Quarryland Men’s Chorus is an established, respected partner in the region’s art scene. The Chorus offers two concerts each year and regularly performs at community events across the region. Its mixed repertoire of classical, traditional, and contemporary song appeals to a broad audience. Catch a glimpse of our history.
Mission & Guiding Principles
At every step from musical selection to performance, the Chorus strives to advance its mission. The Chorus provides a positive performance-based community for gay and bisexual men and their allies in South Central Indiana. It fosters talent, fellowship, pride, and understanding through excellence in vocal music.
The Chorus has defined four guiding principles in support of the mission:
- To support the educational development of men who desire to improve their singing ability and musical knowledge, through vocal music training, rehearsal, and performance;
- To educate the general public in and promote the development of choral music and other art forms through concerts and community performances;
- To promote awareness and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community through these performances; and
- To serve as a cultural ambassador to and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.
For each performance, Artistic Director Barry Magee carefully selects choral pieces that reflect the Chorus’ mission. In making selections, he balances entertainment value with message. His background as a trained singer and diversity educator shines through in the artistic vision he brings to the Chorus.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Chorus is governed by a Board of Directors that works closely with the artistic director. Both Performing Members and Off-stage Members serve on the Board in various capacities as executive voting members and committee chairs. The Board ensures that the Chorus’ operational, financial, and organizational needs are met.
Quarryland is a member of GALA Choruses, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving the field of choral music. The mission of GALA Choruses is to provide leadership and inspiration to the Lesbian and Gay movement through excellence in the choral arts.
In order to accomplish its goals, the Chorus relies on both performing and off-stage volunteers.
Performing Members have the opportunity to strengthen their singing ability and musical knowledge through vocal music training, rehearsal, and performance. Any man who desires to sing, regardless of his musical background, can become a Performing Member.
Off-stage Members play a vital role to support the chorus. Some devote several hours each month serving on the Board of Directors, while others volunteer for a few hours throughout the year as committee members, ticket sellers, concert ushers, and advocates. Current members.
To maintain its positive financial position each year, the Chorus relies on ticket sales, advertising revenue, membership dues, and private donations. Without the generous support of donors, the Chorus would not be able to meet its professional goals.
The Tyler’s Suite project is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Brown County Community Foundation Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. With additional funding provided by the Bloomington Arts Commission.