Four years before joining Ipswitch as IT director in 2000, Al Ingram began volunteering, organizing — and singing — with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC). The 175-voice, 30-year-old non-profit gives three public concerts a year — its holiday shows are Dec. 11, 16, 17 and 19 (Tickets) in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Now operations director for Ipswitch, Ingram is in his second term as president of the Board of Directors of BGMC. “Our mission is to create a more tolerant society through the power of music,” says Ingram. In between concerts, an ongoing task for BMGC members is their work in Boston-area high schools — where members help with anti-bullying and anti-homophobia education — through musical appearances. Ipswitch supports BGMC through our iCare program.
Ingram grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., when it was still a small city. Starting down a track of interest in science and engineering, he got a degree in computer science and ended up a part of the mini-computer boom working at Digital Equipment Corp. for 18 years. He recalls that in 1999, Ipswitch CEO/founder Roger Greene attended a BGMC concert.