Empire City Men's Chorus is a forward-thinking, urban auditioned men's chorus based in New York City. For over 27 years, ECMC's high quality choral concert programming has brought countless audiences to their feet, made significant contributions to the tradition of men's choral repertoire, and given back to its greater community through volunteer service, profit-sharing, and goodwill performances. Today, ECMC is much more than an avocational men's chorus. It is a tight-knit community that values fraternity, musical excellence, and social justice. For many members and listeners, it is an extended family in music that has changed their lives for the better. Its membership reflects a diverse cross-section of New Yorkers, identifying not only with multiple racial and ethnic heritages, but also representing gay, bi-sexual, straight, and transgender identities.
The Empire City Men's Chorus (ECMC) was founded in 1993 as “The Gay Gotham Chorus” under the non-profit “Gotham Performing Arts” by a small group of men dedicated to musical excellence and a shared goal to raise funds in support of the LGBT community through the chorus’ performances—especially HIV services. Today, ECMC has broadened its artistic and community missions and presents a full spectrum of musical styles, ranging from pre-Renaissance to modern, and adventurous commissions by established and rising composers. ECMC’s programming supports social justice causes. Music, camaraderie, and community continue to be the chorus’ central tenets. We are men joined by women who share a passion for community-inspired performances, and we hope to impart an affirmation of character and strength within our listeners. Prior to the appointment of Vince Peterson as Artistic Director in the fall of 2014, ECMC has been led under the batons of Dr. Matthew Oltman, Christopher Clowdus, Dr. Jonathan Babcock, and Dr. Donald Messer.
Vince Peterson, Artistic Director
Robbie Cowan, Assistant Conductor
Hee Sung Kim, Principal Pianist
Empire City Men's Chorus is a forward-thinking, urban men’s concert chorus dedicated to refreshing men’s choral music and the people who experience us.
We value musical excellence and artistic versatility.
We value diversity in our singers and listeners.
We value fraternity and inclusivity.
Empire City Men's Chorus produces at least two major concerts each year, along with a small number of pro bono and hired appearances. The singing membership of ECMC is proud to represent diverse group of gender-identifying men of all sexual orientations. Considering both the singing and non-singing membership, we are 40-45 dues-paying men and women volunteers who embody the full spectrum of diversity.
ECMC rehearses weekly on Tuesday during the months of September - May and hosts two annual rehearsal retreats. There are also a number of group events throughout the year that serve to strengthen our musical and social bonds.