The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is one of the largest mixed gay choirs in the country. Founded on Valentine’s Day in 1990, OGC has been a fixture in the Central Florida area for over 27 years. In addition to the full chorus, OGC has four small ensembles that perform at the annual concerts and cabarets, as well as at community and private events: OUTLOUD!, the oldest running ensemble; Nothin’ But Treble, the all-female ensemble; Menage, the jazz ensemble; and Spectrum, the mixed ensemble.
The Orlando Gay Chorus is comprised of individuals from all walks of life, all ages, and all orientations: gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender volunteers – as well as many straight allies. OGC warmly welcomes all who would like to join them in their goal of changing hearts and minds in Central Florida and throughout the world.
OUR MISSION: Inspiring individuals, the community and the world through excellence in musical entertainment.
OUR VISION: Using music to change images and attitudes, build a stronger community, and make the world a better place.
The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and humanitarian organization. We, the men and women of the chorus, now 100+ strong and comprised of gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender individuals, feel thankful to be able to carry on our mission and vision. Our musical artistry speaks directly to our pride in ourselves, and offers the world a chance to see beyond headlines and contentious social issues to build bridges of understanding and love.
The Orlando Gay Chorus is committed to:
Providing high quality, skilled performances in an environment that maintains an atmosphere of integrity, honesty and mutual respect.
Offering educational, cultural, and social enrichment for our members and our audience through excellence in the choral arts.
Making our musical entertainment accessible to all people.
Living Our Mission
As part of the Central Florida Arts Community, the Orlando Gay Chorus often performs at Come Out With Pride, Orlando Museum of Art “Festival of Trees” and World AIDS Day memorial services. In addition to our three major concerts in December, April, and May, we present three smaller cabaret concerts; “OGC UNCUT Cabaret” each October, “Love Is…” around Valentine’s Day, and OGC’s “A Lotta Night Music” at the end of June each year.
This past season, OGC and its ensembles reached out to over 175,000 individuals and performed inspirational programs at over 105 organization events. During the one-year memorial for the victims and families of the Pulse tragedy, the Orlando Gay Chorus performed over 15 times.
Recently OGC participated with our diverse Orlando community to reach out to the families and survivors of the Pulse tragedy to join their cry for healing, forgiveness, remembrance, and action. The Chorus, singers and support staff, donated over 1,384 hours, paid over $3,500 out of their own pockets for expenses like parking and meals, and took hours away from the jobs that support their families. This was a direct donation of over $15,000 to
the Chorus and to the community.
In July 2016, Orlando Gay Chorus and its small ensembles represented Central Florida in front of an audience of 3000, from around the world, at the GALA Choruses Festival 2016 in Denver, Colorado.
The Chorus has performed for openly gay active duty military personnel at the Shades of Green Resort located at Walt Disney World Resort as part of OutServe/SLDN’s as well as at the Out and Equal National Conference, at the PFLAG Florida conferences in Orlando and the Florida Annual Convention for the United Church of Christ.
In 2012, Orlando Gay Chorus and its small ensembles represented Central Florida in front of an audience of 3000 from around the world at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 in Denver, Colorado. OGC performed for openly gay active duty military personnel at the Shades of Green Resort located at Walt Disney World Resort as part of OutServe/SLDN’s 2nd international conference in October.
The Chorus has performed at the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. (PFLAG) Florida conference in Orlando and the Florida Annual Convention for the United Church of Christ.
Orlando Gay Chorus Gives Back
In addition to our music, the Orlando Gay Chorus is known for our humanitarian efforts throughout the year. Every November, the sections of the Chorus each partner with the Children’s Home Society (CHS) and sponsor families in need for Thanksgiving Day meal baskets.
For the past 23 years, the Orlando Gay Chorus has hosted the longest continuous US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots campaign in Central Florida. We also donate our time and talents with performances at several nursing homes and retirement centers, as well as benefits and community awareness events.
The Orlando Gay Chorus is a member of GALA Choruses, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serving the GLBT choral movement. Founded in 1982 by fourteen choruses, GALA Choruses has become the leading international association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender choruses.
The mission of GALA Choruses is inspiring and strengthening member choruses to change their worlds through song. By fostering the artistic and organizational development of member choruses through a wide variety of programs and services, GALA Choruses produces choral festivals, educational conferences and several publications. It engages in advocacy; provides grants for the commissioning of new choral works; facilitates networking within the Association; and serve as a resource center for choruses and individual Associates from around the world.
GALA Choruses supports more than 190 choruses, representing 7500+ performers singing to audiences totaling more than one million individuals.
The Orlando Gay Chorus is licensed by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and by BMI, Broadcast Music, Inc., organizations which collect license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.
Any unauthorized audio recording, video recording or still photography of OGC performances is strictly prohibited.