GMCW Concert Poster Vandalized

CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
October 22, 2014
(202) 293-1548

Gay Men’s Chorus Concert Poster
Vandalized in House Office Building

Washington, D.C. — An unknown individual in the Longworth House Office Building Cafeteria vandalized a poster advertisement of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s popular Holiday Concert this week.

The word “Fags,” written in black ink, is visible even after another passerby tried to cross it out. The Gay Men’s Chorus routinely hangs posters all over Washington, and this is the first incident of its kind in recent memory according to Executive Director, Chase Maggiano.

“Sometimes we hear stories of bullying and vandalism at the area high schools we visit,” Maggiano says. “But it’s pretty surprising to see this happen on Capitol Hill. This tells us that we still have equality work to do right in our own backyard.”
Washington, DC, recently named America’s Gayest City by Advocate Magazine, has 17 gay elected officials in city government and legalized same sex marriage in 2009. The Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the largest choruses in the city, performs in concert venues all over the city, and frequently on Capitol Hill.

“People come to DC from all over the country to work for justice,” says Daniel Penchina, President of Q Street, an association of LGBT lobbyists and advocates. “This random act is not representative of the Capitol Hill community of staff and lawmakers. While we sometimes disagree, we do so with respect.”

John Moran to direct Rockin’ The Holidays

CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
October 13, 2014
(202) 293.1548

John Moran to direct “Rockin’ The Holidays” for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) announced today that John Moran will return to direct their 2014 holiday concert, Rockin’ The Holidays. The concert will be presented at the Lincoln Theatre, located at 1215 U Street NW on December 6, 2014 at 8:00pm, December 13, 2014 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and December 14, 2014 at 3:00pm. The 3:00pm performance on December 14, 2014 will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $25-$59 and can be purchased by calling 1-877-435-9849 or visiting

John Moran has produced and directed cabaret and theater premieres and revivals, worked on a number of Presidential Inaugural events, as well as countless other ceremonies, awards programs, conferences and shows around the country.

He had the honor to produce and direct “Time of Remembrance”, a National Mall event, for the families of the Fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, featuring the Joint Chiefs, the Military bands, George Stephanopoulous, Kevin Bacon. The ceremonies conferred the Medal of Remembrance on the Children of the Fallen.

He designed and continues to produce/direct the annual Kennedy Center Gala for Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards with Hillary Clinton and international celebrities (Sally Field, Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, Nicholas Kristof, Muhammad Yunis, Judy Collins, Brian Williams, Melanne Verveer, Norah O’Donnell, Joe Biden and many more).

Annually he produces and directs the National Arts Awards for Americans for the Arts in New York City (Julie Andrews, Robert Redford, Angela Lansbury, Hal Prince, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Beverly Sills, Renee Fleming, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tommy Tune, Anna Deavere Smith, Robert Downey Jr. , Jake Gyllenhall, Dakota Fanning etc.)

With Marvin Hamlisch, he directed a “Tribute to Tibet” featuring Harrison Ford and Elie Wiesel honoring the Dalai Lama.

GMCW audiences will remember he directed the sold-out productions of “Grease”, “Pink Nutcracker” and the cabaret “Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim” along with several other chorus concerts. He also emceed the very first bi-coastal gay chorus concert with the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus and hosted by GMCW at Lisner Auditorium.

John’s production of “In Gay Company” was named one of the most important events of the 1980’s by the Washington Blade. He directed the GLAAD nominated revival of “The Boys in the Band” and the Washington area premiere of Jerry Herman’s “Dear World” for the American Century Theater.

A big band revue, “In The Mood” has toured the world after being rewritten and directed by John.

In 2007, he was selected for the Wakefield High School Hall of Fame.

Interview opportunities are available with John Moran and GMCW Artistic Director Thea Kano. If you are interested in arranging an interview or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at or 202-293-1548.

