SAN DIEGO, California -- RC Haus has been elevated to artistic director of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC).
At last night’s rehearsal, board president Bob Lehman made the announcement which resulted in an extended applause and cheers from the members and volunteers present.
Haus has been interim artistic director since the departure of Gary Holt and previously served as assistant artistic director.
“RC is an amazing ball of energy. His love of music, dance and all things creative is infectious and profound,” Lehman said. “Our audience loves him and our guys have never had so much fun singing!”
During his time as interim artistic director, Haus conducted the sold-out Spring 2014 shows and is leading the upcoming LUV Madonna — Music of the Material Girl concerts on July 12 and 13 at the Balboa Theatre. He most recently San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus launches artistic dance troupefounded the SDGMC dance troupe and the SDGMC Chamber Chorale, both of which will premiere at the summer shows.
“I am so excited to be working with this amazing group of guys,” said Haus, who is also music director of the Rancho Santa Fe School District. “We have a great time together. And we work just as hard on our shows as we do on our mission of social justice and outreach. We sing with a purpose!”
Haus’s selection was the result of a nationwide search conducted during the past seven months by SDGMC leadership. He will serve the chorus as it enters into its 30th Anniversary Celebration year of 2015.
Haus lives in Hillcrest with his fiancé Bryan Larsen.
Tickets for LUV Madonna — Music of the Material Girl are now on sale for Saturday, July 12 at 8 pm and Sunday, July 13 at 3 pm at SDGMC.org or by calling (877) 296-7664. Tickets start at $29 and range to $70. A special Director’s Prelude VIP Reception takes place an hour before each performance for an additional $35 which includes a private meet-and-greet with Haus, a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. A $4 discount is available for seniors, students, groups of 10 or more and active-duty military.
SDGMC has entertained San Diego audiences for nearly 30 years. With more than 200 singing and operations members, it is one of the largest gay choruses in the world. The group’s official mission is to create a positive musical experience through exciting performances that engage audiences, build community support and provide a dynamic force for social change.