Brief History of Council Oak Mens Chorale
The chorale was formed in 1998 from a group of 12 singers that came together to provide music for a World AIDS Day memorial service. Founded by Rick Fortner, they had no official name. Their hope was to provide support to the families and friends of those affected by HIV and AIDS. From there, the idea of supporting an ongoing gay men’s chorus in Tulsa took root.
From its modest beginnings, this small group of dedicated singers has grown into an organization that is known throughout the nation for it’s vocal excellence. From a one-time memorial service, performances have grown to include a three-concert season with numerous additional performances making COMC a year-round organization.
COMC performance venues include the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Philbrook’s Festival of Trees, and numerous local churches and community organizations.
Vocal Pride Foundation
The vision of the Vocal Pride Foundation is to foster communication, enhance cooperation and build bridges through performing arts in Tulsa and surrounding communities by supporting gay, lesbian and affirming arts organizations that further their creative and artistic endeavors in the community.