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Spectrum Concert

Sept 23, 2016 @ Seattle First Baptist Church @ 7:00pm
Spectrum performs Broadway Basics in their all a cappella performance



Diverse Harmony Voicings/Auditions
September 20, 2016
6:30 to 9:00
Seattle First Baptist Church Choir Room
All welcome aged 13-22
Free to be involved
Spectrum Auditions
October 17, 2016
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Seattle First Baptist Church Choir Room
All welcome aged 21-29
A cappella group
For more information regarding auditions, please contact info@diverseharmony.org

Summer Camp!

Where each camper is the star and memories sing for a lifetime!

Diverse Harmony is again hosting a musical camp at Camp Burton on Vashon Island. This year from Aug 21 through Aug 26, campers will be learning the musical Jekyll & Hyde and will be taking part in vocal and acting coaching and traditional camp activities like archery, swimming, and hiking. Cost for DH members is $350 and $500 for other youth. For more information, please e-mail us at info@diverseharmony.org

We host a music camp because we love to sing, dance, and act as well as all those other great things you do at camp like play, hike, and swim. DH Music Camp is a chance to do all those fun things you do at summer camp while also discovering and growing new performance skills in a supportive and non-competitive setting.

Youth ages 13 – 22 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or are a straight ally. You do need a love of music and a desire to share your talent! Can’t carry a tune in a bucket? We’ll get you two buckets. Can’t act your way out of a paper bag? We will help you to bust out and find the confidence you need in a supportive and fun-loving setting where all you need to bring is your willingness to try something new.

Each camper is a star at DH Music Camp! They learn and perform selections from different musicals and dramas and discover new skills and talents. During the week, campers learn and rehearse a musical in preparation for a final performance on the last day of camp that friends and family attend.



The Choir


We asked each member to tell us their name, favorite musical and who they would like to meet if they could meet anyone! Click on the photos to read their answers!

Paul Ryan


The Diverse Harmony Ensemble

We are proud to add a young adult small ensemble to the family. Below meet our initial 13 member group, having made a yearlong commitment to perform and promote Diverse Harmony. We asked each member to tell us their name, what pronoun they prefer, what brought them to DH, a favorite animal, Disney character, type of music and what they like about DH.


About Us

Our Mission

Diverse Harmony is the nation’s first queer-straight* alliance youth chorus. Based in Seattle, Washington, our 58-member chorus presents music that opens the hearts and minds of communities and provides a safe environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to share their love of music and be accepted for who they are.

  • Our vision is a world in which differences are celebrated.
  • Our mission is to create a safe, affirming environment where each person is accepted for who they are.
  • Our common bond is the love of music and performance arts.
  • We use our passion and the power of music to inspire all to celebrate the differences in our homes, communities and the world.

*Diverse Harmony was formed in 2002 as the nation’s first gay-straight alliance youth chorus. Since that time, we have realized that the term gay does not encompass our entire chorus family. In 2014, we are fully supporting our community by identifying as a queer-straight alliance youth chorus. Queer is an umbrella term that supports gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans-individuals, asexuals, queers, questioning individuals, allies and other individuals that may not identify with those titles. We believe that everyone should be loved for who they are and represented with the appropriate language and queer is the appropriate term for our Diverse Harmony family. For more information on the term queer, please visit PFLAG by clicking here.

Our Story

Diverse Harmony was founded in Seattle in 2002 as the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. Over our thirteen seasons we have grown to nearly 60 members, and have brought performances to communities throughout Seattle in our regular two-concert season. The chorus has also performed tours to Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Miami, and Portland. Diverse Harmony is a member of GALA Choruses (the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) and is considered a leading youth chorus among its membership due to our longevity and large membership.

In tandem with our successful performances, Diverse Harmony serves as a safe space for our singers, youth age 13 to 22 who identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied. Weekly rehearsals have become a home base for many of our youth where they can feel respected and accepted, and have fun making music together.

No tuition or membership fee is required of singers, and we accept all levels of musical ability.

