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.

EGMC November Board Update

Greetings Friends and Donors,

Warmest Fall greetings from the Eugene Gay Men’s Chorus! We’re writing to extend our deepest thanks for your support in helping establish EGMC and want to provide you with some exciting updates.

Coming Out for the Holidays, our inaugural concert, will be December 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church in Eugene. We’ll serenade you with songs from many holiday traditions and welcome you in with holiday cheer. Tickets are available online or at the door. Prices are general admission at $15 and seniors/students at $10, we’re excited to have you join us!

The Fall season of rehearsals has brought together twenty singers, diligently practicing and building an important community voice. We’re thrilled to be under the leadership of our Artistic Director, Evan Miles, a recent Master’s graduate in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon. Evan was also recently featured as a conductor of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus during their historic trip to China this past summer. We’re so thankful to have him with us!

We’re working on methodically building out a board and our organization is on the cusp of 501c3 status. Moreover, joining Gay Men’s Choruses from around the country and globe, we became a GALA Chorus Member this Fall, and we’re excited to continue to partner with you and our community.

Thank you so much for your support and continued partnership, every dollar you have given and will give is making a real impact in establishing and sustaining the chorus, keep partnering and stay tuned!

Warmest Regards,
– EGMC Board

Robert Blake, Secretary
Dan Currier, President
Richard Daniels, Treasurer

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EGMC Announces Premier Holiday Concert ‘Coming Out for Christmas’

Have you ever wondered if Eugene has a Gay Men’s Chorus? Mark your calendars, because Eugene’s first ever Gay Men’s Chorus has finally formed and we’re Coming Out for the Holidays in our debut concert performance! Save the date of December 1st at 7:00pm, in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church at 440 Maxwell Road in Eugene. We’ll serenade you with songs from many holiday traditions and welcome you in with holiday cheer.

The chorus came together last spring at an open house promoted to gauge an interest among singers in the gay community. Rehearsals commenced early in the summer and the chorus was asked to perform at a concert in Eugene with the mixed choir, Influence which is an ensemble group of Salem’s Confluence choir. Later this summer, the chorus sang to enthusiastic crowds at this year’s Pride Celebration at Alton Baker park in August.

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 this past summer.

Tickets are available in advance from choristers or at the door. Prices are general admission at $15 and student 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