GenOUT Youth Chorus
The DC Area’s LGBTQ+ and allied youth chorus
The GenOUT Youth 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 120 singers from over 60 schools have participated in GenOUT. In 2020-21, three dozen singers from schools in and around the DC metro area sang in GenOUT.
GenOUT Camp/Tour: July 18-26
Join GenOUT for a week of music-learning and fun activities around DC, then travel to New York City for performances, community service, and sight-seeing. Sign up via the online form below on this page. Deadline: April 15.
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 a self-selected ensemble. All singers have a voice placement which helps the director determine what vocal part is best for their range; this is not an audition. To join GenOUT, all that is needed is a love of singing, a commitment to using your voice for social justice, and a desire to work with others.
Q: When can new members join?
A: If you are interested in joining, sign up anytime via the sign-up form below. We welcome new members to join in September and January. The first rehearsal for new members in 2022 is Saturday, January 15.
Q: What are GenOUT’s Covid safety protocols?
A: Participants must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus before attending in person. Vaccine verification must take place before attending. Masks must be worn indoors, and social distancing will be enforced. The number of minutes in an indoor space will be based on CDC and local health department guidelines. Each week (on Thursday) we will announce whether local conditions allow for a safe in-person rehearsal, or if rehearsal will be held virtually.
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, sometimes with rainbow ties (see sidebar photos). We provide the ties. Sometimes, we wear our GenOUT T-shirts with dark blue jeans. For outdoor performances in warm weather, we usually wear our GenOUT T-shirts and tan-colored shorts.
Q: When do you rehearse?
A: We rehearse (in person as conditions permit) on Saturday mornings, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM, with check-in time starting at 9:45am. We have occasional virtual meetings (via Zoom) on Thursday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM. As conditions allow, we will have two all-day retreats: one in fall and one in winter/spring.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Contact GenOUT Director C. Paul Heins by e-mail at email@example.com.
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