Thank you for visiting our website. The Hamilton Gay Men’s Chorus was officially formed in the summer of 2012, and was active until the fall of 2016, at which time its members voted to dissolve the corporation.
Why We Existed
The following was the HGMC’s statement of purpose:
The Hamilton Gay Men’s Chorus has two main goals. First, we want to bring men of all levels of musical experience together with the common goal of creating vocal music in a safe, supportive, and fun atmosphere. Second, we want to reach out to the LGBTQ community and beyond, to encourage, challenge, and instruct through our performances.
Who We Were
Music Directors: Tania Sheeler (2012-2014, 2015-2016); John-Luke Addison (2014-2015)
Accompanists: Michael Wilmot (2012-2014), Michael Boivin (2013), Tania Sheeler (2014-2015), James Medeiros (2015-2016), Steve McRae (2016)
Board of Directors
Our last Board of Directors (as of dissolution) consisted of the following individuals:
- President: Tim Morgan
- Vice-Presidents: Robert Feeney, Paul Higgs
- Secretary: Michael Wilmot
- Members-at-large: [three positions vacant]
- Ex-officio members:
- Music Director: [position vacant]
- Past President: Mike Majcher
- Treasurer: Robert Feeney
The HGMC owed its success to the commitment of its members, both performing and non-performing. Although our membership numbers may have waxed and waned over time, we knew that it was not the number but rather the dedication and heart of our members that allowed us to thrive.
The HGMC began as the creative dream of two long-time friends, Lorne Gretsinger and Michael Wilmot, and it flourished with support from a dedicated group of talented and enthusiastic individuals. The final inspiration that led to the formation of a men’s chorus in Hamilton was the joy and sense of community that we experienced while watching the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington perform on a cold and very snowy night in February 2012.