Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus entertains audiences, supports communities, and fosters acceptance through exceptional musical performance.
 

Overview

Since its formation in 1981, the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus has steadily increased its standing within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and among Philadelphia arts organizations.

The regular subscription season includes concert productions in December, March and June. In addition, the Chorus performs at cabarets, fundraisers, and other community events throughout the year.  Our small auditioned ensemble, Brotherly Love, presents a concert in February as part of the subscription series.  Additionally, they perform at other concerts and community outreach events throughout the year, representing the Chorus at events where participation by the full body is impractical.

Our repertoire includes a broad range of styles, including art music from the 17th century to the present, spirituals, sacred music, holiday tunes, love ballads, comic pieces, pop and rock songs, Broadway and Hollywood, opera choruses, folk songs from around the world, the latest LGBT empowerment music and other newly commissioned LGBT works.

   

Vision

We are a vital organization striving to present challenging musical opportunities to our members, audiences and broader communities. We perform varied programs to entertain and educate everyone we touch, creating and preserving a legacy of male choral music and helping our members to improve their musical skills.

We pride ourselves on fostering a safe family atmosphere of compassion and respect, nurturing each other's development both personally and musically. We encourage our members to express their individuality, and value their contributions, allowing for growth, creativity and development, both with us and within society.

We strive to be leaders in the LGBT community and a resource to the wider community. Working alone and in partnership with other organizations that share our values, we seek to break down the barriers of prejudice and ignorance. We are building a better life for ourselves, our peers and society as a whole; we are ensuring a better future for ourselves and those who follow.

 

Outreach

There’s a lot to be said for the joy of sharing music with others. It entertains. It educates. It brings people together. We, the members and staff of the PGMC, have made it our expressed mission to achieve all of these things and more through our well-established community outreach program. Partnering with such organizations as Art Reach (a nonprofit that provides cultural opportunities to seniors and economically disadvantaged groups) and Immediate Seating (a service of ActionAIDS that provides these opportunities to people living with HIV/AIDS), PGMC works to bring music and cultural awareness to as large a portion of the population as possible. In partnership with the Attic Youth Center for LGBT youth through a grant provided by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, we perform outreach concerts in area schools, fostering understanding and personal growth in our teenage audiences. For more information on our outreach program, or if you’re a student who’d like to come to our concerts free of charge, contact our Outreach Coordinator, Thom Wolfinger, at outreach @ pgmc.org  (Remove spaces around the @ sign.)  You can even hire us for your own event!

 

Commissioned Music

Did you know the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus not only performs great music but actually takes a role in the creation of new choral compositions? Pieces commissioned by PGMC and other GALA member choruses make up a large part of the musical repertoire available to us. Music is a highly integral part of any culture. By commissioning pieces specific to our experiences as gay and bisexual men, we help enrich and preserve significance of the LGBT subculture. Previously, the PGMC has commissioned works such as Open Road, based upon the poetry of the great Walt Whitman and Raise Our Voice, a piece about the combined life stories of PGMC members. Currently, we’re excited to be working with Composer Andrea Clearfield and Librettist Tom Gualtieri on a new selection that celebrates the growing institution of nontraditional families, to debut at our concert in May 2016!

 

More

Learn more about the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. Check out some highlights of our 30-plus-year history. Meet our staff, including our director and principal accompanist. Listen to us, with snippets of our concerts as well as on our commercial CDs. Or check out some of the photos and amateur video from our past events and appearances over the past few years, including opening ceremonies and flash mob performances.

 

 
The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus P.O. Box 30185 Philadelphia, PA, 19103 215.731.9230 info @ pgmc.org