GALA Choruses  |  Rise Up Singing  |  Virtual Events 2021

GALA Choruses presents a 2021 series of virtual concerts and conversations to elevate our vision of a world where all voices are free. Register for the current Rise Up Singing event:

Schedule of Events

Note: Details will be added as dates are confirmed. Stay tuned!

Webinar: Back to the Future
Thursday, April 15 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
Join us for a new webinar on Planning a Return to a Live Season, Planning for In-Person Rehearsals, Legal and Liability Issues, Preparing for Live Performances, and Re-connecting with Singers and Audience.
Register Here

Rise Up!
Thursday, April 22 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore) Saturday, April 24 at 11pm EDT / 8pm PDT
(encore) Monday, April 26 at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT
GALA presents Rise Up!, exploring music and social justice in collaboration with
Berkshire Choral International. The event includes performances and conversation with Eugene Rogers (The Washington Chorus), Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (St. Olaf College) and Alysia Lee (Sister Cities GirlChoir).

Hear Me Roar: 50 Years of Feminist Choruses
Sunday, May 23 at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT
(encore) Wednesday, May 26 at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT
(encore) Friday, May 28 at 11pm EDT / 8pm PDT
Hear Me Roar explores the stories and music of feminist choruses from their beginnings, addressing women's rights and feminism, to a current focus on racial justice, gender justice, and equity. Guests include Catherine Roma (World House Choir), Alysia Lee, (Sister Cities Girlchoir). Jillian Harrison-Jones (MUSE: Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir), Miriam Davidson (ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir). Collaboration with Berkshire Choral International.

Naked Man 25th Anniversary Retrospective
Wednesday, June 16 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore) Tuesday, June 22 at 11pm EDT / 8pm PDT
(encore) Thursday, June 24 at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Naked Man, a ground breaking commission by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The event includes conversations with composer Robert Seeley, conductor Stan Hill and singer Clint Johnson. Enjoy a performance of the entire Naked Man commission from the 2016 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver.

July 2021—GALA Festival Week

Coffee Concert: Portraits of Pulse
Wednesday, July 7 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore performances TBD)

The Orlando Gay Chorus recounts the story of the Pulse murders as seen through the eyes of JD Casto, a local gay photographer and film-maker. The performance includes interviews with the director and photographer.

Blockbuster 2012 Retrospective: Our Legacy = Our Song
Thursday, July 8 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore performances TBD)

This concert from Festival 2012 tells the 45-year history of GALA choruses through song, including interviews with founders of the movement.

Coffee Concert: A Roof and a Bed
Friday, July 9 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore performances TBD)

The Portland Lesbian Choir explores the poignancy of home through a stirring song set featuring two new commissions: a setting of poetry by homeless women, and a troubled youth’s journey to find home.

Songs of Courage
Saturday, July 10 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore performances TBD)

This 2008 documentary video tells the history of the LGBTQ choral movement.

GALA Youth Choruses
Sunday, July 11 at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT
(encore performances TBD)

Collaboration concert featuring poetry, original compositions, stories and choral music from LGBTQ youth.

Fall and Winter 2021

Coffee Concert: Unsung
Thursday, August 16 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore performances TBD)

Kansas City Women’s Chorus performs Eric Lane Barnes’ new commission which is a powerful reminder of groundbreaking women who led the way in the fight for equality and the furthering of women’s rights.

Coffee Concert: ReMembering
Friday, September 24 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT
(encore performances TBD)

One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota's LGBTQ and allies chorus, explores Minnesota as a place of both home and exile for immigrants, LGBTQ people and Indigenous people. Large scale puppets, choral music, and true stories are woven together through themes of water.

Transgender Voices
October (date TBD)
Featuring a new commission by two transgender artists, composer Mari Esabel Valverde and poet Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, this concert honors the November Transgender Day of Resilience. Includes interviews with the composer and poet.

Coffee Concert: Street Requiem
November (date TBD)
South Coast Chorale performs a modern Requiem enhanced with English, African and Persian lyrics. The composition explores the communities and individuals affected by homelessness and violence on the streets. Includes interviews with the composer and conductor.

Blockbuster: Global Momentum
December (date TBD)
The concluding concert of GALA’s 2021 Virtual Festival Season features interviews, stories and performances by LGBTQ choirs across the world.

Past Events

ACDA National GALA Choruses Concert
Sunday, March 21 at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT
(encore) Wednesday, March 24 at 11pm EDT / 8pm PDT
(encore) Friday, March 26 at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT
The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) March national conference featured the first-ever ACDA National GALA Chorus’ Set. This concert was streamed for the public on March 21 and features performances by the Turtle Creek Chorale, Austin Gay Men’s Chorus, Our Song-Atlanta’s Gay & Lesbian Chorus, and San Diego Women’s Chorus, , as well as interviews with former Artistic Director of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus Gary Miller and former Artistic Director of the Seattle Women's and Men's Choruses Dennis Coleman.


Registration is now open for the Rise Up! and Hear Me Roar: 50 Years of Feminist Choruses
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Registration for our Webinar: Back to the Future is open at

All concerts for GALA Choruses' Rise Up Singing will be free (pay what you can) through our streaming partner Stream Ally.
AND don't forget to keep an eye out for special events for donors throughout 2021! As always, GALA Choruses relies on your continued support. Thank you for all that you do to change the world through song.
If you can, please give!