I have been a member of CGMC since 1998-- next year is my 15th year with the organization. With each passing year, CGMC's artistic excellence has grown significantly, and its membership has grown at the same time. When I joined, we had just over 90 members. We are now at 160 active members. I am proud of our accomplishments since joining - from performing at the IL state capitol for LGBT rights, to singing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs, to performing at area high schools. CGMC is also the place where I have met some of my closest friends, who will be a part of my life forever.
Chicago Gay Mens Chorus is an organization that allows its members to express themselves through performing. I have been involved with this organization for eight years now. Our shows are an amazing opportunity for us to entertain and convey a message to the community. We truly are a family and we thrive to give as much of ourselves through our performances.
The friendships developed in the chorus are life changing. Some of the feedback we receive from the audience is overwhelming. We have received letters from young people expressing how grateful they are to have seen a group like ours and from different community leaders. We touch so many people in many different ways.
We have had several opportunities to perform for the governor and mayor. CGMC has performed on local news stations to promote our concerts and partnered with Macy’s to march in the Chicago Pride Parade. The Chicago Gay Mens Chorus is a wonderful addition to the magnificent art and culture that is offered in the great city of Chicago.
I've been with CGMC since 2009, it was always a dream of mine to be a member. Once I retired that dream came true. After 53 yeaers I've finally found a place in the gay community where I truely belong. I've had the opprotunity to sing at some amazing places, and be part of history such as performing at the Civil Unions signing, and ceremony, performiong at Wrigley Filed, Chicago Theatre, going to Milwaukee, and Bloomington Ill. I'm alkso blessed to be part of a loving and caring family, if you;ve never been to a show you're missing a good time.
I have been a member of CGMC since 2007 as a singer and volunteer. This group has allowed me to sing with some great talent, as well as at locations I would never have dreamt of. We have sung the National Anthem at Wrigley Field, performed at the Chicago Theater, and sung at the Chicago Cultural Center for the signing of the Civil Union Act in Illinois. We also perform at theaters filled to capacity (950 seats). To receive a standing ovation is beyond words. To see concert goers smiling faces, or teary eyes after emotional songs brings joy to my heart. CGMC singers are all volunteers, from professional singers to those that do not read music. We all come together in a welcoming environment to create music. Over time, members have become close friends, making our performances to our friends, family and the general public more meaningful.
What Makes CGMC Special
CGMC delivers a unique entertainment experience found nowhere else in the city. We produce professional-quality shows that combine the best elements of musical theater, cabaret and traditional choral performance. But only CGMC can add that special “twist of gaiety” that can make each show fun, moving and memorable.
Whether we're representing the community while singing the national anthem at Wrigley Field or providing rarely-seen GLBT-friendly entertainment in smaller cities downstate, CGMC serves as ambassadors and provides a positive image to countless thousands every year.
Sometimes the message to take action can be delivered more effectively through song than through speech. That’s why CGMC has been heard regularly in the dome of the state Capitol (supporting GLBT rights and domestic partner benefits) and at major fundraising events throughout the city (often supporting AIDS-related organizations).
CGMC is not only an integral part of the community, but we are a family. When asked to help, CGMC heeds the call. We’ve sung at at the Auditorium Theater honoring the victims of Sept. 11. We sing at smaller memorial services honoring local community leaders... and sometime our own members. We're humbled to realize that CGMC's presence can bring comfort and healing to those around us. Whether you join us as a singer, a donor or an audience member, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus cordially invites you to become part of our family.