Welcome to the online home of Out Loud Chorus!
Please consider supporting Out Loud Chorus to sustain our future and keep us singing in 2021 and beyond. With your support, we can look forward with optimism to the next time we are gathered together to raise our voices and experience live music with you once again as Washtenaw County’s Original LGBTQ+ chorus. Donate Now by going to http://olconline.org/support-olc or going to paypal.me/outloudchorus.
Celebrating 25 years of Out Loud! 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.
While our activities will look a little different, our love of music and support for our community continues.
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.
Mahour Arbabian, Accompanist
Mahour is a native of Iran and was formerly based in Tehran as a solo and collaborative pianist. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree at University of Tehran, she continued working there as a professional studio pianist and also began serving as music theory faculty at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. An award-winning soloist and accompanist, Mahour has participated in the International Fadjr Festival, and the Classic to Contemporary Festival in Tehran. Mahour moved to the US in 2018 to pursue a Master's Degree in Collaborative Piano at University of Michigan under renowned pianist and vocal coach, Martin Katz, where she will now begin a Specialist Degree in Fall 2020. Last summer, Ms. Arbabian attended the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Vocal Piano program as a Polonsky Foundation Fellow and was planning to return in summer 2020 as a pianist/coach for the Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS. Alongside her studies at the university, she currently serves as the Martin Katz Musician in Residence at Northside Community Church. .