1981 – 1989

  • 1981 – PGMC founded by Gerald Davis and three others, caroling in bars at Christmastime.
  • 1987 – PGMC appears in its first joint concert with the Baltimore Men’s Chorus
  • 1988 – PGMC participates in its first Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) festival. The chorus has been part of every quadrennial GALA Choruses Festival since.

1990 – 1999

  • 1990 – PGMC appears at the Academy of Music for the first time as part of the AIDS benefit “HeartStrings,” a national tour featuring Sandy Duncan and Jason Bateman.


  • 1992 – PGMC performs in an AIDS benefit with local icons Sally Starr and Juanita Holiday.


  • 1993 – The Chorus is the opening performer at the first PrideFest (now Equality Forum) celebration.
  • 1995 – PGMC joins with three other regional gay choruses for a joint concert featuring Marilyn Horne.


  • 1997 – Our first CD, “The Spirit Says Sing,” is released.
  • 1997 – PGMC becomes the first gay performing arts group to perform in Philadelphia City Hall, with an appearance in the City Council chamber.
  • 1997 – PGMC sings as part of the William Way LGBT Community Center building dedication.

2000 – 2009

  • 2000 – The Chorus is invited to perform at an awards ceremony honoring actor and gay activist Sir Ian McKellen.


  • 2001 – PGMC performs Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw” with the Mendelssohn Club.
  • 2003 – The Chorus appears at the National Constitution Center dedication, performing Randall Thomson’s “Testament of Freedom,” based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson. The dedication is televised nationally on C-SPAN.
  • 2006 – PGMC makes its Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts debut with a 25th Anniversary concert featuring the premiere of its first exclusively commissioned work, “Open Road,” based on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and composed by Robert Maggio, and a CD release of the work.
  • 2007 – PGMC releases its first CD of holiday songs, “Holiday Delights”.
  • 2009 – PGMC, the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, and the Mendelssohn Club present “Voices of Equality,” a joint concert featuring a new commissioned work by each group.
  • 2009 – Broadway legend Andrea McArdle headlines the annual “Showstoppers” fundraising cabaret at the University of the Arts.


2010 – Present

  • 2010 – Members of the Chorus join the Opera Company of Philadelphia and others for a “random act of culture” – a performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus,” in Macy’s Grand Court.
  • 2011 – PGMC becomes the first LGBT group to participate in Philadelphia’s New Year’s Mummers tradition with an appearance between numbers at the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


  • 2012 – PGMC concludes its 30th Anniversary Season with a newly commissioned work, “Raise Our Voice,” composed by the Chorus’ own collaborative accompanist, Michael Djupstrom, with lyrics by PGMC member Chip Alfred. Interview about the piece.
  • 2012 – PGMC hosts its first Fall Ball Masquerade Fundraiser, complete with our sexy Ball Boys and beautiful divas. Additional photos.


  • 2013 – PGMC is awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to perform concerts at schools and for area youth.

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  • 2014 – Brotherly Love, PGMC’s small group ensemble, performs for the Philadelphia Flower Show.


  • 2014 – PGMC performs with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Additional photos.
  • 2014 – PGMC performs at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade


  • 2016 – PGMC commisions and performs That Summer: A Fantasia on Family, a new work about LGBT and alternative families. That Summer was performed as a part of Modern Families in May, 2016, as well as at the GALA Choruses quadrennial festival in July 2016. Composer: Andrea Clearfield. Librettist: Tom Gualtieri
  • 2016 – PGMC is announced as the recipient of the Human and Civil Rights Award at the PSEA Celebrating Excellence Awards Program on May 12, 2016