The Maine Gay Men’s Chorus is dedicated to excellence in the choral arts. We are committed to providing a positive, productive, educational, social and entertainment experience for our members, friends and audience. Through our music, we strive to educate ourselves and the community at large by delivering the message of social acceptance and diversity.
Be the premier community performing arts organization in Maine.
Chorus History:The Maine Gay Men's Chorus was formed after the Boston Gay Men's Chorus presented a concert in Portland in the summer of 1992. At that time, a challenge was presented to the audience to form a chorus in Maine. Bruce Fithian, professor of music at USM, founded the chorus as a result of that challenge. Since that time the chorus has grown musically and artistically and has developed into a safe community for gay men to gather and interact. The chorus is currently directed by Art Kenne.
It is not easy being gay in parts of Maine, and so we take our message to different communities in the state whenever possible. The chorus has performed in over a dozen communities in Maine, as well as towns and cities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Florida, and California, and twice in Quebec, Canada. Our most recent outings included a joint concert in Montréal with Ensemble Vocal Ganymède (June 2009), and an appearance at a ceremony in Bangor marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Charlie Howard (July 2009). Throughout our history, more than 225 men have sung with the chorus.
The chorus is on sabbatical this season. Learn why here.
Touring Ensemble History:
In November 2007, Art Kenne (then new to Maine from London, now Artistic Director) was asked to serve as Associate Director of MGMC and to form and direct a small touring group with members chosen from among the general chorus. The new Touring Ensemble was created in time to sing for the AIDS quilt display and the World AIDS day ceremony, both December 2007.
In June 2009, Art asked Tom Wallace to accept the position of Associate Director of MGMC, and serve as director of the Touring Ensemble. Tom began immediate rehearsals with the group in preparation for four upcoming appearances: a stand-alone concert on Mount Desert Island, MGMC’s joint concert with Ensemble Vocal Ganymède of Montréal, the Rainbow Business Professional Association annual dinner, and the USM Annual Drag-Show.
In August 2010 the Touring Ensemble embarked on an ambitious tour of Maine with concerts planned once each month. First stop was Brunswick. Next: Hallowell in November, Bangor and Orono in December.
In July 2012, the Touring Ensemble performed at the GALA Choruses Festival in Denver at Stage Theater in the performing arts complex to a packed crowd. The TE presented excerpts from The White Rose.
The Touring Ensemble is currently inactive.