2019 Founder’s Award

KGMC finished out the evening with a Collaborative Concert with 2 youth choruses from Nashville and Washington D.C, Major Minors and GenOUT. 

GenOUT is an outreach ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, for LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 13-18 in the metro DC area. The two-fold mission of the chorus is to give LGBTQ+ and allied youth a voice, and to connect that voice to community.

Major Minors is an ensemble of Nashville in Harmony, for young people ages 12-18 in the Nashville area. The mission of the chorus is to use music to build community and create social change. Both groups showcased their amazing talents and closed out a musically rich weekend in Knoxville. 

If you missed KGMC this weekend, mark your calendars for May 18th when KGMC will take the stage for their Spring Concert, Make Your Own Kind of Music. Tickets are on sale now!

Finally, I wanted KGMC to be a positive voice for LGBTQ East Tennesseeans, empowering our unlikely community partners to become strong and effective allies in our journey together. It’s important for local LGBTQ folks who may not join us onstage to see our community have our back. It’s important for them to see KGMC on a Bijou Theatre marquee, see the mayor invite us to sing at her inauguration, and see churches proud to have us minister to their congregations with song.

Mike Hammond is talented. Committed. Loving. Fun. He has embodied the spirit of KGMC’s mission since our very beginning. Musically, Mike challenges himself to do more and more, as a Bass section leader for years, consistently a member of our small ensembles, tackling solos like a boss, and burning CD’s (they still exist!) with our learning tracks. Mike (and his husband Doug) let the Chorus and our audience see them get engaged onstage, showed us off to their friends and families at their own wedding, and just basically let Knoxville watch them be in love, singing side by side.

As a true and spirited ambassador for KGMC, he and Doug annually invite their neighborhood into their home to let us sing in the holidays for them. Mike has a knack for connecting with people, always listening, or knowing how to make someone belly-laugh, and giving selflessly to support his KGMC Brothers in need and the organization as a whole. I’m proud to present the first-ever Founder’s Award to my brother, Mike.

 

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