The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles is the first all Trans Identified Chorus in America. Consisting of Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex, Gender-Non-Conforming and Gender-Fluid individuals. TCLA Celebrates diversity and acceptance in appearance and vocal presentation so that others can see and feel the joy we share. Through our music we bring to the world; awareness, understand, power and victory for the Trans Community.
History of TCLA
Born out of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles in 2015, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles (TCLA) was formed with the intent of creating a chorus to represent larger Trans Community. An invitation was sent out to a any who identified as Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex, Gender-Non-Conforming, or Gender-Fluid to join and the first meeting was held at New York Life in Los Angeles.
Lead at the time by Lindsey Deaton; the members of TCLA focused on honing their voices for their First Season. Performing only limited engagements, such as the Trans Day of Remembrance, they continued to perfect their craft. Joe Lawrence would join as the musical accompanist, later to become the Musical Director, arranging music and helping the vocalists meet their artistic goals.
It was in the beginning of their Second Season that the Ziggy Stardust stage show was announced and planning, and training began in earnest. The show was a smash hit and had several repeat engagements throughout the season. In the Third Season focus was turned to community engagement. Many more performances at local events were had, Pride was of a particular focus.
During their Fourth Season, with Abdullah Hall as Artistic Director and Kathryn Davis as the Executive Director, the Chorus continued to make inroads into the community. Performing at over 30 events, TCLA was getting noticed… Performing at events such as Palm Springs Pride, 29 Rooms, The Los Angeles Women’s March, TranSister Radio and the opening of the LA LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus among others. The rate of bookings is only increasing as the message of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles gets loosed into the world.
Executive Director : Kathryn Davis
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Our Executive Director works with the Artistic Director, Financial Officer and TCLA Board to ensure Chorus has the resources and funding needed to operate.Artistic Director : Abdullah Rasheen Hall
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The Artistic Director oversees all musical aspects of the Chorus, guiding the performance, directions and sound of TCLA at various performances.Music Director : Joe Lawrence
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As Music Director responsibilities include arranging music, helping growing vocalists and working with the Artistic Director to meet the musical goals of TCLA.