The Gay Men's Chorus of Houston GMCH rehearses at
2025 West 11th Street
Houston, TX 77008
The Bayou City Women's Chorus BCWC rehearses at
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
5401 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77004 In the Museum District
Where does the chorus perform?
GMCH and BCWC perform their regular concerts at Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77004, part of the Houston Community College Performing Arts Center in Midtown Houston. Together, the Bayou City Chorale often performs at Festival Hill Institute in Round Top, TX in December. Other special appearances and free concerts may be scheduled throughout the season at various venues.
It is the policy of BCPA that no member is denied participation based upon financial limitation, and we offer a scholarship program to assist with dues and other limited expenses. However, dues help defray our operating costs, and singers are expected to pay dues except in hardship situations. Basic membership dues are $180 for the full September through June season, payable in two increments. If fully paid in September, the cost is $150. This does not include the cost of standard formal performance attire, typically a one-time expense of $100 and up. Additional expenses may be incurred for attire, costumes, props, special rehearsals, and special events.
No sweat! Though we've had some pros in our ranks, most of us are amateurs. You DO NOT have to be able to read music to perform, and perform well! All that is required is the desire (and of course, some ability) to sing. Our Directors us a variety of creative methods to help our members learn the music and improve their vocal skills along the way. Remember, you have to start somewhere!
What happens after I officially join?
You become a full member upon signing a Singing Member Agreement and payment of your concert cycle dues. Then you will receive an orientation where you will be provided a Member Handbook and introduced to mentors— veteran members who assist our new members in becoming acclimated during their first season. You will also be given a voice placement session with your director. This session helps determine which section (Tenor I, Tenor II, Baritone, Bass, Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, Alto II) is most appropriate for your vocal range.
What is the time commitment?
GMCH and BCWC perform a December Holiday concert as the combined chorus, Bayou City Choral. GMCH generally performs one other regular concert June. GMCH rehearsals for these concerts generally occur each Monday evening from 7 — 10 p.m., beginning about 8 —10 weeks prior to the concert. BCWC generally performs one other concert in April. BCWC rehearsals for these concerts generally occur each Tuesday evening from 6:30 — 9:30 p.m. beginning about 10 —12 weeks prior to the concert. BCWC will sometimes join GMCH in one of their spring/summer concerts and perform as part of the combined chorus (Bayou City Chorale).
Members are expected to perform in all concerts.
For both choruses:
Additional weekend rehearsals may be required as a concert date nears, and combined rehearsals are sometimes required. Beyond these minimum requirements, you may choose your own level of involvement. Please keep in mind, however, that we do perform all of our music from memory. As a community chorus, BCPA offers an abundance of social enrichment, outreach and volunteer opportunities for its members throughout the year. So the question becomes, "how much time would you like to give?"