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.

COME SING WITH US!

New singers always welcome (and very often given cookies!)
Rehearsals start Monday, September 14 at 6:30 PM in the Recital Hall of Plymouth Church on the corner of 42nd & Ingersoll. Learn More about joining the Choir

2015

Eat.Drink.Sing

These are a few of our favorite things

  • Saturday, October 17

Winter Solstice

  • Friday, December 17 & Saturday, December 18

2016

When I Knew

Program will feature a variety of works interspersed with personal stories from chorus members and friends of the ensemble. The stories will explore each individual’s first awareness of their sexuality and will include coming-out stories.

  • Friday, April 1 & Saturday, April 2

Cabaret & GALA performance preview

  • Thursday, June 9 & Friday, June 10
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...
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...
York Taenzer
  • Name:
    York Taenzer
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 1
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
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 ...
Seth Fisher
  • Name:
    Seth Fisher
  • Vocal Group:
    HarMENy MemberTenor 1
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
Terrance Korte
  • Name:
    Terrance Korte
  • Vocal Group:
    BaritoneHarMENy Member
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
Charles Carnes
  • Name:
    Charles Carnes
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
    1991
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Too many to name just one.
  • Chorus Memory:
    Miami
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.
Jesse Hatfield
  • Name:
    Jesse Hatfield
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
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...
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.
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.
Rob Harlan
  • Name:
    Rob Harlan
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
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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.
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.
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...
Lawrence Curry
  • Name:
    Lawrence Curry
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    2013
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Testimony
  • Chorus Memory:
    Any rehearsal led by Dr. Gruber.
Ian Tucker
  • Name:
    Ian Tucker
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Bring On The Men
  • Chorus Memory:
Bruce Carr
  • Name:
    Bruce Carr
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
    2006
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Stand and Sing
  • Chorus Memory:
    Rehearsing with Rebecca
J. Wyatt Reicherts
Chad K
  • Name:
    Chad K
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
    2013
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Ukranian Alleluia
  • Chorus Memory:
    Simply being able to sing again. YAY!
Paul Hengesteg
  • Name:
    Paul Hengesteg
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    September 2014
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    I have found that any arrangement that frustrates during rehearsal is probably going to be a favorite. I'm thinking of the non-instinctual meter in "Festival Gloria" and the craziness of "Mahogany Tree."
  • Chorus Memory:
    I loved having the audience come onstage to join us in singing "It Gets Better." It was so powerful...
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'...
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.
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"
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...
Ryan Stearns
  • Name:
    Ryan Stearns
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
Craig Otto
  • Name:
    Craig Otto
  • Vocal Group:
    BassHarMENy MemberSection Leader
  • member since:
    December 2008
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    Not in Our Town
  • Chorus Memory:
Bret-Wayne Dillon-Hansen
  • Name:
    Bret-Wayne Dillon-Hansen
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 1
  • member since:
    2012
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    I really enjoyed singing the Ukrainian Alleluia we performed during my first semester.
  • Chorus Memory:
    Many of my favorite moments have been during my relationships I've developed worn other chorus memb...
Ken Hanson
  • Name:
    Ken Hanson
  • Vocal Group:
    Section LeaderTenor 1
  • member since:
    2001
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    How Could Anyone
  • Chorus Memory:
    The very first concert.
Joseph Holbrook
  • Name:
    Joseph Holbrook
  • Vocal Group:
    HarMENy MemberTenor 1
  • member since:
    2012
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    My 2 favorite arrangements are What Matters and Testimony. It speaks to the heart of what LGBT rights mean to me.
  • Chorus Memory:
    I would say my favorite memory so far has been the 2013 Pride Stage performance. We started on our o...
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
Frank Filippelli
  • Name:
    Frank Filippelli
  • Vocal Group:
    Bass
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
    Dancing elves at the Christmas concerts at Westminster
Don Agee
  • Name:
    Don Agee
  • Vocal Group:
    HarMENy MemberTenor 2
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
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
Joe Thering
  • Name:
    Joe Thering
  • Vocal Group:
    Tenor 2
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
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...
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...
Brian T Wilson
  • Name:
    Brian T Wilson
  • Vocal Group:
    Baritone
  • member since:
    September 2014
  • Favorite Arrangement:
    John Rutter's Gloria
  • Chorus Memory:
    Our benefit performance at Wooly's: Living Out Loud
Ben Hagen
  • Name:
    Ben Hagen
  • Vocal Group:
    Director of HarMENyDMGMC Principal Accompanist
  • member since:
  • Favorite Arrangement:
  • Chorus Memory:
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