Board of Directors
Executive Board Members
- Joseph C. Jackson – President, Personnel Chair
- Carole Bailey – Vice-President, Community Outreach Chair
- Alan McPhail – Secretary
- Steve Baker – Treasurer, Finance Chair
- Alan Bowley – Production/House Manager
- Scott Coleman – Director
- Terry Coogan – Community Outreach
- Christopher Heritage – Development
- Bruce Kenyon – Music Advisory
- John Koeppen – Marketing Chair
- Andrea Laguni – Director
- Phil Martin – Historian
- Rick Mauery – Development Chair
- Raul Valenzuela – Membership Chair
- Douglas Wilson – Artistic Director
- Mike Ziskind – Scheduling/Advance Chair
- Craig Ferrier – Technology
- Joe Musser – Chorus Connection Manager
- Skip Sidoti – Volunteer Coordinator
- Paul Doyle – Production/Staging
Douglas C. Wilson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music at Michigan State University and a Masters in Music Performance (Organ) from Arizona State University. Mr. Wilson is retired from the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was an Elementary Music Specialist and an Elementary School Principal for 30 years. Doug also served as church musician/organist at Community Lutheran Church, Las Vegas for more than 26 years. He has performed organ recitals in California, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan. He was accompanist/assistant director of the Las Vegas Master Singers and Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society.
Coming to the Palm Springs area in 2011, Doug continues to share his musical skills as an accompanist for musical theater at Desert Rose Playhouse and John Glen Middle School. He is also the Children’s Choir and Bell Choir Director at Hope Lutheran Church, Palm Desert, CA. In May 2014, he was named permanent Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus.
Joel Baker is delighted to mark his second season as accompanist for The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus. Joel is a native of the Seattle area, and earned his B.A. degree from the University of Washington School Of Music, where he studied with internationally acclaimed pianist Robin McCabe. While in Seattle, Joel was a pianist for Nordstrom for fifteen years.
Moving to the desert in 2003, Joel began playing in various venues around town, and can currently be found at Streetbar, Three Sixty North, Wally’s Desert Turtle, and The Purple Room, where he plays for “The Judy Show,” starring Michael Holmes. Recently, Joel served as music director for “The Who’s ‘Tommy'” at Palm Canyon Theater. He lives in Palm Springs with his husband, Don. For more fun facts, please visit Joel’s web site at www.misterpiano.com.
Kurt Jordan developed an intense interest in learning the piano after having seen The Phantom of the Opera with his parents at age 10. He studied under the guidance of Joann Algier throughout middle and high school, during which time he discovered a love of music using multiple pianos. This passion was further explored at Azusa Pacific University while studying with Dr. Robert Sage. Kurt performed several recitals of material he arranged for two and three pianos, the recordings of which have received radio play in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Boston, Austin, and Beirut. In 2009, Kurt had the honor of performing the West Coast premiere of Alvin Curran’s 7.5 hour long piano song cycle, Inner Cities 1-13, as well as the U.S. premiere of movement 14 at Burning Man in 2013. Kurt graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2010 with a BA in Music Theory and Composition. In 2013, Kurt became the accompanist for two small groups within the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus. Most recently, he has been involved as the accompanist for Songshine, a non-profit organization that teaches speech therapy through music for people with Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
Bruce Kenyon — Director The Arrangement
At age 16, Bruce Kenyon became the youngest member ever to be selected to sing with the Oakland Symphony Chorus. He was introduced to Barbershop music at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he sang Tenor in the USNA Quartet for all four years. Highlights included performances at the White House, and with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The high point of his vocal achievement was competing at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Championship competition, where his quartet “Main Event” was a semi-finalist. Bruce has sung and held numerous leadership positions with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and now the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, where he proudly serves as founder and director of “The Arrangement”, PSGMC’s new Barbershop Chorale.
Sign Language –
Martin Coogan – Sign Language Interpreter
Martin has been involved in music and theater, in some fashion, since his youth as a dancer/choreographer. His talents include being a DJ, costume designer, hair and make-up artist, as well as assisting in direction and producing. When he stepped into the signing world in 1995, in the beginning, Martin would watch performance interpreters and be in awe and think, that was not possible for a person whose second language is ASL. All that changed, when he moved to the valley from Seattle, nearly ten years ago. “It is a privilege and an honor to be the signer for the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Pah!”