“Jesus Christ: Yesterday, Today and Forever” with the National Lutheran Choir

The National Lutheran Choir leads an evening of singing in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This unique program, featuring the National Lutheran Choir, a massed choir of singers from local choirs assembled for this momentous occasion, and the congregation, will celebrate the rich treasury of music – from early hymns to new works – expressing the journey of the Church. Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-voice National Lutheran Choir seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. More information at NLCA.com.

Friday, September 29, 2017 – 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102
Info at: www.saintmarks.org

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 7:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
Tickets & info: www.oregonsynod.org/500

Would you just love to sing with this group on 29 September?

Great!  Just such an opportunity is open to the first 150 singers who sign up.  There will be three anthems and a few hymn descants to learn ahead of time by attending at least one of the following prep rehearsals, both held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle:

Tuesday, 19 September, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, 24 September, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Music will be distributed at the rehearsals.  There will also be a rehearsal with NLC the night of the concert at St. Mark’s, 5:45 p.m.

To sing, you must sign up – take a minute to do it now – by responding with your name, congregation, and voice part via e-mail at Sept29Singer@gmail.com.  Your gift of song is a cherished gift.


Annual Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) Benefit Concert

Sunday, May 21, 2017 ~ 7:00pm

This is a wonderful way to support our youth! Please come and enjoy inspiring performances by our Youth Choir, past choir members, instrumentalists, and musical friends.

All proceeds go to support our scholarship fund to LSM, allowing many of our own choir members to attend camp this summer.


Music in March

Mirinesse Women’s Choir in Concert

The singers of Mirinesse Women’s Choir invite you to their upcoming concert “Dancing Rain, Singing Stars” on Friday, March 17, at 7:00 pm here at Phinney.

The 65 glorious voices will perform a joyous Haydn setting of the mass accompanied by strings; songs of rain and stars from around the world; and Rachmaninoff songs for women’s voices with stunning piano accompaniment.

Additional performances (at other venues) March 4, 5, and 18.  Suggested donation $18 For more info or to buy tickets, go to mirinessewomenschoir.org.


Northwest Chamber Chorus in Concert

Choirs sing songs of sunrise, moonlight, eternal light, darkness, and rainbows of color. Lighten your load and experience the shimmering music of light. Composers in this program include Frenchman Francis Poulenc, Latvian Eriks Esenvalds, and Americans Eric Whitacre and Philip Glass.

Sunday, March 12, 3PM
Saturday, March 18, 7:30PM


Bach “Suites for Solo Cello” Marathon

The Seattle Violoncello Society announces its annual Bach Suite Marathon to be held Saturday, March 25th at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. We begin at 10 am with Bach’s First Suite for Solo Cello and end around 2:15pm. (There is a short pause around 11:45-12:30 to grab a quick lunch somewhere — or bring your own.)

This concert features 22 of the Northwest’s best cellists playing all 6 suites in tag-team style. It is free and open to the public! Come for all or part of this fun event!



Job Opportunity: Gospel Choir Piano Accompanist

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is seeking a Piano Accompanist for the Gospel Choir for Wednesday rehearsals at 6:30-7:25pm and Sunday morning worship at 8:30 AM.

The choir sings on Sunday about once a month and rehearses every Wednesday. The accompanist plays the 2 Wednesdays prior to the Sunday the choir sings. Reading music is required.

Inquiries should be directed to Diane Figaro at 206-271-5117 or dfigaro123@comcast.net.

Celebrating Martin Luther: A Concert for Everyone

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 pm
Here at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Celebrating Luther concert logo

Reformation QuincentenaryThis concert is part of our year-long celebration the 500th anniversary of the reformation. There will be hymns and songs and anthems with the Phinney choirs and the congregation, and the Midrash Players will take us right into the Diet of Worms where Martin Luther took his famous stand against the powers of his day. Mark your calendars now and invite your friends and neighbors. This is a concert for everyone!

Admission: Free!

Freewill offering will benefit Lutheran Community Services.

Celebrating Martin Luther Concert flier [pdf]

New Director of the Gospel Choir and Youth Choir Director

figaro-dianeWelcome to Diane Figaro!

I am thrilled to serve at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church as Gospel Choir Director and Youth Choir Director! This is such a wonderful opportunity to work with singers in a very powerful way, as our choirs enliven worship and bring healing to the congregation and the community. Here is a description of my background. See you at rehearsal and worship soon! ~ Diane Figaro

Diane Figaro was raised in the small, mid-western college town of Elsah, Illinois. She has a B.A. in Music from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, with an emphasis in Piano Performance and a Minor in Education; an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington; and a PhD in Musicology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  As a part of her graduate work, she conducted field work in Tampere, Finland — supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant — and Santiago, Chile.

