Dr. Charles Beale

Artistic Director

Dr. Charles Beale is an international choral director, jazz educator, composer-arranger and author, with a unique approach to activist choral singing. A passionate campaigner for stylistic diversity within choral singing, Dr. Beale comes to SDGMC with over 20 years of experience with GALA Choruses (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses), having been the Artistic Director of the London Gay Men’s Chorus from 2002-2007 and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) from 2007-2019. He presently serves on the GALA Choruses’ Board of Directors and Chair of External Relations Committee and serves on the Board’s Education and Networking Committee.

Dr. Beale is the founder and current President of the Global Alliance of Queer Choirs, a new choral organization that brings a global perspective to the LGBTIQ+ choral movement.

Dr. Beale is a powerful voice in the queer choral movement, and in turbulent and uncertain times such as we find ourselves in today, he is especially passionate about music as a way to unify, heal and bring people together.

Staff Leadership

Jesse Schiffman

Executive Director

Board of Directors