History

Season 5

Sunday June 18, 2006 - The chorus provides music for both Unitarian Universalist Church services.

Saturday June 24, 2006 - Under much cooler conditions than the previous year, the chorus performs at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market.

Monday August 14, 2006 - The chorus receives word from the IRS that it is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The chorus is now eligible to receive tax deductible gifts and apply for certain grants to exempt organizations.

Saturday-Sunday September 2-3, 2006 - The chorus staffs a table at the 30th annual 4th Street Festival of Arts and Crafts, increasing community awareness of the organization. The weekend also featured a second chorus pool party at the home of Lee Chapman and Bob Green. The weather was mostly too cool for swimming.

Thursday September 14, 2006 - The Chorus performs three song segments at the OUT resource fair.

Tuesday September 19, 2006 - The Board of Directors votes to alter the Chorus dues structure, now charging $40.00 for most members and $25.00 for student members.

Friday September 22, 2006 - The Chorus performs during the “Old Fashioned Hymn Sing” at First United Church, an event which also served as a fundraising benefit forIndiana Equality,

Sunday December 3, 2006 - The Chorus presents it’s winter concert “Ceremony of Carols.”  With 15 Quarryland singers on stage, the chorus continued to reach new levels of success. The chorus collaborated with soprano soloist Rebecca Keith and harpist Wiedke Dirks-Hunt to perform Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. The concert also included a number of holiday-related pieces, several of them humorous carols written specifically for gay-themed choruses. The audience matched the previous attendance record set tin December, 2005: approximately 150. This was the first non-benefit ticketed concert for the chorus, resulting in a record level of income.

Sunday April 29, 2007 - The Chorus presents its spring concert, “Sentimental Journey.” The audience numbered approximately 150 for the third time, and the number of singers on the stage tied our previous high of 16. The Chorus continued to benefit from Bloomington’s immense local talent pool. Performing pieces arranged by Al Cobine, who attended the concert with his wife Marian, the Chorus was accompanied by piano, bass, and drums. Guest performers on the concert included “non-singing” chorus members Bob Green and Lee Chapman, as well as Connie Glen and Dr. James Mumford.

Tuesday May 22, 2007 - At the fourth Annual Meeting, the Chorus elects Rob Hasskamp, Jim Johnson, Eric Metzler, and Mitch Serslev to the Board of Directors. Eric Metzler reported that the treasury has grown to more than $2000.

Season 4

Tuesday June 21, 2005 - The chorus holds a general meeting during rehearsal, at which the group votes to begin weekly rehearsals in September.

Sunday June 26, 2005 - The chorus provided music for both Unitarian Universalist Church services.

Thursday June 30 WFIU radio features a day of programming dedicated to the Quarryland Men’s Chorus, in honor of the third anniversary of its founding.

Monday July 4, 2005 - The Chorus performs at Free and Proud: the Second Annual Pride Picnic in Bloomington’s Third Street Park. The picnic was sponsored by Indiana EqualityPFLAG Bloomington, and the Bloomington Beacon. The live entertainment line-up was hosted by WFHB and “bloomingOUT.”

Friday July 29, 2005 - An article about the chorus (no  longer available), written by Donovan Walling, appears in the online magazine Cybercaf.

Saturday August 20, 2005 - The Chorus performs in sweltering heat at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Several members enjoy a pool party later in the day.

September 1-4, 2005 - Manager Jim Johnson, Artistic Director Barry Magee, and Accompanist Steve Wietstock attend the GALA Choruses Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.

Tuesday October 18, 2005 - The Chorus performs at Meadowood Retirement Community. The performance served several of the group’s stated purposes by extending beyond choral music. The concert featured a piano solo by Sam Troxal, a saxophone solo by Greg Weber, and three hurdy-gurdy/classical guitar duets by Bob Green and Lee Chapman.

Saturday November 5, 2005 - The Chorus performs at Tutto Bene as part of the Fall Gala fundraiser for the Student Global AIDS Campaign. Although it was a challenging room, the performance provided good exposure for the Chorus and served as a preview for the upcoming December concert.

Thursday November 10, 2005 - A small group of six performs on WFHB‘s bloomingOUT program and Manager Jim Johnson discussed the upcoming benefit concert.

Monday November 21, 2005 - Director Barry Magee presents to a class in the IU Anthropology Department on “Performance as Social Action,” particularly on the role of the performing arts in raising awareness about AIDS.

Wednesday November 30, 2005 - The Chorus performs as part of the Monroe County Community AIDS Action Group‘s World AIDS Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Fountain Square Ballroom.

Sunday December 4, 2005 - The Chorus performs a highly successful concert, “We’re All in This Together,” a benefit for Bloomington Hospital’s Positive Link program. With a record 16 singers on stage, the Chorus teamed up with IndyVisible to perform for a record audience of 147. The concert raised $1400 for Positive Link and included the group’s first attempt at choreography.

