Gordon Roberts Takes the Reigns
Just weeks after a group of former Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus members walked out on rehearsals, former member Gordon Roberts has officially formed a new chorus, The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Roberts now serves as the chorus’ interim artistic director.
With 64 members strong, Roberts expects to increase that number to 75 “by the time we hit the stage on Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18.”
The 43 members of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus who walked away from the chorus in a dispute over governance issues have been joined by other new and former members to form the new musical group.
“The chorus is in the process of recreating itself from a new place,” Roberts pointed out. “We are determined to be a place of inclusion and transparency, a place where each member is respected and whose talent is nurtured.”
He noted that the chorus is planning “a very ambitious season that will give those who are interested in singing a place to express their passions.”
The title of their first season is Home for the Holidays, “I've been so inspired by what these guys have been willing to go through to form this chorus,” states Roberts. “We are grateful to the Sunshine Cathedral for their support and for welcoming us back home.” The program will feature a wide variety of holiday favorites, from great choral masterworks to the lighter holiday fare. Roberts tells SFGN, that selections will contain gay twists.
Gordon Roberts, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Juilliard School of Music and has had a successful international career as conductor, accompanist and television personality. Harold Dioquino is the assistant artistic director, and Bill Spinosa will serve as the group’s interim president.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida hold open rehearsals Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at The Sunshine Cathedral (MCC), 1480 SW 9th. Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Members of the community are encouraged to attend. For further information, please contact 954-861-2299.