North Coast Men’s Chorus History
Established in 1988 as a local group performing in area churches, the North Coast Men’s Chorus has grown into the largest LGBT arts organization in Northeast Ohio with over 100 members. Each year the Chorus performs before 30,000+ people at venues that have included the Hanna, the State and Connor Palace Theatres at Playhouse Square, Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College and Severance Hall. Under the artistic direction of Richard Cole, the Chorus successfully embraces staging, showmanship and choreography, turning a choral concert into a unique musical theatre experience that takes the audience on an “emotional rollercoaster” of laughter, tears, and foot-stomping fun. NCMC has performed with Broadway legends Bernadette Peters, Linda Eder, Michael Feinstein, Brian Stokes Mitchell, as well as The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. From only two shows per year in 1988, The Chorus now hosts seven sold-out concerts every season, has released six successful CD recordings, and performed at GALA chorus festivals nationally and internationally.
Many voices, singing as one, the North Coast Men’s Chorus will be an integral and valued member of the Northeast Ohio Arts Community through the music we sing, the pride we feel, and the people we cherish.
The North Coast Men’s Chorus presents high quality musical entertainment for diverse audiences, promotes a positive influence within and beyond the gay community, and provides a supportive environment for its members and participants.