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Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men's Chorus was formed in 2006 by 21 founding members with one common goal: to use the deep and enriching power of music as a means of fellowship, and as a vehicle to reach out to our local LGBT in the community. We strive to act as goodwill ambassadors in presenting a positive image of the LGBT population in the Pikes Peak region. Out Loud is a community chorus made up of auditioned volunteers, and all music performed is memorized. We strive to elevate our artistic expression and provide a unique and entertaining experience for our audience. Out Loud produces two concerts a year, holiday and spring, as well as performing several community outreach events each year. The chorus is especially thankful for the members and staff of First Congregational Church--our home for rehearsals, and the location of many of our concerts. Since our founding, their generosity and support has been instrumental in our success. Out Loud has also collaborated several times with the Denver Women's Chorus and Denver Gay Men's Chorus. Most recently, we collaborated with the Denver Gay Men's Chorus for the Colorado Springs premiere of "I Am Harvey Milk." These partnerships provide a chance to showcase the talents and exceptional musicianship that is found throughout the Rocky Mountain Arts Association (RMAA) family. Out Loud is a member of GALA Choruses, a LGBT choral organization made of up 180 Choruses and 10,000 singers worldwide.

Out Loud rehearses most weeks on Monday evening from 6:45 - 9:45 PM at First Congregational Church (20 E. Saint Vrain Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903). We also host a pot luck dinner on the first Monday of the month from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. All are welcomed to attend any of our rehearsals and pot lucks to share in the Out Loud experience – just email info@rmarts.org to confirm rehearsal times.

Out Loud will hold auditions on Monday, August 22 at First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs. Voices of all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to audition. If you are interested, please email info@rmarts.org.

"I love singing in a men's choir again. I get to combine great music and a lot of fun while supporting a very important outreach to the Colorado Springs community."

- Lee Lehmkuhl

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.

 

Joey Young, Assistant Artistic Director

Joey Young, a past singer of Out Loud: Men's Chorus of Colorado Springs, is thrilled and honored to back with the group, as well as directing the new small group quartet in Out Loud, Fourté. Joey, a native son of Colorado Springs sees the positive and powerful impact Out Loud has on the community. He seeks to collaborate with James Knapp and the chorus members to continue to expand the ever-evolving mission and tradition of the organization. Joey has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. He has performed in many vocal and theatrical genres including: Jazz, Opera, Musical Theatre, Classical and Contemporary.

 

Sandi Shroads, Accompanist

A Colorado Springs native, Sandi began playing piano at the age of four. Sandi graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies. In 2011, she performed with jazz guitar legend Earl Klugh at the Broadmoor Hotel, and in 2015 performed with Melissa Manchester with the Broadmoor Pops Orchestra (of which she is the Associate Conductor). She has also been Pianist and/or Conductor for a number of shows at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and has released a CD of her own original songs.

Sandi currently plays piano for various events at the Broadmoor Hotel and other venues in town, performs on the music team at the Unity Spiritual Center, and now with the guys of Out Loud (and newly-elected "Diva").