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Ithaca, NY – On October 31, 2015 the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus will perform its Fall 2015 concert, “Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun (and sing)” at 8:00 PM in the First Baptist Church, located in Ithaca’s historic Dewitt Park at 309 North Cayuga Street.

The chorus will present a repertoire of songs representing a variety of musical genres including classical choral, contemporary a capella, and selections from 1960’s pop.  In addition, the men will perform a number of crowd favorites from past performances.

IGMC is excited to announce the appointment of their new director, Sam Kwan.  Ms. Kwan is currently a senior in the B.M. Music Education/B.M. Vocal Performance Program in the Whalen School of Music at Ithaca College.  During her junior year, Sam taught at the Immaculate Conception School under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Mason and Mr. Michael Roddy.  Subsequently, she assisted Dr. Mason in the HeadStart classroom at Ithaca College.  Sam has studied choral conducting, rehearsal techniques, and repertoire under the mentorship of Dr. Derrick Fox and Dr. Janet Galván.

While attending Ithaca College, Ms. Kwan has had the opportunity to sing in three main-stage operas and a handful of student-run and community operas.  Most recently, she appeared as Aunt Cecilia March in Ithaca College’s Spring 2015 production of Adamo’s Little Women and as a Player in Opera Ithaca’s production of Il Sogno this past April.  At present, Sam is a member of the Ithaca College Choir, having performed with the Women’s Chorale prior.  She is honored to be making her professional conducting debut with IGMC and looks forward to collaborating with these fantastic singers.

The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus (IGMC) was founded in 2009 and first appeared as a guest of the VOICES Multi-Cultural Chorus.  VOICES and IGMC are members of Ithaca Community Choruses (ICC), an organization providing opportunities for Tompkins County residents to perform in professionally directed choral groups.  Originally an eight member group, the IGMC currently has sixteen members, one of the largest since IGMC’s inception.  The group is the only inclusive all-male choral group in Ithaca, proudly recognizing the talents of both straight and gay men in their ensemble.

IGMC performs regularly throughout the community and has received grants from the Community Arts Partnership.  Most recently, the chorus performed at Ithaca Festival, Porchfest and festivities for the inauguration of Cornell University’s 13th President, Elizabeth Garrett.  Appearing at up to 15 events each year, the group is well known throughout the Finger Lakes Region, often singing at fundraisers, special events, and private weddings throughout the community.  The members of the IGMC wish to express their gratitude to the First Baptist and Unitarian Churches for providing rehearsal and performance space.

A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted at the door.  The IGMC appreciates the continued financial support of the community.

The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus can be found on the ICC website at and on Facebook at  Open rehearsals are held at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.  If you are interested in joining the chorus or would like more information, you may contact the group by email at

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.