Tenors and Basses
In 1985, the Renaissance City Choir/Pittsburgh Gay Chorus Inc. was established as a gay male chorus, and in 1987, RCC/PGC became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. That same year, RCC joined the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) – an international organization with more than 180 GLBT choruses.
To celebrate the choir’s 10th anniversary, RCC hosted a tenth anniversary concert at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh and invited nearby GALA choruses – Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, North Coast Men’s Chorus and Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus – to perform at the event. It was also the debut performance for the newly formed Renaissance City Women’s Choir. In November 2004, RCMC released its first recording, Holiday Jewels, a collection of timeless holiday favorites.
In 2005, RCMC celebrated its 20th anniversary with the performance of a major commissioned work “Mementos of Millay” by James Mulholland.
In 2013, as an effort to be more welcoming to transgender individuals whose voices may not match their gender identity, we began referring to the two sections of our Renaissance City Choir as the Tenors/Basses and the Sopranos/Altos. In this way and in all ways, we hope to be welcoming to all who wish to find community with us and join in song.
The Renaissance City Choir is dedicated to presenting contemporary music by commissioning new works and performing traditional choral repertoire, as well as singing music from various world cultures. RCC presents choral music that educates, challenges and enlightens both our audiences and our singing membership. Read RCC’s timeline to get more perspective on our roots.