Singing for Health and


If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.

~ African proverb



Singing with Friends WINTER Session begins January 6/7, 2020

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

* REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020 Winter Session Now Open!

* e-mail [email protected] for more information

Winter dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23

12 Classes   Tuition $ 168.

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.

* REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020 Winter Session  Now Open!

* e-mail [email protected] for more information

Winter dates are January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24

12 Classes  Tuition $ 168.

To register by check e-mail Mary Pat and bring a check to the first class.


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

“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.

E-mail [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]

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.