TCGMC Launches National Search for Its Next Artistic Director

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, now celebrating its 37th season of gay men building community through music, is seeking its new Artistic Director.  The new Artistic Director will take the reins August 1, 2018 for the start of our 38th season.

Artistic Director Dr. Ben Riggs will depart during his sixth season leading this highly respected chorus. Dr. Riggs’ final concert will be our holiday concert TCGMC’s Gay Holiday Spectacular: Around the World in December. Interim Artistic Leadership has been selected for the remainder of Season 37.

Based in the artistically rich Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, TCGMC is among the country’s most respected men’s choruses and is one of the largest choruses in GALA, the international Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, of which it is a member. TCGMC continually strives to live its core values of courage, authenticity, joy, respect and accountability.

TCGMC is an integral part of the Twin Cities’ cultural scene with its rich choral tradition, including collaborations with Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Ballet of the Dolls, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota BoyChoir, Cantus, and entertainers Harvey Fierstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Feinstein, Holly Near, Margaret Cho and Matt Alber. In 2016, the Chorus premiered its most-recent commission, Two Boys Kissing (music and lyrics by Joshua Shank based on the young adult novel Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan), which the Chorus performed in Minneapolis in June and at the GALA Choruses’ Festival in Denver, Colorado in July, 2016. Additionally, TCGMC has premiered over 30 commissions from composers such as Michael Shaieb, Steven Paulus and Craig Carnahan and has performed at ACDA, the Grand Ole Opry, and international GALA festivals in Montreal, Tampa, Denver, Miami, Seattle, San Jose, and Minneapolis (which TCGMC hosted in 1986). TCGMC will welcome GALA Festival back to Minneapolis in the summer of 2020.

True to its mission, “Gay men building community through music,” TCGMC regularly undertakes outreach performances throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, in addition to its regular season concert series—which boasts one of the largest season subscriber bases of any GALA chorus.

Download the complete job description and qualifications here.

Application Materials:  Applications must be post-marked by January 31, 2018 to be considered.  To apply for the Artistic Director position, TCGMC requests:

  • A letter of introduction;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Samples of programming for previous concerts;
  • Samples of recordings of previous concerts, video preferred;
  • A proposed program for TCGMC’s Holiday, Spring, and Pride concerts, each of which contains 70-90 minutes of music; and
  • Other materials that may support your application, including musical compositions or arrangements, etc.

Complete materials should be sent by the due date to:

Jeff Heine, Executive Director

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

528 Hennepin Avenue Suite 307

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Application materials may also be sent via Dropbox or other cloud services to our Executive Director at

Questions and requests should be addressed only by email to


Our Timeframe for Selection:

  • January 31, 2018: Applications Due
  • Late February, 2018: First round interviews by Skype
  • Early April, 2018: Final round interviews & auditions in Minneapolis
  • Late April, 2018: Hiring Announcement
  • May – June 2018: Finalize our 38th Season
  • August 1, 2018: Our new Artistic Director’s First Day
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