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We are just beginning rehearsals for our June 2019 concerts celebrating LGBTQ history. We'll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman among other important moments in our community's march towards equality for all people.
Stonewall 50: And Still We Rise June 14-15, 2019
Out Loud Chorus is a non-auditioned community chorus. Most of our members identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, 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, Interim 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 will serve in residence at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England this summer. 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 Roehler, pianist and vocal coach, has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany, and throughout the United States. Most recently, he was associate coach and pianist for Rigoletto with Berkshire Opera Festival. This past year he also coached and played continuo for Le Nozze di Figaro with University of Michigan Opera and with Opera in the Ozarks. He was engaged on the music staff of the Crane Opera Ensemble from 2012-2016 and also accompanied the Bronx Opera’s traveling production of Il Tabarro in 2013. He will act as coach and pianist for University of Michigan Opera’s production of Candide in the Fall. Nicholas 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 Collaboration and Coaching at Michigan under the tutelage of Martin Katz.