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Out Loud Chorus

About Us!

Who We Are

Out Loud Chorus is a mixed LGBTA choir that meets and performs in Washtenaw County, Michigan. This means that we are a chorus of people of all genders --- many of us identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender, although we are open to everyone who loves to sing and has an open mind. We are committed to putting on musically excellent shows that are entertaining and fun for our audiences.

Because we are a non-auditioned chorus (anyone can join), our rehearsals teach both the songs we will perform and vocal techniques to sing them well. We make mp3's of each part, so even people who don't read music can learn every note! There are also non-singing slots for people who want to support the chorus - there's fundraising, advertising, staging and lots more!

We love to make music and we love to have fun!

Out Loud Chorus was founded in October, 1995 by a group of dreamers as a mixed chorus for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding areas. Open to all, Out Loud Chorus is Washtenaw County's only arts organization for the entire LGBT community.

Each season, we produce shows for the general public. These productions are typically held on two successive weekend nights in both mid-January and mid-May. We are associated with GALA Choruses (more here) and attend their festivals as often as we can. For more information, email us at OutLoudChorus@gmail.com

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Our Mission

Out Loud Chorus is a mixed chorus for the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender community, yet open to all. Out Loud provides continuing musical education and performance experience as well as a social outlet for persons interested in choral music and its production. Out Loud is fun and flexible, open to many levels of ability, and committed to embodying the diversity of our community. In addition, the chorus seeks to educate the general public about choral music and, through performances, to reduce bigotry and discrimination against our community.

Our Sound

Listen to a song from a recent concert - you'll hear great singing, four-part harmony, excellent rhythm, and people who love to sing!

Each season, we produce shows for the general public. These productions are typically held on two successive weekend nights in both mid-January and mid-May. We are associated with GALA Choruses (more here) and attend their festivals as often as we can. For more information, email us at OutLoudChorus@gmail.com

For Our Funders

This is Out Loud Chorus' financial information form, filed with the IRS. Download the form here: DOWNLOAD 990-N FORM

Our Commitment to Diversity

In keeping with our mission, Out Loud Chorus seeks to perform a wide variety of choral music. We recognize that music from other eras may not reflect society's current acceptance of diversity. Because of this, some audience members may occasionally disagree with ideas described by lyrics we perform. The Out Loud Chorus as a whole neither advocates nor denigrates any particular belief or tradition. Rather, by the diversity of our music, we seek to celebrate and be sensitive to the broad diversity of our culture and our community. We invite our audiences to help us create a community where all participants feel welcome.

Our Collaborators

Out Loud Chorus has performed joint concerts with both locally and internationally known artists:

    Drum Womyn, Ann Arbor
    Repercussions, Ann Arbor
    Gay Men’s Chorus of Greater Lansing
    Sistrum Lansing Women’s Chorus
    ONE Voice Chorus of Metropolitan Detroit
    Singer-Songwriter Margie Adam, Lompoc CA
    Singer-Songwriter Ann Doyle, Ann Arbor MI
    Singer-Songwriter Craig Kukuk, Ann Arbor MI
    Cabaret Singer Lisa Gray, Detroit MI

Supporting Our Community

Out Loud Chorus works to support and educate our community each year by performing for a few selected organizations and events. In the past, we have sung for, or otherwise participated in:

    Affirmations Community Center, Ferndale MI
    AIDS Walk Michigan - Ann Arbor MI
    American Friends Service Committee
    Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
    Arts, Activism, and Organizing Summit (UM School of Social Work)
    Eastern Michigan University Women’s Basketball (National Anthem)
    First Congretational United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti, MI
    Food Gatherers
    Human Rights Campaign Dinner Event
    Jim Toy Community Center
    Matthew Shepard Memorial Service
    Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association (MIGRA) (National Anthem)
    Motor City Pride, Detroit MI
    NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
    OutFest: A National Coming Out Day Celebration
    Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    State Street Merchants Association
    State Street Merchants Association, Ann Arbor MI
    Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
    U-M Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (UMGALAS)
    University of Michigan Women's Basketball (National Anthem)
    VIIe Festival International Gala Choruses, July 2004, Montreal, QC
    Washtenaw Pride Picnic
    Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project (WRAP)
    Women in Business
    Ypsilanti Campaign for Equality

Testimonials about Out Loud Chorus

Out Loud Chorus works to support and educate our community each year by performing for a few selected organizations and events. In the past, we have sung for, or otherwise participated in:

"The Chorus’s work is indeed locally-developed and of high quality. It has enhanced our community’s cultural life since the Chorus came into being."
Jim Toy, Board Member,
Jim Toy Community Center & Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project

"Their concerts are always moving and the chorus continues to provide a safe and fun space for LGBT people to gather, find support, hear uplifting music, and enjoy the performance of the choir and the other artists that they pull together."
Kate Runyon, Former Executive Director
Triangle Foundation, Detroit MI

"Out Loud Chorus... provides an opportunity for members of the broader community to come together and enjoy the art and music of gay and lesbian composers, pop stars, lyricists, poets' work put to music, songs sung by gay and lesbian icons, etc."
Denise Brogan-Kator, Managing Attorney
Rainbow Law Center