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  • D.C. Labor Chorus

    May 14th Spring Concert 2016

    For the first time ever, two of DC’s premier singing groups, the DC Labor Chorus and Not What You Think, will join forces in solidarity for “Peace, Jobs and Justice,” a concert of their best songs! For tickets, click here!

    December 12 – DC Labor Chorus Concert

    ATU Training and Education Center (10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring) at 7:30 pm


    May 2nd, 2015 DC Labor Chorus Concert

    Singing in Solidarity! DC Labor Chorus & In Process… in Concert. Celebrating International Workers’ Day.
    Saturday, May 2 * 7:30 p.m. * First Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 4th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

    Join the DC Labor Chorus and women’s a cappella ensemble In Process… in a celebration of International Workers’ Day with songs to lift the spirits, including traditional labor and civil rights songs.

    Tickets are $20.00 if purchased at the door or from a choir member–If purchased on-line there is a $1.50 service fee for processing per ticket.

    Click here for tickets!

    The DC Labor Chorus in Joyful Solidarity 2013

    dc-labor-chorus-holiday-2013On December 1st, “Joyful Solidarity” was the theme this year as the voice of the DC area labor movement closed out 2013 with favorite songs (holiday and other) selected by various Chorus members, along with sacred songs from a range of faith and cultural traditions. The audience was also treated to our ever-popular medley of holiday carols … reworked to make you laugh out loud as you think about how we move through our communities and the world in which we live.

    There were two FREE concerts (at 3 and 7:30 pm) that day.  The two show times gave people a chance to come before holiday festivities or after.   We hope that the progressive music lovers who’ve made the DC Labor Chorus’s annual Winter concert one of their favorite holiday traditions enjoyed the concert!  We hope to post some photos of this energizing day soon, so stay tuned.

    If you would like to support the chorus you can purchase their music from the Labor Heritage Foundation store by clicking here.


    2012 Spring Concert

    Our Spring 2012 Concert was an amazing evening. While photographs can in no way do justice to  the concert, we’ve created a gallery that gives a small taste of the evening.

    Visit the gallery here of the DC Labor Chorus

    2012 DC Labor Chorus Concert

    The DC Labor Chorus is a musical ensemble representing union members from the Washington, DC area. Some of us are professional musicians but most of us are union members and activists who just love to sing!

    The DC Labor Chorus sings for rallies, demonstrations, and picket lines. We welcome union members to the annual Great Labor Arts Exchange each summer, and we hold an annual “Sacred/Favorite Songs” concert every winter and a community benefit concert every spring.

    The DC Labor Chorus is a program/affiliate of the Labor Heritage Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non profit organization.


    Current Members:

    Sopranos: Mary Best, Susan Clark, Jackie Fralley, Sonia Kassambara, Kathleen Sutcliffe, Pam Parker, Junette Pinkney, Allie Rosenblatt.

    Altos: Connie Cordovilla, Sari Finn, Lakeisha Harrison, Melanie Jones, Tyler Jones, Liz Krainman, Laura Larco, Lisa McGowan, Mkawasi Mcharo-Hall, Pam Larson,, Brianna Morgan, Karen Newman, Joy Nicholas, Robyn Robbins, Fran Owens.

    Tenors: Elise Bryant (Director), Emanuel Finn, Don Pelles, Warren Williams, Darryl! L.C. Moch, David Sands.

    Bass/Baritones: Ken Giles, Larry Katzman, Peter Jones, Steve Jones, Will Rice, Abelardo Sandoval, Fred Soloway, Fred Stollnitz.

    Interested in joining the DC Labor Chorus? Contact our Director, Elise Bryant at execdir@laborheritage.org

    Additional photographs from the 2012 DC Labor Chorus Concert can be viewed here

    DC Labor Chorus Music

    DC Labor Chorus CDs are for sale through the Labor Heritage Foundation store.  Click Here

    Play a Sample – I Feel Like Going On



    2013 Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival


    January 18-20, 2013
    1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame, California
    Benefit Concert: Sunday, January 20, 7:00 pm

    Don’t miss the 2013 Western Workers Festival, which honors Dr. Martin Luther King and focuses on using cultural approaches to strengthen the labor movement and other movements for social justice.

    The benefit concert on January 20 will honor Jon Fromer (1946 – 2013) and feature many original songs by this memorable and inspiring songwriter and performer. The concert will feature the Seattle Labor Chorus, Lynn Marie Smith (the Detroit diva of labor music), Jimmy Collier (whose music often served as the introduction for Dr. King’s speeches), a theater piece by Owen Murphy, and several surprise guests. Nina Fendel will receive the Labor Arts award.

    There will be an extensive series of workshops offered throughout the weekend. Saturday’s schedule includes a film series and workshops such as Motown Labor Music (10:00), the La Pena Community Chorus (1:15), Telling Stories Through Art (2:00), Using Spoken Word and Theater to Support Universal Healthcare (2:00), Latino Worker Songs with Jose Luis Orozco (3:45), Jazz and Workers Workshop with Avotcja (3:45), and the Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus (7:00). On Sunday morning, an independent filmmakers’ panel will take place (10:00) as well as a tribute to Dr. King featuring Jimmy Collier and the Vukani Muwethu chorus (free and open to the public at 1:30), followed by the benefit concert at 7:00.

    For a complete schedule and more information, see http://www.docspopuli.org/WesternWorkers.html.

    Give yourself the gift of inspiration to start off 2013.
    Attend the Western Workers Festival!

    Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival is a program affiliate of the Labor Heritage Foundation, 501 (c) 3 non profit. Donations made to Labor Heritage Foundation for Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival are tax deductible.

    John L. Handcox Scholarship Fund

    The John L. Handcox Scholarship Fund encourages the promotion of a movement that is multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and provides for a diversity of activities by providing opopportunities for organizers, artists, and activists of color to participate in the labor movement via The Great Labor Arts Exchange.


    *Donations to the John Handcox Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.

    Click here to DONATE to this fund.


    Click here to download an application form in PDF.

    Click Here to Download the Word Doc Application

    Applications should be e-mailed to info@laborheritage.org or sent regular mail to:  Labor Heritage Foundation, 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

    DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT of applications is Friday, May 10, 2014 for the Great Labor Arts Exchange.

    Any questions?  E-mail: ExecDir@laborheritage.org

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