Now’s Your Chance to Join or Come Back to the HMCKC Singing Family!

HMCKC alumni singers!
Have you missed singing and performing?
Missed the fellowship and connection?
The participation in part of a beautiful legacy and a new evolved mission and vision?
Now’s your chance to come back to the HMCKC singing family!

Sign up below for your returning singer voice check for 8/24 or 8/31 with the LINK BELOW or join us for an open rehearsal on September 7th and/or September 14th at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral- Founder’s Hall from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Returning singer voice checks will be held after open rehearsals and will include the same voice checks occurring on 8/24 and 8/31.

Schedule your audition here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C49ACAB2DA4FC1-heartland

HMCKC is committed to the health and safety of our singers and we do require proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participation. Please bring a digital copy or paper copy of your proof of vaccination and a mask to your voice check and/or open rehearsal.

VOICE CHECK REMINDERS
Please be prepared to sing a song of your choice or a simple traditional song like Amazing Grace, America the Beautiful, etc. If you choose an excerpt on your own, please bring sheet music with the excerpt marked for our accompanist. We will do a quick and painless check for matching pitch, hearing and singing harmony, call and response aural recall, assess your level of music reading, and a vocal range check.

Questions? Visit www.hmckc.org or contact Artistic Director Shawn Cullen, at shawncullen@gmail.com.

HMCKC Announces Enhanced Safety Measures For All Members

For 36 seasons the Heartland Men’s Chorus has entertained audiences in Kansas City. In the last year, all performances moved online because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but we are planning for in-person performances for this new season.

HMCKC is committed to our singers’ health and safety, and we do require proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to participation for all singers and non-singing members of the chorus.

“It’s been far too long since we’ve been able to make music, create fellowship, and deliver our message of love and acceptance! The health and safety of our singing members remains our first priority and we’ll stay hyper-vigilant until we pass through this moment of our legacy. Embrace the newness of today’s world with new ways to invite joy into your life- join us!” says Shawn Cullen, Artistic Director and Conductor of the chorus. 

Heartland Men’s Chorus is utilizing enhanced safety measures for Season 36 including the wearing of masks, indoor social distanced small ensemble singing, the use of outdoor rehearsal spaces, reduced contact rehearsal protocols, truncated rehearsal times, and the use of proper HVAC air filtration in rehearsal and performance spaces. All HMCKC members are now required to show proof of being fully vaccinated with a paper or digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card. 

The Heartland Men’s Chorus plans three in-person concerts for Season 36, starting with our annual holiday concert, Joy, scheduled at the Folly Theater on December 4th and 5th. 

The Reasons HMCKC Members Love The Chorus

For 35 seasons the Heartland Men’s Chorus continues to build community, celebrate pride, and empower authenticity. We love to share stories from our members on how they found HMCKC and why their support is still strong.

New Member – Ryan Ledet 

“I first saw HMCKC at the ’14 pride festival and instantly wanted to join! I wanted to join HMKC because I wanted a sense of community and to sing of course! The idea of being in an inclusive set of individuals and singing, helped me build my confidence as a singer too.”

 

Legacy Member – Jason Blaisdell 

“The chorus is a beacon of friendship, love, and acceptance for me and the LGBT community in KC, the region, the country, and even the world. I am so in awe of the huge outreach and recognition that HMCKC receives wherever we perform.”

 

Board Member – Sandy Schermerhorn 

“HMCKC is a community treasure. Its concerts reach out to all, promoting inclusiveness, warmth, joy, and healing. And the performances are magical!! I was asked to join the board by a longtime friend and singer. He was aware that I attended most of the season’s concerts, since I sat in the first row at the Folly, and I clearly enjoyed the performances.”

 

HeartLight Member – Blaine Diaz 

“When I lived in California I was part of the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus. When I moved here in 2009 it was supposed to be temporary, but after a year I decided to get involved with HMCKC after many of my former OCGMC members encouraged me to reach out. Since I joined HMCKC has afforded me the opportunity to rebuild my life.” 

 

The next HMCKC concert is Saturday, June 12th at 7 p.m. CDT on our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Team HMCKC Remembers & Raises Money for AIDS Walk KC

HMCKC walked in the first AIDS Walk KC 33 years ago and since then we have raised tens of thousands of dollars for those in the Kansas City Area living with HIV.

Randy Hite is one HMCKC member who is walking to remember former members. “I’ll be walking with my team to remember those friends of mine that I’ve lost to AIDS. One of those friends was Robert Busby. He was in the chorus and he was a dancer and we were buddies and he would love to know that his name is on one of the memorial banners that the chorus will display during the walk. So, I walked to remember Robert and all my other friends.”

Team HMCKC is close to reaching its goal of $8,400 for the 2021 AIDS Walk KC. You can still donate to the Team’s fundraiser by June 30, 2021. Click here.

Watch HMCKC’s Concert Brave on Saturday, April 3rd

Heartland Men’s Chorus explores the personal stories and music that have inspired the human spirit and made us all a little more brave.

Join our full virtual chorus and featured soloists as we celebrate the music that sparks the perseverance needed during these unprecedented times.

Watch our rebroadcast this Saturday at 7 p.m. CDT. Links to watch are below.

YouTube Premiere click here.

Facebook Premiere click here.

HMCKC Presents Spring 2021 Concert ‘Brave’

Over the past year, our world has experienced challenges, hardship, loss, and the “unknown” like no other time in history. It’s living through moments like these that help shape who we are and most importantly who we become. Heartland Men’s Chorus explores the personal stories and music that have inspired the human spirit and made us all a little more brave.

Join our full virtual chorus and featured soloists as we celebrate the music that sparks the perseverance needed during these unprecedented times. Whether it’s life, love, or the pursuit of happiness we know that when you’re brave, you empower others around you to be brave too!

Brave premieres Saturday, March 27th at 7 pm CDT on the HMCKC YouTube & Facebook Pages.

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