About Diversity

Our Mission

Through songs of hope and inclusion, our LGBT chorus celebrates all of humanity and inspires our community to embrace equality.

Our Vision

We believe…

… in the power of music to change lives.
… that there is unity in Diversity.
… in affirming the place of LGBT people in society.
… that music builds bridges to bring communities together.

History

On December 14, 1997 The Gulf Coast Gay Men’s Chorus debuted as guests of the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus “Gifts of the Season” production at the Players Theatre in Sarasota.

In 2005, Harmony: the Women’s Voices of Sarasota, was created as an offshoot of the men’s chorus. The women performed their own musical selections as well as singing with the men on some pieces and the combination of their voices proved so dynamic that in 2008 the two choruses merged to form Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota!

Now entering our 18th Season, Diversity has performed in Sarasota, Miami, Bradenton, Key West, Venice, Fort Myers and Tampa, and has taken part in international GALA Festivals: in San Jose, California; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Miami, Florida; and Denver, Colorado. In 2010, Diversity performed with other GALA choruses at Carnegie Hall during “Sing for the Cure”.

In May 2014, Cris Williamson sang as Diversity’s guest performer at our Spring Concert and in December 2014, Diversity was the guest performer of The Pops of Sarasota and Bradenton during their two “Holiday Spirit of Broadway” concerts.
We are excited to return to Denver in July 2016 to sing among over 100 choruses in the GALA Festival!

In addition to our two ticketed concerts each year, Diversity performs at Sarasota and Manatee Pride Festivals and The Gulfcoast Affirming Interfaith Alliance’s World Aids Day each year.

This year we are excited to introduce “ENCORE”, a mixed ensemble of eight to twelve vocalists who, in addition to performing with the chorus, stage musical entertainment including show tunes, message music, comedy numbers, and unique arrangements for events large and small. On February 12, 2015, “ENCORE” performed at Equality Florida and Sarasota Film Festival’s “A Perfect Wedding” event to help celebrate the historic passage of Marriage Equality in Florida.

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota and ENCORE are gay and gay-friendly men and women who dedicate themselves to sharing their talents with the entire community. We are not just a group of singers, but a family. Our audiences have responded to our distinctive brand of entertainment with genuine enthusiasm and keep coming back again and again. We are currently under the talented leadership and artistic direction of Jon Arterton and accompanied on piano by Concert Pianist Edward Hupton.

Open, very casual auditions including pitch matching and singing scales are held twice each year. Other, non-singing opportunities to support our mission are also available. Come hear us! Come join us! Music does change lives!