Upcoming Auditions – April 7 & 14, 2013
Join CGMC as we celebrate the great music from the Motor City that has had such an influence on the lives of so many. Join CGMC as we perform great songs that are eternal in the minds of people no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, or faith. CGMC will also explore the impact the music of Motown has had in shaping the Lincoln Theatre, King Lincoln district and the many communities and individuals in Central Ohio with our first panel discussion following our Sunday Matinee.
Open Rehearsals/Audition Dates
Ohio Theatre Galbreath Pavilion room 1
interested singers are invited to join in rehearsal with the full CGMC, followed by a voice placement
Sunday, April 7 – 6pm (please arrive by 5:30pm)
Sunday, April 14 – 6pm (please arrive by 5:30pm)
Rehearsals are at the Ohio Theatre/Galbreath Pavilion
As a non-auditioned chorus, there is no ‘formal’ audition process but the Artistic Director does conduct a placement audition for a member to perform within an appropriate section. Typically, the candidate will be asked to perform a few basic musical exercises to test vocal range, vocal memory, and sight reading ability. No prepared music or choreography is required.
Each concert, there are typically opportunities for solos. During rehearsal time, the Artistic Director will announce the time and place for the solo auditions. Any singing member of the Chorus may try out for these solos.
Why We Sing
Maybe it’s the young college student in rural Ohio seeing a large group of gay men singing, dancing, and celebrating who they are with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus. This student stands on his chair applauding, tears rolling down his cheeks, because for the first time in his life he knows it’s OK to be gay.
Maybe it’s the woman whose marriage was destroyed after 35 years, because her husband informs her that he’s gay. After months of gut-wrenching sadness and mourning for her loss, she accepts an invitation to see the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus perform.
Swept away in the beautiful music and comforting atmosphere, she finally realizes she understands what it means to be gay.
Maybe it’s two men who have been sharing a life together for the past twenty years, yet the state and nation have decreed their love for each other invalid. They stand firmly in front of the Ohio Statehouse during each Pride festival to sing, “Marry Us,” fighting for the day when there will be no discrimination for whom you love.
Maybe it’s each of the singing members of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus performing proudly to showcase their own personal artistry and musicianship. They stand up each concert and sing for the pure joy of singing and sharing music with those who they love and care about.
The individuals in the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus believe strongly that they will have continued opportunities to open up minds and soften hearts through the power of music. CGMC fully embraces the opportunity to be ambassadors of the LGBT community in central Ohio, and to live its mission of “Voices Raised, Lives Changed.”