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The Mosaic Youth Program started in 2007 as a dedicated safe-space chorus and was Denver's first chorus for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their straight friends. Recognizing the importance of supporting GLBTQ youth, RMAA now operates the Mosaic Youth Program as an outreach service, conducting educational programs in high schools and middle schools across the Denver metro area. In addition, other local GLBTQ youth choruses are occasionally invited to perform with RMAA member choruses.

James Knapp, Program 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.