Chorus Highlights

2019

Performed Andrew Lippa’s newest oratorio, Unbreakable, chronicling 100+ years of LGBTQ+ history in America in song.

2018

Performs an LGBT Masterwork, Tyler's Suite, a nine-piece choral movement written in response to Tyler Clementi's suicide; sung from the perspective of those closest to him, Tyler's Suite was raw, uplifting, and filled with hope 

2017

The chorus performs Our Bodies Our Lives in partnership with The Project of Primary Healthcare

Several panels of the AIDS quilt were on display at the performance

2016

Performed When I Knew – stories and songs of  ‘that moment’

DMGMC and HarMENy perform at the GALA Festival in Denver, CO

2015

Performed I Am Harvey Milk by Andrew Lippa

Created a music video as a contribution to the It Gets Better project

2014

Concert sponsorship from the Meredith Corp. Diversity Group for SOUNDS WITHOUT BOUNDS

Holds Chorus Fundraiser EAT. DRINK. SING. – showcasing fine chefs in private homes

DMGMC performs with main stage act, Gloom Balloon, at the 80/35 Music Festival. 

2013

Collaborates with Simpson College Women’s Chorale

Celebrity performer Miss Richfield 1981 hosts the BIG GAY SING

Celebrates the anniversary of Walnut Hills UMC becoming a reconciling congregation

2012

DMGMC and harMENy sing performances at the GALA Festival 2012 in Denver, CO

Transitions to online ticketing and produces a CD

Performs at the Roosevelt High School Pride celebration

2011

Celebrates the anniversary of Varnum v Brien with MUSIC FOR A CHANGE and a judges’ forum

10th anniversary celebration performance of Eos by David Conte with guest conductor Dr. Randal A. Buikema  

2010

Performs in the Des Moines Social Club and Capitol Hill Lutheran Church

Concert in Grinnell, IA benefitting the food pantry

Performs A NIGHT AT THE OPERA with the Des Moines Community Orchestra

2009

For the first time, sings at a same-sex wedding ceremony

DMGMC’s small ensemble harMENy, (men in harmony) debuts with Ben Hagen, director

Collaborates with Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble in a holiday concert

2008

Performs for the Hoover High School/Meredith Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance

Commissions In Our America, by composer Ben Allaway

Performs a program advocating marriage equality at GALA Festival 2008 in Miami, FL

2007

Performs at Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge Inauguration Ceremony

Joint concert with Minnesota’s GLBTA chorus, One Voice Mixed Chorus

2006

Dr. Rebecca Gruber appointed Artistic Director and Conductor

Performs for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, keynote speaker President Bill Clinton

2005

Ben Hagen joins the chorus as Accompanist

Joint concert with the Des Moines Symphony, Westminster Church Oratorio Choir, and Iowa Y0uth Chorus

2003

Performs for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, keynote speaker Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

Performs at Governor Tom Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally Pederson Inauguration Ceremony

2001

The Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus (DMGMC) establishes itself under the guidance of Dr. Randal A. Buikema

DMGMC gives its first performance at Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church

1985 through 1992

The Des Moines Men's Chorus began in a member's basement; some founding members sing with the DMGMC today.

The Chorus then practiced at the Urbandale United Church of Christ—the first open and affirming congregation in the Des Moines area.