Bridging Voices is the only Oregon choral group specifically reaching out to youth who identify as LGBTQ or allied. We are one of only 12 known LGBTQ youth choruses in the nation and we continue to grow and thrive.
We were honored and humbled to be invited by featured Festival guest artist Matt Alber to perform alongside him at the Festival’s Opening Concerts. It was just the beginning; six days of nonstop rehearsal, workshop, and performance allowed us and our soloists the opportunity to sing on three additional mainstage concerts: The Youth Invasion (featuring eight LGBTQ + Allied Youth Choruses from around the country), Gender Blender, and the festival Closing Ceremonies – as part of a mass choir of more than 180 young people from ages 13 – 22. The Festival was truly a once in a lifetime experience, inspiring and validating beyond words. Thank you to everyone who helped us along the journey!
Watch the clip of Bridging Voices singing with Matt Alber at the Festival! You can also watch videos of Matt performing Monarch, and I Want to Dance with Somebody, his cover of the Whitney Houston song.
Bridging Voices had a unique, life-changing experience performing at GALA Festival 2016, in Denver, Colorado. We became part of 210 choruses (and 6,500 singers), some traveling from as far away as China and Cuba! Eight of those choruses were for youth and all used music to share a message of love, hope and change.
Attending GALA transformed the lives of the singers; and helped to put Bridging Voices on the national map! More importantly, we came home having learned from other youth choruses around the country about how to better support and advocate for our youth, combat anti-gay bullying, and educate the community.