Shawn Cullen, Artistic Director

Shawn Cullen, educator, conductor and artistic director, has earned a reputation for his dedication to musical excellence and striving to make a difference within the communities in which he belongs. Past leadership includes 8 years as Artistic Director/Conductor for Reveille Men’s Chorus & Desert Voices Mixed Chorus, Southern Arizona’s GALA Choruses and most recently as director of HMC’s small ensemble, Burnt Ends. Recognized for his skills as versatile music educator, Mr. Cullen has held positions in K-12 instrumental/vocal music, adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and conductor for the Arizona Repertory Theater with many credits including “Into the Woods”, “Avenue Q”, “The Full Monty”, and “EVITA”. Mr. Cullen is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory completing course work towards his Ph.D. and serves as Director of Music at the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church. Mr. Cullen holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Masters of Music in Conducting from the University of Arizona and is a proud member of the national board of directors for GALA Choruses.

Rick FisherExecutive Director
Rick Fisher has served as Executive Director of Heartland Men’s Chorus since 1997. One of his notable accomplishments is surviving 4 years at the Philadelphia College of Bible. Upon finding that their degree was useless in obtaining employment, he decided to become a church musician.

He put himself through bachelor’s and master’s programs in Church Music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., by founding, building and running a window-cleaning service. After graduating in 1990, Rick began a new career in church music and eventually sold the cleaning service.

In 1995, his church position was abruptly terminated when Rick came out, revealing that he was gay to his minister. Relocating (for love) to Kansas City, Missouri, Rick discovered HMC and GALA choruses, and with them a job that brought together everything about which he is passionate.

Lamar Sims

Lamar SimsAccompanist
Born in Louisville, Ky., and raised in Selma, Alabama, Lamar Sims holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance with an emphasis on vocal accompanying and chamber music from University of Maryland College Park. He has extensive and varied experience as a performer, teacher, coach, and director in church, academic, concert, and theatrical settings.

His teachers and coaches include Claudia Faulk, Roy McAllister, Santiago Rodriguez, Bela Nagy, Jorg Demus, Robert McCoy, members of the Guarneri String Quartet, Leon Major, Alcine Wiltz, Richard Crittenden, Timothy Seelig, and Thilde Beuing. Organizations with whom he has collaborated include Friday Morning Music Club, Paul Hill Chorale, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Opera, National Symphony Youth Fellowship Program, Master Chorale Chamber Singers, and Washington Bach Consort (in the Washington, D.C. area); Turtle Creek Chorale and the Women’s Chorus of Dallas (in Dallas, Texas); and Northland Community Choir, International Center for Music at Park University, and Kansas City Women’s Chorus.

Lamar continues to be active as a teacher and coach of voice and piano, accompanist for Heartland Men’s Chorus, and a collaborative artist with a variety of performers and organizations throughout the KC-metro area.