Virtual Mozart Requiem Sing-along and Play-along

Join us on Zoom at 3 pm on Memorial Day, 25 May 2020. We cannot hear each other play and sing, but we can at least perform the Requiem at the same time to honor our veterans and victims of war, victims of the pandemic, and the many who have risked their lives to care for others.

  • Hospital workers on front line of COVID-19 pandemic at Harborview, by photographer David Ryder
  • “The Workers Who Face the Greatest Coronavirus Risk,” by Lazaro Gamio, New York Times, 15 March 2020
  • Read about the Requiem on Wikipedia.
  • View or download a score:
    Title Description Actions
    1-Moza-introit-kyrie.pdf I-II – Introit and Kyrie View
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    2-MR-DiesIrae.pdf III.1 – Dies irae View
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    3-MR-Tuba.pdf III.2 – Tuba mirum (solos) View
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    4- MR-Rex.pdf III.3 – Rex tremendae View
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    5-MR-Recordare.pdf III.4 – Recordare (solos) View
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    6-Moza-con.pdf III.5 – Confutatis View
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    7-Moza-lac.pdf III.6 – Lacrimosa View
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    8-Moza-dom.pdf IV.1 – Domine Jesu View
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    9-Moza-hos.pdf IV.2 – Hostias View
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    10-Moza-san.pdf V – Sanctus View
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    11-Moza-ben.pdf VI – Benedictus View
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    12-Moza-agn-com.pdf VII-VIII – Agnus Dei and Communio View
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  • Join us on Zoom at 3 pm Memorial Day: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82405981318?pwd=NWNkVjA2NUplWW1sRkp3WE5jdXArQT09
  • Seattle Peace Chorus performing with Kamand, the Persian Folk Ensemble, and the Western Washington University Orchestra, Frederick West, conducting, Spring 2006, the first movement of Mozart’s Requiem: Introitus
  • We will be sharing this YouTube video performance of the Requiem conducted by John Eliot Gardiner:

Working for Peace and Justice

During these times of contagion, when singing together can exacerbate the risk for everyone, Seattle Peace Chorus is planning to work for peace and justice in new and creative ways.

“If a choir is only about singing and performing - there will be no choir for a while. If choir is about teaching and learning, growing, connecting, community, cultural exploration and transmission, and innovating - we will find a way to have choir.” — Kellie Walsh, President of Choral Canada

A Virtual Choir for Everyone

We will engineer a virtual choir experience for everyone who joins us. We send you a backing track and directions for what to wear and how to do this; you record a video of yourself performing your part, then send it to us; we assemble all these videos into an inspiring experience to share, to be proud of, and to inspire others.

One possibility for this large virtual choir will be a performance of “The Storm Is Passing Over” by Charles Albert Tindley and arranged by Kent Stevenson with singers from Kent’s Shades of Praise Gospel Choir.

Challenge Yourself

Join us to be part of a virtual duet, trio, or quartet. Tell us what you would like to sing, or we will suggest a beautiful and moving work that promotes peace, freedom, and justice. We can match your talent with other singers and musicians. All participants will be auditioned and guided. If you love to sing and if you care about helping others, you may participate wherever you are, in Australia, South Africa, or America. We will produce each quartet, maintain a library of these performances, publish videos on our YouTube channel, and you may share it widely among your friends and connections.

We will also produce a DVD of the best performances.

Learn about Nonviolent Activism

Join a virtual group to study music history, nuclear disarmament, and nonviolent activism. We can share books about Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela.

One book on our short list is Unbowed: A Memoir about the life and work of Wangari Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement and won the Nobel Peace Prize working to save the forests of Africa and empower women.

Zoom with the Masters

Join us to learn about significant aspects of music theory and music history. Our theme is how music overcomes adversity.

These will be similar to the sessions we are hosting this Spring, so far:

  • Tom Bell playing and explaining the structure of Beethoven’s piano sonatas
  • Charles Hiestand on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
  • Matthew Weiss on violin and Tom Bell on piano performing Beethoven’s Romance in F for violin and orchestra
  • Liz Douthitt Sharp on women in jazz

See Zooming with the Masters. We will schedule these sessions through the summer.

Weekly Activist Update

We will be a clearing house for meaningful ways to get involved. Get out the vote, improve gender equality, support Native Americans and Black Lives Matter, work for health care, fight for climate change, and more.

Drumming for Singers

A well-known Seattle drumming teacher and Frederick West, the artistic director of Seattle Peace Chorus, will co-teach a drumming class that will be especially helpful for singers. Four outdoor sessions this summer will follow strict guidelines for the personal safety of all participants. Dates and times will be announced soon.

Peace Festival

When we are all safe from the pandemic and people are free to travel and to gather, we would like to organize an event to showcase the best small groups that we produced during the shutdown, and have everyone sing together for a few big numbers.

Membership in Seattle Peace Chorus

Singing together, in concert halls and during marches and demonstrations, has always been a part of how Seattle Peace Chorus promotes messages of peace and justice, but membership in Seattle Peace Chorus has always meant more than singing together. Help us in these times to continue to reach out to change people’s hearts and minds.

Your regular dues as a member of Seattle Peace Chorus entitle you to participate in all our activities without further fees. If you choose not to become a regular member of Seattle Peace Chorus, however, you may pay a modest fee to offset the cost of hiring technicians and musicians to bring virtual experiences to fruition.

If you have not previously joined as a member of Seattle Peace Chorus, to sign up to participate please fill out an audition request form and tell us how you’d like to participate.

Members past and present may sign up by contacting us at info@seattlepeacechorus.org.

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We urge everyone to support organizations that promote peace, protect our planet, and fight for the underprivileged. See this list of organizations that we support.

