Welcome to the DMGMC.

The Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus is dedicated to promoting harmony among all while advancing a positive image of gay people through outstanding musicianship, creative programming and community outreach.

2014

Winter Solstice Concert

  • Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20
  • First Christian Church
  • 2500 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311

2015

I Am Harvey Milk

  • Saturday, March 21
  • Sheslow Auditorium
  • Drake University
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Ticket Information: TBA

Matthew Shepard Scholarship Dinner

  • Friday, June 5
  • Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
  • 833 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309

Pride Cabaret

  • Thursday, June 11 & Friday, June 12
  • Des Moines Temple Theater
  • 1011 Locust St
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Ticket Information: TBA

* Online ticket sales for the show will end one hour before show time but will be available at the door until sold out.

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Dr. Rebecca Gruber
  • Name:
    Dr. Rebecca Gruber
  • Vocal Group:
    Artistic Director and Conductor
  • member since:
    2005
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    If songs were children, I would have to say that I love all my children the same.
  • Chorus Memory:
    Miami Beach and Performing "Naked Man"
Eric Olmscheid
  • Name:
    Eric Olmscheid
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    2009
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Star Spangled Banner
  • Chorus Memory:
    Singing a concert in Grinnell, IA and unexpectedly seeing one of my former chorines from the Twin Ci...
Seth Fisher
  • Name:
    Seth Fisher
  • Vocal Group:
    HarMENy MemberTenor 1
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
J. Wyatt Reicherts
Bill Nolan
  • Name:
    Bill Nolan
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2006
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Naked Man by Robert Seeley
    Also: Kolm mul oli kaunist sona
  • Chorus Memory:
    Performing with the chorus at GALA 2008 in Miami and getting a standing ovation.
Richard “Van” Van Gundy II
Jerry Vroegh
  • Name:
    Jerry Vroegh
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2014
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Tea for Two
  • Chorus Memory:
    Singing back-up for Gloom Balloon at this summer's 80/35 Festival.
James Vacca
  • Name:
    James Vacca
  • Vocal Group:
    BaritoneSection Leader
  • member since:
    2009
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    "Kolm mul oli kaunist sona"; an Estonian song based on a poem whose first lines are "Three I had these words of beauty"
  • Chorus Memory:
    Performing with Ms. Richfield 1981. She was a blast!
Keith Wirtz
  • Name:
    Keith Wirtz
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    September 2011
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    As most musicans the music we are getting ready for the next concert is my favorite.
  • Chorus Memory:
    I liked the first concert I preformed "Winter Solstice". The look of the church, the sound of the...
Robert B Ratcliffe
  • Name:
    Robert B Ratcliffe
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    2013
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    I've only sung with the choir for a year but there are a few standout pieces. Musica was stunning, What Matters was heartbreaking to sing, getting to sing Testimony will be good.
  • Chorus Memory:
    Singing for the first time with the guys last year and almost falling off a balcony at First Christ...
Jim Torsky
  • Name:
    Jim Torsky
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2001
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    The Awakening
  • Chorus Memory:
    Singing the National Anthem at one of the Jefferson Jackson dinners with Hillary Clinton seated righ...
John L’Estrange
  • Name:
    John L’Estrange
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
    September 2013
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Anything from the "It Gets Better" Project.
  • Chorus Memory:
    So far my favorite DMGMC memory is getting to sing back-up on an original song for Gloom Balloon at...
Frank Filippelli
  • Name:
    Frank Filippelli
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
    Dancing elves at the Christmas concerts at Westminster
Ian Tucker
  • Name:
    Ian Tucker
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Bring On The Men
  • Chorus Memory:
Chad K
  • Name:
    Chad K
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
    2013
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Ukranian Alleluia
  • Chorus Memory:
    Simply being able to sing again. YAY!
Craig Otto
  • Name:
    Craig Otto
  • Vocal Group:
    BassHarMENy MemberSection Leader
  • member since:
    December 2008
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Not in Our Town
  • Chorus Memory:
Bruce Carr
  • Name:
    Bruce Carr
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2006
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Stand and Sing
  • Chorus Memory:
