Triad Pride Performing Arts History

In late 1998, three men from Greensboro (Anthony Moore, Chip Alfred and Alexis Kiger), who had been driving to the Triangle area every week to sing with the nearest gay men’s chorus, decided to take a chance. Hoping that there would be enough interest in and support for a gay men’s chorus in the Triad, they originally advertised for singers as the Greensboro Gay Men’s Chorus. Over 20 men showed up in January 1999 from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and surrounding communities—all eager to unite in pride and song. Due to this widespread response, the name was changed to the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus (TPMC) and their first concert was held in June 1999 when Greensboro hosted NC Pride.

In Fall of 2016, the board of TPMC decided to expand outreach by establishing a sister chorus. The Triad Pride Women’s Chorus (TPWC) held their first rehearsal in January 2017 with 21 members and performed their first concert in June of that year. TPMC officially changed the name of their non-profit to Triad Pride Performing Arts on July 1, 2017 to support future growth.

Triad Pride Performing Arts (TPPA) consists of LGBTQ+ persons and their allies, who perform to entertain, enlighten, and enrich while promoting equality and social justice for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity–fostering pride, understanding, and acceptance.  The choruses of TPPA are also active members of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (“GALA Choruses”), which is an international association of LGBTQ+ choruses founded in 1982.

TPPA continues to grow organizationally, thus enabling us to expand our mission.  Since the founding of TPMC until December 2018, 136 members have performed with TPMC and 47 members have performed with TPWC. TPPA’s newest addition, the Triad Pride Acting Company, joined July 1, 2018 and will be highlighting the works of LGBTQ artists through theater and music.

TPPA is thankful for the generous support from various entities over the years which include, but are not limited to, the Guilford Green Foundation, for the original grant to start TPMC.  We will also be eternally grateful to the city of Greensboro, who proudly supports our organization by providing in-kind office space and programming infrastructure located at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

The city of Greensboro proudly supports our organization by providing in-kind office space and programming infrastructure located at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Timeline

1998
TPMC Founded
TPMC Founded

In late 1998, three men from Greensboro (Anthony Moore, Chip Alfred and Alexis Kiger), who had been driving to the Triangle area every week to sing with the nearest gay men’s chorus, decided to take a chance. Hoping that there would be enough interest in and support for a gay…Read More

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
GALA Festival Montreal
GALA Festival Montreal

TPMC attends its first GALA Chorus Festival 163 choruses and ensembles performing, 4750 delegates. First festival outside of the US.

2005
2008
GALA Festival Miami
GALA Festival Miami

107 choruses and 27 ensembles performing, 4700 delegates. The Festival expanded to eight days

2012
GALA Festival Denver
GALA Festival Denver

112 choruses and 48 ensembles performing, over 6,000 delegates – a new record! Evening BlockBuster and morning Coffee Concerts were introduced. The Festival was shortened to 4.5 days and held in three halls. Commission: Composers wrote rounds and chants for sing-alongs before each concert block.

2016
GALA Festival Denver
GALA Festival Denver

171 choruses and ensembles performed with over 6,600 delegates participating – another new record! Over 800 tickets were sold in the local Denver community. First ever live broadcast of major portions of the festival with over 21,000 total views. Commissions funded by GALA included works by Nathan Hall, Kala Pierson,…Read More

Triad Pride Women’s Chorus Founded
Triad Pride Women’s Chorus Founded

In the Fall of 2016, the board of TPMC decided to expand outreach by establishing a sister chorus. The Triad Pride Women’s Chorus (TPWC) held their first rehearsal in January 2017 with 21 members and performed its first concert in June of that year.

2017
501c3 New Name
501c3 New Name

TPMC officially changed the name of the non-profit to Triad Pride Performing Arts on July 1, 2017, to support future growth.

2018
Acting Company founded
Acting Company founded

TPPA’s newest addition, the Triad Pride Acting Company, joined July 1, 2018, and performs productions written or composed by or about members of the LGBTQ+ community, and participation is open to everyone!

2019
2023
2024
Onstage Theatre for All

TPPA is proud to welcome Onstage Theatre For All to our family. Programming that provides supportive theatre opportunities to individuals (ages 12 +) with disabilities. Participants will engage with acting and musical coaches as well as inclusion specialists to collaboratively develop a heartwarming and inspiring original show.  The cast is selected by audition…Read More