Maine Gay Men’s Chorus was established in 1992 and performed in Maine for twenty years. After a three-year hiatus, MGMC was reinvented and relaunched in January 2015.
Under the artistic direction of Larry Jackson, MGMC performs before enthusiastic audiences during the Pride Season in June and the Holiday Season in December. MGMC also performs at special events and functions upon request.
MGMC features talent from all around the great State of Maine. To call them singers would be to undersell this gifted group of people who, in their hearts and spirits, are true performers. Representing many walks of life, professions, and ages, MGMC is a diverse group of individuals whose performances move audiences to tears, laughter, and cheer.
About the Artistic Director
Lawrence Jackson joined MGMC as Artistic Director in 2015. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he majored in trumpet and minored in voice. He also holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern Oregon in Ashland, Oregon.
Larry has been teaching instrumental music in the public schools for thirty years working with students from grades 5 through 12 as a conductor of concert bands and jazz bands. He is currently the director of three concert and jazz bands in Falmouth where he has 220 band students. Larry founded the 6th grade band and choral festival in Maine District I. He has also been a guest conductor at the district music festivals in Districts I, III and IV.
As a singing performer for many years, Larry sang with the Portland Choral Art Society for thirteen years where he performed with the Masterworks Chorus, the Choral Art Singers, and the Camerata Singers. Larry also sang with the Saint Mary Schol under the direction of Bruce Fithian. He served as one of the Choir directors at Unity church in Windham for several years. Larry most recently was a member of Renaissance Voices, an a cappella small group based in Portland.
Larry last directed Maine Gay Men’s Chorus in 2006 for their Pride Concert, “If I Can Make It There…Great Moments on Broadway.” He has been delighted to return as Artistic Director these past three seasons and is excited to continue with the 2017-2018 concert season.
Larry and his husband Steve Floyd have been together for twenty-five years. They reside in Portland, Maine.
About the Accompanist
Sarah Phinney, originally from Millinocket, Maine, began playing the organ at church at the age of twelve. She went on to Bowdoin College and majored in mathematics and economics and earned a minor in music. She accompanied for Maine Gay Men’s Chorus from 2007 to 2009 and is excited to return for their 2017-2018 season.
Sarah has also accompanied for numerous other musical groups and performances in the mid-coast and southern Maine area. Sarah works in the Office of Alumni Relations at Bowdoin College as an event planner and resides in Gorham with her husband, Scot, and their daughter, Isabel.