Join the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus

TGMC welcomes both singing and non-sing members. We are committed to excellence in men's choral performance, yet we welcome singers of all experience and skill levels.

If you are interested in joining TGMC, either as a singing member or a Section 5 (support) member, please email us at membership@tgmchorus.org.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Do I have to pay dues to be a member of TGMC?

Yes. All members pay dues. Dues help in part to support our operating expenses. Installment payments are permitted.

When can I join?

Open rehearsals are held at various times during the year, typically early September for the fall and early January for the spring. Rehearsals remain open until the end of September for the fall and the end of February for the spring.

The Artistic Director conducts a "voice placement interview" with new singers to determine section placement. This is not an audition.

If you have missed an open rehearsal period, or if you would like more information, please send an email to membership@tgmchorus.org.

Adults can join as members of our Support Section at any time.

What kind of commitment is expected of performing members?

The Chorus rehearses every Thursday evening 7-9:45pm during our concert season at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Additional section rehearsals or pre-concert rehearsals at other designated times might be required. These are announced a few weeks in advance.

Additionally, members should also meet the following requirements:

  • The ability and time to work on the music outside of rehearsal and to perform it from memory. (Rehearsal recordings are usually provided to assist in this area.)
  • All members (including those who perform) are expected to participate in fundraising events, ticket sales for concerts, and Chorus promotional activities.
  • A congenial demeanor, a sense of cooperation, and the willingness to work for the highest possible standard.

What kind of commitment is expected of our Section 5 (support) members?

Section 5 members perform a wide variety of roles to support the mission of the Chorus, such as advertising, public relations, ticket sales, set design, concert/event management and fundraising. Members of our Section 5 also can contribute in important ways to decisions about how the Chorus operates, and in carrying out those decisions. In particular, Section 5 members may serve as TGMC Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer), members of the TGMC Board of Directors, and on committees.

What are the benefits of being a TGMC member?

Music has the ability to touch lives in a way that words alone cannot. Being a part of TGMC means you have the opportunity to touch lives whether you sing or support the Chorus behind the scenes.

Our vision for our performing members is to be “Brothers Singing, Declaring Pride, and Touching Lives”. Camaraderie among our performing and supporting members (regardless of gender or orientation) develops not only as we rehearse and sing together, but also as we participate together in the work of managing the Chorus, planning our direction, preparing for our concerts, doing the necessary work after our concerts, and socializing outside of our usual Chorus activities.

As a result of TGMC’s membership in GALA Choruses International, our members have had opportunities to perform at GALA functions throughout the USA and in Canada, and have been invited to sing at the Chicago Gay Games, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and in London, England.

Do I have to be a gay man to be a TGMC member?

No. We welcome any adults (aged 18 or older) who support our mission and are willing to join a chorus that proudly and openly identifies with the gay community. Members are welcome regardless of sexual orientation.

Because we are dedicated to men's choral performance, only cisgender and transgender males who are able to sing within the traditional TTBB registers participate as singing members.

For other questions, please email us: membership@tgmchorus.org


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