Welcome to the musical world of the United Nations Singers!
The United Nations Singers are a recreational choir formed in 1947 under the UN Staff Recreation Council to spread the message of harmony and understanding through music. As a microcosm of the world, the group is composed largely of present and former staff of the UN and its agencies and permanent missions. The Singers come from nearly 30 countries. They rehearse in their leisure time, outside office hours, but are usually granted official leave for concert tours. With a repertoire of folk songs and choral music sung mostly a cappella in some 50 languages and wearing colourful national costumes, the choir has given many concerts at the UN itself and also in churches and concert halls in the New York area. In addition, the choir is frequently called upon to perform at festivals and other commemorative events.
The Singers are not funded by the United Nations and do not represent the UN in any official capacity. Acting as unofficial goodwill ambassadors, the UN Singers have travelled widely: they have performed in the United States and Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. They have taken part three times - most recently in 2011 - in the international Harmonie Festival in Lindenholtzhausen, near Limburg, Germany. Read more in trip to Germany. In 2008, the Singers participated in two music festivals in Spain. In 2009, they were invited to Japan for the fourth time, giving concerts in Tokyo and Utsunomiya, and are planning a return trip in 2012. In 2010, the Singers travelled to China for the first time; they performed in Beijing and in the United Nations Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010. . In May 2012, the group was invited back to Japan for the fifth time, giving concerts in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa with proceeds to benefit the 2011 earthquake/tsunami survivors.
The conductor and music director is Mr. Guillermo Vaisman from Argentina. He joined the UN Singers in 2004.
At the turn of the millennium, world leaders came together at the United Nations to improve social and economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries. They targeted eight major areas of development need in the world, which have become known as the Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations Singers have embarked on a bold new initiative aimed at using the medium of music to help advance the achievement of MDG #2: Primary Education.
Among an array of unforgettable experiences, our visits to schools and children’s hospitals have been particularly moving. These visits have inspired us to use our energies and unique position to create special events, concerts and performances to further the effort toward the achievement of MDG #2 by the target date of 2015. Click here to view UNTV's report on the UN Singers' MDG project.
Do you have choral experience or a good voice?
Please join us!
Conference Room E (or nearby)
- Cuna pobre
- Earth song
- E si fa sera
- Fratello sole, sorella luna
- I believe
- Let there be peace on earth
- The lion sleeps tonight
- Where there is light in the soul