About Us

Kerri Lynn Nichols is the founding Artistic Director of The Olympia Peace Choir. She has been a musical performer and director for over 30 years. She studied Vocal music at Washington State University and earned her Master Level Orff-Schulwerk certification from the University of Memphis and the University of CA, Santa Cruz. In 2005, she attended the prestigious international course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria. Kerri Lynn is a composer and choral director who has taught all ages, presenting workshops for state, national and international conferences. In addition to directing TOPC, she teaches K-8 music at Evergreen Christian School and is the author of several books and recordings. Kerri Lynn’s passion is to encourage others to become aware of their abilities and gifts through the magic of music.

Robert Jorgensen, pianist, has enjoyed Olympia and the Northwest for 30 years, contributing as teacher, soloist, composer, accompanist, and collaborator with many of the area's brightest talents.  He has worked at University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University for many years; appeared on Classical Sundays at the Antique Sandwich for 25 years; and currently he organizes and performs in the Oh! So Live! concert series at Jorgensen MusicStudio.

He also loves accompanying the Olympia Peace Choir, directed by Kerri Lynn Nichols. He lives with his lovely wife Cheryl Waitkevich in the Northeast Neighborhood.

A Little History
The Olympia Peace Choir began in 2010 when Kerri Lynn Nichols, who had envisioned an inclusive community choir, shared her idea with a few close friends. Becky Liebman and Debbie Koshelnik were among the first to help found the choir and get it up on its feet.

Kerry Lynn asked a dear friend and local attorney, John Parr, if he would help with the legal paperwork so that The Olympia Peace Choir would be a non-profit organization. John Feek and Scott LaViollette also completed the arduous task of making sure the choir had a firm foundation as an organization. The first board of directors included Scott LaViollette, Tamara Crane, Kristi Reichner, John Feek and Becky Liebman.

A first orientation/rehearsal for the choir was held in a legal building donated by John Parr. We were hoping for 20 people to show up and sing. Instead, there were 40! We then moved the choir's rehearsal space to First United Church of Olympia and rehearsed there for several years. For a short time, we rehearsed at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and currently we meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

More About Us
TOPC is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine and takes no position on outside issues. We are a group of people who come together to participate in the power of song as a powerful tool to change ourselves and our world.

Our motto is "Quality Through Inclusion". There are no auditions to become a member of the choir; we accept people of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and musical ability. We believe that one of the keys to a great choir performance is the relationship we have with each other. Rehearsals are a nice balance of fun and hard work. TOPC has grown to nearly 120 members and many of us consider it a family. We gather each Monday night from 7-8:30pm, and though most people are exhausted from the day, we walk out of the rehearsal feeling energized, hopeful and joyful.

The Olympia Peace Choir was created for YOU. Come and join us! You will be glad you did.

Kerri Lynn Nichols and The Olympia Peace Choir

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