The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) organized in 2003, under the leadership and guidance of former Managing Director, Fred Poland. Mr. Poland set the chorus in motion by securing 501(C)3 non-profit status, drafting the chorus by-laws and constitution, and developing the infrastructure and standards for the chorus to follow. The chorus is active in Dayton’s thriving arts culture, using their “voice” to touch the community and to bring the values of acceptance, diversity, and participation to all corners of our region. The DGMC continues with its mission “to inspire, encourage, and sustain excellence the choral arts” and “to achieve a gay-affirming presence in the Greater Miami Valley” through its vision “to offer a broad repertoire of music in a variety of visible and accessible venues, to forge active community partnerships, and to educate the community at large about the value of diversity.” The DGMC has grown in numbers and musical ability, sung many styles of music from the serious to the sublime, and performed in places like the Dayton Art Institute, Sinclair Community College, Fifth Third Field, and the Victoria Theatre. The Chorus has been invited into churches in both Dayton and Springfield for concerts and worship services, and has joined fellow Ohio gay choruses to perform in Cincinnati and at the State House in Columbus. This Dayton Original firmly believes that music has the power to change lives, to change minds, and to change hearts.