The Rogue Valley Peace Choir is a secular community choir dedicated to creating peace in our lives, community, and world through song.
We sing music that inspires us and our listeners to live and act in ways that promote peace, social justice, and responsible stewardship of the earth.
We model good communication skills, showing respect and compassion for others.
Through our singing, we open our hearts and minds to connect with others in celebration of life.
The Rogue Valley Peace Choir this season joyfully celebrates its 19th year of singing for peace, social justice, and the preservation of our Earth.
In 2003, Diane Garcia returned home to Ashland after living in Eugene. where she loved singing with the Eugene Peace Choir. Diane contacted friends Su Rolle, Dawn Sinnott, and neighbor LindaGail Campbell to help organize a similar peace choir in the Rogue Valley. She knew Dave Marston, and he agreed to direct (Thursday night being his only available time), and fliers were posted around town. “If 25 people showed up, we would have been happy,” recalled Diane. “And 75 arrived that first September night, and we were thrilled!”
The choir has performed at events such as World AIDS Day, Earth Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. In 2006 the choir traveled to Japan to sing for peace in Hiroshima. During the 2014-15 season, the choir hosted a sold-out event at Southern Oregon University featuring peace choirs from throughout the Northwest.
The late Dave Marston directed the choir for six years, followed by Heather Hutton for three years. Rob Griswell-Lowry then led the choir right up to the beginning of the pandemic, when he stepped down. In January 2022, as we began to move toward reopening, Jerry Campbell became our director. We continue in these trying times to fulfill our mission to sing for peace, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
The Rogue Valley Peace Choir is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. You can contact us at:
Rogue Valley Peace Choir
P.O. Box 825
Ashland, OR 97520
Director Jerry Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Watercolor by Rogue Valley Peace Choir member Carolee Buck)