Community Partners are musical organizations that share Music Center's broad goal of creating and supporting a vibrant musical community. Partners are separate, independent organizations, each with its own staff and governance, but each make Music Center their home. For more information about each community partner, please click the links below.


Centerpiece Jazz Band
Resident Ensemble

Centerpiece Jazz Band (CJB) is an all-volunteer resident ensemble of Music Center of the Northwest, whose mission is presenting high quality and entertaining performances for the purpose of championing Music Center of the Northwest.

CJB is a big-band type jazz ensemble made up of Music Center faculty, community members, and professional-level volunteer musicians from around the Seattle area. CJB performs a variety of music, from traditional swing and dance music to upbeat modern rock and funk music. To learn more, listen to sound clips, or book Centerpiece for your next event, visit



Around the Sound Community Band

The purpose of any band is to give enrichment and joy to life. We hold that live music is enriching, exciting, and exhilarating to both performers and audience. It should be available to all people to either play or listen to as they desire. We see our dual mission as creating an environment in which adults of any ability or degree of band experience can enjoy the benefits of playing, while bringing live music to people in the community who may not otherwise have it to enjoy. Our program is designed to meet these two needs and they are the foundation for our further development.


Emerald City Women’s Chorus

The Emerald City Women’s Chorus is a non-audition chorus in north Seattle for women of all ages who love to sing for the joy of it. Our chorus is a supportive community of singers who sing a mix of 3 and 4 part music and a variety of genres, including contemporary, classical, folk and rock ‘n roll. Besides having fun, we continually strive for an excellent sound.

Our chorus is directed by Stacia Cumberland and accompanied by Tom Hecker. We are affiliated with Music Center of the Northwest who manages our finances.

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Ladies Musical Club

LMC’s mission is to foster classical music among its members and in communities in the State of Washington through education, performance and awards. This is accomplished by offering music and education programs to people of all ages and diverse backgrounds throughout the community.

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Northwest Clarinet Choir

The Northwest Clarinet Choir is a Seattle area community-based organization dedicated to our love of music and the art of clarinet playing, particularly music for large clarinet ensembles. 

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Puget Sound Concert Opera

Taking advantage of the rich and vibrant local classical music scene, Puget Sound Concert Opera (PSCO) takes pride in casting the best local performers to create high quality, yet affordable productions of the world's greatest Operas. With our innovative concert opera format, PSCO's productions allow audience members to see, hear and feel the music up close in intimate venues.


Rain City Symphony

Rain City Symphony nurtures and promotes the appreciation of music by providing quality music performances in the Puget Sound region at no charge to the audience.

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Royal Conservatory

Music Center of the Northwest has joined with hundreds of music schools and teachers across the country to offer students an opportunity to measure their musical progress against a national standard. The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. The Certificate Program inspires excellence through individual student assessments and allows students to celebrate accomplishment and track their progress with others across the country.