The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus (TGMC) is a nonprofit performing arts organization that seeks to offer quality men’s choral music that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. We recognize the power of music to communicate important truths about common human conditions and the value of all people.
TGMC is committed to fostering an environment of professionalism, respect, pride and unity. Members are welcome regardless of orientation.
The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus provides a venue for gay and gay-affirming individuals to develop their interests and display their musical talents in a professional manner. The goals are to strengthen the spirit and open presence of the gay community and to offer the public-at-large a positive image of this community.
Brothers singing • Declaring pride • Touching lives
- Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, part of the Triangle region which includes the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill
- Artistic Directors: Lennie Collins and Jeff Whicker
- Accompanists: Lennie Collins and Jeff Whicker
- Chair of the TGMC Board of Directors: Dave Conroy [email protected]
- President of the Chorus: Tyrese Howard [email protected]
- Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough, St, Raleigh, NC 27605
- Performs a full range of types and styles of men’s choral music, including classical, popular, a cappella, jazz, blues, gospel, and music from theatre and film
- Our sound quality has been described as “full and beautifully balanced,” “a multi-goosebump experience,” and “one body of sound - crisp, clean, and perfectly lovely.”
- Performs 2 to 3 regular concerts per season with occasional pop-up appearances scheduled in between
- Performs at special events in the Triangle area and elsewhere. Request the Chorus or an ensemble to sing at your upcoming event.
- Non-profit status: 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law
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Michael J. Kroeplin has enjoyed a long career as a musical performer, director and creator of musical shows and concerts. He began singing professionally at the age of 7 as a member of the LaCrosse Boys' Choir, closely affiliated with the renowned Vienna Boys' Choir.
During grade school, Michael learned about music and piano theory, music history, vocal technique and operatic applications. He also studied voice shortly after high school at Viterbo College in Lacrosse, WI under the tutelage of Dan Johnson, Director of Vocal Studies. Michael holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and a Master's of Arts in Education with a focus in Adult Education, Training and Psychology.
Over the years, Michael has created, directed and performed in various musical shows and concerts. These include a San Francisco-based show called Les Faulies Fantastique, a Sinatra and the Rat Pack-inspired performance show in Las Vegas featuring a 16-piece orchestra, and various ensemble performances for galas and fundraising events for nonprofit organizations big and small.
When it comes to giving back to the LGBT community, Michael is a fervent believer. Currently, he is an active member of The Imperial Court System, an international, GLBT charitable organization. He's also worked with the Human Rights Campaign of California and various AIDS organizations. As a production manager, he has overseen various charitable events, and has worked closely with businesses and corporations to create a positive dialogue with community organizations.
As artistic director of TGMC, Michael wants to instruct and guide the group in truly grasping the essence of the music being performed. He's committed to doing all he can to help TGMC improve its sound, grow its membership and expand its presence within the LGBT community and beyond.