BGMC Handbook 2013

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Out of a short list of candidates, the board appointed Ms. Barbara Wagner as our first Artistic Director. Ms. Wagner held auditions during the summer of 2001. The first rehearsal of the BGMC was held on a terrible day: September 11, 2001. From the original 35 singers, eighteen are still performing with us in 2013. Ms. Wagner retired in June 2011. Our Artistic Director, chosen through an inclusive process involving all members, is Ciaran Krueger, a young man with deeply-rooted singing and choral directing experience. Ciaran earned a Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting from SUNY/ Buffalo. We have sung more than 30 full concerts, commissioned a number of original compositions, and performed on Buffalo radio and television, in churches, synagogues, schools, community centers, summer festivals, and with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall. We have performed numerous benefits for other organizations and are active in gay and other community events, among them AIDS Walks, Pride parades, the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, and Buffalo Bisons baseball games. We have been honored with awards from the Empire State Pride Agenda/Embrace WNY, the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County, Artvoice, and AIDS Community Services (now Evergreen Health Services). We performed to great acclaim at the GALA Festivals.

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