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. SVGMC 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.


Past Artistic Directors

  • 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)


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
Michael Bryan
Mark Chapa
Jim Clarke
Peter Conroy
Bill Cooksley
Will Cunningham
Jeffrey Gentry
Larry Giordano
Ira Greene
Marty Kirkland
Steve Merten
Raymond Rivera
Jake Shoemaker
Bob Stockman
Ben Threatt
Robert Welton
Jerry White
Bob Yanes

If you know of others who should be listed here please contact us or our General Manager.