Come support the LOFT Pride Chorus at the Spring Concert! It is being held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 7:00PM - 9:00PM. Bands such as Sruli & Lisa’s Family Klezmer Band, Mariachi Sol Mixteco, Smt. Kiruba and Shaaranya Pillai, & The Loft Pride Chorus will be performing. Located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
The LOFT’s Pride Chorus—The LOFT’s LGBTQ Pride Chorus strives to reflect the diversity within LGBTQ communities. They blend voices representing all different sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, races, abilities and music/choral histories. Just like people, families come in all colors, shapes and sizes. There are some families who are not connected by biology but the bond between them is just as strong. The LOFT’s Pride Chorus is one of these families of choice who come together to sing and bring joy into their lives and their audiences…..one song at a time!
Sruli & Lisa’s Family Klezmer Band – Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Sruli and Lisa play the clarinet, violin, accordion, bass recorder, cello and drum, and perform and teach Klezmer and Hasidic music and dance all over the country.
Mariachi Sol Mixteco — With its beginnings as a rural folk music from Western Mexico, Mariachi today is a transnational phenomenon that can be heard throughout Mexico and the Mexican diaspora. As a family ensemble based in Westchester, Mariachi Sol Mixteco strives to represent their Mexican roots and culture through performances in and around the county. The group is led by husband and wife Mariela and Jose Navarro who are joined by their two children.
Smt. Kiruba and Shaaranya Pillai— Shaaranya Pillai has been learning Carnatic South Indian classical voice since she was five years old. Born and raised in the U.S., she began her journey in Carnatic music with her mother, Smt. Kiruba Pillai, and continued learning from her current guru, Smt. Kiranavali Vidyasankar (based in Philadelphia) since 2006.
Love to sing?
Pride chorus is resuming rehearsals. Every Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Meeting Dates Begin: February 21st.
The LOFT has formed an LGBTQ Pride Chorus. The chorus is co-ed, requires no audition process and is lead by professional music director Zack Wright. Read more about Zack below.
The LOFT's LGBTQ Pride Chorus strives to reflect the diversity within our LGBTQ communities. We are a blending of voices representing all different sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, races, abilities and music/choral histories.
Anyone with a passion to sing in a chorus/choir is welcome to join The LOFT's LGBTQ Pride Chorus. No chorus experience necessary.
There is no required fee to participate in The LOFT's LGBTQ Pride Chorus but donations are welcome. The chorus has two seasons each year with a Summer break in-between. The suggested donation per season is $50.00, more if you can, less if you can't. If you joined a season mid-way, a $5.00 donation per rehearsal is suggested. The donations are used to give music director Zack Wright a stipend for volunteering his professional expertise to the chorus' development, the purchase of sheet music, rehearsals fees when the chorus practices in MUMC rooms, and any performance related expenses.
Donations are not limited to members of the chorus....family, friends and fans of the chorus are welcome and encouraged to give. Thank you for helping keep songs in our hearts.
About Pride Chorus leader, Zack Wright:
Zack Wright, a native of Georgia, holds a bachelors degree in Music Education with Choral Emphasis from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. After graduating, Zack spent three years working as a teacher and musician in Chicago. He was Assistant Choral Director at Hubbard High School (a Chicago Public School), resident Music Director at the Northbrook Children's Theatre Company, and accompanist for the Northbrook Community Choir. In 2015, Zack moved to White Plains, NY to begin teaching at The Harvey School in Katonah, NY. Additionally, Zack is a music director at the Westchester Sandbox Theatre and Coordinator of Music and Worship at Memorial United Methodist Church, where The LOFT: LGBT Community Center is located.
Chorus Member Ben Shaprio shares what being part of The LOFT's LGBTQ Pride Chorus means to him:
"As a young gay man it is challenging for me to find an identity in a busy place like Westchester County. Singing with a group of other queer and LGBT community members has brought clarity into my life. As a singer I can make other people feel a sense of joy and community...that things will get better despite hard times. In a city of opportunity it is a hit or miss to feel special. Our song “You’ve Got More Friends Then You Know” captures the essence of an LGBTQ person going through trouble, isolation and feelings of hopelessness. There are always people who will be there for you even when your not there for yourself. Have the strength to carry on and be that rainbow that’s soon to come. We thank you for your support. We’re a group from different economic backgrounds but all united for the shared love singing."
Previous Performances by The LOFT LGBTQ Pride Chorus:
Inaugural Performance: LOFT Pride 2017, June 3, 2017 at The LOFT: LGBT Community Center, White Plains, NY
Songs performed: "We Are a Gentle, Angry People" by Holly Near
"I Whistle a Happy Tune" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I"
"You Have More Friends Than You Know" by Jeff Marx and Mervyn Warren from the It Gets Better stage show.
New York City Debut: New York Liberty WNBA Pride Night Basketball Game, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York.
Songs Performed: National Anthem "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key. Guest soloist Joseph Brewer.
Link to video of performance: https://www.facebook.com/66174366949/videos/10155526004751950/
The LOFT's RISE Gala: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, White Plains, NY
Songs Performed: "Rise Up" by Andra Day
The Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Memorial United Methodist Church, White Plains, NY
Songs Performed: "It's The Most Wonderful Time", "Festival of Lights", "Jingle Bells", "Silver Bells", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Feliz Navidad"
An Interfaith Community Concert In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY
Songs Performed: "Nothing More" by The Alternate Routes and "Freedom Is Coming" South African spiritual performed with the MUMC Choir
LOFT Social Groups are open groups which welcome everyone ages 18 and over. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are lead by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.
There is no fee to attend groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t. Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.