Joe Nadeau is the artistic director and conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Joe came to Los Angeles in 2013, after serving fifteen years as artistic director of Heartland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City, Missouri. Starting as a singer in the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Joe has been actively involved in GALA Choruses for over twenty-two years. In addition to his work with men’s choruses, Joe has also served as conductor for Kansas City Women’s Chorus, and two LGBT youth performing ensembles: PerformOut KC and Outside Voices (Los Angeles).
During his career, Joe has conducted choruses in notable venues across the United States including the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Meyerson Symphony Hall, and Kauffmann Center for Performing Arts. Joe has led choruses in national and international tours, performances at GALA, American Choral Director’s Association and Chorus America festivals and conferences, produced several professional recordings, and collaborated with multiple choirs, arts organizations, and guest artists. Joe has been actively involved in research studies on LGBT choruses and has presented at Alabama and Kansas state ACDA conferences on the GALA choral movement.
Joe has a master’s degree from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in choral conducting. He is regularly sought after as guest speaker, presenter, clinician, and conductor for regional, state, and national conferences and music festivals. He has taught at every educational level from pre-K through college. Joe is passionate about the mission of GALA Choruses and strongly believes in the power of the LGBT choral movement to make this world a better place for everyone. You can reach Joe at email@example.com.
Board Development Advisor
Eve Campbell has worked in the Not- For-Profit industry all of her adult life and loves being involved in mission driven experiences. As an early member of The Women's Chorus of Dallas she found her passion for the gay and lesbian choral movement. She served as the Executive Director of TWCD for over ten years and currently works as a consultant to non-profit arts organizations. Eve has served on numerous non-profit boards including the GALA Choruses board, with a term as president during the Festival Year 2000 in San Jose, CA. During her time with the GALA Choruses board Eve began working with member chorus boards to help with strategic planning, crisis intervention, annual planning, fund development strategies and other board issues. Since her first GALA Choruses consult in 1998, she has had over 100 consults with different choruses and other non-profits, many multiple times, as repeat requests have been frequent. She has also presented at Leadership Conferences, Festival and Artistic Director and Manager's meeting. Recognized as both a community leader and a leader in the gay and lesbian choral movement, Eve has received numerous awards including the Legacy Award from GALA Choruses (the organization's highest honor), the Extra Mile Award for service to the Dallas gay and lesbian community and a lifetime membership award with the Women's Chorus of Dallas. You can reach Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chorus Manager Advisor
Jeff Heine bas been Executive Director of TCGMC since May 2009. Prior to his current role he served two seasons on the Board of Directors as chair of Resource Development. Jeff arrived at TCGMC after a twenty year career with Carlson Companies, a global leader in the marketing, hospitality and travel industries. He was most recently director of customer strategy within the Hotel group and served as a trustee of the Marketing Science Institute. Jeff is also a relationship management and targeted marketing consultant.
Jeff traveled with the Chorus for their entire historic "Great Southern Sing Out Tour" in the summer of 2006, as part of the Chorus's 25th anniversary season. After seeing the positive impact that the Chorus made on the audiences in the cities they visited in the deep South, Jeff decided that he needed to have a more active role in this organization. He started as a volunteer and then moved in to a board position in 2007. A native of the Twin Cities, Jeff is a graduate of Macalester College. He resides in the North Loop district of downtown Minneapolis. You can reach Jeff at email@example.com.
Jeff Heine, GALA 411 Chorus Management Advisor, has had many phone and in person consultations with choruses of all sizes in topics ranging from hiring a first staff member, to advising on the writing of bylaws for a new chorus, to guidance on marketing tactics and fundraising goals. He recently conducted a day long retreat for the board of directors of a GALA chorus to talk about long range strategic planning and short term goals for the organization. The chorus did not have paid administrative staff and functioned as a working board.
“We needed to come up with some sort of a target for the chorus, not just an arbitrary deadline date, but a date that was tied to something very important to the organization. I felt it was important that everyone in the room focused on that target event and what needed to be accomplished between now and then to make that event as successful as possible.” They landed on attending GALA Festival in 2016 and structured the to do list around what needed to be in place for the chorus to attend Festival.
“We concluded the day with a thought exercise where I asked each of them to close their eyes and envision themselves performing on stage at GALA Festival in Denver. I asked them to share their thoughts: what were they thinking as they stood on stage? what were they feeling? What accomplishments had their chorus made that culminated with their performance at Festival? It was a wonderful way to wrap up a most productive day.” Since then, Jeff has followed up with their board of directors, charting their progress and being available for future consultations.
"Every time I meet with a chorus, either in person or by phone, I tell them that the door is always open for follow up consultations,” Jeff said. "Many consultations are easily resolved, and others have proven that follow up calls are needed to handle more complex issues. But even the consultations that are simple and easy to work through invite future conversations about other topics and related matters. It’s an ongoing dialogue."
Youth Chorus Advisor
Susan Haugh is the founding Executive Artistic Director of Dreams of Hope (now in its tenth season), a multidisciplinary arts organization for queer youth and allies, and serves currently as its Artistic Director. The mission of the organization is to develop youth leaders through creating and performing original pieces, and to educate audiences about the issues queer youth and allies face daily. The inception of Dreams of Hope overlapped with Susan's Artistic Direction of the Renaissance City Women's Choir, a choir for LBT and allied women which she founded in 1995, and sister to the men's choir. Susan served on the Board of Directors of GALA Choruses from 2003-2005 and in 2004 was co-chair of the festival in Montreal. Susan currently serves as Chair of Pride Youth Theater Alliance's Mentoring Committee and is the mentor for YOUnify, Youngstown, Ohio's newly formed queer youth theater. "There is tremendous momentum in the queer youth movement right now. I am excited to work with the youth leaders to ride this wave! Together we will develop the youth choral movement. Thank you GALA Choruses for this opportunity." You can reach Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member choruses may request the services of a GALA 411 Advisors by completing this form.
Consultation is provided without charge for GALA member choruses; choruses cover lodging, meals and transportation for on-site consultations, clinics and retreats.