NWA Men's Chorus began as a conversation between veteran men's chorus champion Jeff Walker and accomplished choral director Ryan Fox in early 2017. The two met by happenstance through their partners at a birthday party where they discussed creating a choral group with two important goals in mind. It would first and foremost build up the LGBT community in Northwest Arkansas by providing a safe space for members. Second, the group would offer a different way for the greater community to view others--through music as a tool to share stories and celebrate diversity.
After a few small mixer events in both Washington and Benton counties to network and identify initial singing members, the choir came together for a first rehearsal in mid-September 2o17. Eventually singers would perform an inaugural concert on December 2, 2017, entitled "Who We Are". The show featured not only the powerful sound of a community chorus, but also a creative selection of solos and performances by singing members. A standing-room-only audience at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville laughed and cheered as director Ryan Fox accepted a proclamation from Mayor Lioneld Jordan to initiate the celebratory event. It was clear that NWA Men's Chorus was here to stay and destined to serve a great purpose in the region and state!
With a first successful concert under their belt, the group has set their sights on building up a choir both literally in singing members and in creating a lasting and significant social impact in Northwest Arkansas. Plans for Spring 2018's concert, entitled "Color Outside the Lines", includes a special choral suite of music to remember the story of "Prayers for Bobby" and will also feature special music specifically created by members of the LGBT community.
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