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

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The Piano Studio
Resident Company

The  Piano  Studio  is  a  full  service  professional recording studio located  at  Music  Center  of  the Northwest. The  Piano  Studio  specializes  in piano-based  soloists  and  ensembles  and  offers a world-class  Steinway  9' concert  grand, which is professionally  voiced  and regulated  on  a  regular  basis,  and  kept  in "concert  ready" condition  to  satisfy  the  most discriminating  pianist.  For duo-piano and piano concerto recordings, the house Kawai  7'  studio  grand is also available at no extra charge. While  we  do  specialize  in  producing  first  class piano  tracks,  we  love  to  record  everyone! Violinists,  classical  chamber  groups,  solo cellists  and  acoustic guitarists,  jazz  sextets, opera  divas,  chinese  guzheng  players,  and  rock bands,  along  with  many  others,  have  chosen  to record  at  The  Piano  Studio. The  studio  is  owned  and  operated  by  pianist Martin Buff and we welcome  independent  engineers.  To  learn more  or  schedule  a  recording  session please email or call 206-851-3456.


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.

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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.