Welcome to the online home of Out Loud Chorus!
Celebrating 25 years of Out Loud THIS YEAR! Hooray!
Read all about our accolades and official commendations on our 25th anniversary here
Get all the information you need to join us on our Join OLC page.
We wish it weren't so, but our May 2020 concerts are cancelled.
We look forward to singing for you again!
Out Loud Chorus is a non-auditioned community chorus. Most of our members identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer, but there is no test and we are open to all who consider themselves allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Really it is all about having fun and working hard together to make good music and put on a great show. And our practice MP3s and sectional rehearsals help with learning the notes for those who don't read music. Our only requirement for membership is that you can match pitch.
Darin DeWeese, Artistic Director
Darin is a native Michigander who grew up in the historic, picturesque town of Marshall. With an immense love for choral music, Darin followed his passion for singing to Michigan State University where he completed his Bachelor’s in Music Education. Following his time at MSU Darin served as the Director of Vocal Music at Tecumseh High School where he taught for seven years. During his time in Tecumseh, his choirs performed both locally and regionally, receiving numerous awards including being selected to perform at the prestigious Michigan Youth Arts Festival in 2017. As a singer, Darin has performed at major venues in the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, The Detroit Opera House, the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Miami, and has performed contracts with Celebrity Cruises. Darin currently sings on staff at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills and recently completed a residency at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England. Aside from music, Darin and his husband, Joey, reside in Sylvan Lake, Michigan where he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews, being on the lake, and gardening.
Nicholas, accompanist & vocal coach, has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany, and throughout the United States in venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La Casa Verdi in Milan, Teatro Zuccari in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Romanischer Saal in Salzburg, Hill Auditorium, and the Steinway-Haus in Munich. The summer of 2019, he attended the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera as one of four apprentice coaches chosen from around the world. He is currently a guest coach and pianist for the resident artists at Michigan Opera Theatre. He is an alumnus of the CoOPERAtive program as well as of SongFest’s Professional Program. With strong roots in musical theatre, Nicholas has been music director for Broadway revues and has played and sung in famed New York cabaret theaters Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex. He obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Piano Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan. He currently resides in Ann Arbor where he is pursuing a Specialist in Music in vocal coaching and collaboration under the tutelage of Martin Katz.