The chorus was founded in 1983 in response to the Cold War. The chorus continues to build bridges, celebrate community, and cultivate peace through song.
The mission of the Seattle Peace Chorus is to:
- Communicate through music the desire for a just and peaceful world.
- Present this message through consistent choral excellence and nonviolent activism.
- Celebrate life in all its diversity.
- Build and sustain harmonious relationships and cultural bridges locally and globally.
In the Media
The Seattle Peace Chorus makes news.
|Composer sees falling debris from bridge crash, dedicates song to victims, by Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times||
||24 September 2015: Four international students lost their lives when a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into their bus on the Aurora bridge. At the time, our director, Fred West, was kayaking with his daughter below the bridge and picked out of the water debris from the accident, including a field-trip permission form. That night, Fred West composed a song dedicated to the victims.|
|Seattle Peace Chorus Presents “Origins: Musical Migrations of Balkan Song & Dance on May 31 at Town Hall, Seattle Twist||31 May 2014: a fantastic opportunity to hear Seattle’s best Balkan singers, dancers & musicians|
|Seattle Peace Chorus to tackle Neruda’s ‘Canto General’ June 1, by Joseph Sutton-Holcomb, The Seattle Times||1 & 8 June 2013: Concert: Canto General, pays homage to Pablo Neruda’s fantastic and controversial legacy by singing the Theodorakis adaptation of Canto General|
|Activism? Seattle chorus turns to Pablo Neruda, by Thomas May, Crosscut.com||29 May 2013: Interview with Fred West. “For decades Frederick N. West has been a charismatic figure in Seattle’s thriving choral scene. A conductor, teacher and composer, he has led the Seattle Peace Chorus since 2000. This weekend . . .”|
|Cris Williamson, Seattle Peace Chorus to perform at Town Hall, by Seattle Times staff||3 November 2012: Concert: Sing Out for Women, celebrates women’s rights and features work by female composers|
|Forum examines Seattle’s gun violence, by Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times||
18 June 2012: City leaders held a meeting to address Seattle’s sharp rise
in homicides and increasing urban violence at Town Hall Seattle Monday night.
Before Monday’s forum, Fred West directs members of the Seattle Peace Chorus and friends as they sing honoring the city’s victims of violence outside Town Hall Seattle, near the memorial for Gloria Leonidas, who was killed by gunfire on May 30.
|Seattle Peace Chorus offers rare performance of the Missa Luba to benefit a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by Seattle Times staff||20 & 21 November 2010: Concert: Songs Weave Together What War Tears Apart, featuring the Missa Luba, a highly rhythmic, irresistible fusion of the Latin mass and Congolese dance rhythms|
|Seattle Peace Chorus plans 2 Earth Day-themed shows, by Seattle Times staff||22 & 25 April 2010: Concert: Upon this Land, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.|
|Sing Us Home is music with a mission: making a better world, by Jerry Large, The Seattle Times||28 March 2010: “First Baptist partnered with Bellevue’s First Congregational and the Seattle Peace Chorus to sing for peace on the sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq. That performance started a project called Singing For Social Justice. This event is a continuation of that.’|
|Seattle Peace Chorus builds a musical bridge across cultures, by Jonathan Zwickel, The Seattle Times||20 & 22 November 2009: Concert: Peace in Jerusalem, a multipart concert embracing Islamic, Jewish, and Christian musical traditions|
|Seattle Peace Chorus sings out against slavery, by Lynn Jacobson, The Seattle Times||21 & 23 November 2008: Concert: Our America – Breaking Free, celebrates our 25th anniversary with a program of songs designed to bring attention to global human trafficking|
|Singing Our Way to Truth: Peace Chorus Travels to Venezuela, by Good News Network||2 September 2007: “The Seattle Peace Chorus accepted the invitation to sing at Venezuela’s 5th Annual International Choral Festival. They were the sole U.S. representatives and took their mission seriously: to engage in peaceful communication through song. Their signature piece, ‘Si Somos Americanos’ (We Are All Americans), won the award for Best Song.” (Read the article, “First Person: Singing your way to truth,” by Martha Baskin, guest columnist, published 26 August 2007, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)|
|Reaching for the soul of Cuba; Seattle chorus builds bridges with song, by Marc Ramirez, The Seattle Times||16 January 200: “On the dusty outskirts of Santiago de Cuba, a chorus from the United States descends unannounced on the tiny José Martí primary school. Children in bright red uniforms emerge from classes, a proud splash of color against the barrio’s bleached exteriors. . . .”|