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TJ Witham
646-369-4592

Damian Kington
646-270-5727

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Key spokespeople

Artistic Director: Charlie Beale
Press: TJ Witham
Brand and Marketing: Damian Kington
Harmony: Skie Ocasio


Current press releases

June 19, 2019: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS ANNOUNCES GAVIN THRASHER AS NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

May 14, 2019: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL UPRISING ON JUNE 27 AT CARNEGIE HALL

February 20, 2019: PEPPERMINT FROM RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE TO GUEST STAR IN NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS GAY SING-A-LONG EXTRAVAGANZA: BIG GAY SING BODY & SOUL

January 17, 2018: FAITH PRINCE, BONNIE MILLIGAN, JANET DACAL, MARLA LOUISSAINT, AND JESSICA HENDY TO PERFORM AT HARMONY, A GALA TO BENEFIT NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS

May 1, 2018: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS CELEBRATES QUEER GENIUS IN THEIR LATEST CONCERT HONORING THE WORK OF DAVID BOWIE AND BEYOND

February 22, 2018: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF THEIR POPULAR BIG GAY SING-A-LONG EXTRAVAGANZA WITH BIG GAY SING X

January 18, 2018: BROADWAY POWERHOUSE, EDEN ESPINOSA TO PERFORM AT HARMONY, A GALA BENEFITING NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS AND YOUTH PRIDE CHORUS

November 21, 2017: THE BANG GROUP TO BRING THEIR NUT/CRACKED TO NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS HOLIDAY SHOW, HOLIDAY SLAY!

October 3, 2017: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS ANNOUNCES THEIR 2017/2018 SEASON OF PERFORMANCES AND FUNDRAISERS

April 24, 2017: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS WELCOMES THE LONDON GAY MEN’S CHORUS TO CELEBRATE ANTHEMS FOR A NEW ERA IN: I SEE FIRE

February 14, 2017: EL CORO GAY CIUDAD DE MÉXICO SERÁ PRESENTADO COMO ESTRELLA EN EL GRAN CANTO GAY DE NYCGMC PORQUE LOS VALORES DE NUEVA YORK SON IMPORTANTES

March 2, 2017: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS A FREE CONCERT - BIG GAY SING: WELCOME TO NEW YORK

February 14, 2017: MEXICO CITY'S GAY CHORUS TO STAR IN NYCGMC'S BIG GAY SING BECAUSE NEW YORK’S VALUES MATTER

February 2, 2017: JERRY MITCHELL, AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER TO BE HONORED AT HARMONY, A GALA BENEFITING NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS AND YOUTH PRIDE CHORUS

January 19, 2017: BROADWAY POWERHOUSE, SHOSHANA BEAN TO PERFORM AT HARMONY, A GALA BENEFITING THE NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS AND YOUTH PRIDE CHORUS

January 11, 2017: BIG APPLE PERFORMING ARTS WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

November 7, 2016: HUNKY STING QUARTET WELL-STRUNG TO HEADLINE NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS' HOLIDAY SHOW, XMAS & CHILL

October 12, 2016: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN'S CHORUS CELEBRATES THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD FOR ITS 2016/2017 SEASON

February 23, 2016: NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS LAUNCHES NEW BRANDING, REFLECTING A MORE CONFIDENT, DYNAMIC, AND DIVERSE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD’S MOST VIBRANT CITY


Photo by Michael R. Dekker


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Gavin Thrasher is a professional conductor, singer, and teacher. He is currently the Interim Artistic Director and Conductor for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, where he develops the musicianship and sound of the ensemble and its individual members, creates the concert season, and oversees all of GMCLA’s educational programs. Gavin has been a guest conductor and clinician for ensembles and international festivals and presented his work to international conferences.

Prior to taking over as Interim Artistic Director, Gavin was the Assistant Conductor and Youth Programs Director for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles for 4 years. During his time in this role, he founded GMCLA’s small ensemble a capella group, Aftershock, which performs at concerts and events across Southern California, most recently for the Emmy’s Television Academy. He also founded 2 new youth programs in Los Angeles. The first brings music education through healing-informed practices to adolescents who are in the L.A. County Probation System Juvenile Halls and Camps. The second provides semester-long choral and vocal music education to Los Angeles Schools that wouldn’t otherwise have access to these aspects of arts education. Gavin also updated and further developed GMCLA’s Alive Music Project, which brings the chorus into schools to share personal stories and engage in positive conversation with students. Gavin has presented these programs, their materials, and best practices for this work on a national level, helping many organizations begin changing young peoples’ lives.

Gavin is recognized for the collaborative approach he brings to his work and has built lasting relationships with organizations in L.A. such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Vox Femina, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. He has numerous television and film credits as a vocalist, including The Mindy Project, Ellen, and VEEP.

He earned his Master of Music degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, and served as Conductor of the University’s Apollo Men’s Chorus. Gavin’s work has been recognized by the Los Angeles Times and Southern California Public Radio, an NPR affiliate, and Good Day LA.


About the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community. NYCGMC is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Together, we produce a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. Through the power of this sound, and our spectacular performances, we are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance. Founded in 1980, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse audiences. We sing in every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. As artists, we listen to the changing world around us and transform what we hear into music. We sing to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection, and to thrill with the superb quality of our sound. Through our music, audiences mourn losses, cheer victories, find unconditional acceptance, and celebrate life. We perform in a variety of settings, including special, private, and corporate events, concerts, television appearances, festivals, Broadway/theatre productions, conferences, weddings, parties, fundraisers, and community events. nycgmc.org

  

About the Youth Pride Chorus

New York City’s Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to engage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC fights homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting—through music—the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and in the broader community through electrifying, high caliber singing and performances. youthpridechorus.org

 

About Big Apple Performing Arts

Big Apple Performing Arts is the non-profit management company for the 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.

 

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