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Puerto Vallarta Gay Men's Chorus' New Artistic Director

September 19, 2018

PVGMC Director Derek Carkner (Pic: Pierre Gautreau)

Puerto Vallarta - 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 Associateship at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

This multi-talented actor/singer/pianist/organist has performed in musical theater, 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, opening in November, at Puerto Vallarta's Act II Entertainment Stages.

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 7:00 pm 9:30 pm (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

The mission of Puerto Vallarta Gay Men's Chorus is to present quality male choral music in Spanish and English using the voices and talent of gay Mexicans and expatriates to entertain, enlighten, and unify our audience and members while building bridges of greater understanding, acceptance and love between communities, cultures, families, and friends. More information can be found on their website at