Season 10

Saturday June 4, 2011 – A small group from the Chorus kicks off the organization’s 10th year with a very hot performance at the fifth annual Spencer Pride in Spencer, IN.

Saturday July 16, 2011 - The chorus joins other local performers at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for “Cabaret at the Crossroads,” a concert programmed in conjunction with the fifth LGBTI National Health Summit.

Friday September 16, 2011 - Indiana University celebrates the recent renovation of the GLBT Student Support Services Office with a Red Ribbon Cutting, featuring Chorus member and GLBTSSS Director Doug Bauder, Provost Karen Hanson, Chancellor Ken Gros Louis, and other dignitaries. Quarryland provides music to open and end the ceremony.

Saturday October 15, 2011 - The chorus joins other local performers at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for “Voices Against Violence,” a fund raising concert for Middle Way House, a local domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center.

Wednesday November 16, 2011 – Several chorus members join the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus to tape a performance of Copland’s The Promise of Living for the It Gets Better video project.

Saturday November 19, 2011 – The Chorus polishes music at its annual fall retreat at First United Church.

December 3-4, 2011 – For the first time, the Chorus presents two performances of its winter concert. Performing its program These Holidaze at First United Church Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, the Chorus revives some favorite literature from past concerts including Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Gustav Holst’s “In the Bleak Mid-Winter,” and Randall Thompson’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” The risk of singing two concerts pays off, as the audience increased and resulted in a new record for ticket sales.

Tuesday December 12, 2011 – The Chorus enjoys a holiday pot luck social at the home of Doug Bauder.

Sunday January 22, 2012 – The Chorus launches its public Facebook Fan Page.

Saturday January 28, 2012 – The Chorus kicks of the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival evening screening with song at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Sunday January 29, 2012 – A small group of chorus members performs for the IU GLBT Alumni Association reunion weekend brunch at the Tudor Room in the Indiana Memorial Union.

Wednesday January 25, 2012 – The Chorus releases its first ever recruitment video.

Tuesday January 31, 2012 – Quarryland hosts its spring Open House to recruit new members, followed by auditions on February 7.

Sunday February 12, 2012 – The Chorus provides music for the morning service of our rehearsal home, First United Church.

February 13-14, 2012 – The Chorus presents its first ever Singing Valentines fundraiser to help raise money for the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 trip. Customers are serenaded by one of three Barbershop quartets and presented both a red rose from Flowers & Interiors and a small box of chocolates from BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe and Cakery, the official caterer of Quarryland Men’s Chorus.

April 14-15, 2012 – The Chorus teams up with the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus to present their first joint concert, “American Landscapes.” Featuring music exclusively by American composers, the concert makes the Indianapolis Star’s list of Top Ten things to do for the weekend. Performing at Broadway United Methodist in Indianapolis on Saturday the 14th and at Bloomington’s First United Church on the 15th, the concert features operatic tenor soloist Conor Angell in the Charles Ives piece “General Booth Enters Into Heaven.” A stretch for both the performers and the audience, the piece gains context through the pre-concert lecture by Quarryland member and renowned Ives scholar Peter Burkholder. The concert also features the local premiere of Quarryland’s first commissioned work “Will and Testament” by Indianapolis-based composer Greg Gilpin. The concert is reviewed by the online examiner.com.

Tuesday April 24, 2012 – Following a brief rehearsal, the chorus convenes at the home of founders Sam Troxal and Donovan Walling for a social gathering.

Tuesday May 1, 2012 – At the Annual Meeting of the Chorus, members elect Dennis Broussard, Rex Hinkle, Eric Metzler, and Shawn Conner to the Board of Directors.

Saturday June 2, 2012 – The Chorus performs for the sixth annual Spencer Pride Festival on the Owen County Courthouse Square.

Saturday June 30, 2012 – A milestone day, the Chorus celebrates the 10th anniversary of its founding with a free Festival 2012 send-off concert entitled “GALA or Bust!” The concert features a historical display of every concert poster and program from the chorus’s history, as well as the 30-minute set for the upcoming GALA Choruses Festival performance. This is the first Quarryland concert to feature an ASL interpreter. The concert receives coverage in the Indiana Daily Student Quarryland is also recognized on radio station WFIU with a Day of Dedication to honor its founding.

July 7-12, 2012 – A Quarryland contingent travels to Denver, Colorado to represent Bloomington and Indiana at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012. The group includes 13 Quarryland singers, 3 additional singers from the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, Artistic Director Barry Magee, Accompanist Wendy Elliott, ASL Interpreter Charles Daube, and a host of board members, family members, and friends. With more than 6700 people in attendance, Quarryland is one of 180 performing ensembles at the Festival.

Monday July 9, 2012 – The Chorus makes it’s GALA Festival debut in Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall in front of 1000 or more enthusiastic audience members, who shower the Chorus multiple standing ovations. Prior to the performance, the Chorus posts this message on Facebook:

The day has finally arrived. Ten years and 9 days after our first meeting, Quarryland’s big coming out performance for the GLBT Choral Music community has finally arrived. In 1.5 hours, we take the Boettcher Concert Hall stage in downtown Denver for the GALA Choruses Festival, 2012. Lots of love and support anticipated in the audience. Proud of our Board’s commitment to get us here. Proud to share Greg Gilpin’s new work with the world. Proud to represent Indiana. Proud of our sound. Proud to make beautiful music with great friends.

The performance impressed artistic directors and singers from across the country, drawing high praise for the sound, blend, articulation, and musical selections. The performance is professionally recorded by Tresona Music and made available for download. Later that evening, the Quarryland contingent gathers at Rock Bottom Brewery for a Chorus dinner, during which Artistic Director Barry Magee begins a one-year sabbatical by formally passing the baton to Interim Artistic Director Mitch Serslev.