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STANCE performing at Pigott Hall for Trans Day of Remembrance, 2023

Our mission is to provide a vocal community free of gendered expectations, by and for Transgender and Nonbinary singers, to explore and express ourselves through music.

About STANCE

By building a community of trans and nonbinary singers, we aim to foster an environment where changing voices are authentically embraced. Our vision is an inclusive and accessible singing community where intersecting identities are centered at all levels of the organization. Through our music, both singers and audiences are encouraged to find embodiment and connect to our full selves, physical and emotional.

Our Vision

Our Leadership Team

Photograph of Haven Wilvich, Executive Director of STANCE

Haven Wilvich

Executive Director

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Haven first dreamed of a trans and nonbinary led community choir in 2016 when she got fustrated with how difficult it is being a feminine Bass singer in traditional choirs. When she's not focuse on community building, she does vaccine research, watches birds, and kayaks Washington's many beautiful bodies of water.

Photograph of Kaelee Alicia Bolme, Artistic Director of STANCE

Kaelee Alicia Bolme

Artistic Director

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Kaelee is a Seattle-area music director, singer, pianist, composer, actor, and playwright. She is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of STANCE, and is very proud of what STANCE has been able to accomplish in its first year of existence, both musically and in terms of the wonderful community that continues to grow in and around it. She sings tenor (and occasionally alto) with Seattle Pro Musica, serves as Director of Music at First Christian Church of Kent, and has been known to music direct for theatre on occasion, including productions of Little Women and Into the Woods with Rosebud CTC, and an upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle at Reboot Theatre in March 2024. She also works as a professional piano accompanist for middle and high school choirs, has taught workshops for the Fifth Avenue Theatre, and co-wrote the original musical Starshine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies from the University of New Orleans, where she studied piano, conducting, voice, and composition.

Photograph of Mikey Prince, Assistant Artistic Director & Accompanist

Mikey Prince

Assistant Artistic Director & Accompanist

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Board of Directors

To reach our Board of Directors, please email board@stanceseattle.org.

Emmalyn King

Co-Chair

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Michael Woodward

Treasurer

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Andy Chapel

Secretary

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Lotus The Vibe

Racial Equity Chair

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Vedin Pavlovic

Accessibility Chair

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Wing

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Chris Moore

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We would like to acknowledge that we rehearse and perform on the land of the first peoples of Seattle, the DuwamishMuckleshootStillaguamishCayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes, past and present and commit to honor with gratitude the land itself and the stewardship of these indigenous tribes. We encourage you to join us in this commitment by contributing to the local Heron's Nest Outdoor Education and Restorative Justice program and Real Rent Duwamish.

 

We respectfully acknowledge the enslaved people, primarily of African descent, on whose exploited labor this country is built, with little to no recognition. Today, we are indebted to their labor and the labor of the many Black and brown people that continue to work in the shadows for our collective benefit. We also support the #BlackVoicesMatter movement and pledge to work towards anti-racism in all aspects of our music.

Land Acknowledgment & Commitment to Racial Justice

Aerial photo of a river in a barren landscape. The river winds a heart-shaped pattern and is vibrant blue.

STANCE Sponsors

STANCE would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and partners, and we are so grateful for their support. As Seattle's first choir by and for trans and nonbinary singers, we are engaging in the radical act of centering trans joy. If our vision aligns with your business’s values, we would like to invite you to become a sponsor of our next concert, currently being planned for Pride month 2024.

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