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: Lee Mangum
- Accompanist: Ju Hyun Kim
- 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.
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History and Community Outreach
The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus was founded by a group of sixteen men on January 16, 1995. We presented our debut concert on June 3, 1995. Since then, TGMC has performed throughout the Triangle area, across North Carolina, the USA and in Canada. In addition to our regular concert cycle, TGMC has performed for the following groups and events:
- North Carolina Pride
- American Choral Director’s Association
- Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina
- Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses
Festivals- 2004 in Montreal, Que., Canada and 2008 in Miami, FL
- Human Rights Campaign
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Glaxo Smith Kline
- East Carolina University
- Carrboro, NC Centennial Celebration 2011
- Susan G. Komen- NC Triangle Race for the Cure 2011
- Various local churches and faith communities
In recent years, TGMC has donated a portion of the proceeds from selected concerts to these organizations: Alliance of AIDS Services- Carolina, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Urban Ministries of Durham (NC), and the LGBT Center of Raleigh.
Questions? Please email us.
Discover ways you can support the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus.
The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA). GALA Choruses provides support to more than 190 member choruses and 10,000 singers worldwide. Through TGMC’s affiliation with GALA Choruses, we receive support to grow both artistically and as an organization.
Community Links and Resources
AREA CHORAL AND ARTS RESOURCES
- Triangle Sings - The online resource for choral music information and activities in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area.
- Classical Voice of North Carolina - An online arts journal for North Carolina.
- North Carolina Arts Council - An agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
OTHER LGBT-SUPPORTIVE CHORUSES IN NORTH CAROLINA
- Common Woman Chorus (Triangle Area)
- Triad Pride Men’s Chorus (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem)
- Asheville Gay Men's Chorus (Asheville)
- Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte
- One Voice Chorus (Charlotte)
The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus is a member of GALA Choruses, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses. GALA Choruses is an international organization committed to serving the lesbian and gay choral movement with 160 member choruses and 8,000 singers. GALA is dedicated to providing support and helping member choruses to be strong--artistically and professionally. See a list of members of GALA Choruses throughout the world.
OTHER REGIONAL LGBT-SUPPORTIVE GROUPS