Diverse Harmony is led by Artistic Director Brayton Bollenbacher, now in his fourth season with the organization. Bollenbacher holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Sexualities Studies from the Ohio State University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington.

Our Staff
Jared Brayton Bollenbacher, Artistic Director 

Brayton has been the Artistic Director of Diverse Harmony since 2011 when he took over the chorus. At the time of his hiring, there were 23 singers and performances were held in the Fellowship Hall of Seattle First Baptist Church. Currently, Diverse Harmony has 40 to 60 singers in the large ensemble each season and Brayton has been influential in creating the Diverse Harmony small ensemble, which currently has 13 members. Brayton received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sexualities Studies in 2007, completing a thesis on How Gay Male Bias influences the Gender Performance of Drag Queens in and out of Drag. After spending six amazing years in Columbus, OH, Brayton moved to Seattle to complete a Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington. Currently, he is working at Harborview Medical Center is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Brayton is hoping to continue to see the growth of Diverse Harmony with the upcoming summer camp in 2015 and hopeful in starting GSA and public school music outreach programs as well as developing a musical theater winter program. In 2016, Brayton has agreed to be the Artistic Director for the GALA Youth Invasion concert held in Denver, CO at the 2016 GALA conference. Brayton couldn’t be more honored to spend every Tuesday and every other Monday with the amazing singers involved in Diverse Harmony and learning about how they are all working to change the world.

Michelle Horsley, Accompanist

Michelle joins as the accompanist this year to Diverse Harmony! As a previous member of the chorus, Michelle has a great understanding of what the mission and vision is of Diverse Harmony. Her work with the youth continues into the 2015-2016 season. We are delighted to have her on board!

Patrick Green, Chorus Manager


Patrick comes to DH as a Companis worker, his previous placement was with Teen Link providing suicide prevention and awareness education in schools.  Patrick is an HIV/AIDS educator speaking in schools around the Puget Sound and for the American Red Cross for over 20 years.  Patrick’s partner of 16 years is Tim Phillips, the lead pastor at SFBC where DH rehearses.  He also sings with the community choral group Joyful Noise.

Christopher Brown – Development Director

Chris is joining Diverse Harmony in the 2015-2016 season as Development Director.  His background in vocal performance, piano and musical theory compliments the mission and vision of Diverse Harmony.  “If Diverse Harmony as a chorus was around when I was a youth, I would have been there every day of the week!” Diverse Harmony has a need for volunteers, Board Members, Donors, Corporate Sponsors and more.  If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the organization please contact Chris at developmentdirector@diverseharmony.org

Chorus Representatives
Leah M.
Amy D.
Melly J.

Alex-Ryenn L.
Board of Directors
Bob Sittig, President


Bob Sittig is the Administrator of Seattle First Baptist Church.  As a result of his association with the church, he has watched Diverse Harmony grow since its inception as the chorus has rehearsed at that facility throughout its existence.  A retired Mechanical Engineer he spent his career in industrial process machinery design and corporate management.  As a father of three and a grandfather of seven, Bob has an appreciation for the struggles young folks face in today’s fast pace environment and he feels that Diverse Harmony plays an essential part in providing a safe and encouraging place for those who can’t find it elsewhere.

Steve Walker, Vice President


Steve Walker is the Vice President of Diverse Harmony. He was formerly the Executive Director of the National Gay Pilots Association and a retired airline pilot. He also serves on a commission at Seattle First Baptist Church. He is excited to serve our queer youth at Diverse Harmony and help them gain their own identities through the love and sharing of music. As a music ‘geek’ throughout school, music was his primary escape while dealing with his own sexual identity.

Aaron Revoir, Board Member

Aaron headshot

Aaron joined the board of Diverse Harmony in 2014 and is proud to be part of such an important organization.  A native of Southern California, Aaron moved to Seattle in July of 2011 for a change of scenery and hasn’t looked back.  By day, Aaron is a Project Manager for Amazon.  In his spare time Aaron enjoys singing with the Seattle Men’s Chorus as an Upper 1st Tenor, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Bill Sechter, Board Member

Bill Sechter 

Bill Sechter is a new member of the board but a long time fan of Diverse Harmony and their mission.  He is a local entrepreneur helping others start and build their businesses while building his own. Leading Fund Development, Bill hope to help the organization and the youth served realize its ambitious but exciting goals.

