GMCW Appoints First Development Director


The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC (GMCW) announces the hiring of André Coleman as the organization’s senior director of development. He will be responsible for the management and implementation of the development plan and for partnering with other staff to promote an organizational culture of philanthropy.

Andre Coleman

Prior to joining GMCW, Coleman was Associate Director of Philanthropy at Chorus America, where he led development efforts and partnered to design and implement the organization’s first reallocation program. Prior to Chorus America, he was Head of Institutional Donations at Washington Performing Arts.

“We are delighted to welcome André to our team, ”said GMCW Executive Director Justin Fyala. “He brings with him a wealth of experience which we know will strengthen our philanthropic efforts and broaden our development agenda. “

“I am honored to join GMCW as the very first Director of Development to help this already thriving organization take the next steps towards its goals,” said Coleman. “It has been a difficult 18 months for the arts so I look forward to building on the incredible foundation already in place, forging deeper relationships with our existing patrons and donors, attracting new donors and business partners. , and further refine GMCW’s support record. “

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information on GMCW, visit


The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is an internationally recognized organization that inspires equality, justice and inclusion through the performing arts. Our organization is made up of a flagship 300-member choir, the GenOUT Youth Chorus for LGBTQ + and young allies aged 13-18, the Rock Creek Singers Chamber Ensemble, the a cappella the group Potomac Fever, the gospel / inspiration ensemble Seasons of Love and the 17th Street Dance troupe.

Since 1981, GMCW has presented captivating, sophisticated, entertaining and educational concerts to hundreds of thousands of people in the Nation’s Capital, the United States and at international venues. Our season is anchored in three great shows presented at the historic Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC. Concert seasons may also include a cabaret, classical concert, or Broadway musical. In addition, the main choir and our small ensembles participate in more than 125 local performances each season.

GMCW is the voice of LGBTQ + people in Washington, DC, having performed at events for President Biden, the Kennedy Center Honors (for which GMCW has performed twice), Presidents Clinton and Obama’s inaugural festivities, ceremonies of historic significance, including the memorial service for Frank Kameny, the burial service for Matthew Shepard and the celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality in United States v. Windsor. In addition to these high-profile events, GMCW and its small ensembles perform weekly in the DC metro area in faith communities, businesses and schools, promoting justice and equality for all through song.

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