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The Denver Gay Men's Chorus was established in 1982 with a passionate commitment to LGBT people, to build community and foster acceptance, diversity and tolerance thorough music. It was the first openly gay arts organization in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. This premiere, auditioned 100-voice community chorus has performed more than 130 concerts in its 34-year history, remaining true to its mission of entertaining, educating, inspiring and empowering audiences. DGMC has collaborated with artists such as Margaret Cho, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the Colorado Symphony and has worked with the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. DGMC has recorded three commercial CDs and has a devoted commitment to the commissioning of new works, the most notable being "I Am Harvey Milk" by Broadway's Andrew Lippa. This 60-minute oratorio, scored for three soloists, men's chorus and orchestra premiered last June at Gates Concert Hall to a sold out audience receiving high critical acclaim. Most recently, Mayor Michael B. Hancock proclaiming June 12, 2014 as Denver Gay Men's Chorus Day honored the chorus as a respected leader in the arts community, significantly enriching the cultural life of the city while serving as a messenger of social justice and change. The chorus produces three concert series per season and sings over 15 community outreach events each year. DGMC is a member of GALA Choruses, a LGBT choral organization made up of over 180 choruses and 10,000 singers worldwide.
AUDITION TO JOIN DGMC
Join the Denver Gay Men's Chorus for auditions on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 7-10 p.m at Christ Church, 690 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO. For more information or to make an appointment email: DGMCauditions@rmarts.org
The Denver Gay Men's Chorus rehearses most weeks on Sunday evening from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Christ Church United Methodist (690 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80206).
"I sing in the Denver Gay Men's Chorus because of my love of vocal performance and to be part of a community of like-minded individuals."
James Knapp, Artistic Director
With 30 years of choral conducting experience with colleges, churches and community choruses, James Knapp is now in his second season leading the Denver Gay Men's Chorus and Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men's Chorus to greater levels of artistic and musical excellence. James, who is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Bayou City Performing Arts, guided the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, the Bayou City Women's Chorus and the Bayou City Chorale for eight years with tremendous success.
He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Fredonia State University, a diploma from the Mozarteum Conservatory of Music in Salzburg and a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin.
His choirs have appeared at regional conventions such as the American Choral Director's Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association. They have also appeared with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in the Palace of St Petersburg Chamber Music Festival in Russia. Additionally, he conducted the featured choir at the International Church Music Festival in Coventry, England with Sir David Willcocks.
His choirs have been heard on NPR affiliate stations in performances of the Brahms Requiem, Handel's Messiah and portions of I Am Harvey Milk. His Singspiration Singers won first prize in a national gospel symposium for their performance and interpretation of gospel music. Mr. Knapp is an educator, performance adjudicator, clinician and has presided over choral workshops in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Italy, England, Thailand and throughout the United States. Previously Mr. Knapp was the Artistic Director and Managing Director of the Bayou City Performing Arts for 8 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Fredonia State University and Masters of Music: Applied Voice from the University of Texas at Austin.
Paul Crowley, Assistant Artistic Director & Director of "Sing Out, Louise!"
Paul joined the Denver Gay Men's Chorus in January, 1996. Over the years he has sung in the bass section (and briefly in the baritones), been the bass section leader, and has served on several committees. This is actually his second time as the assistant director of DGMC - the first was 2002 to 2008. As the Assistant Artistic Director, Paul has the honor of directing DGMC's small ensemble, Sing Out, Louise! He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Lowell (MA), and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder. He currently works as an interpreter for the deaf in the Denver Public School District.
Ricki Moyer, Principal Accompanist
Ricki Moyer attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, then received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She went on to receive her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance, with minor emphases in choral conducting and piano pedagogy. She is currently Director of Music at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver, where she directs two weekly adult choirs as well as the Voices of Park Hill, which sings for special occasions throughout the year. Ricki also serves as the Artistic Director for the Metropolitan Choral Festival.