Chase Maggiano announces final season with GMCW

CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
March 9, 2016
(202) 293-1548

Executive Director Chase Maggiano Announces Final Season with Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW)

Washington, D.C. – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC Executive Director, Chase Maggiano announces that he will be leaving GMCW in June of 2016. Maggiano has accepted the position of Executive Director at The Washington Chorus, from which longtime Executive Director Dianne Peterson announced her retirement last year. Maggiano has served GMCW since 2013 and will complete this season celebrating GMCW’s 35th Anniversary.

“Chase has helped us expand the inclusivity and mission of our programming,” says GMCW Board Chair Rob Hall. “Under his leadership, we started Washington’s first LGBTQ and allied youth chorus, resolved our lingering debt issues, and forged relationships with local and international presenters including an historic concert tour of Cuba.”

“I will feel the loss in leaving the GMCW family, and I am grateful to know that the chorus rests in the exceptional hands of my colleague and friend, Dr. Thea Kano,” says Maggiano. During his tenure, GMCW completed a national search resulting in the appointment of Dr. Thea Kano as Artistic Director. “With GMCW in such a good place, I look forward to returning to my classical roots with The Washington Chorus,” reflects Maggiano, who is also a classically trained violinist.

GMCW Artistic Director, Dr. Thea Kano, reflects, “We have grown to be a greater, more professional arts organization under Chase’s leadership. We will miss him tremendously, but we are very happy for him and know that he will do great things for The Washington Chorus and for the arts community in Washington.” Kano is completing her second season as artistic director of GMCW, and holds the same position with the New York City Master Chorale. The two organizations are joining forces and partnering with Brooklyn-based Gallim Dance to present a reimagined version of Carmina Burana at Alice Tully Hall in New York City and The Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, DC later this season.

GMCW will soon launch a national search for Maggiano’s successor. The organization intends to have a new Executive Director in place on or before July 1, 2016, to allow for a smooth leadership transition.

Rave Review for The Way We Were

February 17, 2016

Critic David Friscic from DC Metro Theatre Arts gave a rave review for the Gay Men’s Chorus concert, “The Way We Were.” The concert featured two select vocal ensembles from the Chorus – Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers. Mr. Friscic called the performance “extremely intimate, engaging and musically creative.” Click HERE to read the full review.


GMCW Announces 2016 Harmony Award Winners

CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
February 9, 2016
(202) 293-1548

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC
Announces 2016 Harmony Award Recipients


Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) announces three Harmony Awards that will be given in the Spring of 2016. The award is given to an individual from the community, an organization, and an individual from within the Chorus family who exemplify GMCW’s mission and work to champion equality. The National Center for Transgender Equality, two of GMCW long-time singers and supporters, as well as the founder of GMCW will receive the organization’s highest honors. “In our 35th Anniversary year, GMCW is looking back to our foundations as well as forward to the future of the LGBT movement in honoring these remarkable activists and allies,” says Chase Maggiano, GMCW’s Executive Director.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people, will receive the 2016 Community Organization Harmony Award. Founded in 2003 by transgender activists, NCTE is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation’s capital and around the country. NCTE has been a national leader in effecting policy change around employment protection, healthcare equality, fair housing, school safety, and criminal justice protection for transgender people. “GMCW is honored to highlight the important work of NCTE and looks forward to working together to create a safer, more inclusive world for our trans brothers and sisters,” says Maggiano.

Christopher Grieder and Stuart Kopperman have been an invaluable part of the GMCW family for a combined 46 years. Since their mutual commitment to the Chorus is quite exceptional, both gentlemen will be receiving the 2016 Individual Chorus Harmony Award. With this duo having served as prop masters, costumers, members of the Board of Directors, members of GMCW’s small ensembles, generous donors to the Spring Affair live auction, and central organizers around the annual chorus retreat, GMCW is fortunate to have enjoyed the dedication and commitment of this wonderful couple. Mr. Grieder joined the chorus in 1990 and Mr. Kopperman joined in 1996. It is in the chorus where they first met. They have since married and are currently setting up their new home in Palm Springs. “Kit and Stu are shining examples of the vibrant heart and soul of GMCW,” reflects GMCW’s Board Chair Rob Hall.

