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.
Saleel Menon, Artistic Director
Saleel is a Graduate Student at Michigan State University pursuing degrees in both Choral Conducting and Music Education. He has a Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification from the University of Houston. Before moving to Michigan, Saleel was a choir director at Ridge Point High School in Houston, developing that program over five years. Choirs under his direction earned consistent Superior ratings at the Texas University Interscholastic League Concert & Sightreading Contest. They performed both state and nationwide and opened for the Grammy-winning Pentatonix! Specializing in non-traditional choral pedagogy, Saleel co-authored an article published in the Music Education Journal on popular music in 2019 and presents at conferences on the topic. In 2020 he received the Texas Choral Director’s Association Young Director of Distinction Award. He is active as a clinician, composer, and accompanist, and sings professionally.
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 the University of Tehran, she continued working there as a professional studio pianist and was on the music theory faculty at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. An award-winning soloist and accompanist, she has participated in the International Fadjr Festival, and the Classic to Contemporary Festival in Tehran. Mahour is pursuing a Master's Degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan under renowned pianist and vocal coach, Martin Katz, where she is also completing a Specialist Degree in vocal coaching. She enjoys working as a coach and répétiteur, and has played productions of Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale, La Serva Padrona, and Die Zauberflöte. In summer 2019, Ms. Arbabian participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Vocal Piano program as a Polonsky Foundation Fellow and in summer 2021 she returned as an opera coach for the Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS. She currently serves as the Martin Katz Musician in Residence at Northside Community Church in Ann Arbor.