Will You Be Our Prom Date?

HMCKC presents Evening of Note: The Prom! U.B.U. All the things you’ve come to love about Dinner of Note have evolved to become more experiential and more engaging. You’ll enjoy a dynamic setting complete with black tie hors d’oeuvres, crafted cocktails, silent and live auctions, and plenty of “recess” – social time to see and be seen. Later in the evening, we will crown our Prom Court, including our Heroes of Note – those individuals and organizations who inspire us all. Finally, we will close the night out on the dance floor.

Join us for this extraordinary Prom event designed to ensure the chorus is able to continue fulfilling its mission to build community, celebrate pride, and empower authenticity in true HMCKC style!

Buy your tickets here: hmckc.org/theprom

Auditions for Heartland Men’s Chorus Season 37 – It’s Magical!

Heartland Men’s Chorus kicks off its 37th season with auditions for new singers. This season starts with our Holiday Concert in December, then in March 60 years of Cher, followed by Disney Pride in June.

New singer auditions will take place on Sunday, August 28th, and Sunday, September 4th from 4:30p-6:30p at First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd, Mission Hills, KS 66208.

The other way for new singers to join us is at open rehearsals on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, and Tuesday, September 13th at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral from 6:30p-9:30p.

The only requirement to audition is to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks are not required for auditions. Artistic Leadership will be looking for the following singing skills: matching pitch, ability to sing harmony, aural recall, a basic understanding of rhythm, and the ability to take feedback. Singers will be asked to sing an excerpt of a song that can demonstrate confidence, something prepared or performed in the past, or something as easy as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Amazing Grace, or any other simple traditional song. You do not need to be able to read music to be a part of HMCKC – only the intrinsic motivation to continue to build on the basic required skills as a singer/musician.

Learn more about joining the chorus: http://hmckc.org/join-the-chorus/

HMCKC Become Leading Men of Broadway

Here is your next chance to see members of the chorus on stage before our next concert!

The Heartland Men’s Chorus joins your Kansas City Symphony for BROADWAY’S LEADING MEN – the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. Jack Everly conducts, September 23-25 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Jack Everlyguest conductor
Heartland Men’s Chorus, Shawn Cullenartistic director/conductor
Ben Crawford, guest vocalist 
Jim Hogan, guest vocalist 
Jacob Dickey, guest vocalist 
Shereen Pimentel, guest vocalist 

Friday, September 23, 2022 8:00 PM  Sunday, September 25, 2022 2:00 PM

More info and tickets at https://tickets.kcsymphony.org/broadwaysleadingmen

 

Heartland Men’s Chorus Announces New Executive Director

HMCKC announces the promotion of HMCKC Development Director, Dudley Hogue to Executive Director after the retirement of Rick Fisher on June 30, 2022. 

Dudley has served the Heartland Mens Chorus Kansas City in a variety of roles, on and off stage. He has been a performer, Board Chair, Production Manager, Choreographer, and event chair all prior to becoming the Development Director in 2019.

“I am incredibly excited to become the Executive Director of the Heartland Men’s Chorus Kansas City,” Hogue says. “It is important to me to continue the legacy of the Chorus and improve community building while increasing support for this fine organization.” 

In his former life, Dudley was the Executive Director of the New York City Gay Mens Chorus, Executive Director of the Kansas City Womens Chorus, Board member for GALA Choruses, as well as Advancement Director and Interim Executive Director for GALA Choruses, during which he helped plan GALA Festivals. Dudley has been seen on the stages of many community theater productions throughout the Kansas City region and has been on several not-for-profit boards across the country. Dudley is passionate about LGBTQIA causes, and what the performing arts can do to move us all closer to equality. 

Heartland Men’s Chorus Hires First Business Manager

After 36 seasons, HMCKC is growing and expanding with the hiring of Vince Pugh in the newly created position of Business Manager. Vince started July 1st in the new role and he will manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, including accounting functions, and ticket sales.  He will also assist in event planning and donor relations. 

Vince Pugh brings years of organizational and project management experience with a passion for the performance arts. Most recently, Vince worked at the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce where he led all marketing, events, and programming. Vince understands the importance of community and what’s required to help foster an organization built on creativity.

Vince has a diverse background in event planning, musical theatre, and interdepartmental management. His experience married with his love for people has him eager for this new chapter.

In his free time, he enjoys running marathons, performing, and spending time with his husband, David and their two fur babies, Stevie and Birdie.

HMCKC Becomes Top 2022 AIDS Walk Kansas City Team

HMCKC Becomes Top 2022 AIDS Walk Kansas City Team

For the past 34 years, Kansas City has come together to raise money to support those men, women, and children affected by HIV and AIDS with AIDSWalkKC and the AIDS Service Foundation. The foundation provides educational and financial resources to four local organizations that directly support the more than 5,700 men, women, and children in Kansas City affected by HIV/AIDS.

Heartland Men’s Chorus kicked off our fundraising campaign to support AIDSWalk Kansas City 2022 at the end of February and set a goal of $15,000. Heartland Men’s Chorus has a long history of support and is one of the many proud sponsors of this iconic event. As members of the organization, we came together and created fundraising pages, participated in raffles to raise money during rehearsals, collected donations after our Spring and Summer concerts, and donated to personal fundraising pages. In addition, on the day of the walk, during the opening ceremonies, we entertained and created event energy by singing three songs from our Spring concert.

