At the end of 1999, the vision for a Gay Men’s Chorus in Buffalo was conceived. This chorus would offer a voice that would build bridges within the community through song, and music that would lift the spirits of listeners and singers alike. Guided by Roger Parris, a vigorous group of men explored this concept thoroughly. With the support and success of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus to encourage them, these men decided that it was time for Buffalo to join the growing list of GLBT choruses all over the world. After 15 months of intense work, a Steering Committee led by Parris, Mike Longo, Jeff Wilson, Bob Rose, Jim Estep, Bill Fay, Bill Gardner, Russell Link, Michael Bardo and many others, had written by-laws, filed papers of incorporation, and held fundraisers raising over $5000 in seed money. The final steps of creating a mission statement and electing the first officers of the organization. After an extensive search, area choral conductor, Barbara Wagner, was asked to be the charter Artistic Director. Wagner, in turn, brought on Debi Overton to serve as the Charter Accompanist. Both women, being highly respected musicians, would serve the chorus well. In fact, Wagner was to join the ranks of only four female conductors of Gay Men’s Choruses throughout the country. In 2007, the number dwindled to only two, Kathleen McGuire, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Wagner.