Saundra Whittemore, Board Member


Saundra has worked with youth and families since 1989 and currently works with kids and families in home and community settings through Wonderland Developmental Center. She lived aboard a boat when first moving to Seattle and loves the beautiful Pacific Northwest more than any of the places she has lived worldwide. Saundra’s passion for supporting DH and QSA youth shines through in her interactions with the youth and as she serves on the board of Diverse Harmony.

Metta Williams, Board Member


Metta joined the board because she is a big believer in Diverse Harmony’s mission of building a community. She says youth deserve our efforts to provide a safe, welcoming place for them to explore what community can mean for each of them. She has experience as the Treasurer for Seattle First Baptist Church which helps her fill this role for Diverse Harmony. Her career life is as an insurance agent for Aflac, and what’s left of her time she spends in the yard with her dog Pejsku.

Tyler Stoops, Board Member


Bio coming soon!

Pam Eggleston, Board Member

I am originally from Nashville Tennessee.  Moved to North Carolina when I was 11 and lived there until I moved out to Seattle in 2002.  I decided I needed to break out of my comfort zone and have a new challenge, so I started looking for a new job and ended up in Seattle!  I never planned to come here specifically, but I got a job at Harborview and everything just fell into place.  I packed up my belongings and me and my dog moved across the country not knowing anyone here.  I met my husband 2 years after arriving here and now the North West feels like home.

I have one brother, twin nieces, and 2 step kids in their 30’s.

I decided to be a social worker when I was 14 years old and started working  at that age to save money for college. I got my bachelor and master degrees in social work.  I started out working in child and adult protective services, and over the years have done foster care, adoptions, medical social work, hospice, mental health and rehabilitation.  As I started to take on administrative roles, I realized that a business degree would help me in my career so I went back to school again and got an MBA.  I now work for Multicare as Administrator for Behavioral Health.

During high school and college, I was always involved in choir and other singing groups.  In 1982 our group was selected to perform at the World’s Fair! Being a board member for Diverse Harmony is a way to stay connected to those great memories.  It has been such a privilege to get to know some of the most impressive youth I have ever met!

Sharon Bruhn, Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Daren Baker, Board Member

Bio coming soon!


Support Us

Donate to Diverse Harmony

Diverse Harmony sustains its powerful vision through the generous gifts of individual donors like you. Whether it is your love of music, your belief in our mission, or both, please consider making a deductible donation to Diverse Harmony. Your donation allows us to continue sharing our music and building community together. It goes without saying that every amount helps! Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.

Our young singers pay no membership fees or dues to perform, and we also make free concert tickets available for all youth age 22 and younger. Please consider making a donation today. Diverse Harmony is a 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donate Now – Seattle Foundation

Clicking the button above will take you to the Seattle Foundation, where you can complete your donation to Diverse Harmony.

  • A donation of $60 could fund food and beverage for the singers’ snack break at one of our weekly rehearsals.
  • A donation of $150 could cover gas for two vehicles of singers and chaperones to one of our tour performances.
  • A donation of $300 could cover the cost of a session of supplemental music or dance instruction for the youth.
  • A donation of $650 could provide performance shirts for all our singers.
  • A donation of $1,000 covers the cost of an upgrade to our audio equipment for rehearsals and performances.
  • A donation of $5,000 could provide funding for the youth to work individually with a counselor or caseworker on issues of coming out, bullying, and school stresses.
  • A donation of $10,000 could underwrite the cost of a performance tour for the full chorus.

If you would prefer to send your donation via check, please mail to:

Diverse Harmony
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

For interest in Sponsorship opportunities please contact info@diverseharmony.org

*Credit card donations are made through the Seattle Foundation and Click and Pledge.




Diverse Harmony
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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