An organization of nearly 300 members that started in 1979, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, or GMCLA, has performed on some of the most renowned stages in the world, commissioned over 300 new works, appeared on various television shows, and brought music education and a message of anti-bullying to countless underserved schools and juvenile detention centers.
GMCLA sings for a world free from homophobia and all other forms of discrimination, and all of these aspects of what it does—brotherhood and community, concerts and performances, arts education programs—have at least one thing in common: they carry the message that all people should be able to live their lives as their authentic selves, free from discrimination and persecution.
Members collectively spend thousands of hours volunteering each year. At minimum, a chorus member dedicates more than 100 hours per year rehearsing, performing, helping with GMCLA’s anti-bullying and music education programs for youth, and pitching in to make GMCLA’s season concerts a reality. The resulting music has been heard by millions on national television and by hundreds of thousands in live performances. In Los Angeles alone, GMCLA has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the Forum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Outside of California, the Chorus has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, and dozens of venues in between.
Through youth music education programs, the Chorus has also reached more than 55,000 at-risk teenagers in underserved areas of Los Angeles County with a message of acceptance, understanding, and inclusion. To help carry out its mission of education, bringing its message to as many people as possible, GMCLA launched the Alive Music Project (AMP) in 2007, introducing its outstanding music to high school and middle school students.