GenOUT Chorus

The GenOUT Chorus is the Washington, DC area’s only vocal ensemble for LGBTQ+ and allied youth. An outreach ensemble of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC, GenOUT operates under the two-fold mission: (1) to give young LGBTQ+ and allied youth a voice, and (2) to connect that voice to community. The ensemble is open to all singers between the ages of 13 and 18. Since its debut in spring 2015, the GenOUT Chorus has performed at the Lincoln Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, the White House, the Library of Congress, and the GALA Choruses Festival. More than 90 singers from over four dozen schools have participated in GenOUT. In 2019-20, 37 singers from 30 schools in and around the DC metro area sang in GenOUT.

FAQ's About GenOUT

Q: Who can sing in GenOUT?
A: GenOUT is open to all young people ages 13-18: LGBTQ+ and allies.

Q: Do I have to audition?
A: No, GenOUT is non-auditioned. All that is needed is a love of singing and a commitment to using your voice for social justice.

Q: When can new members join?
A: New members can join during GenOUT Camp (third week of July), at the first two rehearsals in September, and at the first two rehearsals in January.

Q: How often does GenOUT perform?
A: We perform at GMCW’s mainstage concerts (December, March, and June), as well as on our own concert called Youth Invasion (in spring). Additionally, we perform around a dozen outreach performances throughout the season (September-June).

Q: How much does it cost to be in GenOUT?
A: Registration for the entire year is $150. Singers joining in January pay $90. No one is turned away for an inability to pay the registration fee. We have scholarships available up to 100%.

Q: What music does GenOUT sing?
A: GenOUT sings a wide variety of music, from folk songs to pop and musical theater to songs in the classical tradition. Sometimes we sing in foreign languages, and each season we select at least one song to integrate with sign language. On stage, we usually sing from memory.

Q: What do you wear at performances?
A: At our mainstage and outreach concerts, we usually wear all black with rainbow ties (see photo on right). We provide the ties. Sometimes, we wear our GenOUT tee-shirts (about $25; scholarships available) with dark blue jeans. For outdoor performances like the Pride Parade and Festival, we usually wear our GenOUT tee-shirts and khaki-colored shorts.

Q: When do you rehearse?
A: We usually rehearse Saturday mornings, 9:30-11:30 AM, with occasional Sunday evening rehearsals (4:30-6:30 PM) and two Saturday retreats (one in Fall and one in Winter). During the pandemic, we are meeting twice a month via Zoom on Saturday mornings, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM.  To join our Zoom gatherings, please contact GenOUT Director C. Paul Heins by e-mail at or by text at 202-271-2689.

Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Contact GenOUT Director C. Paul Heins, by e-mail at

GenOUT School/Organization Visits

For over a dozen years, GMCW’s GenOUT youth outreach program has sent teams of GMCW singers to schools and organizations around the DC area. We typically meet in small groups with a school’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), but we can also make a presentation for your entire school body. GSA advisors and organization leaders can request a GenOUT school/organization visit by clicking the link below.


GenOUT Comp Tickets for Students

GMCW’s GenOUT youth outreach program also offers complimentary student tickets to select performances of each of our mainstage shows. Complimentary GenOUT tickets  for the next main stage concert will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Heins at

GenOUT Chorus Performs at Foundry

What a beautiful morning of worship, including special selections performed by the talented GenOUT Youth Chorus of D.C., led by C. Paul Heins. And to the young, queer, teen who needs to know there's a community and church congregation praying for you today: We see you. We hear you. We welcome you. And no matter what, we love you.

Posted by Foundry United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 10, 2019

We look forward to seeing you soon! Questions about GenOUT or the GenOUT Chorus? Email us or call 202-293-1548.

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