Artistic Icon: Gabe Salazar

  • This is a part of our feature on LGBTQ Performing Arts Leaders

Gabe Salazar. Courtesy of the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida.

Gabe Salazar is a seasoned conductor with over 20 years of experience. In his third season leading the chorus, Salazar has brought together a vibrant community of more than 180 singing members. His passion for music and teaching is evident through his extensive background in conducting and education at all levels. He is the artistic director and conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida.

Prior Related Employment and/or Education: More than 20 years of teaching and conducting experience at the collegiate, high school, middle school, and community levels. Before GMCSF I was the choral director at Osceola County School for the Arts. Before that, I spent four years at Champs Charter High School of the Arts in Los Angeles.

Mission Statement: We sing so that LGBTQ+ people can live their truth through quality music experiences that inspire audiences, open minds, change hearts, and affirm our common humanity.

What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?

Creating musical memories with the chorus and our audiences is always an indescribable feeling. It shapes who I am as a person and as their artistic director. I would also have to say that the lasting friendships and bonds I have formed through this position have been incredibly rewarding.

What would you say is the most challenging part of your job?

Trying to keep up with over 180 chorus members! Ha!

What would be a “dream come true” for your organization?

I have a dream where we have our own multipurpose building. One where we can have our staff offices, a center for youth music program, and a massive rehearsal space for our chorus.

Where would you like to see your organization in 10 years?

I would love to see us keep on the forward trajectory that we are on. I would love our organization to have grown into several sectors of GMCSF. Most importantly, I hope that our impact within our community and beyond continues to flourish.


LGBTQ Performing Arts Leaders


Phone: 954-514-7095
Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 2PM


2520 N. Dixie Highway,
Wilton Manors, FL 33305



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