Out Loud Chorus

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Who We Are

Out Loud Chorus is a mixed LGBTQ+ choir from Washtenaw County in 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. Our only requirement to sing with the choir is that you are able to match pitch. 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 LGBTQ+ 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








For Our Funders

This is Out Loud Chorus' financial information form, filed with the IRS. Download the form here: DOWNLOAD 990-N FORM. Our Guidestar profile can be found here. Our Cultural Data Project data is located here. And our Strategic Plan for FY2018-2019 is here.

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
    Ann Arbor Art Fair
    Ann Arbor Pride
    Church of the Good Shepherd Diversity Celebration Dinner
    Eastern Michigan University Women’s Basketball (National Anthem)
    First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti, MI
    Growing Hope
    Jim Toy Community Center
    Matthew Shepard Memorial Service
    Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association (MIGRA) (National Anthem)
    Motor City Pride
    NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
    Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    Special Olympics Michigan
    State Street Merchants Association
    Together We Can Detroit - A2 Got Talent Fundraiser
    U-M Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (UMGALAS)
    U-M School of Social Work - Arts, Activism, and Organizing Summit
    U-M Spectrum Center - Transgender Day of Remembrance
    VIIE Festival International Gala Choruses, July 2004, Montreal, QC
    Washtenaw Pride Picnic

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

"Thank you again for your help throughout this process and for the wonderful performance the Chorus gave last night! I know a lot of people really appreciate the value of the music you all brought, and I also appreciated the ways in which the folks in the Chrous engaged and spoke and held space with us. We would love to have you all involved in future events for sure, and again appreciate your partnership!"
Raivynn Smith, Pronouns: they | them | theirs, Program Specialist for Events & Partnerships
University of Michigan Spectrum Center,