100 Women We Love

Theresa Pascoe
Theresa Pascoe’s way with numbers comes in handy for her day job overseeing tax compliance for Columbia University and its affiliates. And since 2009, her managerial skills have also been put to use for The Stonewall Chorale, the nation’s first gay and lesbian choir celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. She joined as a member of the soprano section, and her dedication to the group was palpable; one year later her peers elected Pascoe to its Board of Directors as Fundraising Chair. In June 2011, she became the first woman in more than a decade to serve as President/Board Chair. This season, under her leadership, the Chorale increased its contribution revenue and received numerous invitations to perform at special events outside of the group’s regular concert schedule. Managing the administration and operations of the all-volunteer group is not easy, Pascoe says, “but each time we perform, I witness the profound effects of the music on both our audiences and our members. Couple that with the opportunity to advance LGBTQ issues through the creation of beautiful music, and I can’t think of any better outlet for my time and energy.”