Monument City Music (now Richmond Allied Voices) started when Tim Gillham gathered a group of men in April of 2001 to discuss the organizational aspects of a men’s chorus.
Monument City Music, Incorporated is established and registered as a not-for-profit, 501-C3, educational corporation with the Secretary of the State Corporation Commission and the Department of Agriculture, Division of Consumer Affairs, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Richmond Men’s Chorus had auditions over the summer months and had 30 men at the first rehearsal on September 10, 2001. After an extremely successful debut concert, the group joined the Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus for a statewide tour in the spring, followed by a solo concert in the summer and a guest appearance with the Richmond Pops Band.
The chorus has performed a wide variety of choral music: classical programs including Grieg, Vivaldi, Bach, Tallis, Brahms, Purcell, Saint-Saens, Handel and Mussorgsky; concerts of modern music featuring Bernstein, Gershwin, Shaw and Vaughan Williams, entire programs devoted to opera, the Swing Era, the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, children’s music, American, British and other world influences; and Broadway music concerts featuring Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, and Stephen Schwartz (including the first authorized men’s arrangements of songs from his Tony-Award winning show Wicked).
The chorus presented Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom on its 60th Anniversary in Charlottesville, VA, its debut city, and has performed at Hampton’s American Theater, Richmond’s Grand Illumination, Norfolk’s Roper Performing Arts Center, the touring Vietnam Memorial Wall, and for America’s 400th Anniversary at Jamestown, Virginia.
As the organization grew we formed our Women’s chorus that is pleased to be celebrating it’s 9th season. This ensemble features 30 plus singers and has performed all around the central Virginia region including Denver at GALA Chorus Festival 2012. RWC is excited about our new director and the opportunities to reach even more hearts and minds this coming season.
MCM has met yet another goal of forming a third chorus focusing on LGBTQ rights, PRIDE and equality. The small mixed voice ensemble will feature composers, songs and members of the LGBTQ family and help be an outreach for the entire organization. We are very excited to bring this chorus The Noteables to RVA.