Voices for Peace
Michael ("Moose") Dmoch
April 6, 1949 - July 20, 2008
Beloved husband & musical partner of Redwood;
Tireless activist for peace & social justice;
Irreplaceable friend to many.
A memorial musical event will be held
Saturday, August 23, 2008:
VOICES FOR PEACE is a community vocal ensemble, directed since November
2004 by well-known Hudson Valley soprano and peace activist Danielle
Woerner. Music has always been an integral part of the peace movement,
and the chorus exists to bring a harmonious influence to anti-war marches
and demonstrations, where conflicts and counter-demonstrations can flare,
and to bring a repertoire of new and traditional songs of peace and social
justice to concerts, street festivals and other occasions. Our musicians
range from professionals with active careers to amateurs who want to lend
their voices to the cause. They come from all over the mid-Hudson region.
Voices for Peace performing at an antiwar rally at SUNY New Paltz, March 2006, which featured U.S.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey as its keynote speaker. Credit: Dominick Fiorille for the Times Herald Record
Several of the Voices for Peace are songwriters--Redwood of the folk duo
T.G. Vanini of the
Princes of Serendip,
and Woerner--so the group draws on a variety of songs written by "its own"
as well as other Hudson Valley song-smiths. We also perform many of the
classic movement songs of the 1960s and '70s, and earlier.
The group regularly performs at venues like the Bluestone Festival in
Kingston, the Rosendale Street Festival, the Apple Blossom Festival in Red
Hook, Woodstock's annual Martin Luther King commemoration, and the annual
Mother's Day leafleting (May) and Hiroshima Commemoration (August) in New
Paltz that are hosted by its parent organization, Arts for Peace. The
Voices have also been heard on the faculty concert series at Dutchess
Community College, and at antiwar rallies featuring U.S. Rep. Maurice
Hinchey at SUNY New Paltz. We recently opened a "Folk the Vote!" event at
BackStage Productions in Kingston, organized by John Pietaro and the
Discontent, to help inspire and turn out voters for the 2006 midterm
The group is part of a recording-in-progress of new songs for peace, which
Woerner has begun assembling and executive-producing for
Records. The recording will not only include music
by members of Voices for Peace, but songs/ performances by David Alpher&
Jennie Litt, Ras T. Asheber, Peggy Atwood, Karen Beth, Kurt Henry, the
Hudson Valley Youth Chorale, Redwood Moose, Tom Pacheco, Leslie Ritter and
Scott Petito, Jon Stein, the Princes of Serendip, the Vanaver Caravan,
Dennis Yerry and others.
The sense that we are doing something of value, in our own small
grass-roots way, is reinforced by the gratitude people often express after
performances, that we're out there spreading this message and music abroad
as an alternative "channel" to the overwhelming messages promulgated by
conservative media juggernauts like Clear Channel and Fox News.
Membership is open, and rehearsals are held in Shokan. For more
information, contact Danielle.
Voices for Peace serenade the passengers waiting to board a "Peace
Train" from Poughkeepsie to a major march in New York City.
Credit: Peter Elmendorf
At the Bluestone Festival in Kingston, NY, October 2006 -- members Redwood
(in hat) and Rhys McClure, a recent "immigrant" to the Hudson Valley from
New Orleans. Credit: Judith Boggess