Gordon Roberts — The Maestro

Photo courtesy of Gordon Roberts

Tickets to concerts by the 200-voice Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida (GMCSF) are difficult to snag. In just under five years, Maestro Gordon Roberts has built the chorus into the largest vocal ensemble in Florida and led the organization to even greater musical heights. And their concerts are almost always sell-outs.

Roberts got an early start, beginning piano study at the age of four in Pennsylvania. By the time he was nine, he was conducting the 60-voice choir and playing organ at a local church. He would go on to study at Juilliard before launching a concert career, performing around the world.

He recalled, “At one point I decided I was not going to become ‘famous’….what people don’t realize is the very smallest percentage make it to that celebrity status where you write your own ticket.”

Roberts decided to pursue his other love, design. For years, he had decorated his colleagues’ homes and realized his services were worth more than he was making as a concert artist. He relocated to Florida with his partner, but after a few years found himself returning to his true love, music, in 2004.

He served as assistant conductor of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus before helping launch the GMCSF. “The rest” as he says, “simply fell into place.”

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