My Other Life: Allison Bishop, choral singer

Allison Bishop, nail technician. In her other life: choral singer.


It’s a great tension and stress reliever,” says nail tech Allison Bishop of her role as second soprano in the Swedish Women’s Chorus, a no-audition community chorus in the Seattle area. Including the accompanist, the group boasts 17 members. You don’t have to be Swedish to join, says Bishop, a nail tech at Seattle’s Napolitano Day Spa, but most of the members are. Bishop is of Scandinavian descent. “I have always been interested in my family’s heritage,” she says.

She joined the group last year, singing in public for the first time. “I have not had any formal training yet, but I really enjoy singing and I have been told that I am doing fine,” she says.

Throughout the year, the chorus performs at local nursing homes and Scandinavian cultural events in the area such as Julotta, a traditional Christmas morning service given in Swedish, and Julfest, the annual winter and holiday festival at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

“We perform a number of Scandinavian folk songs and American ones as well. Our Spring concert was comprised of an even mix of both, with the Swedish songs sung in Swedish,” says Bishop. “I really enjoy performing with the chorus. We all get along really well and it makes me feel good to see how much the people we sing for enjoy our performances.”

Her clients have enjoyed her singing as well. In fact two devoted clients even made it to a 7 a.m. Christmas performance.

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