History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Organizations - Performing Arts

 
Type/Target:

Chorus, Men & Women

Location:

Milwaukee

Founded:
Disbanded:

1987
Disbanding June 2012

Visit the Cream City Chorus Facebook page.
Visit the Cream City Chorus web site at this link.

Go to the Cream City Chorus' Concert Programs Gallery.

 
       
 

The Cream City Chorus was founded in 1987 after a rift formed in the Fest City Singers.

According to the group's web site:

    Founded on April 1, 1987, The Wisconsin Cream City Chorus Ltd. is an organization with a rich, 19-year history and a unique place in the Greater Milwaukee area. Although many are familiar with the Cream City Chorus name, few are aware of what makes the group truly unique.

    First and foremost is our message of celebrating diversity in all its forms. Originally formed as a chorus of gays, lesbians and their friends, the chorus now strives to celebrate the rich diversity of our community at large — not just the LGBT community — through the performance of quality choral music. As chorus president Hilary Giffen said in a recent press release, “The LGBT community is still very important to us, and its message is one we will never abandon. But it’s only one area where we believe diversity and tolerance must be shared and celebrated.” The chorus, which embraces all races and faiths, asserts that it is not enough to simply be diverse; the selection of music and message must also reflect that diversity.

    Second, we are a member-controlled chorus. Every member, singing or nonsinging, has a vote. This includes board elections, approval of Artistic Directors, and even a voice in how the group moves forward into the future. Many feel this is one of the reasons the WCCC broadened its mission to celebrate diversity in all its forms. It was simply an official recognition by the membership of the ideals the group had already been embracing.

    The WCCC produces two to four concerts annually. They can include either a social event or a Bistro Show in October, a traditional Winter Concert in January; a “Signs” Concert in April which features artistic interpreters in the language of American Sign as guest performers; and The Cabaret Show in June which is comprised of solos and ensemble numbers, plus several full-chorus numbers.

    In keeping with our goal of bringing a message of diversity to the community, the chorus also lends vocal talents to several organizations including AIDS-related, faith-based, LGBT, and civic. Below are listed only a few.

    • Cross Lutheran Church
    • Unitarian Universalist Church West
    • Unity West Church
    • Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
    • Milwaukee PrideFest
    • Camp Heartland
    • The UAW M.L. King Jr. Celebration
    • The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

    The Creamettes, an ensemble of the chorus, is also available for hire to perform at special events. Past performances have included:

    • Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits tour
    • Holiday Invitational Tournament
    • Memorial Services
    • Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies
    • and many others.

The Wisconsin Cream City Chorus announced that they would disband after their last concert on June 16, 2012, due to declining membership and interest.

Triangle owner Al Thomas wins award, 1991

 
Biography of Director Ken McMonagle
 
News, May 1988
Director Scott Stewart

 
News, Oct. 1994
Kris Nedrow, new associate conductor

 
News, July 2002
Kristen Weber departs as artistic director

 
News, Aug. 2002
Paula Foley Tillen guest conductor

 
 


3rd Anniversary, March 1990
In Step, vol. 7 no. 6
 
 


Photo of the group at "We The People" Spring/ Pride concert at the PAC, June 1993
In Step, vol. 10 no. 13
 
 

Credits:
Last updated: April-2012.