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“Music has the power to heal, and it can shape who we are. We want to take our audiences on a journey through laughter, tears, and reflection.”

Sean Baugh, Artistic Director

THE MOST RECORDED MALE CHORUS IN THE WORLD!

In 1980, 30 men stood on stage and sang at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Now known as Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC), that small group has grown to more than 250 dues-paying members who contribute over 100,000 hours annually to rehearsals, performances, community outreach, and educational workshops.

As the most recorded male chorus in the world, TCC has provided musical journeys to audiences in Dallas, Texas and beyond for over 40 years and offers an annual mainstage concert series at Moody Performance Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center, and other venues around the DFW metroplex.

TCC also features smaller ensembles and each group delivers a unique performance that highlights the members’ wealth of talent.

While primarily a gay men’s chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale welcomes all those who identify as male, regardless of sexual orientation.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Turtle Creek Chorale is to Entertain, Educate, Unite, and Inspire.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most recorded male chorus in the world with 38 albums and two feature-length documentaries in public distribution with one receiving an Emmy Award
  • Performances at two state, two regional, and three national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association
  • Performance at the regional convention of Musical Educator National Conference
  • Two appearances at Carnegie Hall
  • Collaboration with Susan G. Komen Foundation to create “Sing for the Cure” with narrations by Dr. Maya Anjelou
  • Two performances with the U.S. Army Chorus with Former First Lady Laura Bush serving as honorary chair
  • Three-city tour in Spain in 2010
  • Sold out concerts in  Barcelona, Berlin, and Prague during the 1995 European tour
  • Performances before Queen Elizabeth II, Texas governors, and city mayors
  • Shared the stage with Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Dr. Maya Angelou, Sandi Patty, Gavin Creel, Jennifer Holliday, Nikki Blonski, Margaret Cho, Idina Menzel, and others.
  • Awards include: Crystal Hope Award, Peace Center Award, Dallas Observer Best Musical Performance, and 500 Inc. Ken Bryant Visionary Award

“Turtle Creek Chorale gives me the joy of singing, performing, and being a part of a family.  I have so many friends as a result of being in the Chorale.  My life would not be complete without the chorus.”

— Steven Mitchell, Founding Member

BECOME A MEMBER

Interested in becoming a member of TCC?

Fill out the New Member Interest Form, and we’ll reach out to you with more information. 

For questions, contact us at info@turtlecreek.org or call our office at 214-526-3214.

Our People

Chorus Staff

Jeremy Wayne

Jeremy Wayne

Executive Director
Sean Baugh

Sean Baugh

Artistic Director
Scott Ayers

Scott Ayers

Principal Pianist & Associate Conductor
Mike Dilbeck

Mike Dilbeck

Director of Marketing & Development
Maya Jackson

Maya Jackson

Marketing Manager
Sylvia Franze

Sylvia Franze

Operations Associate
Rhiannon Martin

Rhiannon Martin

Engagement Manager
Jess McDowell

Jess McDowell

Production Associate
Dr. Timothy Seelig

Dr. Timothy Seelig

Conductor Emeritus

Board of Directors

Daniel Kuhn

Daniel Kuhn

Board Chair
Kevin Housing

Kevin Housing

Vice Chair
Tyson Jones

Tyson Jones

Board Secretary
Rob Corbello

Rob Corbello

Board Treasurer
Jamie Rawson

Jamie Rawson

Board Member
Taylor Cleghorn

Taylor Cleghorn

Board Member
Kelton Ely

Kelton Ely

Board Member
Larry George

Larry George

Board Member
Tate Sands

Tate Sands

Board Member
Jim McCullough

Jim McCullough

Board Member
Suzanne Stabile

Suzanne Stabile

Board Member

Endowment Board of Trustees

Rob Corbello

Rob Corbello

Board Treasurer & Endowment Board Member
Gordon Markley

Gordon Markley

Endowment Board Member
Bobby Springfield

Bobby Springfield

Endowment Board Member
Marcus McNeal

Marcus McNeal

Endowment Board Member

Membership Officers

Wes McCormack

Wes McCormack

Membership President
Brandon Moses

Brandon Moses

Membership Vice President
Matt Delos Reyes

Matt Delos Reyes

Membership Secretary

Community Outreach

TCC reaches beyond its subscription concerts with more than 30 benefit appearances across the Metroplex and Texas annually.

TCC has a long tradition of reaching out into the community through its music. Recent partnerships and collaborations include Lone Star Rides, Lifewalk, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Children’s Medical Center, Hope’s Door, Parkland Hospital, and the American Airlines Sky Ball. Coupled with unparalleled artistic quality, TCC touches a broad audience bridging across age, gender, ethnic, socioeconomic, and sexual orientation lines.

