QUEERY: Justin Fyala

September 14, 2016
Washington, DC

QUEERY: Justin Fyala

The new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, Justin Fyala, is the subject of this week’s Queery in the Washington Blade. Justin was interviewed by Joey DiGuglielmo and photographed by Michael Key.

Click HERE to read the article.

GMCW featured on WETA

Washington, DC

Gay Men’s Chorus featured on WETA Neighborhoods

As part of WETA’s series profiling Washington, DC neighborhoods and organizations, the Gay Men’s Chorus was featured as one of the local DC nonprofits that is making a difference in the District. To watch the episode, click HERE.

For more information about PBS and WETA, please their website at www.pbs.org.


GMCW wins design award from National Gay Media Association

September 1, 2016
Washington, DC
contact: Craig Cipollini

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Awarded DC Local Design Award

On September, 1, 2016, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC was presented with the DC Local Design Award by the National Gay Media Association and The Washington Blade. The award was presented to Marketing Director and Designer Craig Cipollini and Executive Director Justin Fyala.

Justin Fyala named as new executive director

Washington, DC
July 18, 2016
Contact: Craig Cipollini

Justin Fyala named as new executive director of the
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

It is with great excitement that we announce that the Board of Directors of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC has unanimously approved the appointment of Justin Fyala as GMCW’s new Executive Director, effective August 15, 2016.

“We are delighted to have found someone with such a full complement of talents. Justin’s work in Chicago with a great LGBTQ chorus, an impressive youth group and other choirs impressed the selection committee and board leaders,” says Rob Hall, chair of the board of directors. “Justin’s passion for choral music is evident from the moment you meet him. We are excited to have him join our team as an important leader for GMCW for years to come.”

Justin joins the Chorus with over 12 years of nonprofit management experience. He spent the past five years in Chicago leading the Windy City Gay Chorus and Treble Quire, The Youth Choral Theater of Chicago, and Bella Voce, focusing on fundraising and organizational growth. An enthusiastic and passionate leader with an unquenchable thirst for learning, Justin holds a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelors in Choral Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Justin says, “Choral singing has been a part of my life every day since I was ten years old. My voice changed early and my teacher didn’t know what to do with me, so she made me the narrator. Instead of being ruffled by the experience, I began to devour recordings and books to learn all I could about this magical art form. I am deeply honored to bring my experiences to the GMCW family and to work with some of the most inspiring choral artists in the nation. The people of GMCW understand that the strongest organizations stand tall on the shoulders of those who came before while looking to the future and continuing the fight for inclusivity of all communities. That thrills me.”

Please join us in welcoming Justin Fyala to the GMCW family.

Rave Review for Carmina 35

May 11, 2016
Washington, DC

Rave Review for Carmina 35 from DC Metro Theater Arts

Critic David Friscic from DC Metro Theater Arts gave the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC a rave review for their 35th Anniversary concert, Carmina 35. that included guests Gallim Dance, New York City Master Chorale, soprano Paige Cutrona, tenor Robert Baker and baritone Young Kwang Yoo.  “I can think of no better salute to 35 years celebrating the history of GMCW than this innovative and exhilarating concert!”

Click HERE to read the full review.

GMCW begins search for new Executive Director

March 23, 2016

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) seeks an experienced Executive Director (ED) to serve as chief operations officer, reporting directly to the Board of Directors.  Major duties include (i) working with GMCW’s artistic director to present an integrated artistic, financial and administrative vision for GMCW; and (ii) oversight of all operations staff, fundraising, marketing, finances, and Board and community relations.

A nationally renowned and award-winning arts organization, GMCW has an annual budget of approximately $1.1 million and has enjoyed significant growth and critical and media attention over the last several years, including a ground-breaking trip to Cuba in 2015.  GMCW has three primary performing ensembles – the main stage Chorus and two smaller singing groups.

The ED is the primary staff person responsible for a comprehensive fundraising program, including an active donor program, corporate sponsorships and a major gala event.  The ED manages all operations staff personnel, and is expected to work collaboratively with the artistic director to support the Board of Directors and its committees and to represent GMCW in the greater Washington DC area GLBT and arts communities.

Ideal candidates should be well experienced working in performing arts organizations, and have a strong background in administration, financial oversight and fundraising.  Candidates should be self-starting with demonstrated ability working with a board of directors.  A Bachelor’s degree is highly desirable.  Experience with community-based art and/or LGBT organizations a plus.  Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits.  Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

For a full position description and additional information, visit www.gmcw.org/about/employment. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume electronically to SearchCommittee@gmcw.org on or before May 1, 2016.

Five Star Review for Boots, Class & Sass

March 14, 2016
Washington, DC

Five Star Review for Boots, Class & Sass from DC Metro Theater Arts

Critic Joel Markowitz from DC Metro Theater Arts gave the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC a rave review for the 2016 country music-themed concert, Boots, Class & Sass.  “When the Chorus is at full force and harmonizing – it’s one of the wonders of the world… it was powerful and showed off the immense amount of vocal talent of this extraordinary chorus.”

Click HERE to read the full review.

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.”