Through a dynamic choral experience, Harmonia provides young singers a place to blossom as musicians and community members. Children are introduced to singing in two part harmony in a variety of songs from around the world. Each rehearsal includes lessons on singing technique, and exercises to develop sight-singing and ear training skills using solfeggi. The singers also participate in folk dancing sessions to practice their developing sense of musicality.
Harmonia performs in the Columbia Choirs concert series and in the community throughout the year.
Young singers will be admitted to Harmonia upon audition or by promotion from Melodia.
Mrs. Kelly Mechling is thrilled to be returning to Columbia Choirs this year as the Harmonia director. She directed for 5 years with the organization from 2011-2016 before taking a few years off to have time with her young daughter. Mrs. Mechling is beginning her 18th year teaching in the Bellevue School District. 13 of those years have been at Tyee Middle School teaching choir and drama and 10 of those years include teaching general music in Seattle Public Schools, various Bellevue schools and a two-year contract at the American School of Madrid in Spain. A National Board Certified Teacher, Mrs. Mechling graduated from the University of Washington in Vocal Performance and Music Education, and completed Minor coursework in Theater and Speech. She also received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Music Education from the Hartt School in Hartford, CT with focus on the Kodaly pedagogy. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, cooking, attending live theater/music productions and spending time with her husband, Andrew, and sweet 5-year-old daughter, Varenna, at home.