About Us

SGMC

Our History

The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus was founded in 1984 as a singing group that aimed to foster a sense of community and provide support specifically for gay men in the Sacramento area.

Over the past thirty-five years, through musical performance and outreach programs, the chorus has grown to become an integral part of the Sacramento music community, as well as a voice for the wide scope of LGBTQ+ folk in the greater Sacramento area. With that voice, SGMC has confronted intolerance and bigotry by providing a positive experience of the Queer Community.

The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus strives to create a fun environment for LGBTQ+ folk and allies who enjoy making music together. The chorus has now grown to more than eighty-eight members and is focused on both musical excellence and dynamic choralography.

The SGMC season begins in August and ends in July. During the year, the chorus puts on several staged concerts and sings at numerous community benefit events. Watch our website for information on our Holiday Shows and Spring Concerts!

Who We Are Now

Watch Our 1-Minute Video

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See Our Mission, Vision & Values

See Our Board of Directors & Staff

Mission

Fostering pride and enhancing lives, one song at a time.

Vision

Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus will build a community where no one will be afraid to sing one’s own song.

Core Values

We strive to create and maintain an organization that values:

  • Diversity – We honor, promote and model diversity in our membership, music and community outreach.
  • Musical and Artistic Excellence – We strive to produce musical and artistic excellence through education, performance, and a varied repertoire.
  • Support and Connection to Our Community – We serve as musical and community leaders for the artistic and LBGT communities in Sacramento and beyond.
  • Action for Social Justice and Pride – We confront intolerance through action that shows pride and expresses the common hopes and dreams shared by gays and straights alike.
  • A Safe and Nurturing Family – We build and sustain a welcoming social and purposeful environment of fellowship, fun and shared musical expression for all of our members.
  • Personal Growth and Transformation – We promote personal growth and learning that challenge members to become all they can be and more.
  • Strong Organizational Stewardship – We maintain sound and transparent financial and operational practices that ensure a stable organization capable of achieving its mission.

Board of Directors

James Dahlen, President

Chris Huber, Vice President

Hal Turner, Treasurer

Stens Christensen

Andrew Gibout, Secretary

Corey Hubert

Delta Pick Mello

James Tokuno

Staff

Lynda Walls, Executive Director

Steven Johnson, Artistic Director

Kay Hight, Assistant Artistic Director & Principal Accompanist

Eliseo Paniagua, Chorus Administrator