The Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus (SVGMC) was originally called the Liedermann Gay Men's Chorus of San Jose. A group of ten men formed the Chorus on June 29, 1983. The Chorus sang its first full-length performance under the direction of Robert B. Welton on June 16, 1984, as part of San Jose's Gay Pride Celebration.
SVGMC takes great pride in its record of community appearances, and has proudly performed at GALA Festivals in 1989, 1992, 1996, 2000 (Co-Host), 2004, 2008, and 2012.
Previous Artistic Directors
The Chorus' Artistic Directors have included:
- Robert Welton (1983-1984)
- Jim Clarke (1984-1986)
- Dan Jepson (1986-1988)
- Lynne McLaughlin (1988-1994)
- Buddy Symes (1994-2003)
- Daniel Hughes (2003-2008)
- D. Asa Stern (Interim Director, 2009)
- Jonathan P. Ulrich (2009-2010)
- Shawn Reifscheider (2010-present)