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Advocacy Resources for Choruses

Posted on: February 11th, 2017 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

We find ourselves in a moment of great political change. As visible, vocal members of our communities, GALA Choruses are uniquely positioned to be forces for justice, solidarity, and hope. But how can can we actively engage in advocacy, while remaining focused on our missions? How can we engage with the political realities of our times without putting our […]

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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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Out of the Shadows

Posted on: January 14th, 2017 by Jane Ramseyer Miller GALA Articles No Comments

Two years ago I had lunch with Steve Milloy at the GALA Leadership Symposium in Cleveland. While chatting Steve asked if I would be interested in commissioning a musical oratorio on the life of gay, African American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. I said yes immediately; I’m pretty sure he hadn’t even finished the sentence! I […]

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World Premiere of “Kindness” by Christina Whitten Thomas

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by Mary Read GALA Articles No Comments

For twenty years VOX Femina has been committed to championing new works by women, commissioning over 40 pieces since our beginning. This November 19, at the “VOX20: Reflections” concert, VOX Femina was pleased to present “Kindness,” a beautiful new piece “commissioned by founding member Mary Read in honor of her wife, Liz Cvikel”. Listen to […]

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Music Can Heal

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by Carol White GALA Articles 1 Comment

On the third day out from having been immersed in the music of GALA Choruses Festival X for six days and nights, with songs and melodies and harmonies and words swirling around in my brain and my heart, I feel compelled to write down just a few stories from my own personal experiences at the […]

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Both Sides Now

Posted on: May 15th, 2016 by Reid Vanderburgh GALA Articles

I have sung in one GALA chorus or another for thirty years. I have attended every GALA festival since 1989: I participated as an alto in a lesbian chorus and as an alto in a mixed chorus, then post-transition as a bass in a mixed chorus and as a baritone in a men’s chorus. Each […]

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‘Out and Loud’ in Auckland

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by David Hardy GALA Articles

Auckland, New Zealand—200 singers from eight LGBTIQ choirs from Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth) and New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton) came together for the Out and Loud festival in Auckland, New Zealand, hosted by Gay and Lesbian Singers Auckland (GALS). This was the sixth gathering of LGBTI choruses from Australia and New […]

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