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 Director: (to be announced)
- Accompanist: Jeff Whicker
- Chair of the TGMC Board of Directors: Dave Conroy [email protected]
- President of the Chorus: Kenneth Dayton [email protected]
- Rehearsals: Thursdays 7:30 to 9:45 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
Dr. Jay Pierson, has enjoyed a career as a conductor, teacher of singing, composer, pianist and harpist for over three decades. He was a member of the full time music faculty at Bucknell University and East Carolina University where he taught voice and voice related subjects and conducted the Bucknell Opera Workshop. As a performer, he has soloed with the Washington DC Bach Concert, North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Grand Rapids Symphony. He also has performed operatic roles with many regional companies throughout the United States.
Active in the LGBT community, Jay was a founding member and Assistant Conductor of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Christmas Fairies, Bass section leader and Assistant to Dr. Kathleen McGuire during her tenure as Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and founding member/guest conductor for the inaugural concert of the Rainbow Symphony, an LGBT orchestra, now in its sixth season. Other conducting credits include guest conductor of the Men’s Chorus of the State Music Conservatory in Thessolonika, Greece, resident conductor of the Philadelphia National Harp Convention and Director of Music/Composer-in-Residence for the Adult Choir of Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco.
An active and published composer/arranger, Jay has enjoyed performances of his works throughout the United States and Canada. He is published by GIA and Lorenz and has several works for harp and harp ensemble distributed by Lyon & Healy. His CD (Albany Records) “Ah, love, but a day” (Songs by American Women Composers) has received critical acclaim and has been adopted for college courses.
In addition to his position as Artistic Director of TGMC, Jay is Adjunct Professor of Voice at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has served as clinician for several LGBT ensembles in California and has presented master classes in vocal technique at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
He holds a BME degree in Voice/Conducting from Olivet College and the MM/DMA degrees in Voice Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.