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Dayton Gay Men's Chorus Hosts Holiday Concert And LGBTQA Youth Outreach


Members of the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus were among Niki Dakota's guests on Excursions this week.

DGMC President, Drew Huggins, and Artistic Director Kathy Clark spoke to her about their upcoming holiday concert and a new project underway that involves LGBTQA youth in the Miami Valley.



Huggins says the chorus is looking for talented LGBTQA authors ages 14 - 24 who want to join them on stage at the Victoria Theatre in June. DGMC is asking for submissions of "original text about what it means to be LGBTQ in America today."

He adds that the top finalists will win cash commissions of $500, $750 or $1000 thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. The finalists will also have their words set to song by Clark. The composition will be performed at the DGMC Pride concert in June.

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.