December 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm PST | by Mariah Cooper
GMCLA’s Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Joe Nadeau resigns

Joe Nadeau takes a bow at his final Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles appearance on Sunday Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo by Troy Masters)

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Joe Nadeau has resigned from the position after working with the acclaimed chorus for six years. Nadeau will continue to work with the chorus until January when GMCLA’s Assistant Conductor Gavin Thrasher will take over as interim artistic director and conductor.

During Sunday’s sold out 2019 Holiday Spectacular, Joe Nadeau remembers the 140+ members of GMCLA who were lost to AIDS since the group’s founding. (Photo by Troy Masters)

Nadeau announced his departure to the chorus during GMCLA’s dress rehearsal for its holiday show, “Holiday Spectacular: Calling All Angels” on Saturday.

“Joe’s leadership in every performance he has led has never wavered in its commitment to continuing to drive forward GMCLA’s mission of changing hearts and minds through music. While we are sad to see him go and will miss his great talent, we are excited by the legacy he leaves behind and the latest chapter in his life that awaits him,” GMCLA’s Executive Director Jonathan Weedman said in a statement.

Nadeau brought GMCLA to new heights of exposure with performances with Demi Lovato and Gloria Trevi at the Forum in Los Angeles, on a holiday episode of NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” performing the National Anthem at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ LGBT Night and performing at Los Angeles Lakers’ first Pride Night.

GMCLA’s other notable moments under Nadeau’s leadership include releasing two studio albums, performing at the funerals of actresses Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, on stage for crowds at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Beverly Hills’ Wallis Theatre and Downtown LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and expanding GMCLA’s youth outreach programs.

There has also been no shortage of celebrity collaborations during Nadeau’s tenure. GMCLA has had the pleasure of performing with Alan Cumming, Leslie Jordan and Cheyenne Jackson as well as collaborations with Melissa Etheridge, Lady Gaga, Boy George, Conan O’Brien, Weird Al Yankovic, Amber Riley, Alex Newell, Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman, among others.

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