Dr. Ken Haller was gracious enough to share his personal story about how he got involved with Gateway Men’s Chorus and how it has positively impacted his life.
Ken shared his musical background before joining Gateway Men’s Chorus in 1990:
“I sang in church and school choirs when I was a kid, then musical theater in high school, college, and medical school.”
How it all started for Ken:
“A friend told me about the Gateway Men’s Chorus in the summer of 1990. I was just coming out of a very important relationship, and frankly I was not doing well. I had kind of isolated myself from a lot of friends during the three years I had been with this guy. GMC was a real godsend for me. It gave me a community, and it rekindled my joy in performing.”
The impact of Gateway Men’s Chorus in Ken’s life:
“This is now my 29th season with GMC. I’ve always sung at least two concerts every year, and most years all three. I was also on the board of GMC for many years and was board president from 1997-2001. That experience gave me the skills to take to other local, statewide, and national boards of non-profit organizations that serve the LGBT community as well as medically underserved communities.
Finally, GMC gave me the confidence and the skills to get back into local theater in 2000 and then to begin to seriously study the art of cabaret, which is about telling stories through song. I have since created five original shows which I have taken to New York, Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco. My latest show, “Happy HallerDays,” has its world premiere here at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival on November 2.
And I can tell you: None of that would have been possible without the Gateway Men’s Chorus.”