Santa Cruz Peace Chorale

Help us keep singing out for peace & justice in 2023!

Please click here to make a donation:  GoFundMe

The Covid pandemic has been financially hard on the Santa Cruz Peace Chorale – as it has on most musical groups.  In 2001, we founded the choir in response to the rush to war after September 11th, and have continued singing for peace and social justice for the past twenty years under the direction of singer/songwriter Aileen Vance.  The Peace Chorale is a non-audition choir, a cooperative community in which everyone is welcome to sing.

While Covid put a damper on our singing in public, we’ve continued singing in one form or another over the past three years.  This year we plan to put on a concert once again, sponsor a film in the Reel Work Labor Film Festival, and sing at more political actions.

Unfortunately, we’ve fallen far behind in the funds needed to support these efforts, and we are faced with the possibility that our choral may not be able to continue singing together, respond to injustice, violence and prejudice through music.

Member dues have never been enough to completely support the choir.  Members pay what they can, whether more or less that the suggested amount.  We don’t turn anyone away.

Because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to undertake our usual fundraisers so we are asking for your help.  Please contribute to keep this beloved community institution afloat and allow us to carry on our mission of promoting peace and social justice through singing.  Any donation, no matter the amount, helps us reach our goal.

Please click here to make a donation:  GoFundMe

Below is more information about our group.

Great Songs – Great People – Great Harmony

Our Mission

  • To promote local and worldwide peace and social justice through singing
  • To enlighten as well as to entertain

Our Activities

Our interests are many, and our repertoire is diverse.  We sing songs of peace, justice and labor and aim to boost morale and inspire.  In the words of one choir director, we celebrate “the full cup of life: birth, death, joy, sorrow, struggle, triumph, work, play, love, and community!”

Our mixed-voice community chorus presents one major concert each year in addition to singing at community events, soup kitchens, and street demonstrations.  Our chorus is open to all singers in September and is run by our members.  There are no auditions.

Our Enrollment Period

Anyone interested in joining our chorus is invited to attend our September rehearsals without charge to learn more about us before making a commitment for the current season.

Our Support

Our activities and expenses are supported by season-long member pledges.  No one is turned away due to finances.  A silent auction and one other fundraising event are held each season.  Donations to our chorus of $100 or more are tax deductible.

Our Member Requirements

Members must make a firm commitment to the following:

  • Attendance at all rehearsals and performances for the season
  • Payment of dues (sliding scale) over the 9-month season
  • Participation in two main fundraising events each season

Our Rehearsals

  • Time:  Mondays from 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Season:  September through May
  • Place:  For address, please email:

Our Staff

  • Music Director:  Aileen Vance
  • Accompanist:  Abigail Meloche

Our inspiration

Amy Goodman:  “Final words, Pete Seeger, (on) the role of music, culture and politics”

Pete Seeger:  “They’re all tangled up.  Hooray for tangling!”

For More Information

Please email for more information.


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