First-Ever Music Education Program Led by LGBTQ Arts Organization

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Partners with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Bringing Choral Music Education to Los Angeles Students


(LOS ANGELES) – AUGUST 22, 2018 – Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), one of the nation’s largest and longest-running LGBTQ arts organizations, will for the first time ever in its 40-year history bring music education into schools.

GMCLA, expanding upon its Alive Music Project, which has successfully been implemented since 2007, reaching more than 60,000 Los Angeles area middle and high school students and making a sizable impact in their daily lives, is now linking up with the Partnership for LA Schools, to bring choral music education into schools that do not currently provide it as part of their curricula.

The new pilot program kicks off today at Edwin Markham Middle School in South Los Angeles. During this program, qualified teaching artists who are members of GMCLA will begin basic vocal training in a class comprised of about 35 students, for two classes per week for the entire semester.

This will be the first time in Los Angeles an LGBTQ Arts Organization offers choral music education in schools, and will further round out GMCLA’s overall work in the community, whether through its seasonal concert programming, its Alive Music Project, or its Arts for Incarcerated Youth programming, in which GMCLA goes into youth detention facilities.