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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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Are We Doing Enough?

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by Robin Godfrey GALA Articles No Comments

2018 has been a difficult year, as we watch the unending attacks on our democracy and many of the values we hold dear—respect, tolerance, decency. Each day seems to bring a new outrage, and we are emotionally exhausted by the indignation that seems to have become a permanent part of daily life. The arts have […]


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Various Voices Munich

Posted on: June 6th, 2018 by Thea Kano GALA Articles No Comments

Two of GMCW’s small ensembles, Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers, travelled to Munich, Germany last week to attend the Various Voices Festival.  We had 36 singers on the trip, and we performed seven times.  There were 93 choruses from 17 different countries participating in the Festival, including three other GALA choruses: Our Song (Atlanta), […]


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Remembering Donna Red Wing

Posted on: May 12th, 2018 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

The following text is from Donna Red Wing’s keynote address at the 1995 GALA Leadership Conference (now the GALA Symposium) in St. Louis, MO. Donna spent over three decades in the limelight as a cultural warrior battling homophobia, but she lost the battle with cancer on April 16th. She will be sorely missed. The writer […]


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Sound Circle at the TANK Center for Sonic Arts

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by Sue Coffee GALA Articles No Comments

A quick self-introduction: I am the founding artistic director of two women’s ensembles based in Boulder, Colorado. Sound Circle is a group of 18 singers, and has been together for 23 years. Resonance Women’s Chorus is 125 singers, singing together for 15 years. Both ensembles are members of GALA and of the Sister Singers Network. […]


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Phoenix, Colorado’s Trans Community Choir

Posted on: September 4th, 2017 by Sam Bullington GALA Articles No Comments

Phoenix, Colorado’s Trans Community Choir arose out of a GALA Festival.  The lack of trans representation at Denver 2012 prompted Sam Bullington to start his own trans chorus.  However, Phoenix is hardly a typical GALA chorus – and it is not even a typical trans chorus. To begin with, Phoenix is not just for trans […]


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Trans at GALA Festival

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 by Sam Bullington GALA Articles No Comments

GALA 2012:  My first GALA finally!  I’d been hearing about GALA since Montreal, when I was singing with TransVoices—the second ever (as far as I know) trans choir on the planet, started by One Voice Mixed Chorus for their concert on gender and existing as an independent organization for a couple years beyond that, during […]


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