The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware is an inclusive, non-profit community chorus that provides LGBTQ+ individuals, with their friends and allies, the opportunity to perform high-quality choral music in an affirming environment that serves as a positive force for change. In addition, the Rainbow Chorale supports other institutions and individuals who serve that community.
Love of music is common to everyone. When we sing, we hope to impart the ideals, hopes, dreams, and aspirations of our community. Our goal is that with our listening audience we will strike a chord of commonality, and bridge the differences of our life experiences.
We reach out to you this historic day, June 19, with a special message of celebration and remembrance.
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the end of legal slavery in the United States and a reminder that the struggle for true equality continues. A small group of Chorale members recently recorded the song “Stand Up” from the Academy Award-nominated film Harriet. This powerful song of hope and inspiration reminds us we must all move forward together to achieve freedom.
We invite you to listen, reflect and remember.
The Rainbow Chorale plans to be back in person this September. Our two Open Call dates for the Fall 2021 trimester are Monday, September 14 and Monday, September 20 at 6pm (regular rehearsal at 7pm). New members are very welcome! Mark your calendars and check out our Joining page for more details about Open Call. If you have any questions, please use our contact form.
The Rainbow Chorale is fully committed to returning to live rehearsing and performance in a safe manner. We will be developing our protocols over this summer and will post them before our first Open Call.
The Rainbow Chorale has an opening for a Collaborative Pianist. This is a year-round part-time contractor position. Click here for the position description. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions.
Click HERE to see Hope Sings Eternal, the free RCD Spring Concert!
The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware premiered “Hope Sings Eternal” a free virtual concert composed of new recordings and old chorale favorites on May 26th 2021. Archival footage of the chorale’s rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” and an all new, all virtually assembled production of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” are just two examples that highlight the spectrum of RCD’s musicality, past and present, in-person and virtually. Featuring videos of the combined chorale as well as offerings from individuals and smaller ensembles, this production aspires to bring messages of hope and inclusion in these uncertain times. The video is still up for viewing – just click on the link above.
The Rainbow Chorale teamed up again with the American Pops Orchestra on Tuesday May 18th at 7pm for another fun evening of playing “Name that Tune” online as a joint fundraiser for RCD and APO. We tested our knowledge of LGBT and Ally Performers and it’s not a surprise that our very own Anthony placed 3rd!
This season we have decided to do things a bit differently – instead of 3 trimesters with 3 shows, we will have one more semester that will run from February 1 through May. This Winter/Spring semester will culminate in a virtual concert “Hope Sings Eternal” with new full chorus pieces and individual small groups, duets and solos, which will be streamed on Wednesday May 26 2021 at 7pm.
We meet remotely on Monday evenings at 7pm. Our Monday night sessions include:
A schedule can be found here.
Did you miss it? Click HERE to see Virtually Yours – Home for the Holidays! (Note – the actual concert starts about 9 minutes in.)>
The Rainbow Chorale’s Virtually Yours – Home for the Holidays free concert last December was a combination of individual and small group performances recorded this fall and previously recorded concert performances of beloved holiday pieces. The link for the concert is posted above and also is on our Facebook page for viewing at your leisure.
See the RCD and other GALA Choruses perform in an online event streamed this June and July. The concert (in 2 parts!) was streamed at 8pm (Eastern) on June 30 and July 8 and is available after that date. The concert features songs from 27 LGBTQ+ choruses across North America connected by interviews with conductors and composers. The concert celebrates LGBTQ Pride along with themed sets exploring GALA choruses as a place of belonging, standing together in times of crisis, and addressing social justice as a singing community.
Though we cannot sing together in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, GALA Choruses stands in solidarity as we change the world through song. The July 8 concert marks what would have been the closing ceremonies for GALA Festival 2020 in Minneapolis. We look forward to the day, when we will sing together again!.
Concerts will include selections from the following groups:
Concert 1 on June 30 — ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir, The Queen’s Singers of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Rainbow Harmony Project , Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Austin Gay Men’s Chorus, Phoenix: Colorado’s Trans Community Choir, Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Men’s Chorus, Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, GenOUT Youth Chorus, One Voice Mixed Chorus, Denver Women’s Chorus, Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, and Youth Pride Chorus.
Concert 2 on July 8 — San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Bridging Voices Youth Chorus, Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus, OurSong: The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chorus, San Diego Women’s Chorus, Lavender Light Gospel Choir, Indianapolis Women’s Chorus, The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Portland Lesbian Choir, Seattle Men & Women’s Choruses.
Join the American Pops Orchestra (APO) on Facebook Live, Tuesday Aug 4 2020, 7pm, to play “Name that Tune” in a benefit for APO and the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware. Test your knowledge of TV Themes in this fun trivia game and help support the Chorale.