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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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Joining Hands and Hearts Across Washington

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by Chelsea Sadler GALA Articles No Comments

A few blocks off the main drag through Yakima, WA, on a tree-lined street, The Seasons Performance Hall, for one July night only, is the hottest club in the Valley. The former house of worship, which still sports stained glass windows and rows of pews (now with added cocktail tables), is vibrating with the energy […]

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Various Voices: My First LGBTQ+ Choral Festival

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by Jerry Kennedy GALA Articles No Comments

When I joined OurSong, the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chorus in 2014, they had just returned from Ireland having performed in their first Various Voices festival. I heard wonderful stories of friendship, new bonds with singers from other countries, and an overall life changing experience. So naturally, when I heard that we were going to […]

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The Beijing Queer Chorus Visits Portland!

Posted on: August 7th, 2018 by Reid Vanderburgh GALA Articles No Comments

March 3, 2018 Day retreat. OMG, it’s becoming so real, they’re coming! We watched a short video produced for us by the Beijing Queer Chorus. Real people, saying hello to us. This makes it so much more real. March 5, 2018 As Bob says, “The most important rehearsal of the term,” the Monday after retreat. […]

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Transgender Voices Festival – Minnesota Style!

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

For us here in Minnesota, it’s important to show our guests a good time and we hate to see them leave. That’s one of the reasons why we scheduled our Transgender Voices Festival in the middle of April, just in time for our best, largest blizzard of the season to shut down the airport, and […]

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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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