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Five founding members of the Turtle Creek Chorale still offer their voices in the highly regarded men’s chorus. The Chorale celebrates its 34th anniversary Wednesday. From left, Steven, Randy, Paul, Robert and Ralph.

 

When three Dallas men met over drinks 34 years ago to discuss creating a men’s chorus, they couldn’t have known they were launching an institution. With its beginnings as a 38-voice chorus in 1980, the Turtle Creek Chorale today is regarded as the finest men’s chorus in the United States.

“Without exception, when people all over the United States hear the name Turtle Creek Chorale, they think that,” said Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Trey Jacobs. “The Chorale has certainly set a standard for men’s choirs. The sounds they create are the reason they are the most recorded men’s choirs in the world.”

At Tuesday’s rehearsal, Chorale members cut a cake, celebrating the group’s 34th anniversary which is Wednesday. Five of the founding members who are still in the Chorale helped cut the cake.

“I am just so proud to be part of the greatest men’s chorus on earth,” founding member Steven Mitchell said.

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The original flyer that launched the Turtle Creek Chorale in 1980.

The Chorale is recording a CD in March, strengthening its reputation as the most-recorded men’s chorous. Jacobs, who is the Chorale’s third artistic director, followed the group for 21 years before taking the position.

“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the rich history of creating extraordinary musical experiences,” he said.

The TCC Chamber Chorous, along with members of the Chorale, are presenting Alexander’s House at the Latino Cultural Center on Feb. 21-22 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-526-3214 or go online.