Using music to change images and attitudes, build a stronger community, and make the world a better place!
The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and humanitarian organization. We, the men and women of the chorus, now 150+ strong and comprised of gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender individuals, feel thankful to be able to carry on our mission and vision. Our musical artistry speaks directly to our pride in ourselves, and offers the world a chance to see beyond headlines and contentious social issues to build bridges of understanding and love.
The Orlando Gay Chorus is committed to:
- Providing high quality, skilled performances in an environment that maintains an atmosphere of integrity, honesty and mutual respect.
- Offering education, cultural, and social enrichment for our members and our audience through excellence in the choral arts.
- Making our musical entertainment accessible to all people.
Living Our Mission
As part of the Central Florida Arts Community, the Orlando Gay Chorus often performs at United Arts ArtsFest, Come Out With Pride, Orlando Museum of Art “Festival of Trees”, World AIDS Day memorial services, OGC “UNCUT Cabaret” each October, "Love Is..." in February followed by OGC's “A Lotta Night Music” Cabaret at the end of June each year.
In 2012, Orlando Gay Chorus and its small ensembles represented Central Florida in front of an audience of 3000 from around the world at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 in Denver, Colorado. OGC performed for openly gay active duty military personnel at the Shades of Green Resort located at Walt Disney World Resort as part of OutServe/SLDN’s 2nd international conference in October.
The Chorus also performed in November at the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. (PFLAG) Florida conference in Orlando. This year, OGC has performed at the Florida Annual Convention for the United Church of Christ.
On October 12, 2013, OGC will perform with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in an An American Salute at the Bob Carr Theater.
Orlando Gay Chorus Gives Back
In addition to our music, the Orlando Gay Chorus is known for our humanitarian efforts throughout the year. Every November, the sections of the Chorus each partner with the Children’s Home Society (CHS) and sponsor families in need for Thanksgiving Day meal baskets.
For the past 23 years, the Orlando Gay Chorus has hosted the longest continuous US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots campaign in Central Florida. We also donate our time and talents with performances at several nursing homes and retirement centers, as well as benefits and community awareness events.