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EIN: 94-2916441


The Golden Gate Men's Chorus is committed to excellence and joyous music-making; providing a supportive and nurturing atmosphere for our members' artistic and social self-expression; and sharing and expanding the rich and continuing tradition of male choral music.

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Music Director

Mr. Joseph Piazza

Managing Director

Mr. Randall Hiroyuki Kikukawa

Main address


San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

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Subject area info

Performing arts

Vocal music

Population served info

LGBTQ people

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Our programs

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Annual Concert Season

Spring, Summer and Holiday concert sets of 2-4 performances each, of men's choral music

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Gay & Lesbian Association of Choruses 1983


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Music Director

Mr. Joseph Piazza

Joseph Piazza was appointed as Music Director of the Golden Gate Men's Chorus in May of 2010. During his tenure with GGMC, Mr. Piazza has appeared with the chorus at international and state choral festivals, released recordings of newly commissioned works, partnered with community arts organizations, and brought outstanding performances to the San Francisco Bay Area. In November of 2016, GGMC was the category winner of the Golden State Interkultur International Festival whose finish placed the chorus as the number one ranked male chorus in North America and the number 14 male chorus in world rankings. In October of 2016, GGMC released its second CD under the direction of Piazza of new works for male choir commissioned by GGMC from composers such as Vytautas Miškinis, Ivo Antognini, David Conte, and Leonard Enns. In February of 2014, GGMC performed at the American Choral Director's Western Division Regional Convention and in July 2014 at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, where GGMC was awarded gold medals in the "Musica Sacra with Accompaniment" and "Male Choirs" Champions Competition and a silver medal in the "Spiritual" Champions Competition. In July of 2018, Piazza will conduct GGMC at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales on its tour of the UK.

Piazza received his musical degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He is the Music Director of Piedmont High School Acappella Choir and the founding director of ECCO, the alumni chorus of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, representing outstanding high school vocalists from the Bay Area. Under his direction, the Piedmont Acappella Choir has toured the People's Republic of China, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Hungary, and Germany. In 2007, the choir performed John Rutter's Requiem at Carnegie Hall, with John Rutter conducting. In 2008, on the occasion of Handel's 200th birthday, the choir performed Messiah in Halle, Germany. In 2002, the choir was one of four featured at the Festival of Choirs under the direction of Vance George at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and again in 2010, performing with Chanticleer. The chorus appeared again at Carnegie Hall in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Mr. Piazza studied conducting and rehearsal techniques with Vance George; he has also worked with worked with Dennis Keene and the Gregg Smith Singers. He appears as guest conductor with community choruses across California.

Managing Director

Randall Kikukawa

Randall Kikukawa holds degrees from Harvard University (German Literature) and UC-Berkeley (Germanic Linguistics and Historical Linguistics). Originally from Wisconsin, he attended high school in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he sang with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus. While at Harvard, he sang with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. After moving to the Bay Area in 1979, he sang with the UC-Berkeley Collegium Musicum and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, and served on the board of directors of the LGCSF for four years.

He has been the music director of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Men's Chorus since January 1991. Under his direction, the GAPA Men's Chorus has sung throughout the Bay Area, as well as in Seattle, WA; Los Angeles; Montréal, Québec; Taipei, Taiwan, where the chorus represented the US in the first Asian LGBT choral festival, Hand in Hand Taipei, in November 2015; and most recently in Denver, CO for the GALA Choruses Festival in July 2016.

Randall is a founding member of the Golden Gate Men's Chorus, and has sat on the Board of Directors since 1985 in a variety of positions: CEO (14 years), Secretary (4 years), General Manager (2 years), and CFO (14 years). In April, 2015, he was appointed Managing Director for the GGMC.


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Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Richard Rosser

Golden Gate Men's Chorus

Term: 2023 - 2025

Karl Brown

Seth Coad-Douglass

Sandy Douglass

Giacomo DiGrigoli

Randall Kikukawa

Eric Nefstead

Larry Novida

Joseph Piazza

David Priest

Richard Rosser

Stephen Simko

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/15/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.