The Carillon Chamber Choir was founded by Jim Peterson in 2014 as a program of the Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance. The Choir brings together singers of all ages and backgrounds to perform challenging chamber repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to Bohemian Rhapsody. Past performances have included Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, Miserere by Gregorio Allegri, and Te Deum by Joseph Haydn, as well as a wide range of international music.  Since 2016, the Choir has performed every year as the headlining group at the Leavenworth Tree Lighting Festival, opening the ceremony in front of 15,000 people. Carillon Chamber Choir welcomes singers ages 14 to 104--contact for more information.

Each season, we have a 10-week session of choir, costing $150. Scholarships are available on a limited basis.


      Award-winning conductor Jim Peterson was born in Seattle and raised in the Bellingham area, and is well known in the Seattle musical community. He is a founding member and occasional Assistant Director of the Seattle-based vocal group The Esoterics.  He built the outstanding choir and orchestra programs at Lake Washington High School 1996-2014. Currently, Jim is an active teaching and performing musician. Besides directing the Carillon Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Jim has several voice and piano students as a teacher at the Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance (KAMP), in addition to his private studio of voice and piano students. Jim is Music Director at Kirkland Congregational Church-UCC, and serves as a substitute teacher in the Everett School District.

      Jim has a double BA in Music and German from Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he was a piano student of Dr. John Strauss, and choral student of Weston Noble. He earned his MM from the University of Washington in piano performance, and also his Washington State Teaching Certificate. Jim was a scholarship student of acclaimed teacher and performer Dr. Robin McCabe, and studied choral conducting with Dr. Joan Conlon.

Our Conductor: Jim Peterson