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We are the musical voice of labor in Seattle- a chorus of about 40 singers from all walks of life who serve the labor community in song. We appear at rallies, protests, union meetings and on stages around the Seattle area to inspire and educate in four-part harmony. Come out and hear us sing! You can also request a performance for your union or join us in rehearsal. Click on "contact" for several ways to reach us. Also, visit us on Facebook.


The Seattle Labor Chorus has just completed our third musical album, titled

“Gonna Rise Again”

Songs on the CD include originals never recorded before, “chestnuts” ranging from Dylan’s angry “Masters of War” to “Mr. Ad-man,” a playful parody of “Mr. Sandman” satirizing our advertising saturated commercial culture. Arrangements are varied and complex, from doo-wop to jazz harmonies to Balkan dissonances.

“Gonna Rise Again” honors the history and resurgence of the labor movement and people’s movements with songs against war, for immigrant rights, about strikes and organizing, about liberation, and against exploitation.

Click here for purchase information.


Also in the news--

The Seattle Labor Chorus performed some songs at Town Hall on Dec. 17, 2015, as part of a celebration of the late Abe Osheroff's 100th birthday.  Here is a link to a video of our part of the program.


Radio station KSVR (Skagit Valley Community Radio) has a weekly labor show called "We Do The Work". A recent show featured an interview with Janet Stecher and Bob Barnes, talking about the Seattle Labor Chorus! Listen to it here: We Do The Work. Select the program for Oct 27, 2015.

Upcoming performances:

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS SINGALONG - 7:00-9:30 pm

7500 Greenwood Avenue
Seattle Washington 98103
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Price: suggested $15/adult, $5 child

It’s time again for the annual Seattle Labor Chorus Singalong—Saturday evening March 12th, 7:00-9:30 p.m.  

It gets bigger and better every year because of:  spirited community singing with words provided, a silent auction, a song or two by the Chorus, great homemade snacks and family-friendly atmosphere.   The event will take place at the same location as last year, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.  There is street-parking (though not in the handicapped parking near the church’s back door), or else travel by the #5 bus.  

The Singalong features great songs of labor, peace, and justice as well as some golden oldies.  You are welcome to lead a song as an individual or a group, or to sit back and join in the singing, or, just listen.  The food will include savories, sweets, and non-alcoholic drinks.  And—you can buy tickets for the Chorus’ famous annual quilt raffle, or buy the new Chorus CD, Gonna Rise Again, as well as the two previous ones.  For bidding in the silent auction, bring your checkbook or cash.  Another feature:  you are welcome to bring flyers for our community table, available to the 200 people who typically attend.  Admission is by a suggested donation of $15 per adult or $5 for children, but no one will be turned away.  Tickets are available from SLC members or at the door.  

The Singalong is the Chorus’ biggest fundraiser of the year.  It is one of the means that allows the Chorus to sing for free in support of working people at strikes, rallies, protests, and union halls; at annual meetings, at benefits for good causes, for book signings, at memorials; and at the Northwest Folklife Festival.  The SLC is a non-audition chorus of about 40 singers from all walks of life.  The SLC website and its Facebook page have more information about the Chorus or this event.  Or contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753 or at rebelvoz@aol.com.

If you would like to lead a particular song this year, please send the lyrics to Janet at rebelvoz@aol.com, so we can include them in the song data base that can be projected on the wall so all to sing along.  Deadline Feb 26. 2016.


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