Join us for Singathon on September 16

Join NYCGMC for our first public performance of the new season, a fall afternoon of music in the park. Part singing festival, part garden party, Singathon offers choral numbers interspersed with smaller group and solo sets, and lots of sing-a-long opportunities for everyone. Fun give-aways and audience participation add to the excitement at this free event.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
2:00 - 5:30 pm
Jackson Square Park
(W. 13th Street & 8th Avenue)

Join the BAPA Board of Directors

An invitation to make a difference

Join us on the Board of Directors for Big Apple Performing Arts®, home of New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.  

You’re receiving this because the sender thinks you’re pretty amazing. Or maybe you’ve done amazing things we’re not aware of and you think we’d benefit from your experience and qualifications?  Either way, we’re glad to connect with you and appreciate your time.

What is Big Apple Performing Arts?

Big Apple Performing Arts (BAPA) is the non-profit management company for New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. With over thirty years of history, innovative programs, and service to the LGBTQ community, Big Apple Performing Arts is renowned for producing legendary performances, commissioning new works, and taking a leading role in the movement for social justice. From Carnegie Hall to City Hall, from the AIDS crisis to the struggle for marriage equality, as well as today’s gender and identity politics, the choruses of BAPA have been leaders and activists in the New York City community since 1980. We are so proud of what’s been achieved, but there is still so much more to achieve and fight for. That’s why the choruses of BAPA are as critical today as the day we started. Big Apple Performing Arts, and its associated groups, are members of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), the world's only association committed to serving the LGBTQ choral movement.

How you can make a difference as a Big Apple Performing Arts Board Director

Boards are fundamental for any non-profit organization. Plus, being a Director on a Board provides an opportunity for talented, insightful, collaborative, and charitable people—from a wide range of backgrounds—to help steer a vital organization to achieve even more impact in the world. For BAPA, the Board of Directors fulfills two key roles: governance and fundraising.


Essentially, this is to provide the organization with direction and accountability for its legal obligations. Board Directors (according to the National Council of Nonprofits) are required to:

1.     Take care of the non-profit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will; and provide oversight for all activities that advance the non-profit’s effectiveness and sustainability. ("Duty of care")

2.     Make decisions in the best interest of the non-profit corporation; not in his or her self-interest. ("Duty of loyalty")

3.     Ensure that the non-profit obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that the non-profit adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities advance its mission. ("Duty of obedience")


NYCGMC and YPC are world class and world renowned because we’ve truly made a difference in the world—something that could only be possible because of the generosity of many individuals, families, organizations, and companies in New York and beyond. BAPA’s Board of Directors plays a critical role in introducing new people, partners, audiences, influencers, donors, sponsors, advertisers, and other funders to the organization so that we can continue our mission and create even more positive change for the global LGBTQ community.

What experience and qualifications are most valuable?

Firstly, we look at your work background, skills, and personal/professional networks to ensure you can fulfill the two key Board functions of governance and fundraising. It’s not essential to have prior board experience, but we do look for similar experience that demonstrates the required skillset. Secondly, we look for passion for our organization and mission, along with leadership skills and a desire to roll-up sleeves and contribute to the Board’s work. This also means exercising good judgement and a high degree of discretion with sensitive and confidential information. Lastly—and very importantly—we look for a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, in addition to a mix of both singing and non-singing Directors. We pride ourselves on being a champion for diversity and equal opportunity, which starts at the top.

The Board of Directors is just one rewarding and valuable way you can contribute to our organization. If you’re not sure that you’re right or ready for a Board position, we highly recommend you consider volunteering on any of the committees that report to the Managing Body (Executive Director, Artistic Director, and MAST Chair). It’s a great way to get to know the organization and for us to get to know you.

What would be my time and financial commitments?

Like the majority of non-profit boards, our Board Director positions are volunteer only (i.e., not paid). The typical tenure for the position is 3 years, with the Board meeting approximately every two months for around 2.5 hours. Between each Board meeting, there is likely at least 5 hours of work contributing to governance and fundraising activities, reading board reports, responding to emails, and participating on one of the Board’s committees.

There is a financial expectation for each Board member to the organization annually, comprising of the following:

·         A direct cash contribution from each Board member

·         The balance can be covered through funds raised as a direct result of your actions (for example, performance or event tickets you’ve sold to others, program ads sold, sponsorship agreements reached, as well as any grants, donations, and/or other monetary gifts you’ve personally sourced). Many workplaces offer dollar for dollar matches for an employee’s money and time spent on charitable causes, which many of our Board Directors have used to cover their commitment.

Board Directors are also expected to attend and/or purchase tickets to all NYCGMC/YPC events and performances (where possible)—particularly our major fundraising events such as Harmony (which is held annually, usually in February).

Next steps?

Email with your resume and a short summary of why you think you’d be a great addition to our Board, or call our Executive Director, Lisa Reilly, at 212-344-1777, ext. 1 if you have any questions. We typically recruit new Board members annually between July and September. If a Board position doesn’t seem like the right fit for you, consider contacting us about volunteering your skills in another valuable way.

DEADLINE:  Friday, August 25, 2017 at 5 pm.

