Our History


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)

The Fifth Section

The names that follow are of former members of the Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus who have died. Over the years, each of them contributed in their own ways to the growth and success of our Chorus, and for that, we honor their memories.


  • Gilles Bosco

  • Ben Threatt

  • Michael Bryan

  • Marty Kirkland

  • Jeffrey Gentry

  • Mark Chapa

  • Ira Greene

  • Raymond Rivera

  • Peter Conroy

  • Will Cunningham

  • Bob Welton (Founder and Original Conductor of SVGMC)

  • Jim Clarke

  • Jerry White

  • Bob Stockman

  • Steve Merten

  • Bob Yanes

  • Larry Giordano

  • Jake Shoemaker

  • Bill Cooksley

If you know of others who should be listed here or have information about these people, please contact us or directly email our General Manager.