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Chris Verdugo, originally of Miami, named Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles executive director

Miami-born Chris Verdugo (brother of gay former Hollywood cop Mikey Verdugo) has been named executive director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.

From publicist Stephen Lucin:

For many years Chris has been a part of the LGBT choral movement. Now, later in life, he will continue with his dedication to music and equal rights in his new leadership role with GMCLA, which is renowned for its musical talent and charity work that is both local to Los Angeles and national in scope.

Here's the news release announcing Chris Verdugo's appointment:

(LOS ANGELES - AUG. 21, 2012) - With an impressive career in non-profit fundraising and event production, and following his role as Interim Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), Chris Verdugo was recently appointed as the Chorus’s Executive Director.

“The Board of Directors of GMCLA unanimously selected Chris Verdugo,” said GMCLA Board Chairman, Hon. John J. Duran. “His enthusiasm for music, culture and LGBT advocacy makes him the perfect fit to lead the Chorus through its next chapter of Los Angeles and LGBT history.”

Chris Verdugo was introduced to the gay choral movement at the age of 18 when he joined the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Throughout his career in South Florida, and following his relocation to Los Angeles in 2003, he worked with international event production companies and various non-profits, including The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Equality California (EQCA), GLAAD, the Queer Lounge @ Sundance and GMCLA, which were all closely aligned with his own personal values. In July of 2011, Verdugo formally joined the GMCLA as its Director of Development and Marketing and was installed as its Interim Executive Director in April of this year.

“I’m grateful and humbled to assume the role of Executive Director of GMCLA, an organization close to my heart and with whose mission I deeply resonate,” expressed Verdugo. “It’s an honor to continue the work of GMCLA in Los Angeles and across the country with our music education and anti-bullying projects which further the Chorus’s vision of changing hearts and minds through the power of music.”

GMCLA launched its 34th Season on August 14th with a lineup of amazing performances and mission-driven work. On December 15th and 16th, GMCLA will host its annual Holiday Spectacular in collaboration with the rising stars of Creative Planet School of the Arts at The Alex Theatre in Glendale; on March 16th and 17th GMCLA will be joined by Vox Femina and the debut of a newly-formed youth ensemble, which is a partnership between GMCLA and LifeWorks, for their feature “Awakenings,” an offering of choral sounds which will be performed at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles; and June 22nd and 23rd will feature the music of Stephen Schwartz in “Not Entirely Wicked” at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

GMCLA’s 34th Season program also includes ‘Soundtracks: A Sing-Along Screening of Moulin Rouge’ presented by Hollywood Forever and Fred and Jason on August 24, 2012. Tickets for the sing-along are available for a general admission donation ($15) or a VIP donation ($100) at www.gmcla.org.

For more information on Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), or to become a subscriber for the 34th Season, please visit www.gmcla.org.


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