Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DCSince 2016, Justin Fyala has been proud to lead the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC, the voice of justice and equality for all in our nation's capital, as Executive Director. With over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Fyala specializes in creating sustainable financial practices, fostering healthy developmental and organizational growth, and practicing inspirational staff management. Under his leadership, GMCW’s financial position is healthier than it has ever been in the 40-year history of the organization. Mr. Fyala has also focused on smart staff growth and has fostered a new era of inclusion and belonging within GMCW.
Prior to his appointment in Washington, DC, Mr. Fyala led the Windy City Gay Chorus and Treble Quire and the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago and served as President of the Chicago Fringe Festival Board of Directors. He holds a Master’s in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, studied voice at the University of North Texas, where he was a Priddy Fellow in Arts Leadership, and holds a Bachelor’s in Choral Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University, where he was a Willa C. Taylor Scholar. Mr. Fyala has previously worked for the artistic and operations departments of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Opera, Aspen Musical Festival, Bella Voce, Dallas Opera, American Institute of Musical Study in Graz, Austria, and State College Centre for the Performing Arts as well as the vocal division of IMG Artists. He has worked as a professional stage manager, vocal coach, and caption engineer, has taught collegiate voice and choir and high school music and drama, and regularly serves as an adjudicator for domestic and international music competitions.
Mr. Fyala resides in Washington, DC with his spectacular partner Rich, wiener dog on stilts Daphne, and husky pup Fern. He lives by the motto: Ars longa, vita brevis!