GSCC Member Organization

Seattle Peace Chorus

Mailing Address:
PO Box 30152
Seattle, WA 98113-0152
Artistic Director: Frederick N. West
Founded: 1983
Next Anniversary: 2023 calendar year
Ensemble Type: Adult Auditioned Community Choir
(Auditions test your voice quality and range, and your ability to stay on pitch. While the ability t)
Size: 50 members
Yearly Contributions: $280
(Dues may be paid in one or four installments; half season starting January is $180)
Rehearses: Mondays, 7:00pm during the Fall & Spring at Keystone Congregational Church, Seattle, WA
(SPC Action Ensemble rehearses each month on Thursdays and as announced.)


The mission of the Seattle Peace Chorus (SPC) is to communicate through music the desire for a just and peaceful world; to consistently present SPC’s message through choral excellence and nonviolent activism; to celebrate life in all its diversity; to build and sustain harmonious relationships and cultural bridges locally and globally.

The Seattle Peace Chorus was founded in 1983 under the leadership of Helen Lauritzen (SPC Director, 1983-2000). The founding of the Chorus was inspired by Target Seattle, a region-wide activity formed to raise awareness about the growing threat of nuclear war in that era. Helen’s involvement in the effort led to further dialogue about the nuclear threat, and the need to offer peace activists a way to communicate a positive vision of the future - a way to express musically their desire for peace. In Helen's words: "...this (the chorus) seemed like a way to do it joyously." By reaching out through music and making personal connections, the chorus hoped and continues to hope now to make a difference.

Auditions: Auditions ideally should be scheduled before the start of rehearsals in September and in January. Auditions test your voice quality and range, and your ability to stay on pitch. While the ability to read music is important, the ability to read it well is not. The audition process takes from 15 to 20 minutes. You do not need to prepare a song for the audition. To schedule an audition, please fill out an application at Provide your name, describe your singing experience, any formal training you might have had (formal training is not a requirement), and also describe any prior affiliation you might have had with the Seattle Peace Chorus. Finally, list phone numbers and e-mail so that our audition coordinator can contact you.

Rehearsal Information: Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place North, Seattle, WA 98103. Extra Saturday rehearsals, usually from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., are scheduled as needed. In the week preceding a concert, two or three evening rehearsals may be scheduled. The chorus rehearses for formal two concerts each season, one in the fall and one in the spring. Additional performances are scheduled for Martin Luther King Day as well as other community events at which the SPC Action Ensemble performs. Rehearsals run from September through November and January through May.

Anyone is welcome to drop in on a Monday night rehearsal to get a sense of the chorus and preview the works in progress.

Artistic Director: Frederick N. West has directed the Seattle Peace Chorus since 2001. Mr. West studied at Western Washington University, focusing on composition with Dr. E. LaBounty and choral conducting with the late Dr. Robert Scandrett. He has continued his studies in various national and international workshops with Rodney Eichenberger, Weston Noble, Doreen Rao, and the very distinguished Robert Shaw.

Seattle Peace Chorus. Seattle Peace Chorus singing "Canto General" at Town Hall, June 2019
Seattle Peace Chorus. Seattle Peace Chorus singing "Canto General" at Town Hall, June 2019
Seattle Peace Chorus. We give two major concerts each year, & sing at numerous community events.
Seattle Peace Chorus. We give two major concerts each year, & sing at numerous community events.
Seattle Peace Chorus. We have had a long history of singing for peace and justice.
Seattle Peace Chorus. We have had a long history of singing for peace and justice.