The chorus began in January 1980 under the name, "The San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Men's Community Chorus." The chorus initially received financial assistance from Golden Gate Performing Arts, which we were part of along with the San Francisco Gay Freedom Gay Marching Band & Twirling Corps (known today at the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band) and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. On May 17, 1980, we presented our "Premiere Performance" along with the Lambda Pro Musica orchestra. We then participated in the joint "Gay Musical Celebration at Grace Cathedral" on June 27 and marched in the Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 29. Our fall concert was held on September 27 at Mission High School. Our first artistic director was Robin Kay.
Next time: the chorus in 1981.
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.