PHOTOS: Transgender Day of Remembrance at Cathedral of Hope

A rose was placed in a basket for each transgender person remembered at Transgender Day of Remembrance. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

More than 100 gathered Sunday evening at the Cathedral of Hope to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso presented a city declaration marking the day as Transgender Day of Remembrance in Dallas, and Black Trans Men Inc. founder Carter Davis was the featured speaker. Euless eighth-grader Hannah Walter spoke about why she is an ally.

Mosaic Song, a small chorus from Resounding Harmony, performed several times during the service.

The reading of names included 39 transgender people brutally murdered during the previous 12 months including Janette Tovar of Dallas. Tovar’s was the only death marked as having an arrest made in the murder.

A rose was placed in a basket at the front of the church for each name read.

More photos below.

—  David Taffet

Resounding Harmony kicks off its 5th season with concert Saturday

Resounding Harmony will celebrate its fifth anniversary of bringing music and philanthropy together this weekend as it opens its new season with a concert at City Performance Hall.

The chorus will perform songs of hope, peace and love Saturday night during its “Let me be the Music” concert, the first of its new season. The concert benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which supports the search for the cause and cure for childhood brain tumors.

Robert Huneke, Resounding Harmony’s operations manager, said he was excited to kick off the new season and proud to mark five years with the organization. He said the organization has raised more than $160,000 for causes in the area over the last four years.

“I’m very excited that we’re starting our fifth year,” he said, adding that as of Friday afternoon Saturday’s performance was sold out. “We’re got great patrons and a great beneficiary.”

Resounding Harmony’s concerts will all take place at the new City Performance Hall, at 2520 Flora St.

Huneke said he was looking forward to a large turnout Saturday and at future concerts. The next concert is scheduled for June 15 and will benefit USO Wounded Warriors.

 

—  Dallasvoice

Auditions for Resounding Harmony & The Women’s Chorus

Sing it like ya mean it

For those with major vocal talents, tonight could be your night. Think of it. Packed venues, a plethora of like-minded individuals all singing in unison. And those snazzy outfits. The philanthropic-based group Resounding Harmony holds auditions tonight for its fourth season as does The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, as it prepares for its upcoming season. Although each have criteria for auditioning, you shouldn’t have too much problem getting on the process. Unless you’re auditioning for both, then more power to ya.

DEETS: Resounding Harmony auditions at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave. 7 p.m. Visit website for more information. To register for TWCD auditions, visit here.

—  Rich Lopez

Resounding Harmony rehearsal, auditions

Resounding Harmony at a 2010 performance.

Resounding Harmony begins its fourth season of musical philanthropy on Sunday with its first rehearsal. And auditions for new members are set for Monday.

The group said the audition process is quick and painless. Bring a prepared piece to sing. This can be anything out of a hymnal, an opera or a Broadway show. An accompanist will be provided, so bring a copy of the music. The audition takes about five minutes and beyond the prepared music you might be asked to sing scales to determine your vocal placement in the chorus.

Resounding Harmony raises money for other organizations at each of its concerts. This season, Our Heartfelt Season, will benefit two North Texas organizations.

The fall concert on Nov. 22 will benefit the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, and the spring concert on June 19 will benefit the American Heart Association. Past beneficiaries include the North Texas Food Bank, the Fine Arts Chamber Players program to provide violins to underserved schools in DISD, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Palliative Care Unit of Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Rehearsals take place at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church at 3014 Oak Lawn Ave .

For more information or to sign up for an audition please visit the website or email the chorus’s Operations Manager, Robert Huneke.

—  David Taffet

LOCAL BRIEFS: Resource Center adds board members; TCC names interim director

RCD adds board members

Gary Fraundorfer, David Hardt, John McDowell, Deborah McMurray and Ray Switzer have been named to the board of directors for Resource Center Dallas.
Fraundorfer is a vice president, human resources for Dallas-based AT&T.

Hardt is the chief financial for Borders Frame, and has been with the company since 1999. He is the former national president and chairman of the board of the Young Democrats America.

McDowell is a partner with Andrews Kurth in Dallas, focusing on patent litigation, intellectual property and technology law.

McMurray is the chief executive officer and strategy architect for Content Pilot LLC, which she founded in 2006 to provide strategic marketing and technology solutions to professional services firms.

Switzer has been with Pepsico in a variety of corporate financial and human resources roles since 1994.

Resource Center also adopted a new mission statement that reads: “Resource Center Dallas is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy.”

Jacobs named TCC interim director

Ira M. (Trey) Jacobs III has been chosen by the Turtle Creek Chorale to be Interim Conductor for the 2011-12 season.

For the last four years Jacobs has served as assistant professor and director of choral activities at Eastern Michigan University, until his recent move to live with his partner, Thomas Locke, in Mobile, Ala. Jacobs is currently the music director for the Mobile Theater Guild’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

He will commute from his home weekly to work with the Chorale.

Jacobs’ predecessor, Jonathan Palant, resigned in July. TCC board members Justin Lombardo and Doug Mitchell are co-chairing the search committee to find a permanent conductor.

The first open rehearsal for Chorale members is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. New member auditions will be held Sunday, Aug. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. The 2011-12 season kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 23 with The Messiah.

