Washington, DC – Critic Gary McMillan from DC Metro Theater Arts gave a rave review to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s cabaret show “Let’s Misbehave!” which was held on November 12 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Twelve soloists from the Chorus shared funny (sometimes poignant) stories of misbehaving accompanied by songs ranging from musical theater to pop to jazz. “The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington cabaret series, under the direction of Thea Kano, provides an excellent showcase for the individual talents of Chorus members and allows them to explore a wide range of material.” To read the full review, click HERE.
GMCW wins Best LGBT Social Group in
2016 Best of Gay DC Awards
The Washington Blade announced the winners of the 2016 Best of Gay DC Awards. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC won Best LGBT Social Group. Winners are decided by fan and audience voting and were announced at the Best of Gay DC party at Town on October 20, 2016. For a complete list of this year’s Community winners, click HERE. To see all the lists on Washington Blade’s website, click HERE. Thank you to everyone who supported GMCW by voting!
October 12, 2016
GMCW to receive Champion Award for Community Service
from Team DC
We are thrilled to announce that the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is being honored with the Champion Award for Community Service from Team DC. The awards dinner, called “A Night of Champions,” will be held on November 5th at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Thank you to Team DC for this great honor. For more information about the awards dinner and event, please visit Team DC’s website.
On , Tuesday October 4, 2016, Thea Kano and members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC appeared on the Inside Out Radio Show on WPFW 89.3FM. The program airs live weekly on Tuesdays from 2-3pm. The Gay Men’s Chorus program is archived at www.wpfwfm.org. Just click on “Archived Shows” and scroll down to “Inside Out Tuesday October 4, 2016 2:00pm.” You can stream the audio or download it and listen.
September 14, 2016
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.
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.
September 1, 2016
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.
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.
May 11, 2016
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.
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.