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

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota is a group of gay and gay-friendly men and women who dedicate themselves to sharing their talent with the entire community. They are not just singers, but a family. Audiences have responded to the distinctive brand of entertainment with genuine enthusiasm and keep coming back again and again. Diversity is currently under the talented leadership and artistic direction of Chris Romeo with piano accompaniment by Bruce Ensinger.  Fall 2021, is the beginning of our 25th Season.

On December 14, 1997, The Gulf Coast Gay Men’s Chorus debuted as guests of the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus production:  Gifts of the Season at the Players Theater 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!

The Gulf Coast Gay Men’s Chorus/ Harmony: The Women’s Voices of Sarasota /Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota 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.  Unfortunately, the 2020 GALA festival in Minneapolis was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic but planning is underway for it to take place in 2024.

Diversity joined other GALA choruses to perform Sing for the Cure at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2010, under the direction of Timothy Seelig.

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.

In addition to the two ticketed concerts each year, Diversity performs at various events including the Sarasota and Manatee Pride Festivals.

On February 12, 2015, our small group, ENCORE, performed at Equality Florida and Sarasota Film Festival’s A Perfect Wedding event to help celebrate the historic passage of Marriage Equality bill in Florida.

Open, very casual “auditions” may include pitch matching and singing scales and take place in August or September and January.  Other, non-singing opportunities to support our mission are also available.

Come hear us!  Come join us!  Music can and does change lives!