Monday January 16, 2006 - The Chorus performs “One Voice” during the Indiana University Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Prayer Service.

Saturday January 28, 2006 - The Chorus performs to an enthusiastic crowd at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater during PRIDE, Bloomington’s annual LGBTQ Film Festival.

Saturday March 4, 2006 - The Board held its first-ever planning retreat at the Lake Monroe condominium of Sam Troxal and Donovan Walling. With the assistance of Mick Welling from IndyChoruses, the Board discussed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, as well as board development and other organizational goals.

Saturday April 29, 2006 - ”Q to the Fourth” performs at the Sample Gates to help kick off the Second Annual Bloomington AIDS Walk, sponsored by the Student Global AIDS Campaign.

Sunday May 7, 2006 - With only 11 singing members on stage, the chorus presents “A Little Heart, a Lot of Fun” at the Unitarian Universalist Church. In spite of the smaller chorus, performance standards continued to improve with increased memorization and more choreography.

Tuesday May 16, 2006 - At the third Annual Meeting, the chorus votes to expand the Board, now allowing between four and seven members. Officers reported that the chorus is now licensed with ASCAP and BMI, and is finally ready to file for 501(c)3 status. The treasury stands at $696.97. The new Board included Jim Johnson, Eric Metzler, Doug McKinney, Bill Cassidy, and Barry Magee.

Friday May 26, 2006 - ”Q to the Fourth” performs to a packed room at the ”Men’s Voices” open mike poetry event, at the Runcible Spoon in Bloomington.

Season 3

Tuesday June 1, 2004 - The Chorus held its first “Annual Meeting,” in conjunction with the regularly scheduled rehearsal. Officers presented reports, and the treasury listed $772.00 in income since the chorus’ inception. The group also had more than $300 in expenses, although the checking account was yet to be established. Jim Johnson was re-elected as manager, while Doug McKinney was elected treasurer and Dick Jacobsen was elected secretary. A new music committee was established, as noted in the minutes.

Sunday June 20, 2004 - The chorus provided music for the Unitarian Universalist Church service.

Saturday July 31, 2004 - A quartet from the chorus, dubbed “Q to the Fourth,” performed for the IU GLBT Alumni Association’s Summer 2004 Luau at the Fourwinds Resort on Lake Monroe. The “Quintessential Queer Quartet from Quarryland” included Doug Bauder, Mitch Serslev, Scott Jackman, and Doug McKinney. The Quartet was later pictured in the fall issue of Reaching Out (Vol. 8 no.1), the newsletter of the GLBT Alumni Association.

Sunday August 15, 2004 - The chorus provided music for the Unitarian Universalist Church service.

Thursday September 23, 2004 - “Q to the Fourth” performed for a mass meeting of OUT, IU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Union.

Sunday November 14, 2004 - The Chorus performed several pieces for the Tenth Anniversary Reunion Reception of the Indiana University GLBT Student Support Services Office.

Thursday December 2, 2004 - The Chorus is once again featured in a segment on WFHB’s weekly radio program “bloomingOUT.” The segment featured three recorded pieces and a live interview with director Barry Magee and manager Jim Johnson. Several people who heard the segment decided to attend the upcoming concert.

Sunday December 5, 2004 - With a record 15 performers on stage, the Chorus performed its third full concert “Hearth and Home” at the Unitarian Universalist Church. The chorus also enjoyed a record audience, with nearly 100 people in attendance.

Thursday April 14, 2005 - “Q to the Fourth” performs live on WFHB’s “bloomingOUT.” The interview with Barry Magee promoted the upcoming concert.

Sunday May 8, 2005 - The chorus continued to break new ground with its fourth full concert, a Mother’s Day performance entitled “Parade of American Music.” With 16 performers on stage (plus a guest accompanist), the chorus impressed audience members with a challenging repertoire, its first performance of pieces from memory, and its first use of choreography. Original compositions by Lee Chapman featured Lee on voice and guitar with Mitch Serslev playing horn. Also on this day, the Chorus was featured on the front page of the Bloomington Herald-Times ”Attractions” section. “Chorus of affirmation: Humor, song combine for uplifting message,” by Nicole Kauffman, included two photos and numerous quotes. (Available online with subscription.)

Tuesday May 31, 2005 - At the second Annual Meeting, the chorus voted to fund GALA Choruses conference registration fees for the director and accompanist. The chorus had $956.79 in the bank. Jim Johnson was re-elected as manager, while Jim Delpha and Lee Chapman were voted treasurer and secretary, respectively. Discussion began on moving to a weekly rehearsal schedule.

Season 2

Tuesday July 15, 2003 - The chorus rehearsed and met to discuss the future of the organization. At this meeting, the members decided that the chorus should continue. Barry Magee and Steve Wietstock agreed to continue in their roles of conductor and accompanist. The chorus decided upon a board of directors consisting of a manager, secretary/treasurer, at-large member, and the director. Jim Johnson was “elected” manager, while Lee Chapman volunteered as secretary/treasurer and Scott Phillips volunteered to serve as the at-large member. A music committee was also established.

