Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida slates auditions, Aug. 21 and 25

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s performs on July 10 at the GALA Festival 2012 in Denver. This once-everyfour- years international choral festival included performances by more than 130 choruses and 6,000 singers over four days.

Just back from a highly successful performance at the international GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) festival in Denver, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is conducting auditions for new members in its quest to become one of the nation’s most prominent choruses.

Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, and at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Sunshine Cathedral (MCC), 1480 SW Ninth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Singers can get more information about the audition process and expectations of chorus membership by sending email to

Since its inception in September 2010, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida has grown from 46 to approximately 140 singers and performed to enthusiastic sold-out crowds in all six of its major concert series.

“We set some tough goals for ourselves from the very beginning, and so far we have met all of them,” noted Bill Spinosa, chorus president. “This next season — our third — will be exciting as we continue to grow artistically and as an organization. Once again, we’ll have three major local concert series, beginning with our holiday concert, ‘Mighty Sounds of Joy,’ Dec. 13, 14 and 15.” The March concert will be a joint venture with the Symphony of the Americas, with performances in the Sunshine Cathedral and at the Broward Center.

“It is quite an honor for the chorus to be asked to perform with this fine orchestra. In their 20-plus years of existence, this is the first time the Symphony of the Americas has asked any chorus to share the stage with them in a concert series.

“Along with those three concert series, we have a number of other exciting opportunities before us in the coming year,” Spinosa said. “For instance, we’re currently considering invitations to perform at the Gusman Center in Miami and in a gay men’s choral festival at Lincoln Center in New York City.”

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