Jenny Harris-Patterson began her friendship with Heartland Men’s Chorus in 2015.

It all started when she stated, “I am here to help, and I will do whatever.” She assisted with two Dinner of Notes and then was asked to chair the event. Her two-year commitment turned into a four-year commitment!  

“To me, being asked to join the board is an absolute honor. It means I can give my talents, my suggestions, and feedback to help move the chorus into the future,” says Harris-Patterson. “HMC does not disappoint with the concerts and the wonderful, meaningful messages that come with that music. To support the chorus means to support not only the members of the chorus and what this group means to them but also the wonderful music that is created for the Kansas City community.”

Jenny has loved every minute of planning, organizing, and community involvement that HMC offers her and can often be counted on for treats as she loves to bake. Jenny has worked for Saint Luke’s Health System for 19 years as the Child Care Center Director at the plaza location. Jenny is from St. Louis (Go Cards! Imos pizza is the best!) and is married to her husband, James Patterson.

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.