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Triangle Gay Men's Chorus

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music, Singing & Choral Groups

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.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed all of the performances I've seen over the years from the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus. They have impressive musical skill, a great sense of humor, and are an asset to our community.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed a number of TGMC concerts. They are always lively and varied. The singers are talented and well-blended. Watching them makes it clear that they believe in the importance of their mission and are carrying it out while giving many people a wonderful musical experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard the Triangle Gay Men's chorus, 8 years ago, they were doing a Broadway review. The concert was wonderful, full of the excitement and drama you find in broadway music. There was also a touching tribute to a mother(author), who was sitting at her son's bedside as he lay dying from aids complications. She asks the nurse what can I do, to which the nurse replied: "just sing". That moving tribute, coupled with having his "quilt" present in the church, was the motivation I needed to get involved with this organization...I was hooked.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've thoroughly enjoyed all of the TGMC events and performances I've attended. They are a fantastic group of men, and I'm proud to have them as part of my community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend invited me to TGMC's holiday concert in December of 2010.
Not knowing quite what to expect, I was extremely impressed with hteir professionalism, musicality, showmanship and command of the music.
You could sense that they hade the audience "right inthe palms of thier hands" and could hear a pin drop at many points during the concert, to use two overused expressions. Inthis case, however, I cna think of no better way to describe they way they held their audience's collective . rapt attention.
At times, their sound was breathtaking.

Kudos to TGMC and their Director for the work they do and the beautiful results they achieve!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Triangle Gay Men's Chorus, and their conductor, always present elegant and moving concerts,and it is evident that they strive for musical perfection. Not only do they excel in the art of choral music, but they are fine representatives of their community, both gay and straight.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TGMC always offers wonderful performances. The sound they produce is always warm and captivating. I am so proud that MY SON is a memebr of this wonderful group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended several of their concerts and they have always made me feel happy to have been there. They are a wonderful group and their singing is greattttt. I hope to attend more in the near future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Triangle Gay Men's Chorus is an under-appreciated musical treasure. It's sound shines above that of many community choruses.

In their superb performances the TGMC presents a positive image of the gay community that helps build a more accepting, tolerant society.

Review from Guidestar

Mike H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have truly enjoyed singing with this group. We perform a variety of music, from silly to provocative.

It was quite a thrill to be on the UNC-G stage as part of this group becoming the first gay group to sing before the NC chapter of ACDA (American Choral Director's Association).

All kudos for this group has been truly earned.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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"

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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