GMCW announces Home Cooked Cabaret

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is proud to announce its season opening fundraiser entitled Home Cooked Cabaret to be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1:30pm at The Hamilton Live! location at 600 14th Street NW. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by calling 202.293.1548 or online at

This year’s cabaret show is entitled “Love Stinks!” and features brilliant soloists sharing songs and tales of survival about humorous (and touching) experiences of love and dating. Joining us for this special performance only will be guest star Will Gartshore, Broadway actor and two-time Helen Hayes Award winner.

Our talented cast of performers will perform songs ranging from B.B. King to Sam Smith, to songs from musicals like Cabaret, Chess, Avenue Q and much more. You won’t want to miss it!

Immediately following the performance is “Champagne & Answers,” a meet-‘n’-greet with the cast and Director Thea Kano. Then the party continues at homes throughout the District area featuring delicious food and cocktails prepared by some of GMCW’s most gracious hosts and chefs.

Tickets are $125 each for reserved table seating with your party. The ticket price includes dinner and the performance. To purchase tickets, call 202.293.1548 or online at


GMCW Presents Love Stinks!

September 10, 2014
Contact: Craig Cipollini

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC opens their 34th Season
with “Love Stinks!”

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will open its 34th season with a cabaret concert entitled Love Stinks! to be presented on November 15, 2014 at 5:00pm and 8:00pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, located at 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC.

Tickets prices are $35. Tickets are available by calling (202) 293-1548 or Group rates are available. The 5:00pm performance will be ASL interpreted. To purchase tickets for sign-interpretation, or to request wheelchair seating, please purchase your tickets at the Box Office by calling (202) 293-1548.

Love Stinks! features a cast 12 singers performing songs and telling stories in a cabaret setting as we poke fun at all the lovers that have done us wrong using songs from The Great American Songbook, Broadway, pop music and more!

Songs performed in Love Stinks! include well-known songs like “Live Alone and Like It,” “There’s A Fine, Fine Line,” “Lay Me Down” and “Maybe This Time.”

Interview opportunities are available with GMCW Artistic Director Thea Kano, Executive Director Chase Maggiano and members of the cast. To arrange an interview, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at or 202-293-1548.

GMCW Announces Paul Heins as Assistant Conductor

September 9, 2014
Contact: Craig Cipollini

GMCW Announces Paul Heins as Assistant Conductor

C. Paul Heins, assistant conductor, is delighted to join the GMCW artistic team in the 2014-15 season.  Paul was previously the director of the Concert Choir at Georgetown University, where he also taught music theory, piano, and introduction to voice, and served as music director for the university’s opera and musical theater productions. He is also the past director of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington. 
In addition to his duties with the GMCW, Paul serves as an assistant conductor for the Washington Master Chorale and the accompanist for the Washington Men’s Camerata.  He is a frequent guest pianist, flutist, and conductor in the DC area. In fall 2014, Paul served as interim choir director at the College of William & Mary.
Paul’s current research interest is the 1942 cantata The Prairie, by American composer Lukas Foss. As part of that research, he has documented hundreds of inconsistencies between the published score and parts, thus facilitating future performances.
Paul was trained in piano and flute at Bowling Green State University (B.Mus.), flute at the University of Maryland (M.Mus.), and choral conducting at the University of Maryland (D.M.A.).  His principal teachers have been Edward Maclary, Patrick Walders, and Mark S. Kelly (conducting); William Montgomery and Judith Bentley (flute); and Virginia Marks and Victoria Harris (piano).
For interview opportunities or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at

GMCW Announces 2014-2015 Season

CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
August 18, 2014
(202) 293.1548

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC announces 2014-2015 Season

Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) has announced their 2014-2015 season of shows. Entitled #gay #fabulous, the 2014-2015 Season includes four concerts, a cabaret show and a season opening fundraiser. Subscriptions are now on sale. GMCW is under the artistic direction of Dr. Thea Kano.
2014-2015 Season
Home Cooked Cabaret: Love Stinks! – November 8, 2014 at 1:30pm

GMCW’s season opening fundraiser features the cast of Love Stinks! joined by Broadway and DC area
theatre star Will Gartshore. Support GMCW in this special event at the Hamilton Live! Home-cooked, gourmet dinners will be hosted around the city following the event.
Love Stinks! November 15, 2014 at 5pm and 8pm

Ever been so burned by love that you just have to shout about it? Laugh at it? So let’s sing about it and poke fun at all the lovers that have done us wrong! Select soloists will share stories and songs in a cabaret setting about the funny, touching and downright frustrating experiences with love, using songs culled from The Great American Songbook, Broadway, pop music and more!

