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Through songs of hope and inclusion, our LGBT chorus celebrates all of humanity and inspires our community to embrace equality.
... in the power of music to change lives.
... that there is unity in Diversity.
... in affirming the place of LGBT people in society.
... that music builds bridges to bring communities together.
The Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus debuted on December 14, 1997 as guests of the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus production, Gifts of the Season, at the Players Theatre in Sarasota.
In 2005, a women’s group, Harmony: the Women’s Voices of Sarasota, was created as an offshoot of the men’s chorus. The women performed their own musical selections as well as singing with the men on some pieces, and the combination of their voices was so dynamic that in 2008 the two choruses merged to form Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota!
Over the years Diversity has performed in venues in Sarasota, Miami, Bradenton, Key West, Venice, Fort Myers and Tampa, and has taken part in three international GALA Festivals: in San Jose, California; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and Miami, Florida. We are excited to be taking part in next year’s GALA Festival in Denver, Colorado where 5,000 singers from around the world will be making music in the Mile High City. A highlight of 2010 was performing “Sing for the Cure” with other GALA choruses at
Carnegie Hall in New York City!
Our chorus is excited to introduce Diverse Experience, a talented mixed ensemble of eight to twelve vocalists who in addition to performing with the larger chorus also stage musical entertainment that includes show tunes, message music, comedy numbers, and unique arrangements for events both large and small. Click on Request a Performance or contact us to get more information.
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota and Diverse Experience are comprised of talented gay and gay-friendly men and women who dedicate themselves to sharing their talents with the entire community. We are not just a group of singers, but a family. Our audiences have responded to our distinctive brand of entertainment with genuine enthusiasm, and they keep coming back again and again. We invite you to come and hear us perform. As of 2011, we are under the talented leadership and direction of Derek Edward Weston.
DIVERSITY: The Voices of Sarasota
P.O. Box 2453
Sarasota, FL 34230