- The Society of Gay and Lesbian Composers
- P. O. Box 14521, San Francisco, CA 94114
Sorry, but SGLC has no longer functioned since
1996?, but if you have any interest in resusicitating it, please
Our next concert
Our next concert, on July 24th in San Francisco,
is devoted to "New Choral Music". For more details go here (text).
Go here to see an attractive
poster for this concert (JPEG 144k).
Concert was a success!!, and we have had many
favorable comments from the audience. The Society is offering
the recording to the general public. Availability of the copies
is Friday, July 31. Click here if you
wish a copy of this concert.
Who are we?
- The Society of Gay and Lesbian Composers
is a composers' cooperative established in 1985 to encourage
the distinctive work of gay and lesbian composers, to provide
opportunities for the performance and dissemination of their
music, and share ideas. SGLC is a membership organization whose
responsibilities are performed by volunteers.
What do we do?
- The Society produces concerts three times
per year, and all members are welcome to present compositions
on these concerts. Concerts are devoted to music by member composers
and are open to all styles of music. (Recent concerts have featured
songs, piano music, folk music, cabaret, blues, chamber music,
choral music and electronic music.) SGLC provides the hall, the
program and a piano, and does the publicity, while each participating
member is responsible for providing the performers needed for
his or her works. Members reside in all parts of the country,
but the largest and most active contingent is located in the
San Francisco Bay Area; approximately 25% of the membership lives
outside of the Bay Area. A committee facilitates performances
for composers living out of the area who request assistance (finding
performers, distributing music, coordinating rehearsals and other
tasks that may arise). Such requests should be made on concert
reservation forms well in advance of the concert. All concerts
are recorded digitally. Concert recordings are available to members
and the general public. They may be obtained on DAT tape, cassette
tape and compact disk media. Use this
link to order.
- Monthly meetings are held in the San Francisco
area, generally on the third Wednesday of each month, in the
homes of various members. Those attending, including visitors,
can present their music (live or tape) or discuss music of other
composers or related topics of interest. Short-term compositional
challenges are planned at meetings occasionally. Socializing
follows the meeting. The location of the meetings are announced
in the newsletter.
- A monthly newsletter keeps members informed
about current activities and regularly reports competitions,
calls for scores, and other opportunities. The newsletter is
available to members to communicate their activities, as well
as for articles, reviews, etc.
What are Special Projects?
- Approximately every 12-18 months all members
are invited to submit music for special performance-related projects
dedicated to a medium chosen by the membership. Members share
in the expenses according to their means. This gives composers
who otherwise couldn't afford to hire larger ensembles a chance
to get their music heard; these projects often involve larger
forces than individual composers are usually able to provide.
Donations are sought for the performance fees and the Society
pays for the concert production costs. The ensemble or medium
gives a unity to these concerts, notwithstanding the stylistic
variety among the composers. Special project ensembles have included
string quartet, men's chorus, saxophone sextet, and an ensemble
of soprano voice, flute, clarinet, cello and piano. A concert
for mixed chorus, piano and organ is currently in preparation.
Non-performance projects have included establishing an outreach
to local performing groups, publishing a catalog of members'
works and organizing a roster of performers.
How can I become a member?
- Membership is open to all composers. Dues
are $40 per year, or $10 quarterly. For membership information
or to request a newsletter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership fees should be sent to SGLC at P.O. Box 14521, San
Francsico, CA 94114. Checks or money orders should be made payable
to SGLC. Please do not send cash.
- For people who are interested in supporting
the goals of the Society but who are not composers, Friends of
SGLC was formed. For an annual donation of at least $20, Friends
receive a cassette with excerpts from concerts of the previous
season or admission to each of the Society's three annual concerts.
How do I get more information about SGLC?
- Visitors to this page are welcome to contact SGLC for any additional
information. You are encouraged to refer any friends who may
be interested in our group to us. We appreciate your interest
in SGLC and hope that the Society will be able to provide you
with the opportunity to promote your music and connect with other
gay and lesbian composers. We also welcome your comments and
How can I hear samples of SGLC composers'
- We invite you to listen to clips
of SGLC composers' works at this link.
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