The Endolyne Children’s Choir was founded in September 2003 as a non-audition community choir serving the greater West Seattle area. Choristers learn fundamentals of music theory, vocal training, and performance skills.
We work in a fun environment that promotes music appreciation, teamwork, and self-confidence. The choir performs choral concerts throughout Seattle, and stages musicals. All boys and girls who like to sing are welcome – no audition necessary.
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Amy Stagno Bokanev, Music Director
Amy Stagno Bokanev joined the conducting staff of the Endolyne Children’s Choir in the fall of 2010 and was appointed to Music Director at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Ms. Bokanev holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. She continues to study voice with Margot Hanson in Portland, Oregon and Michael Warren in New York City.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Bokanev sang in New York City and throughout the New England region before moving to Seattle, where she lives with her daughter.
In addition to her work with the choirs, Ms. Bokanev works for the Seattle Symphony as the Assistant Artistic Administrator. She has also performed with the Symphony, participating in Discover Music concerts and other children’s programming. Additionally, Ms. Bokanev has sung with the Rainier Family Opera and Puget Sound Concert Opera, and performs with (and is a former board member of) the Ladies Musical Club. Ms. Bokanev also keeps a small private voice studio.
Have a question about the choir? Feel free to send an email to Amy.
Music Director – designate
Megan joined the Endolyne Children’s Choir conducting staff in February, 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Central Washington University. In addition to her position with ECC, Megan is the Director of Choral Activities at Bethel High School and heads the Voice Department at the Paradise Theater in Gig Harbor. She also sings in the Seattle Symphony Chorale and participates in local musical theater.
Megan’s hobbies include photography, playing with her chihuahua (named Amigo), and collecting first-edition fairy tales and Agatha Christie novels. And, of course, all things musical! In Megan’s own words, “I love music because the work is never done. There is always another chord to tune, another note to shape, and another heart to touch. Music is a life-long chase, and I intend to chase its beauty for all of my days.”
Janelle joined the Endolyne Children’s Choir staff in 2010 as the Choir Assistant. She was promoted to Assistant Conductor in 2015 and to Staff Instructor in 2018. An alumnus of Endolyne Choir herself, Janelle discovered her passion for music as a young child. After retiring from her days as an Endolyne chorister, Janelle went on to receive a majority of her music training through Vocalpoint! Seattle.
In addition to her work with ECC, Janelle is also a Choir Assistant for the Northwest Boychoir Apprentices. She currently studies voice with Jessica Milanese, and sings as a member of the Seattle Symphony Chorale. Janelle has an Associate of Arts degree from South Seattle College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Kathleen is thrilled to be a part of the Endolyne Children’s Choir family, and to support the choir’s mission to uplift the community through music. She began serving as an ECC Board member in 2008 and was hired as Choir Coordinator in 2016. In this position she is responsible for parent communication, volunteer recruitment, and community outreach via local festivals and social media. Kathleen’s background is in Human Resources and Event Management, and she has over two decades of service on a variety of nonprofit boards. Kathleen and her family (including two ECC choristers!) live in West Seattle.
Board of Directors
Kristin’s oldest daughter began singing with Endolyne Children’s Choir ten years ago when she was in kindergarten. Her younger daughter soon followed in her big sister’s footsteps and is now in the Advanced Ensemble. Spending many a Tuesday evening with Endolyne inspired Kristin to join the Board in 2011 to further support the organization’s mission to provide high quality musical education in the West Seattle. When not attending choir rehearsals and performances, Kristin works as the Director of Leased Housing Programs for King County Housing Authority and enjoys attending symphony and opera performances with her family.
Anna has been living in and enjoying Seattle since 2003 when she began her studies at the University of Washington, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a minor in Music and a minor in Philosophy. Anna’s studies in music led to her work at Seattle Symphony, where she worked with former Music Director, Gerard Schwarz. Anna received her Masters of Business Administration in 2013, with an emphasis in Sustainability from Seattle University. She currently works in business operations and strategy at McKinstry Co. and enjoys serving as an Arts Commissioner for the city of Des Moines, WA, and on-site reviewer for 4Culture and board member for Endolyne Children’s Choir in West Seattle. Anna enjoys exploring new restaurants and this excellent city with her husband and their dog.
As a child growing up in California, Nate played brass, but always wished that he could sing. After a stint in Wisconsin, Nate arrived in Seattle in 2005 to take a job at Safeco Insurance. He moved to West Seattle in 2009 and has loved the community ever since. Nate’s daughter, Adelaide, joined Endolyne Children’s Choir in 2015. After seeing the three choirs perform Winter Fantasy together, Nate was hooked on Endolyne.
Nate is a mathematician by training, and a product manager by trade. He is thrilled to put his numerical skills to use as ECC’s treasurer.
Member at Large
An Iowa native, Jill participated in a strong, school-based choir program and was involved in audition-based music groups, providing her with a lifelong love of and commitment to music and music education. Now a Seattleite for almost two decades, she was thrilled when her daughter joined Endolyne Children’s Choir; the music education is high quality, and the whole family is excited for the opportunity to be involved in an welcoming musical community. Jill brings a background in community engagement, marketing and outreach to her role on the board.
Member at Large
Dino was born and raised in Tacoma and has lived his entire life in the Puget Sound area, now having settled in West Seattle, and more specifically Alki. He a teacher at Mercer Island High School, where he has been in the Social Studies department for 21 years. He also coached volleyball there for 14 years, 9 as head coach, and he continues to coach younger players at several locations. Dino graduated from PLU (home of the Choir of the West) with a degree in business, and earned his masters in teaching from Seattle University. He has also worked in banking, professional equipment sales, and in radio (at the now semi-legendary KEZX in Seattle, as well as at KPLU during college). He has been married to Janna, who is an attorney, for 16 wonderful years, and they love to hike and ski and ride bikes around the area as a family. Their 10 year old daughter Riley is in her fourth year of singing with Endolyne Children’s Choir, and Dino and Janna are ever grateful for the work put in by Endolyne instructors to hone their children’s voices. They continue to hold out hope that their 7-year-old son Leo will join ECC someday as well!
Maria is the Executive Director of Northwest Choirs and the Choir Director for NW Boychoir Apprentices and Preparatory Choir. She was the Music Director for Endolyne Children’s Choir from 2003-2011. An accomplished vocalist, Maria frequently performs as a session singer for movie and video game soundtracks, and has also appeared locally as a soloist for numerous events. She lives in West Seattle with her husband.