Apple Performing Arts is the non-profit management company for the New York
City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. With over thirty years of
history, innovative programs, and service to the LGBT community, Big Apple
Performing Arts is renowned for producing legendary performances, commissioning
new works, and taking a leading role in the movement for social justice. From
Carnegie Hall to City Hall, from the advent of AIDS to the struggle for
marriage equality, the choruses of BAPA have been at the vanguard within the
New York City community since 1980.
The New York City Gay Men's Chorus (NYCGMC) is the longest standing member of Big Apple Performing Arts, having just celebrated its 35th Anniversary. New York City Gay Men's Chorus now comprises 275 voices, appearing in three subscription concerts each year, moving between Town Hall, NYU's Skirball Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the other world-class venues of New York City. Affirming their world-class status is a roster of classical and contemporary artists who have graced the stages with the Chorus: Marilyn Horne, Roberta Peters, Barbara Cook, Elaine Stritch, Stephen Sondheim, Kelli O'Hara, Carolee Carmello, Victoria Clark, Martha Wash, and Sia—to name just a few. NYCGMC also runs the Connect program, a series of smaller concerts that aims to engage people outside of the concert hall in all corners of the New York City area.
In 2003, Big Apple Performing Arts and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, together with Center Youth Program of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City established the Youth Pride Chorus. Youth Pride Chorus comprises 40 fourteen to twenty-two-year-old self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies and is the first chorus of its kind to be presented by an established adult chorus. In 2004, the Youth Pride Chorus was adopted as an independent performing group under the Big Apple Performing Arts umbrella, with its own concert season and outreach efforts.
Big Apple Performing Arts and its associated groups are members of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), the world's only association committed to serving the LGBT choral movement.