Dr. Gerald Gurss (he/him), Artistic Director
A native Kansan, Dr. Gurss received his bachelor’s degree in voice at Emporia State University. He received his master’s degree in voice with a choral cognate from Miami University, where he studied with Ethan Sperry. Gurss received his DMA in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Dr. Larry Wyatt and Dr. Alicia Walker. His research focus is the inclusion and pedagogy of transgender singers in the choral rehearsal. This research has granted him speaking engagements at Wingate University, University of South Carolina, and the MacPhail Center for the Arts.
Until his arrival in the Twin Cities, Gerald was the artistic director for the One Voice Chorus (Charlotte’s LGBTQ+ chorus) and the chamber ensemble, Sotto Voce. In 2015, he collaborated in the founding of Midlands Men’s Chorus: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Columbia, SC and served as its artistic director until 2018.
Gerald moved to St. Paul in 2018 with his husband, Ervin, and his dog, Blue. Since then, he has served as the artistic director for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus as well as White Bear Lake United Methodist Church as the director of traditional music. Gerald has served as both the ACDA Southern District TTBB Repertoire Chair and the TTBB repertoire chair for Minnesota ACDA.
Gerald has been a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Composition numerous times and has been commissioned to write choral works for the following organizations: One Voice Charlotte, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, Providence United Methodist Church (Charlotte, NC), The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus, The Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego, The Women’s Chorus of San Diego, The Richmond Men’s Chorus (VA), Turtle Creek Chorale (TX), Sine Nomine (Denver, CO), Portland State University choirs, and the University of South Carolina Women’s Chorus. Dr. Gurss is published in the “Pride and No Prejudice” series with earthsongs Choral Music, ECS “Works for a Modern Time,” Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture (vol. 23, 2019) and The Choral Journal (vol. 60, no. 9, 2020). In 2022, Twin Cities Public Television produced a concertized documentary of his work, Stigmata, which discusses HIV stigma. This work was nominated as a finalist for the American Pride in Choral Composition in 2023. Most recently, Gurss was awarded honorable mention for the National ACDA Composition Focus Prize.
Kevin Stocks (he/him), Executive Director
Kevin Stocks, a native of Eugene, Oregon, has been in his role with TCGMC since November 2019. A graduate of St. Olaf College, for almost 10 years he promoted the tours and recordings of the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Band and St. Olaf Orchestra, including successful feature performances at renowned concert venues around the US such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Meyerson Symphony Center. Kevin was also part of a movement to bring live simulcast performances to the big screen and contributed to the promotion and production of the 2007 Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide that was seen by 2.5 million people. During Kevin’s tenure at St. Olaf he produced over a dozen audio and video recordings for retail, and managed St. Olaf Records, the college’s private recording label. This included the 2013 Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir which was broadcast on PBS stations around the country and received the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award for Special Event Coverage.
Kevin and his husband, Mike Dugan, live in St. Paul with their miniature Australian labradoodle, Lola.
Kevin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 612-339-7664.
Stephanie Gaw (she/her), Operations Manager
Stephanie has been in her role with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for now over 20 years! First as an Administrative Assistant, then Office Manager and now as TCGMC’s Operations Manager (read: does a little bit of everything and keeps it all going). Prior to joining the Chorus, Stephanie worked for Target Corporation for 16 years in several financial departments and then became part of the support group to usher in email as we know it to the entire corporation.
A native of the Philadelphia area, she is a graduate of the University of Minnesota earning a BS in Agricultural Economics, with a Marketing emphasis. Stephanie and her longtime partner, Wendy, live in Brooklyn Center and are big Gopher sports fans!
Stephanie can be reached at: email@example.com and 612-339-7664
Timothy De Prey (he/him), Principal Accompanist
Timothy De Prey has proudly served as the Principal Accompanist for TCGMC
for over 30 years! Throughout his career with the Chorus, he has been in demand as an accompanist for GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses). In the summer of 1998, he was chosen to be the accompanist for the Festival Chorus at the Gay Games in Amsterdam and in the summer of 2000 was chosen to be the accompanist for the Festival Men’s Chorus at Festival 2000 in San Jose, under the direction of Grammy winning director, Vance George.
De Prey can be heard on 9 of TCGMC’s CDs, on Proud and Peaceful, a CD of solo piano music from pianists with GALA and on his own solo CD, in the evening air, a collection of nocturnes, lullabies and night songs. In 2010, De Prey released I Love a Piano, in celebration of his 20th anniversary as principal accompanist of the Chorus. The CD also features the world premiere of A Quiet Place, written by Craig Carnahan in loving memory of Mary Ellen Sarafolean, an extraordinary woman of quiet grace and beauty.
Timothy is a piano instructor at the MacPhail Center for Music with an active private studio. De Prey has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, is a board certified – music therapist and has a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota. His many credits include the role of the accompanist in Park Square Theatre’s production of Master Class, the Minnesota Opera, Opera 101, the College of St. Catherine’s, The Calhoun Beach Club, Bryant Lake Bowl and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire’s Statesmen Men’s Chorus under the direction of Morris Hayes.
Alex Rack (he/him), OutLoud! Director
Alex Rack is a conductor, singer, and teacher working in the Twin Cities. Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Alex moved to St. Paul to study voice at Macalester College. In 2020, Alex graduated from the University of Minnesota with a masters degree in choral conducting where he studied under Dr. Kathy Romey and Dr. Matthew Mehaffey.
Currently, Alex lives and works in South Minneapolis. He teaches choir and music at Roosevelt High School, and works as the choir director of Minnehaha United Methodist Church. He is also the founding director of the Minneapolis Choir Co-Op.
In his spare time, Alex writes songs for, and performs with his band Rabeca. In addition to musical activities, Alex loves swimming in lakes, riding his bike, making delicious food, and spending time with friends.
Matt Hudson (he/him), Production Manager
In addition to his work with the chorus Matt serves on the Imperial Court Council for the International Court System, is the events coordinator for the Imperial Court of MN, and performs in drag part-time. During the day you will find Matt leading the LGBTQ+ initiatives for U.S. Bank where he’s been for over 10 years. Matt has a Bachelor’s in Organization Communication and a minor in Project Management from Metropolitan State University.
.TCGMC Board of Directors 2023-2024
Kenny Beck* (he/him), Board Chair – Flight Attendant, Sun Country Airlines
Phil Boelter (he/him), Treasurer – Consultant, Catholic Finance Corporation
Kenny Christopher (he/him) – Artist/Designer, The White Bat
Chuck Huebner* (he/him) – National Sales & Logistics, ATS, Inc.
Lance Morgan (he/him), Secretary – Business Systems Analyst/Sr. Tech Consultant, OptumRx
Brent Morris-Zangla* (he/him), Membership President – Manager, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World
Steve Munnelly* (he/him), Director, Medicare Member Experience at Elevance Health
Zach Rider* (he/him), Membership VP – Program Manager, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Justin Rudnick* (he/she/they), Vice Chair – Associate Professor of Communication Studies & Graduate Studies Coordinator, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Carlos Saldaña* (he/him) – Manager of Attractions & Entertainment, Crayola
Randy Schafer (he/him) – Retired Music Educator
Gregory Truman* (he/him) – Sr. Principle Data Scientist, Veritas Technologies
Margaret Westin (she/her) – Attorney, Independent Hearing Officer, Consultant
* – Denotes Singing Chorus member