Success at GALA
In addition to the composing I do for films and the concert hall, over the past five years I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of writing and arranging for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, of which I am a singing member. My work with them has led to performances and collaborations with gay choruses across the country.
This past week I attended the GALA festival in Denver. GALA is the organization that unites over 190 LGBT choruses from across the country. Every four years the organization gathers for a festival lasting 5 days that is jam packed with performances, seminars, and outreach. It provides a wonderful opportunity for networking and hearing groups that you would never otherwise get to hear. During the festival I was lucky enough to have three arrangements performed, including a brand new take on Madonna’s “Ray of Light” that was commissioned and performed by the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. Not only did they do a spectacular job, I got to meet most of the singers, all of whom were warm and enthusiastic. What more could I ask for?
I can’t believe I have to wait another four years to experience this again, but I am very excited to see what new collaborations will bubble up in the meantime