Member Spotlight Shines on Robert Burch-Lau
In many ways, joining the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus was a natural step for Robert Burch-Lau. He’s been a singer since the fourth grade, and he has fond memories of attending RGMC concerts with his parents when he was young. In spring 2015, he browsed a list of choral groups in Rochester in search of one to join, and the RGMC stood out.
“Best decision I could have made,” he says.
In one seemingly key regard, however, his choice to join may be surprising to some: he’s straight.
“I have felt very welcomed,” he says. “I was worried about that at first, but it is such a wonderful group of people that I perish the thought now.”
Robert’s experience is a great demonstration of the inclusivity on which the RGMC prides itself, welcoming anyone to join who shares in its vision of seeking “a better world for ourselves, our community, and our nation by sowing the seeds of harmony through the universal language of music.” The RGMC’s very foundation rests on embracing and fostering social diversity.
Robert says the RGMC is the most fun he’s had with a singing group since high school. “It has really been a blast!” he says.
The chorus has positively impacted his life in more ways than just the fun it provides: “Rather than being adrift in society, I really feel like part of a community,” says Robert.
A self-proclaimed “huge nerd,” his hobbies also include playing board and card games and going to musicals and plays around the city. Robert works in technical support with Unisys, a global IT company.
Having studied some computer science and psychology in the past, he enjoys working with computers so much that he decided to go back to school for programming.
He is currently attending MCC and hopes to transfer to RIT next year. Asked how he would sum up his time with the RGMC thus far, Robert has no qualms about it: “The experience has been fantastic.”