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Reaching Out in Colorado
Harmony: a Colorado chorale
The Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered and Straight voices of Harmony, embrace and inspire an inclusive community through song.
Northern Harmony provides an opportunity for people in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming to perform in a GLBT-friendly chorus. Harmony, like The Rainbow Chorus which served the northern Colorado communities for many years, is an all-inclusive, non-auditioned chorus.
Artistry and Outreach:
In October of 2009, I was cleaning out a closet and discovered a card from members of the Rainbow Chorus in 2001. Waxing nostalgic, I sat down and re-read the messages that different people had written to me. “Where are all those people now?” I wondered. A few years earlier, the Rainbow Chorus, which had members in Northern Colorado and Wyoming, folded because of financial issues.
The wheels started turning. I had been conducting Harmony: A Colorado Chorale in Denver for many years. “What if we offered Harmony to former Rainbow Chorus members? What, could/would it look like?”
I drew up a proposal and submitted it to the Board for our chorus, Harmony, to help another chorus in Colorado partner with us in rehearsals and performance. Basically, “Northern” Harmony could rehearse on Tuesday nights, following a schedule similar to what the Rainbow Chorus had. The season would include a retreat about 4 weeks before the concert to get everyone together, and we could also perform a preview concert in Ft. Collins.
Our goals were the following:
- Provide an opportunity for persons in northern Colorado/Wyoming LGBTA communities to sing in a mixed GALA chorus;
- Increase Harmony’s exposure to that community at-large;
- Increase Harmony’s membership; and
- Perhaps help offset some of Harmony’s own financial issues.
Upon Board approval, I contacted former Rainbow Chorus members, the Lambda Community Center in Ft. Collins, various LGBT organizations at Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado, and held a community meeting in early January, 2010. Our first rehearsal was a few weeks later.
With assistance from the church where we rehearse, various members, and directing a couple seasons “free gratis”, the new chorus has been able to stay afloat. We have between 12 and 20 singing members, and are now able to pay our assistant director to run weekly rehearsals, and to pay for a rehearsal accompanist.
– Bill Loper, Artistic Director
Listen to a sample
The Origin of Love
– Bill Loper, Artistic Director
For more information about Harmony, visit their website.
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