Derek Carkner is the new artistic director at the PV Gay Men’s Chorus

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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.

Upon the announcement, on social media Carkner posted, “I’m happy to announce that on top of writing and teaching and acting and playing piano (!!!), I have accepted the position of Artistic Director/Conductor of the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus. When life gives you lemons, it seems you can still make a margarita. Loving my new life down here in Mexico.”

Derek is also a contributor to Out & About Puerto Vallarta.

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





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