The Las Vegas Men’s Chorus creates safe spaces for our community and allies through musical experiences which inspire all of us to be stronger together.
The Las Vegas Men's Chorus (LVMC) was founded in 1993 by a small group of men who simply wanted to sing. Over the next 30 years, the LVMC found itself providing much more than music: a place to create and foster community and safe spaces through live performances. Social justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity are now at the forefront of LVMC's programming. From humble beginnings of 10 members and 30 patrons, we now boast 100+ active members and 2,000+ patrons in the audience annually at three fully-produced Mainstage Concerts with many Community Outreach Events benefitting thousands more interspersed throughout. Patrons describe attending an LVMC concert as “experiencing joy”.
Although not specifically a “gay” chorus, ~85% of members identify as LGBTQIA2+. ~40%+ of members have or are currently experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental and physical health issues, abuse, or incarceration. ~40% of members identify as BIPOC with age diversity ranging from 18 to 76. Membership has grown +265% since 2021 from 32 to 85+ members with consistent double-digit growth each concert cycle, showcasing our work is needed more than ever. Ryan Duff, Artistic Director, often says “When you are part of something special, you are special”. This sentiment is desperately needed by both our members and patrons, be it seeking fellowship after coming out or an inspirational respite from the chaotic world.
We extend safe spaces to the Las Vegas Valley with members giving 12,000+ community service hours annually. We ensure we “use our voices for good” through Community Outreach events including World AIDS Day, Las Vegas Aviators Pride Night, Latin Grammy Awards "Los Producers" benefitting the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Las Vegas Pride, Ribbon of Life benefitting Golden Rainbow HIV/AIDS fund, Las Vegas Prime Timers, Las Vegas Clark County Library District benefits, Christ Church Episcopal Community Concerts, Arthur Murray Las Vegas Showcases, and Gateway Arts Foundation. Each year in partnership with the Clark County School District, we co-produce "Sing Out: A Tenor/ Bass Choral Festival" intended to bolster confidence and lifelong love of singing in our community's young men. As a GALA (Gay and Lesbian Choruses of America) Chorus, we will again represent Las Vegas and Nevada at GALA Festival 2024 in Minneapolis alongside 15,000+ singers in five days of singing, education, connecting, and creating at the largest LGBTQ choral event in the world.
Our in-person impact is typically conducted in Southern Nevada, specifically the Las Vegas Valley, although performance and community event requests are regularly submitted from the broader Southwestern U.S.. Our patrons are increasingly diverse ranging across income, age, sexual orientation, race, religion, and education. Our impact is amplified across the globe through digital channels including YouTube where viewers watched our inspiring content ~28,000 times across 18+ countries this past year alone.
The LVMC is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.