GMCW appoints its first Chief Development Officer

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC (GMCW) announces the hiring of Andre Coleman as the organization’s first Director of Development. He will be responsible for managing and implementing the development plan and partnering with other staff to promote an organizational culture of philanthropy.

Andre Coleman

Prior to joining GMCW, Coleman served as associate director of philanthropy at Chorus America, where he led development efforts and partnered to design and implement the organization’s first grantmaking program. Prior to Chorus America, he was responsible for institutional giving at Washington Performing Arts.

“We are delighted to welcome Andrew to our team,” says GMCW Executive Director Justin Fyala. “He brings with him a wealth of experience that we know will strengthen our philanthropic efforts and expand our development agenda.”

“I am honored to join GMCW as its first-ever Chief Development Officer to help this already thriving organization take the next steps toward its goals,” Coleman said. “It has been a challenging 18 months for the arts, so I look forward to building on the incredible foundation already in place, forging deeper relationships with our existing patrons and donors, attracting new donors and business partners. and further refine GMCW’s support case.”

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. For more information about GMCW, visit


The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is an internationally recognized organization that inspires equality, justice and inclusion through the performing arts. Our organization is made up of a flagship 300-member choir, the GenOUT Youth Chorus for LGBTQ+ and youth allies ages 13-18, the Rock Creek Singers chamber ensemble, the a cappella Potomac Fever, gospel/inspirational ensemble Seasons of Love and dance troupe 17th Street Dance.

Since 1981, GMCW has presented compelling, sophisticated, entertaining and enlightening concerts to hundreds of thousands of people in the nation’s capital, the United States and international venues. Our season is anchored by three great shows presented at the historic Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC. Concert seasons may also include a cabaret, classical music concert, or Broadway musical. In addition, the main choir and our small ensembles take part in more than 125 outreach performances each season.

GMCW is the voice of LGBTQ+ people in Washington, DC, having performed at events for President Biden, the Kennedy Center Honors (which GMCW has performed for twice), Presidents Clinton and Obama’s inaugural festivities, historically significant ceremonies, including the memorial service for Frank Kameny, the interment service for Matthew Shepard, and the celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality in USA v Windsor. In addition to these large-scale events, GMCW and its smaller ensembles perform weekly across the DC Metro area in faith communities, businesses and schools, promoting justice and equality for all through song.

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