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 LGBTQ+ and allied youth a voice through song, 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. Nearly 140 singers from over 80 schools have participated in GenOUT. In Spring 2023, 23 singers from 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 youth ages 13-18 (LGBTQ+ and allies) who love to sing, who want to raise their voice in support of social justice, and who enjoy working cooperatively with others.
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.
Q: When can new members join?
A: We welcome new members to join in September and January (and sometimes March.) This season, new members join on September 16 and January 6. New members are encouraged to pre-register via the link below on this page. The director will schedule a welcome Zoom with you prior to your first rehearsal.
Q: How often does GenOUT perform?
A: We frequently 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 15-20 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 community-building time starting at 9:45am. We have occasional virtual meetings (via Zoom). We typically have two all-day retreats each season.
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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