James brings more than 25 years of career management experience. Currently, he serves as Chief of the Program and Compliance Bureau in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. James has been involved in community LGBTQ+ organizations and initiatives over many years, previously serving as a board member and treasurer of All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis for seven years. Prior to being involved in SGMC, James was a member of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus. He brings a unique musical perspective to the board, having studied music in college and performing most of his life.
James is passionate about the work SGMC undertakes and how SGMC can benefit the larger community. He believes strongly that fighting for equality for all marginalized groups is essential and goes hand in hand with the SGMC mission. James grew up in a very small farming community in North Dakota but now lives in Midtown with his husband Josh and two dogs, Cooper and Ashton.
Chris has been an active singing member of SGMC since joining in 2005 and a board member for many years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice President and has held various board roles. Chris brings many years of management, people skills, organization, and conflict-resolution to the chorus and board. With his long tenure with the chorus and board, he also brings an understanding of the chorus's history to the organization.
Chris first joined SGMC as a way of coming out to himself and his family. He has always loved to sing and perform and was active in choirs and drama throughout his life before joining SGMC. He is most passionate about sharing the mission amongst the community to show anyone who is still unable to be their authentic self, for one reason or another, that SGMC can be a safe haven of camaraderie and family… and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!
Shell brings 30 years of government finance and eight years of nonprofit finance experience to the organization and her position as Treasurer. Shell was drawn to SGMC after attending several performances and becoming personal friends with several members. She does not sing, at least not well, but there is something about being enveloped in a roomful of song that lifts her spirits and feeds her soul. Being very grateful for where her life has led her, she finds being involved in a service capacity to an organization that celebrates people for who they are uplifting and gratifying.
Shell serves as the Director of Finance for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. Having been released from the constrictions of working for a government organization, Shell loves the ability to dress casually for work and change the color of her hair on a whim.
Having begun as a singing member, taking a break, and then returning to SGMC, Andrew had the opportunity to see several different sides of the overall organization and how SGMC operates. Andrew received his Bachelor’s in Theatre from Albright College and has collaborated with numerous arts organizations on their business and artistic operations. Andrew also brings several years in sales and marketing to the table to help with the financial logistics and branding that the SGMC audience loves.
To Andrew, SGMC is more than just a top-notch performing arts organization. It is a force for social justice, equality, social progress, and growth. He has seen people transform from their association with SGMC, whether as singers, musicians, volunteers, friends, audience members, or supporters. SGMC makes its community more whole and more human in the work it creates.
Corey brings a wide variety of professional experience to SGMC, with a strong customer service background that helps him connect to the needs of SGMC’s audience. He has been involved in several gay men’s choirs throughout the years and brings an experienced perspective to the performance aspects of SGMC. Corey previously was the youth choreographer for San Francisco's first LGBTQ+ youth choir, "GLAM," which stood for Gay, Lesbian, and Allied Musicians. He currently serves as SGMC's choreographer.
Corey was originally a San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus member and was looking for the same camaraderie after moving to Sacramento. He wanted to belong to something greater than himself that brought a message of equality and standing up to injustice through music.
Delta has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management of cultural institutions. She has managed large-scale local events such as the Sacramento Zoo's Wild Affair and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation's Polar Express. She is experienced in membership and donor management, as well as working with cultural and corporate sponsors to achieve mutual goals. Delta also brings with her a background in theatrical production and performance. She is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento.
Delta feels that performance groups like SGMC can help to unite and bring joy to our community. The chorus also serves its membership by creating a support system and creative outlet for its members – many of whom may feel marginalized by society. SGMC offers members an opportunity to express themselves through singing and a circle of friends that support them through life. Delta is a professional storyteller, performing for children and families at libraries, museums, and festivals. She is also an amateur tap dancer.
James has more than 25 years of experience as a banquet and catering manager. From that experience, he brings event planning and execution skills along with organizing, scheduling, logistics, and conflict resolution skills. In his time with SGMC, he has assisted in organizing the annual Spaghetti Dinner, Crescendo Gala, and Crabaret. He has also served as the volunteer coordinator for Lazy Bear Week in Guerneville, California, an annual fundraising event that raises about $8000 for SGMC.
