Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Montrose Singers/Gay Men's Chorus Collection, 1979-2010 MS 616



creator Houston Gay Men's Chorus.
Title: Montrose Singers/Gay Men's Chorus Collection
Dates: 1979-2010
Abstract This collection consists of interview transcripts, audio files, program images, and historical documents compiled by JD Doyle. (1 Flash Drive)
Identification: MS 616
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft.(1 folder)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical Note

Originally, the Montrose Marching Band was founded for the March on Washington on October 14, 1979. Andy Mills, a member of the band, worked to preserve the band after the conclusion of the march. In its place, he founded the Montrose Symphonic Band and the Montrose Singers in 1979. It was one of the first five gay men's choruses to be founded in the United States.

John-Michael Albert, a published composer with a B.A. in Music from the University of the South and a Master of Music in Conducting from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, was also a very early and influential member of the Montrose Singers. For 15 years, starting in 1981, he composed choral pieces for and conducted the chorus.

The Montrose Singers were among the twelve choruses that founded the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) and have since perforemd alongside other choruses in the Houston community. Between 1988 and 1995, the group sang alongside HeartSong, a lesbian chorus group also from Houston.

In 1992, the group changed its name to the Houston Gay Men's Chorus. The group still exists today and is now part of a larger umbrella organization called Bayou City Performing Arts.

--Taken from http://www.queermusicheritage.us/nov2010m3.html and http://www.mygayhouston.com/listings/Bayou-City-Performing-Arts/23174/


Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of seven series, which contain audio from performances by the Montrose Singers, copies of programs from various shows, photographs of the group, and a brief history of the group. More specifically, included is a timeline of the group's performances, interview transcripts from the Gay Music Heritage show in 2010, and an account of the problems faced by the choir in the late 1980s. Additionally this series contains audio from concerts performed alongside HeartSong, a Houston lesbian chorus, and programs from those events. All audio, visual, and textual media are electonically stored.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from JD Doyle. Please contact the Woodson Research Center for more information.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Houston Gay Men's Chorus.
Montrose Singers.
Subjects
Music
Places
Texas--History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Montrose Singers/Gay Men's Chorus Collection, 1979-2010, MS 616, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by JD Doyle, August 2013.

Accruals

Additional materials are not expected for this collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Chorus History

Scope and Contents
This series contains a complete list of directors, a written history of the chorus by a member, and a timeline of performances.
Folder item
1 1 Directors List
2 GMC Houston Early History
3 Director and Performance Timeline
4 Original Organization of Flash Drive



Series II: Director Andy Mills, 1979-1982

Scope and Contents
This series contains audio and programs for performances by the Montrose Singers under the direction of Andy Mills, the first director of the group.
Folder subfolder
2 1 Audio, 1980-1982
2 Programs, 1980



Series III: Director Rex Gillet, 1990s 1990s

Scope and Contents
This series contains audio and programs for performances by the Montrose Singers under the direction of Rex Gillet.
Folder subfolder
3 1 Audio, 1980-1999
2 Programs, 1980-1999



Series IV: Heartsong, 1988-1995

Scope and Contents
HeartSong was a predominately lesbian Houston chorus that performed with the Montrose Singers in the early 90s and disbanded in 1995. This series includes audio files, images, and documents relating to the Montrose Singers' shared performances with HeartSong.
Folder subfolder
4 1 Documents, 1995
General Note
Contains a brief history of HeartSong, as well as a dedication from their final performance alongside the Montrose Singers.
2 Images, 1980-1990
General Note
This folder contians programs from various performances by HeartSong, as well as tape covers from professional recordings of the group.
3 Audio, 1988-1990
General Note
This folder contains several recordings of HeartSong performances in the late 1980s and early 1990s.



Series V: Houston - Gay Men's Chorus Queer Music Heritage Show, 2010

Scope and Contents
This series contains recordings, images, and interview transcripts from the Houston Gay Men's Chorus' performance in the 2010 Queer Music Heritage Show.
Folder subfolder
5 1 Director Linus Lerner Interview
General Note
This folder contains audio, visual, and textual materials related to an interview with director Dr. Linus Lerner for the Queer Music Heritage Show.
2 Director Andy Mills Interview
General Note
This folder contains audio, visual, and textual materials related to an interview with the Montrose Singers' ex-director and founder Andy Mills for the Queer Music Heritage Show.
3 Show Materials, 2010
General Note
This folder contains audio, visual, and descriptive materials of the Houston Gay Men's Chorus' performance in Houston's 2010 Queer Music Heritage Show.
4 Richard Hudkins Interview
General Note
This folder contains audio, visual, and textual materials related to an interview with chorus member Richard Hudkins for the Queer Music Heritage Show.
5 David Gebo Interview
General Note
This folder contains audio, visual, and textual materials related to an interview with chorus member David Gebo for the Queer Music Heritage Show.



Series VI: Photographs 1980-2010

Scope and Contents
This series contains photos of members, tape covers, and programs throughout the history of the Montrose Singers/Gay Men's Chorus.
Folder subfolder
6 1 Images, 1980s
2 Christmas, 1980
3 Misc Images, 1980-2010
4 Pride Concert, 1982
5 Pride Concert, June 19, 1999
6 Sen Jack Ogg - Gov for a Day, October 2, 1981
7 Sen Rodney Ellis - Gov for a Day, April 8, 2000
8 St. Stephens Episcopal Church, September 1985
9 Tape Covers, 1981-1999
10 Tower Theater, December 1980



Series VII: Programs 1980-2001

Scope and Contents
Each program folder in this series contains scans of individual pages from the program for the respective concert.
Folder subfolder
7 1 First Concert, 1980
2 Ceremony of the Carols, 1981
3 Holiday Festival, December 16, 1983
4 Orchestra Texas, 1983
5 Day of Remembrance, June 27, 1985
6 Texas Fahrten, May 11, 1986
7 Lone Star Band, October 28, 1989
8 Lone Star band-GPW, June 24, 1989
9 Day of Rembrance, June 21, 1990
10 HeartSong, 1990
11 Lone Star Band + TCC, April 21, 1990
12 Season For Us All, December 15, 1990
13 Tenth Anniversary, June 17, 1990
14 Happy Together, October 6, 1991
15 Texas Sing Out, March 16, 1991
16 Capital City, May 17, 1992
17 Our Time, June 20, 1992
18 Season for us all, December 12, 1992
19 New Orleans, June 19, 1993
20 Out Together & Proud, June 26, 1993
21 Season for us all, December 11, 1993
22 HeartSong, October 15, 1994
23 Season for us all, December, 16, 1994
24 TF&TL, July 2, 1994
25 Love Is All It Takes, March 25, 1995
26 Proud Out Loud, June 24, 1995
27 Stories of the Season, December 8, 1995
28 GALA Fest Tampa, July 1996
29 Simple Gifts, December 14, 1996
30 Simple Pleasures, June 21, 1997
31 Travel for the Holidays, December 6, 1997
32 Pride Band 20th Anniversary, 1998
33 Sing of Love, March 28, 1998
34 Way Out West, December 5, 1998
35 I Write the Songs, March 27, 1999
36 In the Spirit, December 4, 1999
37 Family Values, March 25, 2000
38 It's a Wonderful Life, December 2, 2000
39 That's Entertainment, July 16, 2001
40 Band-Stars Across America, September 29, 1991
41 Early Programs, 1980-1981
42 HeartSong, 1988-1990
43 Lone Star Band-Stars Across America, September 29, 1991