Indianapolis Men’s Chorus

Indianapolis Men’s Chorus

Indianapolis Men's Chorus


Since its founding in 1990, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus (IMC) has been wowing audiences with its excellent singing and flair for entertainment. With a repertoire that draws upon many styles of music, the volunteer chorus gracefully interprets everything from classical music, spirituals, Broadway and world music, always with agility and panache. Through its concert season and special appearances, the IMC inspires diversity, equality and justice by bringing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered persons and their allies together through the transformative power of music.

Under the artistic direction of Greg Sanders, the IMC is celebrating its 24th season amid an era of renewed growth. The chorus’s 2013−2014 roster includes more than 60 singers, a four-fold increase since Sanders took the helm two years ago. Ticket sales have more than doubled in that time as the IMC reaches out to wider audiences.

The IMC has become a musical force in its hometown, sharing the stage with local and national artists and performing groups, including:

  • The Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra (alongside Sandy Patti, Gary Beach, and Christina Bianco in the ISO’s Pops Series production of Hello, Dolly! and with Bianco, Ben Crawford, and Ted Keegan in the Symphony on the Prairie production of Broadway Standing Ovations!)
  • The Indianapolis Opera (in its production of The Flying Dutchman)
  • The Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Dance Kaleidoscope
  • Opera and stage artist Jacquelynne Fontaine
  • Folk singer/songwriter Holly Near
  • Cabaret performer Ann Hampton Callaway

In addition to entertaining hometown audiences, the IMC has performed in several cities including Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, Minneapolis, Saint Louis and Washington, D.C.


Engaging and engaged
The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus annually  performs at a wide variety of community, civic, and religious events, including the Penrod Arts Fair and Spotlight.  We are dedicated to promoting diversity, equality, and justice through the transformative power of music.

Indianapolis Men's Chorus, It Gets Better project

IMC records “The Promise of Living” from Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land at the Christel de Haan Fine Arts Center for the It Gets Better Project. The event was sponsored in large part by the Diversity Series at the University of Indianapolis.

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Greg Sanders, Artistic Director

Greg Sanders, Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Men's Chorus

Greg Sanders, Artistic Director

Greg Sanders has served as artistic director of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus since 2010; prior to his appointment he was the IMC’s pianist, beginning in 2003. Greg is an active choral musician in Indianapolis and across central Indiana; he serves as the music director at All Souls Unitarian Church and has performed in concert as pianist and assistant conductor with choruses at Butler University, Franklin College, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. He received his master’s degree in choral conducting from Butler University, where he studied with Dr. Eric Stark and Mr. Henry Leck.

Aside from his choral work, Greg is a vocal coach and chamber musician, performing extensively at the piano in recitals, festivals, conferences and master classes in Indianapolis and regionally. He has held staff and faculty piano positions at Butler University and Franklin College, coaching and performing with instrumentalists and singers, as well as teaching courses in applied piano and chamber music. Greg has performed in many parts of North America, including Chicago, Montreal and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., as well as in concerts in Europe, including tours in England, Greece and Italy.

Greg serves on the staff of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for its Yuletide Celebration and was vocal director for the symphony’s productions of Hairspray in Concert and On Broadway with Kander & Ebb.


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David Barnhouse, Assistant Artistic Director

David Barnhouse has been singing in the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus since 2011 and was named assistant artistic director for the IMC’s 2013-2014 season. In this new role David calls on his broad experience as a performer and music educator to help the IMC perfect its sound.

A Hoosier native, David began his musical education as a member of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, singing and traveling with the choir from third grade though high school. He then attended the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, graduating with high distinction with a degree in music education. While at IU, David performed with the award-winning Singing Hoosiers and the University Chorale. He also performed in the chorus in IU Opera’s productions of Carmen and Susannah.

After graduating from the Jacobs School, David taught beginning choir, piano, and music appreciation for three years at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Ind.; he also led the school’s show choirs and directed its musicals. In Indianapolis he has served as vocal director for young adult productions at Footlite Musicals, coaching soloists and ensembles for several shows over five seasons, including Once on This IslandBat Boy: The Musical and Rent.


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D.J. Smith, Accompanist

D.J. Smith is an active pianist and instructor in Indianapolis. He serves as staff accompanist at Butler University and maintains his own studio through the Butler Community Arts School. He teaches both group classes and private lessons.

D.J. has lectured and performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Midwest. He is frequently sought out as an accompanist and is equally at home with both vocal and instrumental repertoire. He is passionate about piano repertoire by Russian composers and most recently performed a lecture recital at Butler University on the shorter piano works of Alexander Scriabin.

A native of Elwood, Ind., D.J. holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from Butler University. He is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). He is also an active member of the Indiana Music Teachers Association and serves on the IMTA board of directors as coordinator of the Hoosier Auditions.


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Anne Beck, Choreographer 

Anne Beck spent 14 years living in New York City, performing on Broadway, touring in Broadway national tours and appearing with regional theater companies across the country. Now residing in Indianapolis, she still performs, directs, teaches and choreographs locally as well as across the United States and Canada and abroad.

Anne has been a solo vocalist with numerous symphony orchestras; her work includes several musical productions with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, including Hairspray in Concert (with John Waters and Micky Dolenz), Hello, Dolly! (with Gary Beach and Sandi Patty), and Guys and Dolls (with Hal Linden). She most recently performed with the ISO in On Broadway with Kander & Ebb. Additional credits include the roles of Sally Simpson in The Who’s Tommy, Bombalurina in Cats and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Anne was in the original Broadway cast of Saturday Night Fever and performed with Barbara Eden in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Anne has won numerous awards across the nation for outstanding choreography in both theatrical and dance productions.