After six years with the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida and a final season largely silenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Artistic Director Harold Dioquino will take his final bow at the end of the current season in June. 

“I love this chorus,” Dioquino said in a statement. “I have been a part of it since its inception 11 years ago. Serving as the artistic director for the past six years has been extremely rewarding for me. The experience has enriched my life greatly, and the members have really been like a family to me.”

Dioquino is credited with the growth and success of the chorus, one of the largest in the region, reaching audiences of more than 20,000 in normal seasons.

Rick Vaughan, chair of the chorus board of directors, praised Dioquino: “We are grateful to him for sharing his talents with us for so many years, making us the highly regarded organization that we are.”

Dioquino plans to remain in the area and continue as music minister at Church by the Sea in Bay Harbor Islands. The chorus has initiated a national search for his successor and 100 or more candidates are anticipated.

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