The Quire was founded in April of 1995 by a group of fourteen singers led by Rev. Rick Yramategui. The group’s first public performance was on June 18, 1995 at the annual Iowa City Pride Talent Show. The event was held at Clapp Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Iowa. One of the pieces performed, Words Like Freedom, has become a signature piece for The Quire in the ensuing years.
The Quire’s membership has grown over the years, and has garnered recognition for excellence and variety in their performances.
The Quire is a nonprofit arts organization that is supported by generous donors, membership dues, and community support. Our mission to serve as a space for LGBTQ folk to come together in song has significant costs, and we are thankful for the support our community has shown over the years. If you are interested in learning more about supporting The Quire and our donor levels, visit our Support The Quire page!