The Queer Spirit Podcast

Episode 16:
Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite
with Holcombe Waller



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Holcombe Waller is one of America’s most unique voices in music theater. He is a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, an award that noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music “as total theater.” He is a Creative Capital artist, a four-time recipient of the MAP Fund grant, and a Joan Shipley Fellow of the Regional Arts and Culture Council of his hometown of Portland, Oregon.


Episode Highlights

  • Holcombe’s approach to music as total theater, incorporating multimedia into concerts for a different kind of performance experience.
  • The upcoming performance of his community piece, Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite, to invoke a peaceful repose & celebrate queer history.
  • Bringing diversity of community involvement within the work to exemplify and bring forward inclusion and representation.
  • The origin of Requiem Mass as a church performance to explore the persecution of gender and sexual diversity.
  • Holcombe’s experience of talking to church goers on a phone bank about marriage equality, and wanting to bring a queer voice to liturgical music.


Web links

Requiem Mass, San Francisco – Fall 2018


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