GMCW names its first director of development

André Coleman picked to promote philanthropy for internationally recognized Gay Men's Chorus of Washington.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC (GMCW) announces the hiring of André Coleman as the organization’s inaugural 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.

André Coleman

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

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

“I’m honored to join GMCW as its very first director of development to help this already thriving organization take the next steps toward its goals,” says Coleman. “It’s been a difficult 18 months for the arts so I’m eager to build on the incredible foundation already in place, forge deeper relationships with our existing patrons and donors, attract new donors and corporate partners, and further refine GMCW’s case for support.”

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is a not-for-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 comprised of a 300-member flagship chorus, the GenOUT Youth Chorus for LGBTQ+ and allied young people ages 13-18, the chamber ensemble Rock Creek Singers, the a cappella group Potomac Fever, the gospel/inspirational ensemble Seasons of Love, and the 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, around the United States, and at international venues. Our season is anchored by three major shows presented at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. Concert seasons may also include a cabaret, a classical music concert, or a Broadway musical. In addition, the main chorus and our small ensembles participate in over 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 (for which GMCW has performed twice), inaugural festivities for Presidents Clinton and Obama, historically significant ceremonies including the memorial service for Frank Kameny, the interment service for Matthew Shepard, and the celebration of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in United States v. Windsor. In addition to these high-profile events, GMCW and its small ensembles can be found performing weekly around the DC Metro region at faith communities, businesses, and schools, promoting justice and equality for all through song.

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