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Lily Garden : Aug 1 at Tavern on the Green

Please join us for Lily Garden, a sophisticated early-evening garden party benefiting New York City Gay Men's Chorus. Hosted by the ever-elegant Lily Putian, guests will enjoy a refined evening of cocktails, canapes, and conversation on a terrace overlooking Central Park at Tavern on the Green.  The night will feature live and silent auctions, a performance by TONEWALL, and one of the summer's most urbane and cosmopolitan crowds.  

The live auction will include everything from an African safari to a set of Baccarat crystal.  The silent auction will include additional adventures, spa experiences, and tickets to some of New York City’s finest performances.    

Tickets start at $75 and are available here or visit 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Tavern on the Green
Central Park West & 67th Street
New York, NY   10023

6 pm, VIP reception
7 pm, General admission

Festive attire requested.

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Audition for NYCGMC!

The New York City Gay Men's Chorus holds auditions twice a year, in August/September and January. We are now taking applications for our Fall 2017 round, which will take place on the evenings of Wednesday, August 30 and Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5 and 6. We make every effort to see everyone who applies, time permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis.  For those invited to join the Chorus, there is a mandatory orientation event for all new members on the morning of Saturday September 9th, and rehearsals begin the following week.

To Audition:

  1. Please read "Things to know about being a member of NYCGMC" here.  
  2. Learn more about the audition process and complete a brief survey to sign up for an audition time here.  

IN THE NEWS: Coro Gay Ciudad de México and NYCGMC featured on Fox5 New York


Coro Gay Ciudad de México, hard at work rehearsing for their guest star run in Big Gay Sing: Welcome to New York this weekend were visited by Fox5's Linda Schmidt.  Its safe to say she was blown away by their sound and put out this lovely piece on the 6 o'clock evening news that celebrates two choruses coming together to celebrate inclusion through song!  

Step 1: watch the clip!
Step 2: buy your tickets IMMEDIATELY as they are scarce and you're running out of time!

Performance: March 24 and 25 at 8pm; March 26 at 3pm


Coro Gay Ciudad de México #BeyondWalls

Coro Gay Cuidad de Mexico

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus today announced that Coro Gay Ciudad de México will be guest stars at Big Gay Sing®, its annual sing-along extravaganza from March 24 - 26 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. This year titled Big Gay Sing: Welcome to New York, the show celebrates the greatest city on Earth while also sending a very powerful message about New York's values.

"The show will celebrate New York as a vibrant, outward-looking city, with multiculturalism at the heart of its success," said Charlie Beale, Artistic Director of NYCGMC.

"As a chorus with an international reach and the power to make an impact at this very sensitive time, NYCGMC is uber-excited to invite our brothers from Coro Gay Ciudad de México to be center stage in New York City as our guests of honor. We're delighted to have them because they sound amazing and, you know, screw walls!" Beale added. Big Gay Sing: Welcome to New York will feature arrangements of chart-toppers by Alicia Keys, Ella Fitzgerald, Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, plus some Spanish-language hits and more surprises. "The arrangements, the immensity of the sound, and the sparkle from the performers will have you jumping to your feet," Beale further commented.

Big Gay Sing, an NYCGMC original concept and now in its ninth year, has become New York’s greatest way to welcome spring. Its outrageous sing-along format has become so popular that Big Gay Sing has been franchised to choruses around the US and the world.

“The mission of NYCGMC is to champion acceptance, equality, and the power of sensational music to bring about positive change. Big Gay Sing demonstrates that we can put on a spectacular show while making an important difference,” said Lisa Reilly, Executive Director of Big Apple Performing Arts.

Big Gay Sing: Welcome to New York will be performed at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at 8pm Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25, and Sunday March 26 at 3pm. Tickets are now available at

Gran Canto Gay:
Bienvenidos a Nueva York


Viernes y sábado, 24 y 25 de marzo de 2017 a las 8pm.
Domingo, 26 de marzo de 2017 a las 3pm.
Centro Skirball de Artes Escénicas de NYU
566 LaGuardia Pl., NYC

Estrellas Especiales Invitadas: Coro Gay Ciudad de México (porque nos importan los valores de Nueva York) #MásAlláDeMuros

El Gran Canto Gay vuelve para otro gran espectáculo hilarante, escandaloso, divertidísimo, y acompañamiento que te hará bailar en los pasillos y canalizar a tu diva pop interior.

Después de años de actuaciones agotadas, el Gran Canto Gay es la mejor y más divertida manera de Nueva York de decir adiós al invierno deprimente y hola a la maravilla de la primavera. En 2017, el Gran Canto Gay: Bienvenidos a Nueva York reventará en el escenario para rendir homenaje a la mejor ciudad del mundo. Pero con una trampa: celebraremos la verdadera Ciudad de Nueva York, en toda su gloria sucia, cruda, loca, y espectacular. ¡Eso quiere decir sin tonterías de Hollywood! Como verdaderos neoyorquinos, estaremos manteniéndolo real mientras te soplaremos la mente. Más de 260 de los artistas más fabulosos de Nueva York darán vida a la actitud de fama mundial de la ciudad a través de algunos de los éxitos de pop más legendarios de la Gran Manzana. Con arreglos impresionantes y un sonido que te hará hacer volteretas en el metro, el Gran Canto Gay: Bienvenidos a Nueva York será un recuerdo increíble de por qué esta ciudad enloquecedora de extremos es tan encantadora. Entonces, mueve ese culo y compra estos boletos calientes hoy. Después de todo, en esta ciudad, los locales se mueven rápidos—sólo los turistas toman su tiempo.