Michael Reilly, Artistic and Music Director
Michael Reilly is thrilled to be joining Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco as their new artistic director.
Michael is a conductor, singer, composer, and educator living in the Bay Area. He believes that music is a universal gift possessed by all and his mission is creating community through the ritual of music making. He is currently on the music faculties of Solano Community College (Voice and Music Theory) and San Francisco Boys Chorus (Musicianship), as well as the Director of Music at Community Presbyterian Church and Artistic Director for Melody Choral Singers in Vallejo.
Previously, Michael served as Associate Artistic Director for the Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices, a 45-voice multi-ethnic mixed choir, which celebrates the varied traditions of spirituals and provides an opportunity for people to connect personally with spirituals through performance. A highlight of his time with the choir was “My Soul is a River,” the choir’s tribute concert to Dr. Vincent Harding with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves.
As a performer, Michael has appeared on stage and screen. As a musical theater actor, he has been called a “stand out performer” (Chicago Tribune), and “hilarious and clarion-voiced” (Chicago Gay Times). As a choral artist, he sang with the critically acclaimed Donald Brinegar Singers for several seasons and was a member of the Terabithia Choir on the soundtrack for the movie Bridge to Terabithia.
In 2013, YouthPLAYS published his musical adaptation (Diane Grant book/lyrics) of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, which premiered at Theatre Palisades in 2010.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály emphasis from Holy Names University.
Joie Rey Cohen, MFA, Operations Manager
Joie Rey Cohen is a San Francisco-based visual artist who earned an MFA in Creative Inquiry/Interdisciplinary Art with a focus on Visual Memoir and Interdisciplinary Teaching Practices from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a BA in Humanities with a focus on Gender Studies from New College of California. Joie is the current Manager of Social Media, Marketing and Photography for the iconic Britex Fabrics in Union Square, San Francisco. Joie has worked on social media, photography, website design and has produced fundraiser events for small business owners, galleries, artists, authors and non-profits in the Bay Area since 2001, and has been published locally and nationally, both in print and online. Joie has also shown visual artwork on three continents, in over 10 cities. Joie is a huge fan of Broadway Musicals, and values the intersections of music and community. Joie is dedicated to preserving the arts, specifically within LGBTQ+ communities, and has been volunteering within those communities for the last three decades. Joie enjoys knitting, hand sewing clip on bow ties, and people watching in local coffee shops with their dog Ruby Jo Jo.