1985 was another year of change for the chorus. Our director, Matt O'Grady, stepped down when he announced he was going to Ireland to search for his family's roots. After this, the chorus membership shrank to about 12 to 14 core members who kept on rehearsing at Russell Kassman's piano store. (By the way, Russell has been a great supporter of the chorus over the years, and continues his trade today as a "purveyor of fine pianos.") We sang at small gigs like at the SF General Hospital's AIDS ward, at other hospitals and senior centers. The board of directors led the search for a new director.
The only actual program I have from this year is for a Candlelight Vigil which was held on May 27 at the United Nations Plaza. The Reverend Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church was part of this event and we provided the music for it.
joined the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco in August of 1984, after seeing them sing in the Pride Concert the previous June and their director, Matt O'Grady, announced that if anyone in the audience wanted to join the chorus that auditions would be coming up so he joined. During his time in the chorus he has always sang in the bass section. He has served as Music Librarian, on the Production Committee, the Artistic Advisory Committee, as a bass section leader, as the GALA liaison and currently as chorus historian. He is glad to create this blog for the chorus to get the history out to anyone who looks at our website.