Rockin’ The Holidays – December 6, 13 & 14, 2014

Come celebrate the holidays in style as we return to DC’s historic Lincoln Theatre. GMCW will perform signature Holiday classics and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. Perhaps there will even be an appearance by Santa Claus himself! Join us as we ring in the season with glitter and glamour!

Love Rocks (with Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers) – February 12 & 14, 2015

Aca-awesome! What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with an evening of beautiful singing, soulful melodies and tight harmonies. Come out for a concert of awesome sounds and love songs that will leave you feeling happy and alive. Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers will perform a wide variety of music from the rock and pop music canon – including music from Freddie Mercury, Melissa Etheridge, Adele, U2 and The Beatles!

When You Wish – March 13 &14, 2015

Magic and movies – featuring the music of Disney and other cartoons! From early classics to Saturday morning favorites to recent movie releases, GMCW will take you on a journey through music from movies and television. We’ll bring back memories of your favorite cartoon characters – but with a twist that only GMCW can provide. With dancers, drag queens and a sing-a-long as part of the fun, you will be humming these tunes all the way home!

Born This Way – May 15 & 16, 2015

You won’t want to miss this special one-of-a-kind concert for equality! Join GMCW as we sing out for equality for all. Joining us for the first time will be our GenOUT Chorus of high school students! With a wide range of music styles, we’ll take an historic overview of equal rights movements, from civil rights to gender and LGBT rights as we close out the season with great style.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at or 202-293-1548.

Thea Kano Announced as New Artistic Director

CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
August 5, 2014
(202) 293.1548


Thea Kano Announced as New Artistic Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC


Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) announced today that Dr. Thea Kano has been appointed artistic director of the organization, effective September 2, 2014.

Dr. Kano will succeed Jeff Buhrman, who stepped down as artistic director on June 30, 2014.

Dr. Kano, a Northern California native, has conducted an extensive range of repertoire with several ensembles, including the Angeles Chorale and The Washington Chorus in addition to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, for which she has served as Associate Music Director since 2004.  She has also overseen GMCW’s outreach efforts, including its GenOUT program.

In addition to serving GMCW, Dr. Kano is Artistic Director of the New York City Master Chorale, which she founded in 2005. The 60-member group is recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles in New York City and has performed to sold-out audiences on two continents. Dr. Kano plans to continue her work both in New York and DC. Dr. Kano has prepared choruses for Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Solonen, Emil de Cou, David Hayes, Craig Fleischer, Victor Vener and Paul Salamunovich. Dr. Kano’s various ensembles have performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Disney Hall, Église Saint-Sulpice (Paris) and on the National Mall for the 2009 inaugural ceremonies.

Dr. Kano received her doctorate in choral conducting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. She holds a Master of Music degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in choral music education and piano performance from Arizona State University.

GMCW Board Chair Charles Berardesco praised the selection of Kano and the work of the search committee. After a seven-month search led by Michael Hill, current singer and former Board chair, the Board of Directors unanimously voted Thea as the best candidate to lead the organization. “I am impressed with Thea as a director and a person. She has a wonderful vision for GMCW. I couldn’t be more delighted that she has accepted the position as the artistic director,” said Berardesco. Executive Director Chase Maggiano said, “We at GMCW are excited that Dr. Kano’s national presence will help to strengthen our musical connections in DC, in New York and beyond.”

Although Kano doesn’t assume the Artistic Directorship of GMCW until September 2, she will be working with the organization between now and then on the 2014-15 season.

