Board of Trustees and Staff
CGMC Board of Trustees
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Jared Brayton Bollenbacher, MM, MSW, LICSW
After leaving his dairy farm upbringing in his home state of Indiana, Brayton received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in sexualities studies in 2007, completing a thesis on How Gay Male Bias Influences the Gender Performance of Drag Queens in and out of Drag. After spending six amazing years in Columbus, Brayton completed his Master of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2010, and received his Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work credentials in 2014. After graduating in 2010, Brayton spent six years as the artistic director of Diverse Harmony, the nation’s first queer straight alliance youth chorus, and Diverse Harmony’s small a cappella ensemble Spectrum. Brayton left Seattle in 2017 to become the artistic director of Reveille Men’s Chorus and Desert Voices Chorus in Tucson, AZ. Brayton completed his Master of Choral Conducting in 2020 from the University of Arizona. In 2022, Brayton spent six months as interim with NYCGMC in order to get the organization back on their feet during a difficult time.Brayton is very focused on community choral organizations. In 2019 he served on the board of the Arizona ACDA and is currently in his fourth year on the the board for GALA Choruses and serves as the committee chair for the Education and Networking committee. Brayton is honored and thankful to be in Columbus with CGMC as their artistic director. Being able to lead the innovative, resilient gem of GALA Choruses in the heart of the Midwest is a dream come true. Brayton is excited to continue raising voices and changing lives and looks forward to the amazing music that we will be creating.
Nathan Hamm enjoys being the principal accompanist for CGMC for over 15 years. He received the Bachelor of Music for Piano Performance at The Ohio State University in 1995. Since then the main practice of his trade has been as a choir accompanist. He has worked with The Dublin Singers, The Delaware Chorus, and high school choral programs of Westland, Westerville, Olentangy and Central Crossing high schools. He’s been enjoying positions as church pianist for the North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and currently at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, where along with services, he has performed several chamber music and solo recitals.
Zac DelMonte is a musician and educator living in Columbus. He currently serves on the Choral Conducting Staff at The Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education. In addition to his choral work, Zac acts as Artistic Director for CCT (a professional and educational theatre company) and the Vocal Director for Musical Theatre at The Wellington School. He has also been a music director for numerous theatre companies around Central Ohio (most recently Short North Stage, Weathervane Playhouse, and CCT). He is thrilled to be a part of the artistic team and is looking forward to another great year of making music!
Matthew P. Downing
Matthew P. Downing has enthusiastically enjoyed accompanying soloists, chamber groups, and ensembles since his teens. He is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University School of Music, having completed dual degrees in Voice Performance (BM) and Choral Music Education (BME) in only three years. Since 2008, he has served as a staff section leader and accompanist for The Cardinal Chorale, a state-wide honor choir of Ohio high school and collegiate singers. He has trained young musicians in grades K-12 in teaching positions in Newark, Marion, Coshocton, and Gahanna, currently in his ninth year. He is grateful to his esteemed teachers and colleagues Loretta Robinson, Dr. Robert J. Ward, Dr. Andrea Ramsey, Dr. Richard Schnipke, Dr. Kristina Caswell MacMullen, Casey Cook, Susan Van Dop, Jami Rawlins, Shannon Folkert, Karla Cherwinski, and Lilla Gábor.
Donovan Jones joined CGMC this season as Executive Director. In his role, he is responsible for the administrative and professional support of CGMC. He brings over 15 years of experience in government and non-profit leadership to CGMC and has a true passion for the LGBTQ+ choral movement. Donovan is an advocate for diversity and he centers his work around the pillars of inclusion, equity and access. He is a singing member of CGMC and Illuminati this season, and has previously sung with both the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus.
CGMC Choral Conducting Intern Program
At CGMC, we are dedicated to helping new musicians find experience in their choral careers. In 2022, we started our choral conducting intern program where we bring in a University student to sing with the chorus for a concert cycle and teach the singers a song. At the performance, the intern gets to conduct the song in front of our audience. During the time, the student gets an archival conducting video from the concert, weekly rehearsal video footage and feedback from our Artistic Director, and priceless time on the podium.
