Turtles on Their Own Time


Being a part of the Turtle Creek Chorale is akin, time-wise, to having a second job: It can be time-intensive and tiring, leaving room for little else.

 Most of the Turtles have jobs and lives apart from the Chorale, of course, but considering the amount of hours spent rehearsing, preparing, and performing, it’s surprising that some of the guys have time for any other endeavors on top of their already full lives. So what do Turtles do in their spare time?

“Members participate in church, sports with local leagues, and one even judges speech and debate competitions in the area,” says Tri Truong, Turtle Creek Chorale’s new Membership Vice President Elect. Between work, school, and his new leadership duties in the Chorale, Truong says he’s pretty much strapped for time, but enjoys the fact that Turtle Creek Chorale’s involvement in community events affords him the chance to be involved locally. “TCC is involved in a lot of community activities like LifeWalk and Dallas Pride that we all get together and participate in.”

But Turtle interests run the gamut, according to Andre Cruz, a fourth year Turtle Creek Chorale member who likes to spend his own limited free time reading and doing creative writing. Other artistic endeavors are common, he adds. “A lot of Turtles are musicians, for instance, Jamie Rawson plays the tuba, Rickey Phoummany dances, and Nathan Jones is trying his hand at making pottery.”

The list goes on, with Cruz rattling off a diverse array of other activities from DJing to acting to playwriting to making a mean barbecue. Turtle Creek Chorale athletic interests include ziplining, yoga, and even running marathons.

But where does the extra time and energy come from?

“The chorale is so diverse,” Cruz says. “I think the discipline we learn in rehearsals allows us to apply the same kind of passion to other interests.”

Filling the Turtle Void


By Todd Camp

It’s going to be a long wait until the Turtle Creek Chorale returns with the premiere of its 2014–2015 season with the show “Brave” taking place Oct. 17–18, 2014, at the Latino Cultural Center. Until then, we’ve got a few suggestions to pass the time that might not rival harmonic nirvana, but they should take your mind off the wait.

1. Catch a screening of the stage musical turned big-screen adaptation Jersey Boys to sate your appetite for the Christmas releases of Broadway movie musicals Annie (Dec. 19) and Into the Woods (Dec. 25).

2. The Boy from Oz, a celebration of the life of camp king Peter Allen and brought beautifully to life by Hugh Jackman on Broadway, makes its U.S. regional theater premiere July 25–Aug. 10 by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas. Tickets at

3. No reason to not keep the diva dream alive with pop songstress Tori Amos performing July 29 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Tickets at

4. Show tune lovers probably already have their tickets for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s moody masterpiece, Phantom of the Opera, rumored to be even bigger and better than previous productions. It runs Aug. 6–24 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Tickets at

5. Whip up a pitcher of vodka martinis and settle in for a screening of the show choir-tastic movie Pitch Perfect — for, like, the 10th time. Take comfort in the knowledge that Pitch Perfect 2 is coming in 2015 and will include local a cappella wunderkinds Pentatonix.

6. We may not have Tammy Wynette with us anymore, but the original coal miner’s daughter, Loretta Lynn, will perform Aug. 9 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets at

7. Return to Dallas City Performance Hall for the inaugural season of Dallas DanceFest, showcasing the best in local movement masters, including the phenomenal Bruce Wood Dance Project. Performances are Aug. 29–31 at DCPH. For more information visit

8. She’s diva royalty and the undisputed Queen of Soul; Aretha Franklin performs Sept. 6 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Tickets at

9. The 2014–2015 season of Dallas Summer Musicals kicks off in September with the brand new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin. The show premieres Sept. 2–14 at Music Hall in Fair Park. Tickets at It moves to Fort Worth’s Bass Hall Sept. 16–21. Tickets at

10. Mark your calendar for Aug. 20, 2014 when season passes go on sale for Turtle Creek Chorale’s 2014–2015 season. You can order online at or call (214) 526-3214.