Dr. Kano becomes the seventh Artistic Director and the first female to direct the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.

Interview opportunities are available with Thea Kano and Chase Maggiano. If you are interested in arranging an interview or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at or 202-293-1548.

GMCW wins 2014 WAMMY for Best Choral Recording

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is thrilled to announce that our Potomac Fever/Rock Creek Singer CD  recording TOGETHER AGAIN has won the 2014 WAMMY for Best Choral Recording.  This is the second consecutive year that GMCW has taken home this award.  Our ALEXANDER’S HOUSE CD won a WAMMY for the 2013 Best Choral Recording.  WAMMIES are awarded by the Washington Area Music Association in many different musical genres.

GMCW presents Von Trapped

CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
February 12, 2014
(202) 293-1548

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC
presents “Von Trapped”


Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) continues its 33rd season in March with Von Trapped, a smart, gay parody of The Sound of Music. The show will be presented on March 14 and 15, 2014 at 8:00pm and March 16, 2014 at 8:00pm at Lisner Auditorium, located at 730 21St Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.  Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 202-293-1548, or at the door. Group rates are available. Von Trapped is presented with the support of Wolf Tombe & Neil Uscier, Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, Merrill Lynch, and the Washington Blade.

The Sunday, March 16, 2014 performance at 3:00pm will be ASL interpreted.  Tickets prices range from $59 to $29. Wheelchair, ASL, accessible and student tickets are available by calling the box office at 202-293-1548.

Von Trapped features the full Chorus singing glorious music arrangements and musical mash-ups, production numbers including 9 dancers, a group of extremely colorful nuns, campy costumes and slapstick comedy. The show is directed and choreographed by James Ellzy. Music direction is by Jeff Buhrman. Lighting design is by Helen Hayes-nominee A.J. Guban of Constellation Theatre.

The lead role of Maria Von Trapp will be performed by Cooper Westbrook. The role of Captain Von Trapp will be performed by Lonny Smith and the role of the Mother Abbess will be performed by Montario Hill.

Songs performed in Von Trapped include “The Sound of Music”, “Climb Every Mountain”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “My Favorite Things” and “Do Re Mi” among others, with new arrangements and mash-ups with other songs.

Interview opportunities are available with lead performer Cooper Westbrook, director James Ellzy, GMCW Artistic Director Jeff Buhrman, GMCW Executive Director Chase Maggiano, and members of the Chorus. To arrange an interview, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at or 202-293-1548.


From the Artistic Director

Dear Friends of the Chorus,

When an organization like GMCW has a mission that includes the terms “champions gay equality” and “delights the audience with fun and surprise”, it creates a blank canvas on which we can paint so many different kinds of meaningful musical pictures for you.

GMCW begins the new year with an exciting project – a moving, joyful, and wonderful show called THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT to be presented on Saturday, February 18.  The show accentuates the fact that we are each a unique, one-of-a-kind, precious person.  We are fun, quirky, and delightful – and we want to embrace and enjoy it.   In the show we get to sing and share experiences about our youth, about feeling different and about growing up to be whomever we want to be.

We are delighted that we’ve moved our February show out of a church into Lisner Auditorium, which allows us more latitude to have more space, more fun and provide greater surprises to our audience.

You will also be treated with a performance by DREAMS OF HOPE, a Pittsburgh based creative and performing arts group for queer youth and allies.  They will present a segment from their original new show “Being in, Being OUT”, which explores the journey of belonging..

Bringing DREAMS OF HOPE from Pittsburgh to DC is one of the ways that GMCW reaches out to the youth through our GenOUT program.  Every day LGBTA youth deal with the social stigmas and hurtful words and actions from the people they trust the most – peers, teachers and parents.  GMCW’s GenOUT program works with area GSA sponsors and student leaders providing free tickets to youth, parents and teachers at area high schools, youth groups and organizations that serve LGBTA youth.

Join us on February 18. You will have an amazing time.

Happy New Year,