Resounding Harmony auditions

Resounding Harmony begins its new season with rehearsals on Sunday, Aug. 21 and auditions on Aug. 22 at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave. at 6 p.m. Information is online at ResoundingHarmony.org.

—  John Wright

Resounding Harmony gives $25K to Children’s Medical Center, bestows Life Member Awards

Check presentation. (Photo courtesy of Chad Whyrick)

Resounding Harmony awarded the Palliative Care Unit of Children’s Medical Center $25,275 on Monday. The money was raised from the chorus’s June 8 concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Each Resounding Harmony concert raises money for a different community organization.

The chorus also gave its first three Life Member Awards — to Timothy Seelig, Sam Caine and John Maloney. Seelig was the founder of the chorus who left Dallas late last year to become the new artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Caine is the owner of Card Payment Systems in Frisco.

“He [Caine] has been a valuable asset to Resounding Harmony and through his company has made sure that the chorus has had reliable low cost credit card processing,” said Board Chair Mark Knight. “He has also been a major contributor to the chorus and its beneficiaries.”

Maloney is the owner of Maloney Strategic Communications in Dallas. He and his staff have provided all of the marketing and PR pieces for Resounding Harmony since its founding. “This includes all of our graphics and the award winning logo that we use today,” said Knight.

The 2012-13 season begins rehearsals on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. Auditions for new members will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 at the church. Resounding Harmony’s fall concert on Tuesday, Nov. 22 will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the spring concert will benefit the American Heart Association.

More information is available at ResoundingHarmony.org.

—  David Taffet

Resounding Harmony begins Chapter Two

Russ Rieger

Russ Rieger conducts the mixed-voice chorus for the first time as the new artistic director with June 8 concert

DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

Resounding Harmony begins a new chapter in its life when the chorus performs at the Meyerson Symphony Center on June 8 with new artistic director Russ Rieger conducting for the first time.

The mixed-voice group last performed in the fall before founder and original artistic director Tim Seelig left Dallas to conduct the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

Rieger was hired Jan. 1 to replace Seelig. Before his first rehearsal as director, he worried about how he would fill Seelig’s shoes.

“There’s no way anyone could fill those shoes,” he said. “The chorus presented me with a pair of new shoes so I didn’t have to fill Tim’s.”

Board Chair Mark Knight said they’re calling this Chapter Two for Resounding Harmony, but the transition has been an easy one.

Rieger, who has been the music minister of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church for 21 years, served as the principal accompanist for the Turtle Creek Chorale and Women’s Chorus of Dallas. He accompanied Resounding Harmony when they performed Sing for the Cure at Carnegie Hall last year.

“He’s played the organ for all of our concerts at the Meyerson,” Knight said.

Each of Resounding Harmony’s concerts is a benefit performance, which Knight calls musical philanthropy. This concert will support the Palliative Care program at Children’s Medical Center.

The concert is titled Born for Greatness, in honor of the children in the palliative care program, Rieger said.

“Greatness isn’t measured by the length of a child’s life, but by the impact the child makes on others,” Rieger said doctors who work in Children’s Hospital’s palliative care unit told him.

Performing with Resounding Harmony at the June 8 concert is Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Jana Stanfield. She has done programs for palliative care programs elsewhere and will perform her song, “Born for Greatness.”

Also appearing are dancers from the Academy of Dance from Allen who will accompany two of the songs.

Rieger said most of the music in the show will be inspirational. The first half closes with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. Another piece they’ll do is “He Ain’t Heavy … He’s My Brother.”

He said plans already are forming for the next two seasons. Next year, Seelig will be conducting Sing for the Cure in Atlanta and he has invited Resounding Harmony to join them.

Beneficiaries for next season’s concerts have been set. The November performance is for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the spring concert will benefit the American Heart Association.

Knight said they are working on a tour for the 2012-13 season.

Resounding Harmony performs at the Meyerson Symphony Center, June 8 at 8 p.m. $30-50. Tickets available on line at ResoundingHarmony.org.

—  John Wright

Help Resounding Harmony join the Pepsi Generation

Resounding Harmony is looking for your vote. The singing group is one of several in the running for a $25,000 grant from Pepsico, but people need to show their support online … and you have to do it today.

If you go to the Web site here, you can get them into the top 10 and keep their hopes alive for more money. Go at it!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Poster completed for 10th anniversary of Sing for the Cure concert event

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I just received this new poster for the upcoming Sing for the Cure concert event featuring Resounding Harmony. And it sounds like it’s off to a good start, according to marketing chair Jan Harrell.

—  Rich Lopez

Haiti concert raises more than $17,000

Jonathan Palant

Jonathan Palant

The concert for Haiti organized by Turtle Creek Chorale director Jonathan Palant raised more than $17,000 that will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Donations can still be made on the Chorale Web site.

Palant said that there was never a goal.

“Every dollar collected was a dollar that wouldn’t have been sent to Haiti,” he said.

He said that this was the only cultural event in North Texas for the country that was devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake and he was proud that it was organized by the LGBT community.

The six-hour marathon concert took place at Cathedral of Hope on Friday, Feb. 19. The church’s choir began the evening followed by ENCORE! Anton Shaw sang and then the First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men’s Chorus had the fast-growing crowd on its feet.

First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men's Chorus

First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men's Chorus

—  David Taffet