Marsha Pearson, an LGBT ally and activist, is GMCW’s founder. After hearing a concert of the visiting San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Ms. Pearson printed and passed out fliers, arranged for rehearsal space, and enlisted early support to start Washington, DC’s first gay chorus in 1981. The first meeting took place at the former Gay Community Center on Church Street with 18 men, and Marsha, in attendance. “Someone had to do it,” Ms. Pearson reflects. “It didn’t have to be me, but I knew it just had to happen.” Since that time, Marsha has remained a firm supporter of LGBT rights, and is passionate about the environment and, of course, music. She currently resides outside of Philadelphia, PA, where she owns an online marketing firm. Board Chair Rob Hall notes: “We simply would not be here today without Marsha’s life-affirming passion for LGBT equality.”


GMCW Named Best of 2015

January 21, 2016

Five GMCW Concerts Named Best of 2015 by DC Metro Theater Arts

Washington, DC – Five concerts from 2015 were named to the Best of 2015 List by DC Metro Theater Arts. The concerts are from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s 2014-2015 Season and 2015-2016 Season. The five concerts selected were “Love Rocks!,” “When You Wish,” and “Born This Way” from the 2014-2015 Season and “The S* Show” and “Rewrapped” from the 2015-2016 Season.

For more information and to read the article and concert reviews, click HERE.


Rave Review for Rewrapped

December 15, 2015

Critic David Friscic from DC Metro Theater Arts gave the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC a rave review for the 2015 holiday concert, Rewrapped.  The concert was “a lively holiday treat that combined cutting-edge musical arrangements with a light, breezy and jazz-flavored air.”

Click HERE to read the full review.


Holiday Toy Drive

Once again this year, the Gay Men’s Chorus will be collecting toy donations for our annual holiday toy drive to benefit Community Family Life Services. Please bring an unwrapped toy to the Lincoln Theatre at any of the performances to help a child in need. For more information about Community Family Life Services, please visit their website.

Live From Cuba CD now on sale!

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is pleased to announce that a new CD recording from their historic trip to Cuba is now available for purchase. Recorded live in Havana, Cuba, the CD, entitled Live From Cuba, features 11 tracks from their concert tour. Also featured on the album is Mano a Mano, the Cuban gay chorus who performed with the Chorus at one of their concerts.

To purchase a CD or download the music from CDBaby, click HERE.

To download music from iTunes, click HERE.

Five Star Review for The S* Show

November 18, 2015

Critic Michael Poandl from DC Metro Theater Arts gave a rave review for the Gay Men’s Chorus opening cabaret concert, The S* Show, performed on November 14 at the Sprenger Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. “I urge everyone to check out this wonderful group for their style, substance and yes – fabulousness!” – Michael Poandl

Click HERE to read the review.


Potomac Fever & Rock Creek Singers at Wolf Trap

November 4, 2016

Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers will perform a special concert on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Two vocal ensembles from “one of the world’s best male choruses” showcase their “usual impeccable musicianship” (The Washington Post) in this “fabulously fun” (Broadway World) performance. Come hear the WAMMIE-Award winning groups during their 35th anniversary season. Tickets are $45 and are now on sale.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 703-255-1868 or visit the Wolf Trap website HERE.


Last Call: GMCW Costume Shop Sale

October 14, 2015

Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is holding a costume shop sale on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm outside of JR’s, located at 1519 17th Street NW. The sale is called “Last Call” and will feature costumes, dresses, shoes and various items from GMCW concerts and shows for sale.

Looking for a costume for Halloween for yourself or a friend? Looking to expand your costume closet? Or perhaps just looking for some fun items to have? Come on down on October 25 and have a look!

Proceeds to benefit GMCW’s GenOUT youth and outreach programs.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.