Thank you! LIBERATION!

EGMC at Liberation

June 7, 2019, Eugene, OR

The Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus (EGMC), in their first ever spring concert, Liberation! called audience members to join with them in the journey of igniting passion for freedom, passing through the challenges of adversity, and expressing the beauty of liberated identity and celebration.

Bringing songs from the spirit of Stonewall, the chorus not only commemorated it’s one year anniversary, it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the events that have paved the way for LGBTQ+ folks to simply live, be, and thrive–a struggle and fight we stand in each day.

The evening would not have been possible without the countless contributions of our volunteers. The open doors and warm welcome of our host Trinity United Methodist Church. The sponsorship of many community partners. And finally, you: our audience, friends, and loved ones–who walk with us in this beautiful journey.

EGMC’s Artistic Director, EvanMiles, leads the chorus into the audience as they sing ‘Born This Way’

Liberation, by the numbers:

  • EGMC’s 1st ever Spring Concert with
  • 22 choristers singing their hearts out to
  • 220 community members and
  • ∞ (infinite) amounts of thanks and tenacity for the future!

What’s next?

  • Spread the spirit of liberation and word of the chorus to friends and those who might benefit from our community;
  • Sing with us! It’s fun!
  • Follow us on the socials (facebook | twitter | instagram) or sign up for our newsletter.

Can you help sponsor the future?

EGMC has recently received it’s 501(c)3 status as a registered non-profit and is eager to continue ‘sing out the gay in everyone’ with your support and partnership.

TONIGHT: EGMC presents Liberation!

June 7, 2019 – Tonight, the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus presents their premiere spring concert, Liberation!

From Stonewall to border walls, protests to progress, from the streets to the dance floor, come liberate yourself in song as we share musical selections that have compelled us through the decades to join together to create a better world.

When: Friday, June 7, 2019
Showtime: 7:30 PM (doors open at 7)
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 440 Maxwell Road, Eugene.

Tickets are at the door with general admission at $15 and students/seniors at $10.

We’d like to thank our program sponsors for their generosity and support of our community:

Eugene-Springfield Pride
Robert Blake and Wade Cox
Spectrum
Footloose Massage Center
Oregon Review Books
Clark House: KW Mid-Willamette
Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing

EGMC Spring Update

Greetings Friends and Supporters of the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus,

We hope that your spring is well and that you are thankful the rain has given way to rainbows, butterflies, and sunshine. We have three exciting EGMC updates to share with you:

LIBERATION! We’re pleased to announce our premiere spring concert, LIBERATION! From Stonewall to border walls, protests to progress, from the streets to the dance floor, come liberate yourself in song as we share musical selections that have compelled us through the decades to join together to create a better world. The event will take place on Friday, June 7 @ 730 PM in Eugene at Trinity United Methodist Church, 440 Maxwell Road. Check out eugenegmc.org/spring for more!

501c3We’re a proper non-profit! After much hard work our paperwork has gone through and EGMC has received our federal non-profit designation! This is super exciting as we head into the summer grant season, expand our community partnerships, and open our hands to donations for advancing our community.

Partnerships: Last month we were able to share some songs and cookies with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. This month we’re providing opportunities for community partners to sponsor our programs for Liberation! Finally, as we move into the summer, we’ll soon be sharing some exciting Pride news!

Thank you for your support, interest, and partnership as we extend our voices in building a beautiful community of gay men and their friends singing from their hearts in expression and outreach!

<3 EGMC

EGMC Announces: Liberation!

The Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus is pleased to announce their premiere spring concert, Liberation!

EGMC Exchanges songs with The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus in April 2019

From Stonewall to border walls, protests to progress, from the streets to the dance floor, come liberate yourself in song as we share musical selections that have compelled us through the decades to join together to create a better world. 

The event will take place on Friday, June 7 @ 730 PM in Eugene at Trinity United Methodist Church, 440 Maxwell Road.

The chorus came together less than a year ago with strong community support and their flagship show ‘Coming Out for the Holidays‘ in December 2018.

Evan Miles, the Artistic Director of EGMC, received his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon and was recently featured as a conductor of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus during their historic trip to China in 2018.

Tickets are available in advance online from Square or at the door. Prices are general admission at $15 and students/seniors at $10. Payment can be cash, check or Visa or Mastercard. Refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact us at connect@eugenegmc.org or reach us at our website; www.eugenegmc.org

More Info: eugengmc.org/spring
Our Facebook Event

Download and share the EGMC ‘Liberation!’ poster (pdf | jpeg).

