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Seattle Labor Chorus: News

SLC at Vancouver concert - April 28, 2018

Russian Hall, Vancouver, 2018

On April 21, 2018, the Seattle Labor Chorus performed in a joint concert with the Left Coast Labour Chorus, at Russian Hall in Vancouver, BC.  Here is a video of one of our songs (a Doobie Brothers parody).  

Sticking With the Union  (Video by Lucas Meijer)

2018 Quilt Raffle - April 3, 2018

2018 Quilt_resized

KOMO Interview - March 10, 2018

Brian Calvert of KOMO radio encountered SLC carolers and interviewed our director, Janet Stecher, in December, 2017.  Here's a sound file:

KOMO interview

SLC Performance at Town Hall - December 19, 2015

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 show about SLC - November 6, 2015

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.

2014 Quilt Raffle - March 13, 2014

quilt flyer 2014


SING, EAT, DRINK, and MAKE MERRY–at the Seattle Labor Chorus’ annual Singalong on Saturday evening, March 8th, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. And what a way to celebrate International Women’s Day! The event will take place at a new location with plentiful parking, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Avenue, Seattle 98103. (this is a new location, if you have come in recent past years). The #5 bus serves Greenwood Avenue.

The Singalong features community singing of great songs of labor, peace, and justice, as well as some golden oldies (words projected on a screen for your reading comfort). You’ll also be able to nibble on homemade snacks and desserts, buy specialty soft drinks (no alcohol this time), get tickets for the Chorus’ famous quilt raffle, and bid in a silent auction (bring your checkbook or cash). Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 to $15 per adult or $5 for children, but no one will be turned away. Tickets are available from Chorus members or at the door.

The musical voice of labor in Seattle, the SLC, would love to have you join us for this evening of music and socializing. It’s our biggest fundraiser of each year, and we need your support and fellowship! For further information, contact Janet Stecher at (206) 524-7753, or at

SLC at the University Farmer's Market - December 7, 2013

Dear Seattle Labor Chorus supporter,
We hope you are enjoying our sparkling early winter. We did not do our usual Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition this year, but we will be hitting the streets of the University Farmer's Market instead, with our holiday parodies and favorite songs of peace and justice.

Saturday, December 14 at 11:30 am
Somewhere near the intersection of University Way and NE 50th
Look for the canopy!

Also breaking news:
The Seattle Labor Chorus is now part of the Puget Consumer's Co-op Scrip program. Scrip cards can be used at any PCC. Every time you use your card, SLC will earn 5 percent of the total amount of your purchase. These cards are "rechargeable", you can add money with a debit or credit card and continue to use them. This is any easy way to shop at a Co-op and support SLC at the same time! You can buy scrip cards at the Dec 14th gig, from any chorus member, or send an inquiry to Thanks and hope to see you soon.

Making the American Dream Real for Everyone - October 30, 2013


Come to an event sure to inspire, educate, and generally wow you!
Save Saturday evening November 9 for Mark McDermott’s multimedia presentation :
“Making the American Dream Real for Everyone.”
Accompanied by the Seattle Labor Chorus
Keystone Congregational Church at 7:30pm
Using a combination of family stories, labor history and political and economic analysis, Mark lays out and leads discussion on how those who came before us built a broadly shared American Dream, how corporate America is stealing the Dream from us, and what we can do to build a brighter and more secure future for everyone.  The chorus will illustrate with numerous short song selections woven throughout the program.
Mark has presented to diverse audiences on the West Coast, Midwest and Florida reaching thousands of people concerned about the American Dream being stolen from them and those they love.  The presentation’s power is based on drawing real hope from our ancestors’ stories - that we can once again take our country back and build a brighter future.  There will be a discussion following the presentation.
Location: Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N.
(Keystone Place N and N. 51th St. in Wallingford 98103),
Suggested donation $5 ($10 gets you a seat and a CD.)
For Reservations/Additional Info - Contact or 206-524-7753


rally against Scott Walker - September 6, 2013

Some Seattle Labor Chorus members came down to sing against Scott Walker's appearance at a Seattle fundraiser. Read about it in the Stand:

2013 Quilt Raffle - February 28, 2013

2013 quilt

Singalong! - February 17, 2013

Dear Friends,

Please join us:

Seattle Labor Chorus (SLC) Singalong, Saturday, March 2, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at
the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., Seattle, a little east of
Greenwood Avenue.

Come join us for a lively annual event, featuring community singing of topical
songs, along with some golden oldies (words provided). With an admission fee of
$10 to $15 per adult or $5 for children, you can nibble on homemade snacks and
desserts, buy wine or beer, buy tickets for the Chorus’ famous quilt raffle, bid
in a silent auction (bring your checkbook or cash), meet folks, and sing!
Tickets are available from Chorus members or at the door. The musical voice of
labor in Seattle, the SLC, would love to have you join us for this evening of
music and socializing! It’s our biggest fundraiser of each year, and we need
your support and fellowship! We are a non-audition chorus of about 40 singers
from all walks of life who serve the 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. For further information, contact Janet Stecher at
(206)524-7753, or at

Seattle Labor Chorus
PO Box 17961
Seattle WA 98127

2012 Quilt Raffle - May 30, 2012

Linda Bermas won our quilt this year! Thank you everyone for your support!

2012 Quilt Photo

Tu Cantar at Folklife - May 29, 2012

We had an amazing time at Folklife this year with the Solidarity Notes from Vancouver BC. Take a listen!

2011 Quilt Raffle - May 30, 2011

Paul Bigman won our 2011 quilt raffle!


2010 Quilt Raffle - May 29, 2010


2009 Quilt Raffle - May 26, 2009

Our 2009 Quilt winner this year is Lance Compa. Thanking everyone for participating!

2008 Quilt Raffle - June 3, 2008

The Seattle Labor Chorus quilt for 2008:

Ray Goforth from SPEEA won our 2008 quilt. Congrats, Ray!

New rehearsal space! - April 12, 2008

We are moving from the digs generously provided to us for years by SEIU local 6. (They also are moving and have sold the building). Future rehearsals will be at Keystone church in upper Wallingford: 5019 Keystone Place North Seattle, WA 98103

Quilt raffle - May 21, 2007

The Labor Chorus Quilt for 2007:

Every year we raffle off a beautiful quilt handmade by Susan Gordon, one of our members and our co-chair. Each square on the quilt comes from a union or pro-labor T-shirt. The winner of our 6th Annual Quilt Raffle was Lynn Marie Smith, who gave us "Part Time Worker" and "We Need a Contract" . She was thrilled. The chorus sang her a little song even though we woke her up in Detroit. We raised about $2200 to support the chorus and we thank all of you who took a chance on the quilt and supported our work. The drawing for the 2008 SLC quilt will take place on
June 3, 2008.

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