Founded in 1990, Out in Harmony (formerly the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir) is a performing group. We are an inclusive, non-auditioned choir and welcome members of all genders, orientations and levels of ability. We are a registered non-profit organization.
Our Mission Statement reads:
We are people who enjoy singing together. Committed to high musical standards, we celebrate our lives and sense of community. We believe our visibility strengthens all of us and fosters understanding among people.
About our Director
A lifelong relationship with music beginning with childhood piano lessons has led to a varied career for Nicola Hamilton. After earning a certificate in voice and piano from Capilano College, she worked as a piano teacher and accompanist before taking the helm of Out in Harmony in 2003. In the years since, the choir has acquired renewed confidence, a fuller sound and more members, and has expanded its community outreach concerts to an ever-widening and enthusiastic audience.
Nicola’s approach to conducting focuses on ensuring that choir members can enjoy singing together and being together. Singers value the feeling of welcoming and community, and find that Nicola’s laid-back leadership style, patience and sense of humor contribute to making every rehearsal a positive experience. Audience members appreciate performances because they can tell that the choir is having a good time making music within an atmosphere of inclusivity, safety and fun.
In addition to her work with Out in Harmony, Nicola has served as founding Director of what became the Lumina Coast Chorus, led a season of music at Beacon Unitarian Church, and served on the Board of Directors for the 2006 Canadian Unison Festival. She is constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities to grow as a musician, and spent two seasons as the Director of A Vancouver Women’s Chorus. As we head into our latest season of music, Nicola continues to bring her passion for choral music and her inspiring leadership style to the podium.