Rocky Mountain Singers—Remembered

On Monday, April 19th at 7:30 PM, join the Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen (and guests) as we explore the history of Calgary’s first lesbian and gay chorus, the Rocky Mountain Singers. This remembering event has been commissioned by One Voice Chorus as part of its new online programming series, OVC Talks: A Rainbow of Ideas.

The Rocky Mountain Singers (RMS), 1989-2002, became an important focus of artistic expression in Calgary’s LGBTQ2 community. In interviews with Kevin, past choristers expressed very fond and cherished memories of RMS. The chorus actively built and strengthened the LGBTQ2 community in Calgary and through their participation choristers created enduring friendships that have lasted into the present.

Rocky Mountain Singers at the international GALA Choral Festival in Tampa, Florida (1996)

RMS had a well-known public presence and performed regularly; they were musical ambassadors for many gay community organizations including Calgary Pride. The chorus participated actively in the growing gay choral movement of the 1990s and represented both Calgary and Canada at national and international festivals. RMS paved the way for future LGBTQ2 choral organizations in the city, including the contemporary Calgary Men’s Chorus and One Voice Chorus.

The first public mention of RMS in Modern Pink, September 1989

Join us Monday, for an hour of conversation, archival footage, images and song, as we remember this historic and noteworthy organization. This event is free to attend. Be sure to RSVP through One Voice Chorus to receive a zoom link to join on April 19th. #OurPastMatters

Former alto Nicole Frandsen’s RMS pin.

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One response to “Rocky Mountain Singers—Remembered

  1. That’s absolutely wonderful please give everyone my love/support *safely of_course*

    On Thursday, April 15, 2021, Calgary Gay History wrote: > calgarygayhistory posted: ” On Monday, April 19th at 7:30 PM, join the Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen (and guests) as we explore the history of Calgary’s first lesbian and gay chorus, the Rocky Mountain Singers. This remembering event has been commissioned by One Voice C” >

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