E. Jason Armstrong has been appointed artistic director of the acclaimed Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) following a nationwide search it was announced by Executive Director Thom Lynch. A long-time music educator and currently a doctoral candidate in choral music at USC’s Thornton School of Music, Armstrong will be responsible for all aspects of the chorus’ artistic vision, including planning programs, directing rehearsals, conducting concerts and overseeing the organization’s music outreach programs.
In addition to its own concert series, among other GMCLA highlights this season, the chorus, prepared by Armstrong, joins a number of other prestigious LA-area choruses for the highly anticipated performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, “The Symphony of a Thousand,” under the direction of the LA Philharmonic’s esteemed conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, with the acclaimed Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela on February 4, 2012, at the Shrine Auditorium. GMCLA members, conducted by Armstrong, also set sail aboard the luxurious Crystal Serenity for Crystal Cruises’ inaugural Transcanal passage “Film and Theatre Experiences of Discovery” theme cruise through the Transcanal Passage April 21 to May 8, 2012. Following on the heels of its graveyard smash in July, GMCLA, in conjunction with Hollywood Forever, presents its second film sing-along on the Fairbanks Lawn of the historic cemetery (date TBA).