    Rehearsing with Rebecca
Charles Carnes
  • Name:
    Charles Carnes
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
    1991
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Too many to name just one.
  • Chorus Memory:
    Miami
Mark Dickerson
  • Name:
    Mark Dickerson
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    2007
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    I don't have a favorite.
  • Chorus Memory:
    Playing the bear in the "Waltzing with Bears" number at the June 2008 concert.
Terrance Korte
  • Name:
    Terrance Korte
  • Vocal Group:
    BaritoneHarMENy Member
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
Don Agee
  • Name:
    Don Agee
  • Vocal Group:
    HarMENy MemberTenor 2
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
Russ Kruse
  • Name:
    Russ Kruse
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2001
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    One voice
  • Chorus Memory:
    Attending Gala in Miami Florida
Steve Therrien
  • Name:
    Steve Therrien
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2013
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Testimony – I can identify very clearly with this song. Throughout my life I've treated my being gay like it was a disease, something to be cured of. At one time I'd have given anything to have it "taken away".
  • Chorus Memory:
    When I was a kid my family used to gather around and sing together while everyone played different ...
Stephan Maras
  • Name:
    Stephan Maras
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
    2012
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    "The Testament of Freedom" by Randall Thompson (inspired by The Pen Of Thomas Jefferson)
  • Chorus Memory:
    My first Christmas Concert Dec 2012
Hal Thompson
  • Name:
    Hal Thompson
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    2003
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    There have been so many, I can't pick just one!
  • Chorus Memory:
    Performing the National Anthem at a fundraising event for President Clinton in the former Veterans'...
Todd  Murphy
  • Name:
    Todd Murphy
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2012
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    What Matters
  • Chorus Memory:
    Just the general peer camaraderie of being around other like-minded and musically inclined men. The...
Timothy Rodriguez
  • Name:
    Timothy Rodriguez
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2014
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    We All Have a Right.
  • Chorus Memory:
    Walking in the Pride Parade with the Chorus.
Doyle Monsma
  • Name:
    Doyle Monsma
  • Vocal Group:
    HarMENy MemberTenor 2
  • member since:
    2000
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    The Star Spangled Banner
  • Chorus Memory:
    All the wonderful people I have met and many have become friends.
Bret-Wayne Dillon-Hansen
Chuck Jordan
  • Name:
    Chuck Jordan
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Rhythm Of Life
  • Chorus Memory:
    Singing with the Twin Cities Men's chorus at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium.
Tim Burgess
  • Name:
    Tim Burgess
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 1
  • member since:
    2004
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    n/a
  • Chorus Memory:
    I have many great memories with the chorus but I particularly enjoyed our opera choruses concert wit...
Keith Meendering
  • Name:
    Keith Meendering
  • Vocal Group:
    Section LeaderTenor 2
  • member since:
    2001
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    What Matters
  • Chorus Memory:
    Singing "How Could Anyone" at GALA 2012
York Taenzer
  • Name:
    York Taenzer
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 1
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
Ben Hagen
  • Name:
    Ben Hagen
  • Vocal Group:
    Director of HarMENyDMGMC Principal Accompanist
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
Lawrence Curry
  • Name:
    Lawrence Curry
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    2013
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Testimony
  • Chorus Memory:
    Any rehearsal led by Dr. Gruber.
Joe Freund
  • Name:
    Joe Freund
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
    2001
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    David's Lamentation on the Death of Jonathon
  • Chorus Memory:
    Singing " How Could Anyone" at GALA in Denver while we signed our parts. The connection with each o...
Ken Hanson
  • Name:
    Ken Hanson
  • Vocal Group:
    Section LeaderTenor 1
  • member since:
    2001
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    How Could Anyone
  • Chorus Memory:
    The very first concert.
Mike Triggs
  • Name:
    Mike Triggs
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    2012
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    I'm Still Standing - in full Elton John regalia
  • Chorus Memory:
    What a group of men! No one cares what you wear, what you drive, how old you are, what you weigh or...
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