Rochester Gay Men's Chorus
The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus came to life in November of 1982 when five friends decided to pursue a dream. The dream is using music to create an acceptance of social diversity and to use the harmony of voice to create a harmony of the spirit.
Today, over three decades later, the RGMC includes over forty voices raised in song. Thousands have enjoyed their outstanding musical talents. During this time the Chorus has changed in some respects, but our Vision Statement has always remained the same:
We the members of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus unite proudly to seek a better world for ourselves, our community, and for our nation by sowing the seeds of harmony through the universal language of music.
- We sing for ourselves to make glorious music with friends who experience the world as we do and who share our joy in standing together.
- We sing for our sisters and brothers in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to embody pride, family, and a sense of home.
- We sing for our friends and supporters who join with us to overcome ignorance and prejudice.
- We sing for those unknown and unseen, awakening to who they are, in closets of oppression, or in search of community, that they may see our faces and hear our joy and know that the night is not forever, and that there are friends and brothers to light their way and to welcome them home.
Our Director, Robert Strauss
Dr. Robert Strauss has been the Artistic Director of the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus since 2009, leading the chorus in diverse styles ranging from pop to Broadway, classical to folk, and almost everything in between. Strauss brings with him not only a dedication to the artistry of the voice and a commitment to communication through music, but also a strong background in vocal pedagogy.
As a performer, he has been praised for his sensitive, intelligent interpretation, his attention to musical and textual nuance, and his versatile tenor voice. He conveys these principles to the chorus, which in turn helps them to be stronger performers and to realize the mission of the chorus itself.