On the stage and in the community, the Gay Men’s Chorus of
South Florida is an artistic force committed to social good.
It all started in September, 2010 as the dream of a few men who wanted to make high quality music, encourage positive social change and make the world a better place for LGBTQ people. In just nine years the Chorus has grown to over 130 men, becoming the largest gay men’s chorus in the Southeast. The Chorus has also sold out every concert and has put into practice its commitment — Inspiring Through Song.
READ MOREThe Chorus has become one of the region’s largest and most successful community-based choruses celebrated for outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and community outreach. Each year GMCSF reaches over 19,000 audience members with its messages of love and inclusion. The organization is dedicated to expanding that outreach in the next two years. The Chorus has performed at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University as well as to a sold out house at Bailey Hall at Broward College with special guest artist, Ann Hampton Callaway. The GMCSF performed at the GALA Music Festival in 2012 and 2016. In 2013 PBS station WLRN filmed and presented to the community Heaven and Nature Sing, the Chorus’s sold-out holiday concert. Additionally, the Chorus has performed as guest artists for the Master Chorale of South Florida and Nova Southeastern University.
The Chorus has also been determined to give back to the community that has supported and nurtured its success and growth during these nine years by providing over two-thousand teddy bears to the Broward County Hospitals Pediatric Auxiliary each year; chaperoning at a gay youth prom; and walking and raising money for the AIDS walk. The Chorus has also volunteered bowling for Poverello, a local charity providing food and clothing to those living with HIV/AIDS, collected plastic caps and lids for Caps of Love to provide wheelchairs to disabled children,, performed at Temple Sinai’s Holocaust remembrance ceremony, provided performances to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives 207 gala, and performed with The Exceptional Theatre Company in addition to donating time and talent to a host of other charitable endeavors in our community.
OUR PEOPLE, OUR PASSION,
The leaders and volunteers of GMCSF contribute thousands of volunteer hours each year. Each is committed to helping create a world-class chorus that is run with integrity and professionalism.
Artistic Director & Conductor
The John C. Graves Maestro’s Chair
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman, Board of Directors
CHORUS LEADERSHIP TEAM
Front Row: Fred Boykin, Secretary; Michael Valdez, President; Mark Benson, Vice-President; James Smith, Vice-President for Production & Logistics
Back Row: Tom Michalak, Vice-President of Marketing; Alejandro Diaz, Tenor 2 Section Administrator; Brian Prenda, Tenor 1 Section Administrator; Greg Bennett, Bass Section Administrator; Bill Spinosa, Vice-President of Membership; Chris Chouinard, Baritone Section Administrator
Not Pictured: Terry Hirsh, Treasurer; Rick Vaughan, Immediate Past President
From Left to Right: Doug Leib, Office Manager; Mark B. Kent, Executive Director
Office Volunteers (Not Pictured): Howard Yopp
The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is audited annually by a third-party auditor. The results of that audit and the Chorus’s most recent 990 are posted below for public review.
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