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Our Board

Board Chair

Fred Lugo’s passion for music led him to join the chorus in 2008 and has served as the bass section leader during that time. He has also been part of the small ensemble, Take Note, since its founding in 2016.

His passion for the Austin Gay Men’s Chorus led him to accept the Board’s invitation to become interim Board Chair in January of 2020. He believes in the “power of we” and strives to make the chorus a source of pride for the LGBTQ+ community, a source of pride for the Austin area, and one of the community’s greatest cultural assets.

During his professional career, Fred has been involved in directing community engagement programs at the state, Austin Chamber of Commerce, and Travis County. He has also served as a strategic planner for older adult and basic needs issues with the City of Austin and Travis County.

Fred has served on numerous national, state, and local board and councils, including the National Senior Corps Association, the Capital Area Foster Grandparent Program, AIDS Services of Austin, the Texas Senior Corps Association, the Aging Services Council of Central Texas, River City Pops, the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging, the Area Agency on Aging, and the City of Austin Commission on Seniors.

Secretary

James “Jimmy” Hickey joined the chorus in its 24th season in the fall of 2012. He’s been an active singer and has served on the board as secretary since 2014.

Professionally, he’s been an elementary music teacher since 2007.

Chorus President

Glen Langford joined the board as Chorus Liaison in the Fall of 2016 and transitioned to Chorus President in May of 2018. 

As an active Tenor I since 2004 (minus a 5-year business-related hiatus), he rotated in and out of the Section Leader role. Glen founded the small group, Take Note!, in the Fall of 2016, now directed by the Artistic Director.

Glen previously served on the board of the Young Leaders Society, Austin United Way. The chorus mission motivates Glen to grow and nurture the chorus, “raising [more] voices in song to change minds, transform lives, and build community.”

Professionally, he has used his Bachelor of Music, Baylor University, as Music Minister at Trinity UMC and Unity Church of the Oaks. As a former co-owner with his husband of the Austin flagship location of Anytime Fitness at 34th & Guadalupe, Glen has a passion for membership organizations.

Currently, Glen enjoys growing his real estate business via www.austintxsearch.com. In fact, just mention AGMC and Glen will donate 5% of his commission to the chorus!

At Large

Austin Powell has been an active singer with the chorus since the fall of 2016 and a member of the board since 2017. Growing up, Austin was never far away from something musical, whether it was singing in church to school choirs and boisterous family gatherings (barbershop quartets, holiday caroling and all), and was looking for an outlet for his musical passions when he joined the Austin Gay Men’s Chorus. However, what he found was so much more than that. He found a family.

Professionally, Austin is a Property Title specialist for a local financial services company.

At Large

Harrison Eppright embodies Austin history every day as a tour guide for Visit Austin, as well as manager of visitor services for the tourism nonprofit. He entertains and educates tourists, locals, newcomers and potential newcomers on the subject of the city’s deep past, as well as its more recent developments.

He is excited to be a part of the board working to promote the chorus mission.  

At Large

Jason Theilengerdes joined the chorus more than a decade ago and is excited to serve his first year on the board this season. He has a profound love for the chorus and deeply believes in its power to create family for its members and transform the lives of its patrons.

He has spent his somewhat-youngish-middle-aged lifespan earning the beauty marks and battle scars from many roles including husband, son, leader, cancer survivor, volunteer, widower and mentor. Through this lifetime of changes, each role added to his zest for helping others build stronger relationships and productive organizations.

At Large

Matt Smith is a former singing member of the AGMC who believes in its power to build community, spread positive messages, and bring joy. He jumped at the chance to rejoin the Chorus as a board member and is especially interested in its efforts to be more inclusive and representative of the community at large. As a linguist and social worker, Matt’s career has focused on communication, what makes people tick, and how people and organizations can function more effectively. His work has ranged from nonprofit management to tour operating, and he’s taught as adjunct faculty for UT and Texas State. Matt currently works as a conflict mediator and psychotherapist.


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