John Quillin is the founding artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte. John holds a BA in music theory from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, additional study at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and has over 30 years’ experience as a professional musician playing cello, guitar, and Renaissance woodwinds, singing, and conducting. He is also published composer and arranger.
He served as the artistic director of One Voice, the Gay, Lesbian & Gay-Affirmative Chorus of Charlotte from 1994 until 2004. He has conducted on stages in Toronto, Montreal, Denver, San Jose, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Asheville, Knoxville, Columbia, and Wilmington. He produced four CD recordings with One Voice, and he contributed to numerous other commercial recordings as a studio musician.
John has extensive experience in non-profit management. He has served on a wide variety of local and national non-profit boards of directors, including the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), the Afro-American Cultural Center (now the Gantt Center) in Charlotte, Hope Haven, and the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund. He was the Director of Campaign Operations and Director of Fund Distribution for United Way of Central Carolinas, and Director of Membership and Major Giving for WFAE. He received his certification in non-profit management from United Way of America.
In 1996, John was honored with the Don King Community Service Award for his work on LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues. With One Voice co-artistic director Kathryn Mahan, John was selected to lead GALA Chorus’ first Singers’ Weekend festival chorus in 2000 in Toronto, Canada. John grew up in North Carolina, primarily in Greensboro. He lives in Charlotte with his partner of over 20 years, Rick Haffner.