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For both singers and listeners, the Seattle Peace Chorus provides a unique choral experience. Our commitment to peace and social justice creates a special bond among members and with our audience.

Our repertoire, reflecting our multi-cultural, multi-national focus, ranges from spirituals and gospel to Mozart and Beethoven, from South African freedom songs to the original works of our director Fred West.

Performances often include an exciting range of instrumentalists from Cuban drummers to chamber orchestras. This rich variety is sustained by our commitment to using a collaborative process for decision making, enabling members to influence repertoire decisions through a committee that any member can join.

In addition to traveling to countries such as the former Soviet Union, Chile, Cuba, and Venezuela, and performing two major concerts a year, we support peace and community activities by singing at rallies, marches, fundraisers for disaster relief, and similar events.

If our unique approach to choral music appeals to you, consider joining us as a singer, volunteer, or financial supporter—or simply come to our concerts and be inspired.

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Together Apart: a song of community action

Lyrics

Now we seek to help our neighbor,
Working together apart,
Doing our part for friend and for stranger,
Love at a distance spanned by the heart.

Seattle Peace Chorus thanks the Action Ensemble “Together Apart” Virtual Choir:

  • Guitarist
    • Nedra Gaskill
  • Sopranos
    • Martha Baskin
    • Patricia Clayton
    • Margarita Muñoz
    • Nikki Nichols
    • Rosalyn Schiller
    • Mary Wilson
  • Altos (including borrowed sopranos)
    • Dee Knapp
    • Emily Leslie
    • Zarifah Spain
    • Cindy Talley
    • Wendy Zieve
  • Tenors
    • Doug Balcom, composer and ensemble director
    • Jeff Carter
    • Sue Hurley Rector
  • Basses
    • Steve Bauck
    • Stephen Ernst
    • David Matthews
    • Dale Rector

Because of the developing SARS-CoV2 virus and the COVID-19 illness that it causes, we urge everyone to be especially careful to take care of yourself and those whom you love.

We Thank our Donors

Seattle Peace Chorus thanks our generous donors, true champions for peace and social justice.

$1,000 or more

  • Martha Cohen
  • Julie Eriksen
  • Emily Leslie
  • Tom & Liz Sharp
  • Gazala Uradnik

$750 or more

  • Robert Andrews
  • Donene Blair

$500 or more

  • Steve Bauck
  • Thomas Berry
  • Carol Brown
  • Dean Grainger
  • Peggy Hannon
  • David Matthews & Wendy Zieve
  • Dale & Sue Hurley Rector

$350 or more

  • Donna Austin
  • Lila Henderson
  • Fred West

$250 or more

  • Pat Clayton
  • Bill Cote
  • Stephen & Karen Ernst
  • Edward Greenleaf
  • Jeri Howe
  • Marvin Kvamme
  • Teresa Lords
  • Marsha Munson
  • Molly Ryan
  • Rosalyn Schiller
  • Sylvain Slaton
  • William Weis
  • Kristina Zawisza

$200

  • Tom & Rosemary Bell
  • Bill Buchan
  • Nedra Gaskill
  • Cecilia Matta
  • Alex O’Reilly
  • Gary Potter, Potter Construction
  • Marilyn & Thomas Sanford
  • John Sparks

$150

  • Helen Lauritzen, founding director of Seattle Peace Chorus
  • Cindy & Tad Anderson
  • Andrew Bauck
  • Greg Bishop
  • Miram Blau
  • Jeff Carter
  • Jennifer Carter
  • Fran Cavaille
  • Meta Chessin
  • Dan & Sandra Ciske
  • Gabrielle Douthitt
  • Douglas D. Hoople
  • Dee Knapp
  • Roger Moss
  • Rick Wyckoff

Other

  • Steven Albright
  • Sue Ann Allen & Richard Conlin
  • Courtney Austin
  • Rhonda Austin
  • Constance Bain
  • Doug Balcom
  • Marcia Bennison
  • Ann Bowden
  • Janette Brown
  • Michelle Burke
  • Lesslie Burwell
  • Sonia Chessin
  • Geoff Cole
  • Robert Crosby
  • Susan Davis
  • Elisa Del Rosario
  • Constance DeRooy
  • Theodore Dietz
  • Debbie Eads
  • Margie Esola
  • Dana Feld
  • Daniel Gilman
  • Mary Giordano
  • Philip Heller
  • Chris Hellner
  • Karyll Henry
  • Barbara Hersey
  • Barbara Hughes
  • Kathleen Humphrey
  • Sue Hunt
  • Pamela Iverson
  • Jan F. Kvamme
  • Whitney Keyes
  • Ana Kimball
  • Joe Knight
  • D'vorah Kost
  • Kristi Larson
  • Edward Lowe
  • Edie Loyer Nelson
  • Suresh Malhotra
  • David Morris
  • Susanna Myers
  • Patricia Navarre
  • Nikki Nichols
  • Helen Nissani
  • David O’Connor
  • Donna Pall
  • Terri Pollock
  • Janice Randall
  • Susan Renhard
  • Karen E. Richter
  • Jacob Rourke
  • Timothy Rourke
  • Caren Ruppert
  • Gwen Rousseau
  • Dan Russell
  • Judith Samuel
  • Pamela Silverstein
  • Susan Skillman
  • Straton Spyropoulos
  • Louise Stromberg
  • Sherry Tuinstra
  • Wendy Watanabe
  • Janet Whitlock
  • Timothy Williams
  • Mary Wilson
  • John Zmolek
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We Thank our 2020 Business Sponsors

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Thank you everyone who helps support the Seattle Peace Chorus.