TRIANGLE GAY MEN'S CHORUS

Rating: 4.86 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 14452 Research Triangle Park NC 27709 USA

Mission: The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus offers our audiences entertaining and thought provoking performances that use the power of music to communicate our common human experience and important truths about the value of all people.
Target demographics: All ages, genders, orientations and races.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 25-30 active singers, untold numbers of potential audience members.
Geographic areas served: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina
Programs: We are planning to present “Sing for the Cure”, the world-renowned song cycle honoring breast cancer victims, survivors and their loved ones, with the Common Woman Chorus in June 2011. A portion of our proceeds will benefit the Komen for the Cure Foundation of the Triangle (North Carolina) We are seeking indiviual and corporate donations to underwrite this project, to cover venue rental fees and production costs.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

TGMA is my queer community which helps me feel connected to others. I love to sing, and love to with other gay men. I moved to Durham for a one-year job, and TGMC was the first place I stopped to connect with community. I have never been sorry I have done so.

If you get the chance to come hear us sing - don't pass it up. I only hope it fills your heart with the same happiness I experience when singing for you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me feel connected to members of the LGBT community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to provide an endowment so that budgetary concerns wouldn't drive the artistic choices.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This group is a great representative to the local community of the talent present in the LGBT community. Not only are they excellent performers, but they serve as a great example to others of why hatred, bigotry, and the exclusion of equal rights for LGBT persons are so ungrounded in actual facts and experience. I'm proud to have this group in my hometown!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

communications with them and performances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not believe this organization needs me to tell it what to do!

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The TGMC is one of the most artistic singing groups in North Carolina. Their sound is like no other and with the direction of Phil Mullinax, it's just amazing how professional they sound especially considering that this is a community chorus. Most of what they sing is off book and they way that they draw the audience in is nothing short of amazing. Everyone should take time out of their schedules to hear one of their concerts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many concerts that they have done over the years. I try not to miss any concerts. They are truely remarkable

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NOTHING!!!

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

It is always a pleasure to sing the praises of the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus. They are very professional, entertaining and a joy to hear them in concert. I always look forward to their next concert.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing their varied concerts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more voices.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Triangle Gay Men's Chorus is more than a musical group. The Chorus provides not only entertainment, but also a sense of camaraderie and spirit that permeates every concert. The volunteers work assiduously behind the scenes to ensure that every performance is not only lyrical, but also creative, well-organized, publicized and supported. Because I work with many nonprofit groups, I've seen many levels of enthusiasm and organization, but the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus is at the top of list for professionalism, performance and plain hard work. I enjoy all my interactions with the Chorus and with individual members and recommend their work ethic and style to all nonprofits.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Chorus members are CONSTANTLY seeking ways to improve their outreach via their website, music sharing, publicity and increased attendance with concert-goers who are always amazed at the quality of their performances (both the performance & organization that goes into each). I've seen increased funding requests, support opportunities and donor response.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them the funds needed to upgrade technology and ensure they were trained in how to use it.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 3 stars  

I have been a supporter of the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus for many years and have been impressed by their growing professionalism in their performances. It is a small group of select singers who are very serious about their work and even have commissioned original works for their performances.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending concerts

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Include a little more light music. It's gotten too serious, and that has hurt attendance.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

TGMC performed for the North Carolina regional conference of the American Choral Director's Association (www.acda.org) oneptember 19, 2009, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music. TGMC was the very first "openly" GLBT chorus to perform at this regional conference. After TGMC's moving performance, these comments were offered by members of the very discerning audience: "...I loved the way the sound at the end of "Lux Aeterna" just settled... like a bubble settling upon a blade of grass" ".. especially for a community choral organization, the control of your group was fascinating" ".. you can tell these guys really enjoy singing.. one of the most passionate performances I have heard this weekend." ".. your blend and phrasing is just splendid - the text was clear and refined without being affected.. nice work"

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their live performances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, motivated, enthusiastic

Ways to make it better...

If I could have heard more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Dear Chorus Members, Thank you for allowing me the privilege to see the incredible performance of "Brave Souls and Dreamers." While I have seen a number of TGMC concerts, this one was amazing and stands in a class by itself. I can only imagine the work and effort that all of you put into that performance and I want you to know how much it was appreciated by both me and my husband. When my little brother, Bryce Reynolds, sent me the invitation (we live in Austin, Texas), I had no idea what to expect. Towards the end of the first half I turned to look at my husband to find tears streaming down his face. At intermission, I saw that most everyone in the audience was having to search for their kleenex. Even more importantly, both my husband and I felt a renewed committment to work in endeavors in our community to bring about peace. Thank you for bringing a message of joy, sorrow, and hope in troubled times to your listeners with the gift of your beautiful voices. "Brave Souls and Dreamers" is a magnificent work that needs to be heard by every American. I'm just glad I was there for what turned out to be an experience I will not forget. Lonni Milner Austin, Texas

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching the meaning and importance of tolerance, love, and equality for all mankind.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The love and consideration so inherent in the group.

Ways to make it better...

Sorry--it could not have been better--just wish more people could have attended.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and awareness by the community of their work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

We attended the "Brave Souls and Dreamers" concert in June, 2009, and my family was impressed with the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus on many levels. Their a Capella opening piece was a marvelous piece of music and acoustical engineering - the venue created an almost-perfect unison sound and the basses, in particular, simply resounded. The cantata was inspiring. We commented to each other about the artistic interpretation in a precise performance that spoke volumes about the musical leadership and conductor's skill. The chorus sang as a well-trained unit yet never lost the artistic and musical individuality that makes for listening pleasure. The Sunday afternoon large crowd responded with a heartfelt standing ovation at intermission and acknowledged the incredible work these men put into their performance. Fabulous performance; amazing chorus. What a wonderful afternoon!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the genuine friendship offered by the members and the professional impression they made in concert.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderfully helpful and downright nice.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The season finale was my first performance by TGMC but it won't be the last. Thank you for a multi-goosebump experience! Your presentation was seamless and your sound- crisp, clean and perfectly lovely! -Tara Lynn WCPE Community Liaison

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their season finale, a performance of BraveSouls & Dreamers

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

sing MORE of the sacred classical sounding pieces than choral-type works. TGCM surpasses many local organizations in their delivery of such works!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their seriously seamless sound! It's obvious that much practice went into creating that experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All members (including the conductor) were available for handshakes, conversation, critiques, and photos after the performance. They were very hospitable to the audience members as they were leaving

Ways to make it better...

we could order libations and sit in comfortable chairs instead of pews... but that's hardly something to complain about for the quality of sound we have in the locations they chose for their performance!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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