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More than Festival, a Mission in Action

Posted on: November 5th, 2018 by Steve Smith GALA Articles No Comments

GALA. Most of us in North America use it as shorthand for the LGBTQ choral movement. Many of us also use it as the name of that Festival we attend every four years. Like Kleenex, it’s a brand that’s become a common noun for the product. The nonprofit organization that is GALA Choruses Inc. is, […]


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Where We Stand

Posted on: January 28th, 2017 by Steve Smith GALA Articles 2 Comments

Back in October, a couple of weeks before the U.S. national election, my board colleagues chose me to serve as Board president of GALA Choruses for 2017. I can recall feeling excited at the prospect of helping to lead our association through a continuing era of progress. And then November 8th happened. Many of us […]


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Reasons to Go – The 2013 GALA Leadership Symposium

Posted on: August 30th, 2013 by Steve Smith GALA Articles No Comments

I registered this past week for the GALA Leadership Symposium, which will be held in Atlanta on October 10-13. It got me thinking about what GALA Choruses has taught and shown me over the years. My first GALA conference was in San Diego in 1991 and I was a young 27 year old who had […]


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