Season 13

Monday August 4, 2014 – The Chorus begins rehearsals for its 13th season at First United Church.

August 6-10, 2014 – President Marlin Howard, Artistic Director Barry Magee, and Jim Johnson attend the GALA Choruses Leadership Symposium in Cleveland, OH, which coincides with the Opening of Gay Games 9.

Saturday August 23, 2014 – The new Board gathers for a retreat at the home of president Marlin Howard.

Saturday September 6, 2014 – The Chorus performs during the first ever Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest Block Party, singing to a standing room only crowd in the John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay. The Chorus also hosts an informational booth to help attract new members.

Monday September 8, 2014 – The Chorus hosts its fall Open House at First United Church, with well over 50 people in attendance. The event includes informational presentations, rehearsal, and social time.

Monday September 15, 2014 – Artistic Director Barry Magee and assistant Mitch Serslev audition a record 18 new and returning singers for the season.

Sunday October 12, 2014 - The day after National Coming Out Day, the Chorus provides special music for the service at First United Church, as they celebrate their status as a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation along with other Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptist congregations across the country.

Wednesday November 5, 2014 - The Chorus makes its first performance at an IU Men’s Soccer game and performs the Star Spangled Banner before the kickoff with Michigan State. Members can’t stay for the game due to the subsequent gig.

Wednesday November 5, 2014 - Quarryland presents a preview of its Winter concert for residents at Meadowood Retirement Community.

Monday December 1, 2014 - Quarryland performs for the Community AIDS Action Group‘s World AIDS Day Ceremony of Celebration and Remembrance at Fountain Square Ballroom.

December 6-7, 2014 - Featuring a record 32 singers on stage, the chorus presents its winter concert Silver Bells & Red Ribbons. Audiences enjoyed an eclectic program featuring music in seven languages. In addition to music celebrating Chanukah and Christmas, the chorus performed pieces drawing attention to World AIDS Day and to the 100th Anniversary of WWI and Christmas Truce of 1914.

Sunday January 25, 2015 - The Chorus invites women from the community to join them in singing the Star Spangled Banner at the second annual IU GLBT Alumni Association Pride Night at Assembly Hall, resulting in a mixed chorus of nearly 40 voices. The Men’s chorus performed again at halftime of the IU Women’s basketball game vs. Maryland.

Friday January 30, 2015 - The group sings to a packed IU GLBT Alumni Association reception in the Neal-Marshall Center Grand Hall on campus before moving to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and performing for a full house before the feature film screening at the twelfth annual Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival. The PRIDE performance features Tom Slater as “Dolly” as the chorus singe “Hello Dolly.”

Saturday February 14, 2015 - A quartet of Quarryland members brings joy to a few “special someones” around town by delivering Singing Valentines.

Saturday March 28, 2015 - An octet of singers from the Chorus visits Canterbury House near the IU Campus to provide special music during a memorial service for Earl Hinkle Jr., father of chorus member Rex Hinkle.

Friday April 3, 2015 - A quartet of Quarryland members surprises Ruth Chesmore with a serenade at her 90th birthday party. The quartet was pleased to find a number of the chorus’s frequent audience members in attendance.

Friday April 10, 2015 - Quarryland assembles a team for the Bloomington AIDS Walk, raising over $2000 for Positive Link and earning recognition for the second most funds raised among all teams.

Saturday April 18, 2015 - Members gather at First United Church for a spring retreat.

May 2-3, 2015 - Featuring a record 36 singers on stage, the chorus presents its winter concert My Indiana Home: Music of Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter. The chorus premiers several new David Maddx arrangements of songs by Bloomington native Carmichael, while the Cole Porter set includes a medley arranged by the late Al Cobine, a long-time Bloomington resident and favorite of the Chorus. The enthusiastic audience, perhaps our largest ever, was visibly moved by the repertoire and some even sang along with the familiar tunes.

Saturday May 23, 2015 - The Chorus hosts its second annual Breakfast Fundraiser at American Legion Post 18 in Bloomington. In addition to helping serve breakfast, the chorus entertains the audience to a short performance.

Monday June 1, 2015 - The Chorus holds its Annual Meeting at First United Church. Highlights of the year include 15 public performances (with two more upcoming), a change in membership types to include “performing” and “off-stage” members, and our best ever financial performance, allowing the board to set aside a significant amount to fund participation in the GALA Choruses Festival 2016. The Chorus elects Tim Jessen, Eric Metzler, Terry Michael, and Jacob Wooden to the board.

Saturday June 6, 2015 - In the first of two performances on the same day, Quarryland makes its fifth appearance at Spencer Pride, celebrating its tenth year on the Owen County Courthouse Square. The group of 31 singers represents the Chorus’s largest ever showing for the event, while performers and volunteers staff a Quarryland booth for the day.

Saturday June 6, 2015 - Quarryland makes its first-ever appearance in Columbus, Indiana, performing a concert entitled Heart and Soul in North Christian Church at the invitation of the Inclusive Community Coalition. The performance occurs as momentum builds for an amendment to the Columbus Human Rights Ordinance.