In the early 1980s a group of five Omahans traveled to Des Moines to hear the Twin Cities Men’s Chorus. Inspired by the concert, the friends returned home and set about creating an LGBT music group with rehearsals starting September 24, 1984. Three months later, the first River City Mixed Chorus (RCMC) concert was joyfully performed in downtown Omaha December 16, 1984. The founding Chorus members were 10 talented men and women, launching what would become decades of groundbreaking musical performances.
RCMC officially incorporated in the State of Nebraska in 1985 and received 501(c)3 non-profit status from the IRS in 1986. Throughout the years, the Chorus has enjoyed performing in venues across Omaha, including First United Methodist Church, the Lied Education Center for the Arts on the Creighton University campus, the Strauss Performing Arts Center at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and the Holland Performing Arts Center (Omaha’s premiere performing arts venue).
Since its inception in 1984, RCMC has been a proud member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), a non-profit arts service association serving the international lesbian and gay choral movement. RCMC was one of the first mixed choruses to join the association and to this day remains one of the longest-running Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (GLBTA) Mixed Choruses in the United States.
Each year, RCMC continues to grow and challenge members with fun, thought provoking and touching music that brings audiences together.