The Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus (PVGMC) is thrilled to introduce its new Artistic Director, Derek Carkner. Having recently relocated to Mexico, Derek looks forward to sharing his vision, passion and excitement with the PVGMC. A graduate of The University of Toronto with a Master of Arts, he also has a Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University and an Associate at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
This multi-talented actor/singer/pianist/organist has performed in musical theatre, conducted youth choirs, taught vocal lessons, composed and arranged music and was the musical director and accompanist for The Drama Workshop in Toronto. He is also currently in rehearsals to star as the King in Cinderella at Puerto Vallarta’s Act II Entertainment Stages opening in November.
Derek’s extensive background in music will allow the PVGMC to continue its mission to create musical experiences that entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Through their performances, the Chorus aims to build bridges of understanding, acceptance and love within the community.
If you are interested in joining the PVGMC, our rehearsals are every Tuesday at the International Friendship Club from 7pm – 9:30pm (prospective members are asked to show up early to audition). For more details, info on upcoming concerts, volunteer opportunities and events, please check out our website at http://www.pvmenschorus.org.
The Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus is the first gay chorus in Mexico and all of Latin America. We’re a proud member of GALA Choruses (www.galachoruses.org), a worldwide organization that represents over 8,000 singers and over 170 choruses around the world. Singing in a gay male chorus such as the Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus is a unique experience that will allow you to be part of a community like no other. We are from Puerto Vallarta and other parts of México. We come from other countries, primarily the United States and Canada. Our ages range from early 20’s to 70’s and our musical experience is varied, from those who have vast choral singing experience, to those who are doing so for the first time, ever. We are a chorus of approximately 10 to 40 members, both Mexican and Ex-Pat singing beautiful male choral music with lots of fun comedic material in both English and Spanish.