Portland Visits Eugene

Rounding out their annual outreach tour to southern Oregon, choristers from the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus teamed up with the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus for an afternoon of music, ideas, and encouragement for the season ahead!

During the exchange choristers from both choruses enjoyed icebreaker bingo, performances of select songs from each other’s repertoire , and some joint singing. It was incredible!

We’re intensely thankful to the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus for their visit, the shared time and music, and the support that PDXGMC has been to us at EGMC since our inception.

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is preparing for their Summer concert Stonewall Riot! Soundtrack to a Revolution as the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus is preparing for their Spring concert Liberation! on June 7.

EGMC Winter Update

Greetings Friends of the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus,

Happy New Year to each of you! We have three exciting EGMC updates that we’d like to share with you as we head into our Spring season:

Open Call & Spring Rehearsals: This week, we’re kicking off our pre-season rehearsals. If you or a friend are interested in joining we’d love to have you!

Save the Date: On June 7 we’ll be singing about Liberation! in our premiere Summer concert. More info to come, stay tuned at eugenegmc.org.

Pizza Fundraiser: Join us at MOD Pizza on February 20 at 77 E. 29th St., Eugene, 97405 for tasty pizza. You’re welcome at anytime during the day, just say you’re with Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus when ordering and MOD Pizza will make a contribution on your behalf. RSVP here or find the event page on Facebook. There may even be some rainbowy choristers afoot…

Thanks to each of you for your support! Your contributions, thoughts, and rainbow spirit are so valued and needed as we’re growing this beautiful community together!

<3 EGMC

Gay is Great and You’re the Proof

When I told my son Graham that I was trying out for the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus, I said, “I have no idea what it will be like.” His quick reply was, “It’ll probably be pretty gay.”

He’s a funny guy. But truly, I have never felt more happily gay than I did singing in front of a full house with my fellow choristers on the night of our debut concert, Coming Out For The Holidays. Though I have been out for many years with friends and family, this was a kind of debut for me as well. For the first time I sought out the opportunity to be visible to the community at large as a gay man.

The search for community is a primary reason that men join a gay chorus. The lifting of gay voices in harmony is a gentle, shared political act that is at the same time very personal. What better way to say, “We’re queer, and we’re here,” than to show up singing, to give the larger community an opportunity to affirm our presence, to share in the healing of fear and division within and without. 

As the chorus walked onto the stage for our first concert, before we had sung even one note, cheers and applause greeted us. I know that I was not alone in having a deeply emotional Sally Field Moment. You like me! Right now, you like me! 

So, yeah, pretty gay. 

To be sure, everyone involved in the chorus invested a lot of work and time. We produced a quality concert. But more, much more than this, we engaged with the audience in a conspiracy of love.

— Dean Walker

STANDING ROOM ONLY as Eugene Comes Out for the Holidays

It was standing room only as the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus ‘Came Out for the Holidays’ at Trinity United Methodist Church in our premiere concert. We were delighted to have an audience, even more so one that was ready to have as much fun as the choristers were on stage.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Evan Miles and the accompaniment of Grant Mack, the 20 member chorus brought to life holidays songs from many traditions around the globe, sharing the gift of community and holiday cheer to all who were there.

Crowd estimates, performed by novices, claim there to have been between 220 and 270 delighted participants with sing alongs, spectacular choreography, and holiday cheer in their ears.

There are three groups we’d like to thank for the evening’s wonder:

  1. You, our audience and supporters for coming out!
  2. The volunteers that helped deck the hall, baked tasty cookies of cheer, and help sell tickets and welcome our attendees!
  3. To each of you who helped get us here through your financial generosity, invitations to perform, and excitement for a beautiful community.

Additionally, we’d like to thank our fine host, Trinity United Methodist Church, and the many shout outs we received in the local press leading up to the event (The Registered Guard, Eugene Weekly, KVAL, and many more!).

EGMC will be posting information related to their schedule in the new year shortly. Thank you so much for your interest and support!

If you’ve taken any images you’d be willing to share with us please add them to our Facebook or send to connect@eugenegmc.org, thank you!

EGMC Commemorates World AIDS Day with HIV Alliance

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Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus is so thankful for the opportunity to commemorate World AIDS Day with HIV Alliance in Eugene, Oregon. HIV Alliance is an invaluable community partner with an impact expanding far beyond Eugene and Lane County. The event, which was held on November 30, 2018 at WOW Hall in Eugene, featured community partners and commemoration of the advances, challenges, and losses in the supporting those living with HIV/AIDS and the prevention of new HIV infections. We’re so thankful for the work of HIV Alliance in our community and the invitation to add our voices to their commemoration event.