Our smaller ensembles allow TCC to be more nimble in the community. We often receive requests for community outreach performances, but it is quite challenging to mobilize the entire 250-plus chorus for these events. These small ensembles, with a ready repertoire, are an opportunity for TCC to appear at more of these outreach events.

For information about benefit appearances or to request an appearance, please contact us at info@turtlecreek.org or call our office at 214-526-3214.

FAQs

What is TCC’s address?

The Administrative Office and Box Office are located at:
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Suite 306
Dallas, Texas 75219
Email: info@turtlecreek.org
Phone: 214-526-3214

Will the Chorale sing for my organization’s event?

The Chorale is open to invitations to sing for audiences around the world. As a volunteer chorus, our available performance time is limited and our calendar fills up quickly each year. For information on booking the chorus or one of the small groups, please contact the office at 214-526-3214 or by email at info@turtlecreek.org.

How do I join as a singing member?

Auditions are held each August and January for singing members. Prospective members are asked to sing a small portion of a song that is provided by us at the audition. For additional information, contact us at info@turtlecreek.org or call the office at 214-526-3214.

Do I need to know how to read music to be a member?

You do not need to know how to read music to be a member of TCC. We have members who cannot read music and learn the music we perform by ear.

May I sit in on a rehearsal before auditioning?

We hold an open rehearsal every August and January before new member auditions. Prospective members are invited to come to our open rehearsal to see how rehearsals are run, mingle with members, and have all questions answered. For open rehearsal dates, please email us at info@turtlecreek.org or call our office at 214-526-3214.

What is TCC’s policy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

A:  STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

The City of Dallas is made up of people from diverse communities and equity-seeking groups defined as ALAANA and LGBTQIA+. Turtle Creek Chorale, Inc. (Turtle Creek Chorale) recognizes that the changing nature of the population has implications in terms of delivering and/or providing access to its services (e.g. programming, activities, etc.).

We recognize that barriers to services exist for members of diverse communities, particularly for equity-seeking groups, and we are committed to acting as a positive force in eliminating these barriers.

To achieve this, the Turtle Creek Chorale, will:

  • ensure that diverse communities have equitable access to its services, resources and decision-making.
  • be non-discriminatory and promote the goals of anti-racism, access and equity; and
  • take reasonable steps to ensure its services, programs and decision-making reflect the community it serves.

The Turtle Creek Chorale prohibits discrimination or harassment and protects the right to be free from hate activity based on age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), color, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity, level of literacy, marital status, place of origin, membership in a union or staff association, political affiliation, race, receipt of public assistance, sex, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristic by or within the organization.

1 For the purposes of this policy, equity-seeking groups include ALAANA, Aboriginal/First Nations people, women, people with disabilities, racial minorities, the socio-economically disadvantaged, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons (LGBTQIA+).

Definitions

Anti-racism:  a set of practices and systems designed to eliminate racism.  Racism includes racist ideologies, prejudiced attitudes, discriminatory behaviors, structural arrangements and institutionalized practices resulting in racial inequality as well as the fallacious notion that discriminatory relations between groups are morally and scientifically justifiable.

Access:  the ability of or extents to which communities or residents can attain needed services and achieve full participation in the planning, development, administration and delivery of those services.  Access includes client access and organizational access.

Equity:  practices designed to remove systemic barriers to equality of outcome by identifying and eliminating discriminatory policies and practices.

Discrimination:  the act of treating a person unequally by imposing unequal burdens or denying benefits, rather than treating a person fairly on the basis of individual merit.  Discrimination is usually based upon personal prejudices and stereotypical assumptions related to at least one of the grounds set out in this Policy.  It is not necessary to have an intent to discriminate under the Code.  Workplace rules, policies, procedures, requirements, qualifications or factors may not be directly or intentionally discriminatory but may nonetheless have an adverse effect.  This may create barriers to achievement and opportunity.

Harassment:  a course of conduct of comments or actions that are unwelcome or should be known to be unwelcome.  A person has the right to be free of humiliating or annoying behavior that is based on one or more grounds in the Code.

ALAANA means African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American. This also includes Native Hawaiian and   Pacific Islander (category as defined by the US Census Bureau).

LGBTQIA+ means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and other associated communities.

 

B:  POLICY AND ACTIONS ON ANTI-RACISM, ACCESS & EQUITY

Governance

The Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to achieving representation of the diversity of the Dallas community on its Board of Directors by ensuring that it has an equitable and transparent nominations process, that this process is communicated to all members, and that members are committed to outreach beyond the current membership if necessary to achieve this goal.

Employment

The Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to achieving representation of equity seeking groups on its staff by ensuring that members of equity seeking communities have equitable access to employment. This includes recruitment, selection, staff development, performance evaluation, retention, promotion, termination.

The Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to maintaining an environment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect and are free from all forms of discriminatory treatment, behavior or practice.  Discrimination, harassment, violence, and any other form of discriminatory practices will not be tolerated by the Turtle Creek Chorale.  Discrimination does not have to be intentional.  It can result from practices or policies that appear to be neutral but have a negative effect on groups or individuals based on race, religion, gender, etc.

Services

Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to ensuring that its services and programs are accessible to diverse communities. This involves review of current outreach, communications, program planning and evaluation, to ensure goal is being met.

In addition, the Turtle Creek Chorale will take into consideration provision of services to disadvantaged individuals, low-income persons, families in poverty, and equity‑seeking communities.

Training and Education

The Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to ensuring that those involved in the delivery of services and programs have the knowledge, understanding and skills to work with and provide services to members of diverse communities, particularly equity-seeking communities.

Information and Communications

The Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to ensuring that all of its communications, including information on its services and programs, are accessible to diverse communities.

Can I advertise to the members of TCC?

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available for our corporate supporters. Direct solicitations to the membership or the member mailing list is not permitted. For more information, please contact the office at 214-526-3214 or by email at info@turtlecreek.org.

How can I purchase tickets to a TCC concert?

There are three easy ways to purchase tickets to a TCC concert:

  1. Online: Tickets for all Chorale concerts are available for online purchase here.
  2. Phone: Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 214-526-3214.
  3. At a Concert: The Concert Box Office opens 1 hour prior to curtain for each performance.

Can I exchange my tickets or get a refund if I have a schedule conflict?

We understand that your schedule may change. Generally, patrons are able to exchange their tickets for another performance of the same production; however, an exchange fee may be assessed. Season Subscription ticket holders and Ovation Society members may exchange their tickets with no additional fees. All tickets are non-refundable.

To exchange your tickets, please contact the box office at 214-526-3214.

If I cannot attend a concert and refunds are not issued, what do I do with my tickets?

We are so sorry that you will miss the show! First, we would recommend that you see if a friend can use your tickets. We love to share our music with all!

If you are unable to use or gift your tickets to a friend, you can donate your tickets back to Turtle Creek Chorale. Please contact the Box Office at 214-526-3214 to donate your tickets.

Do you have a group discount rate?

Yes! Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a group rate. Please contact our Box Office at 214-526-3214 to make arrangements for your group to attend a performance.

Do you offer any student discounts?

Students are eligible to receive 50% off all tickets with valid student ID. Please call the Box Office at 214-526-3214 to purchase or come to the Concert Box Office 1 hour prior to show time.

What time are your performances?

All evening performances begin promptly at 7:30pm. Our matinee performances begin at 2:30pm. The concert hall will open for seating 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Please allow adequate time for parking and for getting to your seat. Note that late arrivals will be seated by the ushers at the first appropriate opportunity. If you are unable to take your assigned seat without disrupting other patrons, please accept the seating available and take your ticketed seat at intermission.

What should I wear to a performance?

There is no dress code for TCC concerts. Jeans are acceptable. As performance venues are often chilly, please dress for your convenience.

Where is Moody Performance Hall located?

Moody Performance Hall is located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at 2520 Flora Street at the intersection of Routh Street across from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Enter from Flora Street.

Where do I park at Moody Performance Hall?

Plentiful self-parking is available throughout the Dallas Arts District in both flat lots and garages. Detailed parking information can be found at: www.thedallasartsdistrict.org /visit/directions.

Valet parking is available at One Arts Plaza (1722 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201) at the intersection of Routh St and Flora St.

Parking is also available underneath MPH at the Lexus Silver Parking for a fee. The entrance is located on Jack Evans St between MPH and Wyly Theatre. Enter Lexus Silver Parking from Ross Ave.

Is MPH accessible to persons with disabilities and where do they park?

MPH is fully accessible with wheelchair access available at Flora Street. Elevators inside the building will transport you from street level to your seat level.

Patrons may be dropped off on Flora Street. Handicap parking is available in the Lexus Silver Parking Facility (2403 Flora St. Enter on Jack Evans Street from Ross Avenue, for a fee).

Additionally, Turtle Creek Chorale offers a sign language interpreter at many of our performances. Please contact the Box Office at 214-526-3214 to confirm concert dates featuring our sign language interpreter.

Does MPH have assistive listening devices?

Assistive listening devices are available upon request at Moody Performance Hall. Devices may be obtained from the ushers before the show. For questions about the assistive listening devices, please call the Box Office at 214-526-3214.

Where is the Ovation Society reception at MPH?

The Ovation Society reception will be held at in a designated spot in the lobby. For questions directly related to Moody Performance Hall, please contact 214-671-1450.

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