of Memorial Day)  June 4, 11 and Monday, June 17 at the Seattle location.
Ten classes; Tuition $ 140.

Regrettably, we cannot offer refunds, so we encourage you to visit a class before registering  to determine if SFYL is right for you!  Do RSVP a visit in advance to

“Singing with Friends” is perfect for:

*The “shy” singer who wants to gain
                          *The “non-“singer who wants to
                                     find her voice
                          *The “rusty” singer who wants to
                                     brush up her skills
*The “confident” singer looking for 
                                     a joyful group singing experience 

"Singing can be intimidating to some and Mary Pat was superb with creating a supportive and open environment to experiment and learn.  I can't say enough about the experience." SFYL North Seattle CC Class member

Small Sampling of Repertoire
Blue Skies
Simple Gifts
Shalom, chaverim
Will ye go, lassie, go 
The Arrow and the Song
Dona Nobis Pacem
Oh how lovely is the evening
Circle Chant
Hey, ho, nobody home
Come, follow
I'll fly away
They can't take that away from me

Sight-Reading for Singers  
Beginning Sight-Singing                    
Nine weeks, Tuition  $ 234. including workbook fee
Dates TBD

This class is designed for singers with little or no reading knowledge, or for instrumentalists who want to learn to read with their voices.  It is offered for alumns of the Beginning Sight-Singing class;  others may test to join, in order to determine all are at approximately the same level.
Maximum class size is 5 students, to guarantee individualized instruction.  We use the "Sing at First Sight" workbook published by Alfred, as well as other materials.  
to be added to the contact list for this class.

"Mary Pat's sight-singing instruction was encouraging and wonderfully productive. I went from hardly knowing where to begin with a musical score, to being able to analyze and prepare for anything my choir sings! I now look forward to getting new music because it's a chance to use my skills."  Rachel Scherr 

TO REGISTER quickly, easily and securely: 
follow this link to our page on the Shunpike arts management site:

E-mail Mary Pat for directions about paying by personal check.

"In three weeks I went from believing I had a mental block to having basic sight reading skills. Great course. Great instructor. This class will pay you back in spades for the effort you put into it." 
-- Joan M.

Sight-Reading Class 
Intermediate Level and Advanced Level
For singers or instrumentalists with an understanding of note and rhythm reading.  Each class includes learning skills helpful to choral singing: score reading, vocal coaching and musical terminology. This class is offered as requested.
Sight-Singing Classes meet at Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd St. SE  Seattle, Washington  98125 in Classroom B5.
E-mail  to be added to the contact list for this class.

Group Lesson for 2-4 Singers 
This increasingly popular option offers singers the opportunity to learn to sing in a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere. Progress is often faster than private lessons, as singers encourage and reinforce each other's advancement.Lessons are held in a student's home and the teaching is tailored to what the singers need and want to learn.  Everyone who has experienced group lessons agrees that this learning process is satisfying and fun!  

SESSION FEES for one-hour group lessons:
$ 70. in your home (per group)
$ 60. in my home    (per group)
For more information and to schedule e-mail

Individual Lesson/Coaching
Individual sessions are helpful for one-on-one problem solving, learning and perfecting repertoire and/or performance preparation.  Working with a coach like Mary Pat, who is skilled at the piano gives you the additional benefit of learning the music fully, integrating the vocal line with the accompaniment or other voice parts.

SESSION FEES for Vocal Coaching, Repertoire Coaching or Beginning Voice Lessons  
$ 70. in your home
$ 60. in mine (Mukilteo)  Contact Mary Pat for scheduling at

Interim Music Director/Choral Conductor
Mary Pat is available for Interim work of any duration. She is able to help a choir of any size thrive during a search process for a new Director or during a current Director's leave of absence.  For inquiries or to request resume and references call her at 425. 422-8473 or e-mail
Fees are individually negotiated.

Summary of Past SFYL offerings, 2009 -  Spring 2017

  •          2012-2017 "Singing with Friends" Monday night classes                            offered year-round in Lake City 
  •           2015- 2017  "Singing with Friends" Tuesday night classes                           added in Lynnwood
  •           2012 Sight-Singing for Choral Singers class debuted                                   Spring 2013  Intermediate Level class was added 
  •            2010 Sing With Friends class at NSCC, the second step for                        alums of the Beginning Singing class was added
  •         2010 Singing program at Cancer Lifeline, Seattle began, in                           which cancer  survivors and their relatives and                                 friends discovered the physical rejuvenation that                               comes from a positive singing experience.
  •           2010 "Silver Sounds"  Senior Choir at Foundation House at                          Northgate, where residents created an uplifting                                musical experience each  week in rehearsal and                              shared their spirit with friends and family at a                                    concert on July 10, 2010. 
  •           2009     SFYL Beginning Singing Classes offered through                            the Continuing Education programs at both                                      Edmonds CC and North Seattle Community College,                        where adults who are "insecure singers" explored                            what their voices could do.
           *  Group voice lessons, in which two-four singers grow their skills  together.  These sessions are uniformly popular!  
          *  Private voice lessons, which taught students how to trust their  voices and sing without stressing their instruments.
           *  Cantor Workshops, in which church cantors learned to lead musical  worship with solid singing and a presence that inspires confidence.
           *  Interim Music Director Services

SING FOR YOUR LIFE  Classes at North Seattle Community College and Edmonds Community College are currently unavailable.