The Hartford Gay Men's Chorus is an organization of gay and gay-affirming persons whose mission is to publicly perform a diverse choral repertoire to the highest standard of musical excellence, to provide enriching social, entertainment and artistic experiences for members, friends and audiences and to service as positive and affirming representatives of the LGBT community.
The Hartford Gay Men's Chorus was the brainchild of Robert Reader and J.D. Bauer, both Hartford area residents, in 2010.
Having been a prominent figure in the local arts community for many years, Reader posed the idea to Bauer to start a Hartford-based community chorus in the interest of engaging the local gay community while enriching the culture of Hartford. The pair traded ideas and agreed that a strong need for a social and musical outlet in our area was prevalent in Hartford and its surrounding areas.
Bauer, himself a veteran of the arts, worked with Reader to create the HGMC Facebook page in order to gauge a level of interest. Responses were almost immediate.
Having received the blessing of the well-respected Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus, Reader and Bauer approached three others whom they felt would best serve their vision. Joining forces with the pair in April, 2012 were Michael Morgan, Dan McCarthy and Rob Brandt, each bringing their own valuable skill sets to the table.
Since that time, the group has been meeting regularly to establish the HGMC and put down some roots. Within two months the HGMC obtained its first concert date along with rehearsal space, thanks to the generosity and support of the Unitarian Society of Hartford.