Bound For Freedom: The Eugene Peace Choir

From its start in 1984, the Eugene Peace Choir has been actively and creatively using our gift of song in support of peace, environmental sustainability and social justice. We combine music, message and community to enhance our musical skills, enrich our lives and contribute to the common good. We strive to live our ideals through our traditions of openness, inter-group collaboration and singing on mission. As a non-sectarian all-comers choir, we are open to anyone who enjoys singing and wants to join.

We give our voice to benefits and fundraisers for various local groups and causes. This has included the Reality Kitchen, CALC and the Winnemem Wintu tribe's defense of Mt. Shasta watersheds. We also perform at non-violent demonstrations to support peace, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Eugene Peace Choir helps lead songs during the City's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march and has performed during the noontime program. Other venues have included events at the Atrium, the Occupy Eugene camp, holiday singing at Sponsors Halfway House for Women and the Applegate Care Center and Holiday Market. Eugene Peace Choir joins annually with Portland Peace Choir and Rogue Valley Peace Choir to host a multi-choir concert in one of these communities that includes other choirs, such as Eugene's In Accord.

Our income comes mainly from membership dues, grants and donations. A choir garage sale in the spring is great fun. We are most grateful to our community - private donors, Oregon Country Fair, Helios Resource Network and Lane Arts Council - for their generous support. Scholarships and dues set on a sliding scale allow persons at every income level to participate fully in choir activities.

We are a self-governed choir. The responsibility for administration, fundraising and song selection is shared among all choir members. We incorporated as a 501(C)3 non-profit public charity in 2003. Our corporate structure is a Board of Directors consisting of all willing choir members and three elected officers. Decisions are made by the choir at regularly held business meetings where we ensure everyone is heard and arrive at solutions together. See our YouTube interview Julia Linebarger-Taylor gave to UO student, Alex Katz, early this year.

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