About

Mission and Vision

Mission

The Providence Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) is a gathering of individuals who, united through diversity, fellowship and song, strive to make a difference in the lives of our singers and our audience.

Vision

We seek to build a world where musical beauty, creativity, and expression are experienced, valued, and nurtured.

Core Values

We are dedicated to excellence, respect, integrity, and enrichment:

    • Excellence:

      We strive for excellence in our choral music performance and in the creation of a positive image of ourselves, our community, and our society as a whole.

    • Respect:

      We esteem our fellow musicians as valued contributors and our audience members and supporters as co-participants in the art of making choral music.

    • Integrity:

      We engage in honest, sincere, and principled behavior that reflects positively on the PGMC and on each individual.

    • Enrichment:

      We perform a diverse and eclectic repertoire of music that challenges our singers’ abilities and nurtures beneficial relationships within the community while developing and expanding the appreciation of choral music.

History

In 1995, an advertisement was placed in a local LGBTQ magazine, looking for gay men who loved to sing choral music. Twelve men gathered together at that first meeting and the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus was born! We are always looking for new voices to join us.

The journey has not always been an easy one. Public understanding has greatly evolved since 1995, and the acceptance of gay rights and of alternative lifestyles has certainly made significant strides. But there is still much to do in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

The words in the first PGMC program still echo true today:

snippet from first PGMC program

Artistic Director

Kim Kuda

Kim Kuda joined the PGMC in 2008 as the Accompanist, became the Assistant Director in 2011, and this is her seventh year as the Artistic Director.

Kim Kuda headshot

Fueled by her love of music creation, a particularly rewarding part of Kim’s work is her composition and arrangement of many of the pieces the PGMC performs each season. In recent years, the chorus has premiered four of her compositions: Soft Little Sprinkles, our unofficial “theme song,” Out on the Bay, Imagine and Believe, a piece Kim wrote in response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, and most recently, More Alike than It May Seem. This song speaks to the notion that we all bring something different to the table, and as different as we all are, I’m a lot like you and you’re a lot like me. It goes without saying that this theme is the perfect parallel to the overall mission of the PGMC.

Kim has played the piano professionally since 1975 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Music Theory and Composition from Rhode Island College and prior to that, she studied Communications and Theatre at Miami University of Ohio. With an impressive résumé that includes musical direction, stage management, musical composition and arrangement, and various leadership roles in musical and theatrical projects, both secular and sacred, Kim has made music all over New England and the Midwest. She is proud to be the Director of Music at Hope Congregational Church in East Providence and in her non-musical life, Kim is a senior program coordinator at the American Mathematical Society.

Board & Staff

Board of Directors

  • President – Matthew Balsamo
  • Vice President – Michael Abdallah
  • Recording Secretary – Peter Fournier
  • Treasurer – Gen Hamel
  • Members-at-Large – Robert Kozminski & Wil Snodgrass III

Staff

  • Artistic Director – Kim Kuda
  • Business Manager & Development – Michael Guzman
  • Graphic Design – Courtney Rose
  • Technology – Ron Bedig

Complete contact information can be found at the foot of any page

Member Profiles

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