Kalamazoo Male Chorus
Founded in 1928, the Kalamazoo Male Chorus (KMC) is one of the oldest singing groups in the city of Kalamazoo and one of the oldest male singing groups in the state of Michigan. Now in its 77th year, the chorus performs two or three formal concerts each year, with a Christmas concert in December, a spring concert in April, and a summer concert sponsored by the Kalamazoo Arts Council. The chorus often joins with the Kalamazoo Community Chorale (an all-female community chorus) for the Christmas concert. The two groups have also done special presentations together, such as Rutter's Magnificat and the Susan G Koman Foundation's Sing for the Cure. The Kalamazoo Male Chorus is now under the direction of Michael Palmer.
KMC also takes pride in providing music to local hospitals (Christmas caroling during the holidays), nursing homes, Battle Creek's VA hospital, and other venues upon request. We are fortunate to be the recipient of an annual grant from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation that allows us to present our concerts admission free , to provide us with concert attire, to allow us to purchase new music, and most importantly, to offer scholarships to local college and university male students to come and sing with us. This important outreach to college-age men is part of our mission to encourage these young men to develop a life-long appreciation and commitment to male chorus singing.