Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA) was founded as the Montrose Singers, Inc. in November of 1979. Led by founding director Andy Mills, the Houston based men's chorus met with early successes marked by lavish productions at the Tower Theatre, performing with as many as 80 singing members. The BCPA family of choruses has expanded to include Gay Men's Chorus of Houston (GMCH) and Bayou City Women's Chorus (BCWC). 2016/2017 marks BCPA's 38th year of continuous performances.
BCPA has been termed "the best face of diversity in Houston". BCPA, widely respected for community leadership in inclusion and diversity, continues to provide opportunities for a wide range of Houstonians, fulfilling its mission of excellence in music, coupled with unity and pride. Again in 2012, BCPA was named the Favorite Community Organization by OutSmart Magazine.
BCPA contributes to the choral community through newly commissioned music. We have established working relationships with many Houston arts organizations as BCPA broadens its outreach. BCPA’s discography includes a number of recordings by each chorus.
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1894 Grand Opera House of Galveston
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts' Zilkha Hall
International Festival Institute, Round Top, TX
Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, New York
Rice University's Stude Hall
Wortham Center's Cullen Theatre
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
Place des Arts - Willifred-Peltier Concert Hall, Montreal
Gay Games and Cultural Festival, Vancouver, 1992
GALA Choruses Festival, Denver, 1992
GALA Choruses Festival, Tampa Bay, 1996
Second Appearance with Houston Symphony Orchestra, 1998
GALA Choruses Festival, San Jose, 2000
GALA Choruses Festival, Montreal, 2004
GALA Choruses Festival, Miami, 2008
GALA Choruses Festival, Denver, 2016
The State of Texas Governor's Distinguished Community Choir Award, April 2000
Outstanding Non-Profit Ally, Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, 2002
Proclamation of "Gay Men's Chorus of Houston Day," by Mayor Bill White, June 2004
Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, March 2005
Voted "Best Chorus" by readers of the Houston Press, October 2006
Proclamation of "Bayou City Performing Arts, Sing for the Cure Day", by Mayor Bill White, October 2007
Judy Garland "Best Performance", Pride Houston (Pride Parade float), June 2009
Voted "Best Community Organization" Runner Up by readers of OutSmart Magazine, October 2009
Voted "Best Community Organization" by readers of OutSmart Magazine, October 2012
About Magazine's - F.A.C.E. Award 2015 Non-Profit Organization of the Year
Grateful | GMCH, 2003
Red, Hot, and Cole! | GMCH, 2005
Mosaic | GMCH, 2005
A New Season - Live | GMCH, BCWC, BCC, 2006
Uncommon Reflections | BCWC, 2007
Topsy Turvy | GMCH, BCWC, BCC, Bayou Rhythm, VocalEase, 2009
Bayou City Performing Arts promotes organizations that, through music, theatre and other forms of artistic expression, advance tolerance, social justice and inclusiveness. Our performers are diverse groups of artists who combine a love of their art form with a commitment to excellence.
The creative arts both reflect and help shape social values and awareness. Through the beauty of music, theatre and the arts, BCPA will provide a fun, nurturing environment for its member organizations. We will provide the support needed to create a stable base so that their performances will entertain and enrich ever increasing audiences.