Capital City Men's Chorus Records
An Inventory of the Collection
In April of 1989, the Names Project brought the AIDS quilt to Austin, Texas. With this event a performance of the Turtle Creek Chorale, a nationally recognized chorus from Dallas, Texas, composed predominantly of gay men, inspired a group of seven musicians to envision and create an Austin men’s chorus. Later that summer, bylaws were developed for the newly formed group. Under the direction of David Weigle the Capital City Men’s Chorus (CCMC) began rehearsals in September 1989 with sixteen members at the old Metropolitan Community Church on Springdale Road. The goals of the chorus included performing both popular and classical music for men’s voices and to support the gay community of Austin and their friends.
During its first year, CCMC performed at the 1990 Travis County Republican Convention and AIDS Services of Austin’s Chamber Music Marathon. CCMC began its second season with sixty members. During the year they performed at the inauguration ceremonies for Governor Ann Richards. In March 1991, CCMC hosted Texas Sing Out!, a five-choir statewide concert at the Bass Concert Hall. During their 1991-1992 season, thirty-seven CCMC members represented Austin at the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) in Denver, Colorado.
The chorus began its 1992-1993 season with a new artistic director, Malcolm Nelson. They spearheaded a benefit concert for the Texas Human Rights Foundation, helped celebrate the 95th anniversary of Grace United Methodist Church, and performed in the first annual New Texas Music Festival. About ten members represented Austin and the chorus in Washington, D.C. at the national March for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Rights.
In 1995, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona became artistic director to fulfill an educational requirement during his doctoral program at the University of Texas. He has stayed on permanently as the artistic director since then. In 2014, the CCMC celebrated their 25 year anniversary.
Maxson, P. & Gaeta, J. (1993). History and composition of the capital city men’s chorus. In Personnel Handbook for Performance Members 1993-1994. Located in Capital City Men’s Chorus Records (AR.1991.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
Capital City Men’s Chorus. (2017). Our story. Retrieved from http://ccmcaustin.org/about-us/history
The collection is organized into two folders. The first folder contains administrative records, including a history of the organization and a list of performances from 1989-1992, written and compiled by Peter Flagg Maxson. Also included is a handbook for performance members for the 1993-1994 season which contains general information, membership requirements and responsibilities, a list of staff and officers, and the organization's bylaws.
The second folder contains concert programs from various performances dating from 1990-2006. Four posters dating from 1991-1992 are housed in oversized archives boxes.
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Capital City Men's Chorus Records (AR.1993.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1982/070
Donation Date: 1993 May 3
Finding aid created and encoded by Kelly Hanus in July 2017.
The original donation contained concert programs from 1990-1992. Additions have been made to include more recent programs and may continue to grow.
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