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The Market Street Singers is a choral ensemble for Ballard that builds connections within diverse communities. Celebrating the joy of choral music among singers and listeners, we aspire to cultivate neighborhood pride with choral arts that are truly community identified.

We recognize that singing builds communities and brings us and our audiences great joy. We want to share this joy limitlessly with the wider world around us. We therefore include and encourage participation by people of all races, ethnic and national origins, genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, ages, and physical and mental abilities among our singers and audiences.

The Market Street Singers is a 501(c)3 organization. Your gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

We are based in Seattle and registered with the Washington State’s Charities Program. Additional information is available by calling the State Charities Program at 800-332-4483 or visiting

Special Announcement

Responding to calls by government and health officials for necessary social distancing to battle the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have cancelled the rest of our spring season. There are no rehearsals through the end of May 2020. Hopefully by then, things will have improved and we will be able to resume our summer season. Our spring concert project, "Empower", scheduled for May 16 and 17, has likewise been postponed. We hope to present that sometime this year. Please check here for updates.

Visit our Schedule page for information about our current season and upcoming concerts.

The Market Street Singers, named for Ballard’s “Main Street,” debuted in the summer of 2004 during a Ballard ARTwalk. News of a new community choir for Ballard spread quickly, drawing 35 singers who pulled off a well-received performance with only six rehearsals. Our performance later that year at a fundraiser to aid homeless families began a tradition of community service appearances at hospitals, retirement centers, and charity events.

In 2006 the chorus was awarded a significant grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Grants program to build our organizational strength and produce “Shilshole on the Pacific Rim,” a concert celebrating our connection to the global community.

Since then we have grown in size and visibility, appearing at numerous venues throughout the community and collaborating with numerous, diverse guest artists and other performing ensembles. We bring our popular Festival of Favorites choral classics sing-along to the Northwest Folklife Festival annually. We have been awarded the highly competitive Civic Partners Grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs every year since 2012. We are a non-audition, volunteer organization with an inclusive, service-oriented vision. We seek to be an agent of change and community building through musical excellence and public outreach.

The chorus rehearses under the direction of Chris Vincent, on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 PM, at the Ballard NW Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave NW, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Musical styles range from classical to contemporary and everything in between. We present three concerts each year and sing at outreach and benefit events. There are also social events scattered throughout the year including fundraisers and an annual picnic.

Choral singers of all ages and ranges—soprano, alto, tenor, bass—are encouraged to join.

Although we are a community choir in Ballard, we welcome both singing and non-singing members, no matter where you call home.

If you are interested in joining The Market Street Singers, click the "Join Us" tab on the right which provides all the instructions you need to know. You may also contact To inquire about a performance at your event, or to receive occasional messages about concerts and special events, please contact or call (206) 465-3296.

The Market Street Singers is a recipient of the Civic Partners grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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