If you are a music student interested in this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Choral Conducting Intern
Ariel Alvarado is an enthusiastic musician, educator, and lover of all things beautiful. She comes from a musical family and began her journey early. Ms. Alvarado earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Spelman College in 2021. She is completing her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at The Ohio State University and will graduate this May. Her experiences range from middle school students to community and semi-professional groups. Outside of music, Ariel enjoys rock climbing, hiking, animated movies, and ‘Dungeons and Dragons’.
Choral Conducting Intern
Gabriel Gonzales is our newest intern with CGMC. Originally from Xenia, OH, Gabriel moved to Columbus to start at The Ohio State University in 2017. Gabriel was inspired to go into music through singing in groups throughout high school and college. Gabriel is currently in their last year of undergraduate at OSU and is graduating in May with a bachelors in music education. During his time at OSU, they have sung with the Men’s Glee Club, the Women’s Glee Club, and Sound of Science, an a cappella group. Currently, Gabriel is student teaching at Scioto Darby Elementary school and looking forward to working next school year as an Elementary Music Education teacher. Gabriel hopes to help young students find their passion for music. Gabriel is thrilled to be onstage with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus and debuting as a conductor at the Lincoln Theater.
Choral Conducting Intern
Brennan Harlow is a fourth-year undergraduate at The Ohio State University working towards his degree in Music Education. Brennan is originally from Dayton, Ohio and found his passion for choral singing in high school. Brennan attributes his love for music to his high school teachers Debi Schutt and Catlin Bennett. These teachers made an incredible impact in his life and inspired him to go and make a difference in future students’ lives. Due to this new vocation, Brennan change his trajectory from Electrical Engineering to Music Education his senior year of high school and never looked back. This year, Brennan has entered his seventh and final semester performing as part of Ohio State’s Chorale Choir and taking his final classes in preparation for student teaching this spring. Brennan has plans to continue to persue teaching after graduation and is excited to see what life after graduation will bring.
Mission and Vision
The vision statement of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus can be expressed in four words: “Voices Raised, Lives Changed.” As a performing arts group, we strive to enrich, empower, and entertain our audiences and members through varied concerts and other performances comprising a range of vocal, musical, theatrical, and dance presentations.
Our mission as an organization is to foster increased recognition, understanding, and acceptance of individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community. We dedicate ourselves to perform vocal music at the highest possible standard of quality, and to maintain an atmosphere of camaraderie, support, and respect for our diverse members and audiences. We create and perform innovative, provocative, and entertaining programs that enhance the arts in Central Ohio, and that honor, preserve, and expand the legacy and artistry of the TTBB choral sound and tradition. We perform in accessible venues and provide ASL interpretation for our concert season.
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Fun Facts about CGMC!
Here are some fun facts about CGMC from Matt Eisert, CGMC Archivist.
1. CGMC has had 901 singing members since 1990 in its 95 concert productions:
- Tenor 1 = 151
- Tenor 2 = 288
- Baritone = 291
- Bass = 171
2. CGMC staged three productions with 116 singers on stage:
- March 1995 (High Velocity)
- June 1995 (Celebrate FIVE)
- March 1999 (What I Did For Love)
3. Big Gay Sing: ABBA Sing-Along (2020) Tenor 1 section would have tied with the most Tenor 1’s since June 1994 with 24 singers!
4. VOX has performed 17 concert productions since 2006, with 162 total singers since Dec-1991:
- Tenor 1 = 41
- Tenor 2 = 39
- Baritone = 42
- Bass = 40
5. Illuminati has performed 11 concert productions since 2009, with 168 total singers since 2001:
- Tenor 1 = 26
- Tenor 2 = 51
- Baritone = 59
- Bass = 28
6. CGMC has attended eight GALA Festivals since 1992.
7. CGMC had a DIVAS Softball Team from 1997-2002.
8. CGMC had a CCV DIVAS Volleyball Team from 1997-2005.