James has known about SGMC for many years. In May 2015, he attended the Milestones concert at the Memorial Auditorium. Shortly after, SGMC members invited James to a piano bar at Sidetrax in Midtown and convinced him to join in September 2015.
James is most passionate about singing and giving back to the Sacramento community through song. He believes music is a gateway to the soul and can bring people together under any circumstance. James believes he inherited his musical talent from his grandfather, a self-taught guitar and accordion player. James can memorize music just by listening to a song continuously for a few hours. He says the lyrics take a little longer.
In 1980, James’s high school band was selected to represent California in a special 50 state band concert conducted by Meredith Wilson for President Ronald Reagan in Washington D.C. When they landed, the students received the news that President Reagan had been shot.
Lynda brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience to her position with SGMC. She has served in various capacities with several organizations, including membership director, marketing director, and development director. Her responsibilities have also included volunteer management, event management, public relations, and financial oversight of programs, projects, events, and organizations. Lynda has served on several nonprofit boards, including time as president of the Old City Cemetery Committee and the Sacramento Area Museums association. Lynda also has a history of volunteer activism with LGBTQ+ organizations beginning in the early 1980s during the aids crisis doing everything from envelope stuffing to organizing marches. Although most of her volunteer work over the years has been around HIV/Aids Awareness, she also has a passion for supporting the unhoused and hungry in our communities.
Lynda completed her undergraduate work at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a focus on performance arts management, marketing, and audio and video production. Up until the late '90s, her early career was as an independent band manager, promoter, and producer on the club circuits and in small studios in Olympia and Seattle, Washington. In 2012, she earned a Master of Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management, emphasizing nonprofit management.
Lynda’s passion for SGMC stems from her love of music and former activism with the LGBTQ+ community. When asked what she feels is the biggest strength of SGMC, she quickly states, “Definitely the members—their bond with each other, their commitment to the chorus, and their incredible ability to welcome everyone truly making this organization feel like a family.” Although Lynda’s job description focuses on the administrative aspects of running a nonprofit organization, her background in working with young, developing musicians ensures that she always has the best interests of the singers as a top priority.
Christian is a musical director, pianist, and vocal coach whose three-decade career has spanned the worlds of Broadway, cabaret, and choral music. He is delighted to be at the helm of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus. Christian spent 5 years as the principal accompanist and assistant conductor for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus where he served as a vocal coach and accompanist to Alan Cumming, Rita Moreno, Sharon Gless and many other guest artists.
Christian has devoted his talents to many seasons at Sacramento’s Broadway At Music Circus as a singer/actor, rehearsal accompanist and pit musician. This fall, he begins his 27th year as a high school music teacher, specializing in chorus and music theory. He has traveled with his choruses to Italy, Paris, Israel, London, and across the United States winning festivals and competitions along the way.
Christian has a strong passion for social justice and equality but fostering the love and understanding of choral music is his main ethos and vocation in life.
Heather Waid is a highly sought-after pianist and vocalist, known particularly for her exceptional collaborative skills. Born in Sacramento, she received Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Collaborative Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities & Religious Studies with a minor in Music from California State University, Sacramento. Heather has previously studied piano with Dr. Lorna Peters and Pat Constantine, collaborative piano with Daniel Lockert, organ with Rexphil Rallanka, voice with Dr. Lee Strawn, and vocal coaching with Louise Costigan-Kerns. Heather is the artistic director and co-founder of the Empire Arts Collective Pop Choir for which she both conducts and arranges music. In addition to this, she co-hosts the Music Untapped podcast with fellow musician Chris Langton. She has been the interim Crescendo/ Dolce Ensembles Director for the Sacramento Children’s Chorus and is currently their accompanist, as well as the accompanist for Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento. Heather maintains a private piano and voice studio, and also composes and arranges music.