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The Denver Gay Men's Chorus was established in 1982 with a commitment to build a diverse community and foster acceptance thorough music. The auditioned, 125 strong community chorus has been doing just that for three decades and more than 140 concerts. As they approach their 35th season, they remain true to their mission of educating, inspiring and empowering, all while entertaining audiences.
DGMC has enjoyed collaborating with other artists such as Margaret Cho, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the Colorado Symphony in recent years. The chorus has also worked with the Denver Theatre District, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
These singers produce three concert series per season, and together with their a cappella group, Off Kilter, perform at countless community outreach events each year. DGMC is a member of GALA Choruses, an LGBT choral organization made up of over 180 choruses and 10,000 singers worldwide dedicated to continued support of LGBT choral music programs.
DGMC is devoted in its commitment to commissioning new works. "I Am Harvey Milk" by Broadway composer, Andrew Lippa, and "Still I Rise" by Carolyn Montgomery-Forant and Jeff Cubeta are particular highlights of the chorus. DGMC has "I Am Harvey Milk" and other CD's available.
Recent chorus highlights include DGMC's participation in the 2015 Film on the Rocks Prince Tribute, taking the stage at Red Rocks to perform to an audience of 9000 people. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock proclaimed June 12, 2014 as Denver Gay Men's Chorus Day, and honored the chorus for being a respected leader in the arts community that significantly enriches the cultural life of the city while serving as a messenger of social justice and change.
AUDITION TO JOIN DGMC
Join the Denver Gay Men's Chorus for auditions this fall August 24-25 at Christ Church, 690 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO. For more information or to make an appointment email: firstname.lastname@example.org@RMArts.org
"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 third 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.
Paul Crowley, Assistant Artistic Director
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, Off Kilter! 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.