Sunday July 20, 2003 - The chorus provided music for the Unitarian Universalist Church service.

Saturday November 15, 2003 - The chorus performed at Unity of Bloomington as part of their Fall Unity Coffee House program.

Tuesday December 16, 2003 - A general meeting of the chorus was held, at which the bylaws were approved unanimously.

Tuesday January 20, 2004 - The Board of Directors signs the newly developed Articles of Incorporation.

Saturday January 24, 2004 - The chorus performed its first full concert, An Evening of Music, with 10 performers.

Thursday February 5, 2004 - Articles of Incorporation are approved and filed by the Indiana Secretary of State. After a year and a half, the chorus is now an official entity.

Thursday May 20, 2004 -An article about the chorus is featured in the Indiana Daily Student. The day was a publicity bonanza, as the chorus was also featured on WFHB’s bloomingOUT radio show. The segment, produced by Lee Chapman, included several previously recorded pieces and an interview with director Barry Magee and manager Jim Johnson.

Sunday May 23, 2004 - With 13 performers, we produced our second full concert, Aspects of Love.

Season 1

Friday June 7, 2002

Subscribers to the Indiana University GLBT Student Support Services listserv received the following message:

From: GLBTSSS
Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 9:29 AM
Subject: Bloomington Gay Men’s Chorus being launched (fwd)

Forwarded by Request

Please Post Widely

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Please post the following on your listserve–thanks

Bloomington Gay Men’s Chorus being launched

If you have long lamented in wonder, considering the size of Bloomington’s
musically-gifted gay community, why doesn’t Bloomington have a gay men’s
chorus, now is your chance to do something about and help make it happen. A
concerned group of men who yearn to sing choral music (think Matt Damon from
a recent episode of Will and Grace) is gathering to bring song and dance to
Bloomington–like only gay men can.

If you are interested in making a local gay men’s chorus happen, whether you
sing or not, there is plenty of room at the table for all interested. Please
contact Sam Troxal.

Sunday June 30, 2002, at 7:00 pm

Sam Troxal hosted an organizational meeting at the Phi Delta Kappa International Headquarters,  408 N Union Street in Bloomington. By this time, IU Assistant Professor of Music & Coordinator of Opera Coaching Mark Phelps had been named Artistic Director. The agenda included discussion of a name for the group, how to organize, a mission statement, first-year expectations, and  Mark Phelps’ ideas for the chorus. At this meeting, volunteers stepped forward to establish an organizational structure and to serve as librarian, web page designer, graphic designer and email listserv manager. Auditions were planned for mid-August, with rehearsals beginning in September. It was determined that the Chorus should join GALA Choruses.

Sunday July 14, 2002

A second organizational meeting was held at the home of Sam Troxal and Donovan Walling. At this meeting, the name Quarryland Men’s Chorus was selected, beating out several other proposed names, both clever and mundane. Dues were set at $20.00 per year. By this time, David White had agreed to be the accompanist and Joe Peacock was performing some managerial duties. December 8 was set as a tentative concert date.

Tuesday July 16, 2002

The Quarryland email listserv was established, with Doug McKinney serving as moderator.

Sundays August 25, 2002 and September 1, 2002, from 2:00-4:00 pm

Call-out “auditions” were held at Phi Delta Kappa International Headquarters. By this time, Mark Phelps had stepped back from involvement and David White moved into the role of Director.

Tuesday September 3, 2002, at 7:00 pm - The first rehearsal of the Quarryland Men’s Chorus was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Rehearsals continued on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Tuesday October 15, 2002 - By this time, David White had left the chorus without explanation. Rehearsals continued without a director and with little focus. The remaining Chorus members eventually chose to use Christmas Caroling as a focal point to provide some momentum.

Tuesday December 17, 2002, at 6:45 pm - The chorus members met at Bloomington Hospital to sing to the patients and staff. Several members ventured to Uncle Elizabeth’s following the event for socialization and more singing.

Tuesday January 7, 2003 - A group of ten dedicated members met to discuss the future of the chorus. Barry Magee agreed to direct the group on an interim basis. The group agreed to continue meeting at least until May, 2003.

March 5, 2003 - Discussions began with Rebecca Keith, director of the Bloomington Feminist Chorus, regarding the possibility of a performance on their May concert.

March 20, 2003 - Steven Wietstock agreed to join our group as a much-needed accompanist.

Saturday May 10, 2003 - With 11 performers we performed our first concert, as guests of the Bloomington Feminist Chorus.

Tuesday May 13, 2003 - Chorus members gathered at the home of Barry Magee and Jim Johnson for a cookout. A good time was had by all.