In 1998, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles presented their holiday concert in Palm Springs. After that performance, a group of local residents banded together and formed a singing group called the Caballeros, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs. There are still a few charter members from that group in the chorus today.
Though the name changed, the mission of the chorus remains the same: To be a chorus of gay men, who through musical excellence, community outreach, and civic responsibility, are dedicated to entertaining, inspiring, and educating the culturally diverse community in which we live.
Beyond our annual season of concert, the chorus sponsors or participates in a number of outreach events. Donations from these events help support the George Zander Memorial Anti-Bullying fund. Grants from this fund help support Gay Straight Alliances in the Palm Springs and Desert Sands Unified School District.
The chorus continues to support its community partners by singing at hi-profile events including: Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, the AIDS Assistance Program’s Evening Under the Stars, Equality California Awards, Michael Childer’s “One Night Only” Benefiting Jewish Family Services and a recent concert in Las Vegas benefiting Family Promise.
Guest performers at our concerts have included: Opera Soprano Janet Hopkins, renowned dance company Tango Nacional Argentina, Florence Henderson, and the hilarious Leslie Jordan. There have been memorable collaborations with other Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) choruses such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco, and Vox Femina.