Hello and greetings and Happy New Year to all of my faithful readers. I hope you all had a wonderful and peaceful and musical holiday season. For my first History Corner post of 2020 I want to talk about some of what goes on in the background. From the beginning the chorus has always had a Board of Directors and as part of their obligations is to work with the greater gay community to promote the chorus.
We also had a Community Advisory Board which I believe first started in 1988. Here is more on this Board. Among the archives I found a memo dated January 6, 1992, from Rosemary Mitchell to the Board of Directors stating that she had sent a letter to all Advisory Board members asking for their commitment for another year of service. What I found to be most interesting in reading this is what the duties of the Advisory Board were.
1. Attending our concerts and fundraising;
2. Purchasing sponsor tickets;
3. Cash contributions;
4. Offering services at various chorus-sponsored activities;
5. Helping to procure both paid and non-paid (benefit) performances for both the chorus and the small groups; and
6. Developing and coordinating chorus fundraisers.
At this time there were 13 persons who were on the Community Advisory Board and I remember when they were introduced to the chorus and I remember seeing them at various times at our concerts. I am sure that they also helped to get gigs for Menage, our small group ambassador, since it seemed they were always performing and representing the chorus at various events. As we all know things do change and as far as I can deduce the Community Advisory Board ended at the end of 1994.
I am looking forward to seeing and singing with you all at our first rehearsal as we begin this year of new music, collaborations with other choruses in our concerts and singing at the GALA Festival in Minneapolis. Next week more of my personal memories of being in our wonderful chorus.
In harmony, Michael Lucero
"Life without music would be a mistake."