Mr. Danny Owens 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.
Danny shared his background experience before joining Gateway Men’s Chorus in 1993:
“I began taking piano lessons at about age 6 and continued until I graduated from high school. I began voice lessons in high school and started singing in choirs and small groups in high school and also in church. I also performed in a few theatrical productions during my high school years. Throughout college, I continued with voice lessons and performed with a choir and a small ensemble. Music was my minor in college, with a vocal emphasis.”
How it all started for Danny:
“I moved to Saint Louis in early 1993 and was living with a friend in the Central West End when the annual Pride Festival came along in June of that year… Gateway Men's Chorus had a booth and I was delighted to learn that Saint Louis had a gay men's chorus. I joined for the Holiday show in 1993 and have been an active member ever since.”
The impact of Gateway Men’s Chorus in Danny’s life:
“GMC has given me a creative outlet that I wouldn't have otherwise. Music has always been such an important part of my life and GMC provides a way to perform and make a difference in other people's lives. Not everyone can participate in organized protests, but everyone can do something and I love the fact that you can be a part of an organization like GMC where you can join your voice with others to seek change and equality and to provide healing for all in our community. It's very fulfilling. My original decision to join was based on the desire to find an outlet for my musical talent and meet new friends.”