When we began in 1990, many of our singers were hesitant to print their full names in the concert programs for fear of persecution. Much has changed since then but the LGBT community still does not enjoy full equal rights — and even recent advances are countered by setbacks and intolerance. One Voice exists to present a public face and voice of the LGBT community as we work for social justice.
One of the pioneering gay-affirming choruses in the “Deep South,” One Voice also provides a welcoming place for LGBT people to express their musical artistry together. All are welcome in this non-auditioned group that’s also one of fewer than a dozen choruses in the national LGBT choral community where men and women perform together.
One Voice is the Gay, Lesbian and Gay-Affirmative Chorus of Charlotte. Through artistic excellence, One Voice Chorus works to increase understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Our achievement in choral music enables us to reach diverse groups to overcome misperceptions and to grow personally, both as performers and as leaders in our community.
Guiding the Chorus is a vision that inspires us to excellence and leadership. We are a vibrant organization which consistently:
- Displays musical excellence and is recognized for musical achievement
- Grows consistently in audience and membership and creates an environment in which each person is valued as an integral part of the Chorus
- Demonstrates leadership within the LGBT community and acts as a standard-bearer for our community to the community-at-large
- Demonstrates the highest standards of financial stewardship and achieves the financial prosperity needed to expand our reach and enhance the quality of our performances