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"The Traveler's Journey", July 2023

Vision

Our vision is that video game music is appreciated and enjoyed by an ever-growing community. 

Mission

Our mission is to promote video game music through public performance, while building a supportive and fun community where members can level up their musicianship and share their creativity and passion.

Leadership

Level Up! Vocal Ensemble operates on a shared leadership model with an all-volunteer working board. The best way to reach us is via the Contact page, and your inquiry will be routed to a board member for a response.

Current Board Members:

Cee Chen, Eris Eaton, Errin Patton, Forest Thomas, Frank Furtado, Isabella Cabullos, Julie S., Julia Cosma, Rene Barry

Fiscal Sponsorship

Level Up! Vocal Ensemble is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.  Shunpike is the 501 (c)3 non-profit agency that empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.

Fiscal sponsorship enables mission-aligned groups to share resources, which keeps administrative expenses low and in proportion to the size of each organization. In other words: Shunpike does the back office work, so groups like us can spend more time on their artistic missions!

Origin Story

Level Up! Vocal Ensemble started out as part of the Seattle Video Game Orchestra & Choir, founded in 2014. The orchestra and choir ran side-by-side for six years while growing and racking up cool achievements like performing at Sakura-Con, PAX Prime, and Natsu Matsuri Outdoor Summer Festival. In February 2020 the two ensembles split into separate parties to follow different quest chains, while still remaining collaborative for future projects and performances.

One month later COVID-19 arrived in Seattle. Rather than retreat from our grand plans, we chose to roll the dice against the boss and launch a rebranded choir during a respiratory pandemic. We decided that even if we couldn't gather in person, we could still learn and grow while sharing music and having fun together. So, on August 16, 2020, Level Up! Vocal Ensemble officially launched to the world.

We kept things going virtually for over a year via Discord hangouts, online rehearsals, and experimenting with recording. In the second half of 2022 (with due respect for health & safety) we resumed in-person rehearsals and celebrated our triumphant return with a kick-ass collaborative concert with the DigiPen Dragon Chorus & Chamber Singers. After a year of getting back into the rhythm and building up our repertoire, we were thrilled to be invited to perform at both Emerald City Comicon and Sakura-Con in 2024. We also decided to embark on a new leveling quest for our administrative and fundraising efforts and we're proud to say we are now fiscally sponsored by Shunpike - and the year's not even over!

What's next? Find out by joining us (or checking back here later).