The Chorus was started in 1989 by a group of musicians and professional women in Dallas with a membership of thirty-five. The singers were mainly women who enjoyed coming together to sing all types of music, providing excellent performances, and serving education and the community with a wide variety of musical expertise. It was the only chorus in Texas that was predominantly composed of gay women, although it is currently for all women, whatever their age, race, or sexual identity. The Chorus began with Cynthia Knott as its director, a well-known conductor in Dallas. She lead them for 2 1/2 years until resigning and leaving to form her currently well-known Children’s Choir of Greater Dallas. During those years the Chorus sang in churches and varied venues across the city. The tradition of learning all of their music by memory, making their own costumes and choreography, and raising much of their own money was begun.
In 1992 Dr. Timothy Seelig became director of the group and was to serve in that capacity for the next 9 years. During that time the Chorus grew to more than 100 members, premiered several great musical productions in collaboration with the Turtle Creek Chorale. Directors who followed Dr. Seelig have been Dana Lobaugh, Mark Stamper, and Cathy Brown. Our current director (since January 2005) is Melinda Imthurn, a previous singer with the Chorus.
The Chorus continues under the Artistic Direction of Melinda Imthurn. The Chorus presents three formal concerts each season, as well as many outreach performances. The membership is racially diverse with Anglo, Black, East Indian, Hispanic and European members. They sing all types of music, from Bach to Broadway. Our office is located in the Sammons Center for the Arts. Our Board is currently made up of seven members.