We are proud of the efforts of our membership and the support of all those who donated. We raised $14,036 and, although short of our $15,000 goal, ended as the top contributing fundraising team for 2022. We know all these funds stay local and look forward to being an AIDSWalkKC 2023 Partner.

HMCKC’s First Executive Director is Retiring After 25 years!

After 25 years of dedicated service to HMCKC, Executive Director Rick Fisher will retire on June 30, 2022. In Heartland Men’s Chorus Kansas City (HMCKC) history, only one individual has served as Executive Director.

For over two decades, Rick has worked diligently to ensure the financial security of the Chorus. He has established himself as a leader in the local LGBTQIA and Kanas City arts communities. Throughout the changing history of the last 25 years, Rick has served as an unwavering and constant influence for the Chorus.

Rick’s legacy looms large in the history of HMCKC. It seems only appropriate that his accomplishments be recognized as he retires. At his suggestion, we are asking you to join us in honoring him by donating to our endowment fund, a fund that Rick helped create. We hope to raise $25,000 to celebrate Rick and ensure a bright future for HMCKC. Any questions regarding the endowment fund and/or this fundraising effort can be sent to Dudley Hogue, Development Director, at dudley@hmckc.org.

Rick will be honored at our performances of Unbreakable at the Folly Theater on June 11 and 12, 2022. We hope you will be there to help us celebrate Rick and his invaluable contributions to Heartland Men’s Chorus.

Heartland Men’s Chorus Presents Unbreakable: A New Musical About Queer History

From Selma to Stonewall, the common attribute of our country’s most powerful social justice movements is resilience. Unbreakable presents a historical arc of the experiences of LGBTQ people over the last 12 decades, weaving a musical tribute to how our community has evolved, triumphed, suffered, and soared. This new musical co-commissioned by HMCKC and 8 other choruses from across the United States is brought to you by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk, The Addams Family, Big Fish, The Wild Party).

Through the 75-minute concert, you’ll learn of the often untold stories of LGBTQ+ people who truly changed history. Joining the chorus on stage include local guest artists Kristen Altoro-Nevins, Joel Morrison, Malik Hughes, and Stacey Stofferahn.

HMCKC presents the Great Plains premiere of UNBREAKABLE on June 11th & 12th at The Folly Theater. Tickets on sale @ hmckc.org

 

About Heartland Men’s Chorus

Heartland Men’s Chorus (www.hmckc.org) is Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, now in its 36th season. Founded in 1986 with 30 singers to make music, HMCKC quickly became a safe oasis for a community scarred by fear and hatred.  Now with 80 singers, HMCKC is a vital part of Kansas City’s robust arts and cultural scene, making the historic Folly Theater its performance home for 27 years. More information can be found at Heartland Men’s Chorus. 

Meet HMCKC Board Member: Michelle Fox

  • When did you become part of HMCKC?

       My first experience was attending a holiday concert in 1996. I absolutely loved it. I felt so warmly embraced by an instant family.  Not only could I see that the Chorus was proud, strong, and fun-loving, but the audience also contributed to creating an inviting and congenial atmosphere.  I have tried not to miss the holiday concert (in particular) since that time, because it always brings a great sense of family, love, and graciousness.  I became truly involved in 2003 when my wife joined the Board, and we volunteered regularly for events.

  • Why did you want to join the HMCKC board?

   When we returned to KC, after living away for 5 years, I knew I wanted to immediately reconnect with the Chorus.  I wanted to join the Board to help lead the Chorus during the difficulties of COVID, overcome those challenges, and meaningfully contribute to this ever-evolving group of dedicated people. I hope to provide intelligent, practical, and considerate leadership while the Chorus continues to develop as a creative, innovative, and community-building organization.

  • What song makes you happy?

“Walking on Sunshine” and “I Shoulda Been a Cowboy”

 

Meet New HMCKC Member: Raven

  • You are one of the newest members, so how did you hear about HMCKC and why did you want to join?
I heard about HMCKC from one of the member’s children when I was in High School. We participated in choir together and she had invited me to attend one of the shows with her. The first show I saw was called “Falling in Love Again” in ’13. It was an emotional show about 1920s Berlin. It invoked in me something powerful, I was inspired to be brave and never stray from the path of happiness. No matter how hard it may be because a better day awaits. That feeling sat with me for many years, I continued to perform and went to college pursuing a music degree. I never felt confident enough to really let myself free, I went to performances sporadically, and continued paying attention, until one day I finally had the nerve to audition. 
  • What has your experience been with the chorus?
Since I auditioned, I have found a family. A quirky, amazing, beautiful, loving family. HMCKC just pulls you in, gives you one of the biggest bear hugs ever, sits you down, and wraps you in comfort. Every. Single. Member is happy to see you, genuinely wants to know you, and supports you. The members and staff of the chorus are so incredibly helpful and want you to succeed and challenge yourself to be the best and most authentic self that you can be. There is nothing more satisfying, and empowering than being a part of a group that truly builds each other up and wants you to be YOU!
  • Why should someone support HMCKC?

Our Mission is “To build Community, Celebrate Pride, & Empower Authenticity.” And through every step of the process, it is upheld. Through continual support from our Director, Section Leaders, Other Chorus Members, Executive Board Members, and most importantly our local Kansas City Patrons, we get to build and do something great in our city. We empower our community through one of the most powerful forms, the Arts. We get the chance to touch the heart and soul of a person who is in need of a loving and support message. HMCKC is about changing lives, one song at a time.