Artistic Director

Nicholas Gorne has taught music in every grade from Kindergarten to 12th.  He fell in love with music at age eight when he began taking piano lessons and singing in choir at school.  Throughout elementary school, junior high school, and high school, Mr.  Gorne was involved in choir, jazz choir, musical theatre, and solo vocal performance in the Mukilteo School District.

Mr. Gorne entered Pacific Lutheran University in 1998 where, over four years, he developed his solo vocal performance skills performing in opera and musical theatre, sang in the Choir of the West, touring throughout the northwest and Europe, sang in a madrigal group on campus, and graduated in 2002 from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  While at PLU Mr. Gorne was recruited during his junior year to begin singing with Choral Arts Northwest (CANW) in 2001.  As a tenor in CANW, Mr. Gorne has been part of five recordings and has sung for regional and national American Choral Directors Association Conferences.  In December 2015, CANW had a command performance at the White House for the President and First Lady.

In 2007, he decided to pursue a Masters Degree and teaching certificate from the University of Puget Sound, graduating in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Teaching.  He received a Kodály Levels certificate in 2019 at Seattle Pacific University and is an active adjudicator for choral festivals in the region.

Mr. Gorne most recently taught at Snohomish High School where he was honored to receive the award for Best Orchestra in a Musical and an Honorable Mention for Best Chorus at the 2019 5th Avenue Awards.  He was a mentor and conductor with the Vivace! Choral Program from 2011-2018.  Mr. Gorne performs regularly throughout the Puget Sound Region and is active as a musical director for regional theatre.