Diane has lived in Seattle a total of 22 years, where she has spent much of her time performing and directing church choirs. For many years, she worked as staff accompanist for Seattle University Choirs, was very active in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and sang with The Sound of the Northwest (Negro Spirituals Choir). Over the past 12 years she has served as Choir Director for adults and children at St. Benedict, St. Catherine, and Sacred Heart Parishes in the Seattle area and First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.

Diane is fortunate to be in a family that eats and breathes music. She is married to Rodney Figaro, whom she met singing in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and they have a daughter, Sarah, who is studying and performing voice. The Figaro family lives in Lynnwood.


Pacific Lutheran University Concerts

Ring in the season with a Christmas celebration that is sure to warm the heart and lift your holiday spirit! Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Choir of the West, University Chorale and University Symphony Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach’s advent cantata “Wachet Auf” (Wake, awake!). The program will also include one of Robert Russell Bennett’s beloved carol medleys, “The Many Moods of Christmas,” and traditional Christmas favorites and festive carols sung by the audience. Join us, In Sweet Rejoicing!

Saturday, December 3, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Sunday, December 4, at 3pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Monday, December 5, at 7:30pm – Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Friday, December 9, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Saturday, December 10, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU


An Evening of Music

evening-of-musicOn Friday night October 7th, 2016 Dan White, baritone and Linnea Olson, soprano will present “An Evening of Music” at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.

They will be singing a variety of classical, opera, and theatre music with works by Purcell, Mozart, Grieg, Faure, A.L. Webber, Gilbert & Sullivan, and more.

Dan and Linnea will also be joined by some featured guests! Martin Olson will be including a selection of Nordic organ music with works by Grieg, Buxtehude, and Sobage. Phyllis Olson will also be joining all of them on flute.

In addition, the women’s and men’s choruses from the Swedish Singers of Seattle will be featuring a variety of Swedish choral music.

If you’re free, please join us at 7:30PM on October 7th at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church – 7500 Greenwood Ave N. Admission is by Free Will Offering!


Alliance for Gun Responsibility Summer Benefit Concert

Semmy Stahlhammer


Concertmaster of the

Stockholm Royal Opera

and friends present a

Summer Benefit Concert

In support of

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Isabel Blomme, cello
Atida Munthe Stahlhammer, cello
Karie Prescott, viola
Sergei Teleshev, klezmer accordion


Friday, July 22, 2016 7:30pm

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood N.
featuring music of
Bach, Mozart, Tor Aulin, Schubert and Dohnanyi
Klezmer Music
A free-will offering will be received to benefit
The Alliance for Gun Responsibility

In Concert This Month

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7 pm

Lutheran Summer Music Benefit Concert

We invite you to a very special youth concert in the sanctuary on Sunday evening, June 5 at 7 pm This concert will be a fundraising event for the PRLC members who will be attending Lutheran Summer Music, a month long music academy in Decorah, Iowa.

Entry is by donation only, and all proceeds go to benefit tuition for the youth attending Lutheran Summer Music this summer. We have a lot of musical talent here at Phinney — this is your chance to hear some of it showcased!


Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 3 pm

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Northwest Chamber Chorus

“I have had pleasure enough; I have had singing.” Join the Northwest Chamber Chorus  in June as they celebrate the tenth year of their musical journey with director Mark Kloepper. Mark has selected his personal favorites from their concerts of the past decade. To name a few: JS Bach motet Der Geist hilft unserer Schwachheit auf, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, spirituals My Soul’s been Anchored in the Lord and the rousing Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, two of Brahms’ Liebeslieder waltzes, and Home on the Range with harmonica solo by blues artist Jay Mabin.


Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7 pm

Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus is holding a special fundraising concert for the school it sponsors in Haiti. The chorus, whose motto is to “sing locally and act globally,” has raised thousands of dollars to benefit Lekol Pa Nou (“Our School” in Haitian Creole) since its first benefit concert in 2004.


Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2pm and 7 pm

At the Shorewood Performing Arts Center

17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, WA

Seattle SeaChordsmen

Seattle’s (and Phinney’s) favorite barbershop singers present Disney Noir: An Original Barbershop Musical.