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Rochester Gay Men's Chorus

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121 North Fitzhugh St Suite 315
Rochester , NY , 14614 43° 9' 27.1044" N, 77° 36' 59.0148" W
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Jackie Vetrano
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The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, by nurturing pride in and acceptance of the diversity of the community, creates social change through excellence in the choral arts.

The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus came to life in November of 1982 when five friends decided to pursue a dream. The dream is using music to create an acceptance of social diversity and to use the harmony of voice to create a harmony of the spirit.

Today, three decades later, the RGMC includes over forty voices raised in song. Thousands have enjoyed their outstanding musical talents. During this time the Chorus has changed in some respects, but our Vision Statement has always remained the same:

“We, the members of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, unite proudly as gay men to seek a better world for ourselves, our community, and for our nation by sowing the seeds of harmony through the universal language of music”.

The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus has had the great honor of working with many conductors throughout the years including founding member Nicholas Williams, who served as director off and on between 1983–2007, as well as Kent Peterson, Dr. bruce d. mcclung, Dr. Stanley Malinowski, Dr. Theodore F. Ashizawa, Robert S. Parsons, Lee Wright, and current Artistic Director, Dr. Robert Strauss.

Members of the RGMC have represented the Rochester community at every choral festival of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA). From New York City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, Denver, Tampa, San Jose, as well as Montreal, Canada. In 2012 the Chorus attended the Gala 2012 Festival in Denver, Colorado.

During the years, the RGMC has held performances for much of the Rochester community in such diverse locations as the Hochstein School of Music, the Eisenhart Auditorium, the Monroe Community College Theater, the First Baptist Church of Rochester, the Nazareth College Auditorium, School of the Arts and the Chamber of Commerce, The Image Out Film festival, The Marriage Equality of Downtown Rochester, and the 2011 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at MCC. Exchange concerts have taken place with choruses in Detroit, Buffalo, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Karlsruhe, Germany.

RGMC has not only shared its voice with the Rochester community, chorus members have shared their time as well. Volunteer activities include staffing telephones for WXXI TV membership drives, collecting food for the AIDS Rochester food cupboard and donating the poinsettia plants used to decorate the hall during concerts to people living with HIV and AIDS. The Chorus also belongs to the Rochester Choral Consortium and the Arts and Cultural Council of Monroe County. Thirty years of growth have also produced an innovative website, Our “Keynotes” newsletter, events like the annual “Spring Fling GALA”, "Catered By The Chorus" dinner fund-raisers, and the sale of Voices From The Heart and Joyful and Triumphant, RGMC’s compact discs.

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