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The New York City Labor Chorus, with 75 members representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, was founded in 1991.

Our Chorus promotes union solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Our dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions.

Organized labor, united with its community allies, is an irrepressible social force. This is the message of the New York City Labor Chorus.

Click here for a 2012 Los Angeles Times article that gives a real flavor of who we are.

... or here for a 2011 New York Times review.

In The Spotlight

Read about one of our Tenors,
Velma B. Hill.


We've featured other chorus members in the past. View the archive for our previous spotlights.

Join Us!

Enjoy group singing? Enjoy stirring music that honors the past of peoples' struggles and encourages change for a better future for all? No sight-reading needed! We Will have auditions on Monday, Sept. 12th. For details, click here

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Please contact us to have the Chorus sing at your picket line, rally, meeting or other event.

New York City Labor Chorus
917-597-7933 (Jeff Vogel, Public Relations)

NYC Labor Chorus c/o CWE
305 7th Avenue, Second floor
New York, NY 10001


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by Tom Karlson (NYC Labor Chorus- bass section)

thirty years of singing
songs of labor, civil rights, women's rights 
songs to fight the horrors of war
nuclear war, drone war, all war
singing to save mother earth
songs from gospel 
songs for marching, the picket line
sweet songs of labor and love
over three decades of battling injustice with song 
the new york city labor chorus

Join us for our May concert:
How Can We Keep From Singing?

We celebrate our return to in-person rehearsal and performance on
May 21 at 4:00 PM, at the Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side.
Tickets and information at:

We had a great response to our 2018 Fall Concert
Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2018, at Peoples' Voice Cafe!

Our gala Spring concert
May 5, 2018, at Symphony Space

was a great success

Photo Credit: Jack Miller, Miller Photos

We filled the hall and the audience was elated!

There was great enthusiasm for the opening by the

Mariachi Infante



Here's what one "reviewer" had to say:


We had a glorious celebration of the

25th Anniversary!!

To get a taste of the concert, click here to see and hear our performance of "Life on Earth So Amazing," based on Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, with new words by Bass Jeffrey Vogel. This will take you to YouTube, away from our site. Or to see other pictures of the chorus, click here.
Video credit: Maureen Vogel


With great thanks for the guest appearance by

Everton Bailey and
The Instrumental Sounds of Praise


  A slide show portrayed our activities over 25 years

For more of our history, see the News and Events page