Love to sing? Pride chorus is resuming rehearsals! Every Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Join The LOFT's 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 Pride Chorus strives to reflect the diversity within our communities. We are a blending of voices representing all different sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, races, abilities and music/choral histories.
Rehearsals will be held every Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm at The LOFT. The next rehearsal dates are Wednesday, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.
Anyone with a passion to sing in a chorus/choir is welcome to join The LOFT's Pride Chorus. No chorus experience necessary.
There is no required fee to participate in The LOFT's 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 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 Have 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 you're 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."
Next Performances by The LOFT Pride Chorus:
We Sing for Justice: Benefit Concert
Hosted by The LOFT's Pride Chorus and Memorial United Methodist Church choir. Come join us on Saturday April 27th at 2:00pm in the MUMC sanctuary for an amazing afternoon filled with music and social justice.
The event will feature songs from JusticeChoir.org whose mission is to further social and environmental justice movements by engaging communities in singing together. This mission is achieved by leading groups singing in a march or rally, or invite the community to a public forum of singing and conversation about local issues. The concert serves to highlight the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, honor the lives of people of TGNCNB experience, depict the resilience of those battling cancer, and a host of additional songs with the goal of lifting-up people's spirits.
The event is free to attend, donations welcome. All funds support the ministry and justice efforts of the LOFT and Memorial UMC.
Previous Performances by The LOFT Pride Chorus:
An Interfaith Community Concert In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY
Songs Performed: "I Lift My Voice" by Andrea Ramsey and "We Walk In Love" by Deanna Witkowski (words & music) and Lemuel Colon (words) and "Love Is Love Is Love" performed with the MUMC Choir
The Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Memorial United Methodist Church, White Plains, NY
Songs Performed: "It's The Most Wonderful Time", "Festival of Lights", "Jingle Bells", "Silver Bells", "Carol of the Bells", "Frosty The Snowman", "Feliz Navidad", "Love Is Love Is Love"
Faith and the LGBT+ Community
Temple Israel Center, Thursday, June 21st, 2018
Songs Performed: "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" by Cass Elliot, "Gentle Angry People" by Holly Near
New York Liberty Pride Game
Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at the Westchester County Center
The LOFT Pride Chorus sang the national anthem to begin the game.
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Songs Performed: "Nothing More" by The Alternate Routes, "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" by Cass Elliot, "Seasons of Love" from RENT, "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, "Love Is Love", "Gentle Angry People" by Holly Near, "You Have More Friends Than You Know" by Jeff Marx
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Songs Performed: "Nothing More" by The Alternate Routes, "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" by Cass Elliot, "Seasons of Love" from RENT, "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, "Love Is Love".
ArtsWestchester Presents Performing Families; An evening of Music and Conversation: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at ArtsWestchester Gallery, White Plains, NY
Songs Performed: "Nothing More" by The Alternate Routes, "You Have More Friends Than You Know" by Jeff Marx, "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers, "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie
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
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"
The LOFT's RISE Gala: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, White Plains, NY
Songs Performed: "Rise Up" by Andra Day
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/
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.
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.