Posted by admin at December 31st, 2009

The last few hours of the 2009 are ticking by and some great new things will emerge in 2010. 

At the stroke of midnight tonight we officially say goodbye to the San Diego Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego.  The two organizations will form the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus shortly after the ball drops. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t take time to reflect on what this organization has meant to me.  Back in the late 80′s and early 90′s when gay men were dying from AIDS and ACT UP was demanding rights to health care and respect, I came zipping out of the closet.  I tried looking for my identity in bars and clubs but it just didn’t work for me.  Instead, an ad in “The Update” directed me to call a number for an audition with the San Diego Men’s Chorus.  I even remember their tag line….”We need tops, we need bottoms”.    I have been in love ever since.

Since that January in 1990, the SDMC has been my musical family.  They have seen me through self-discovery, the joy of performance, the loss and grief of friends, community involvement, and just plain making good music with a bunch of committed musicians.  Heck, they even sang at our wedding reception.    Here’s a bit of fun as well.  Gary Holt (conductor of the current SDMC and GMCSD) audtioned me and conducted me in my first concert with the SDMC.  Gary Holt conducted me in my last concert with the SDMC.  Sheer karmic poetry.

So, here’s to you SDMC.  Thank you for twenty years of activism, friendship and great music.  San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus?  You’ve got some big shoes to fill!