Singing & Board Member – Steve Dodge

While I was born in Southeast Missouri, I lived in Michigan for seven years before my family returned to Dexter, Missouri. I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Speech Pathology and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education Administration from Central Missouri University. I retired from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Section of Special Education, as a Director of Instruction. After a year of consulting, a good friend called and asked me to work in her new restaurant. She taught me about cooking, and that has become a passion of mine in retirement. After ten years at the restaurant, I decided I was ready to REALLY retire.

I previously served on the Board from 1996 – 2003. I thought I was finished with my board role when I was asked to complete the term of a member who had resigned. I agreed to do so because I feel like the chorus is poised for a period of exciting growth, and I wanted to take an active role in that growth and development.  When the day comes that I no longer sing with the chorus, I want to feel confident that I have done everything I can to ensure its wellbeing and longevity.

My first HMC concert was the holiday concert of 1995, and I have sung in every concert since that time.  My favorite part is the excitement and energy on stage as we wait for the concert to begin.

Heartland Men’s Chorus plays a vital role in the Kansas City Arts Community. For the last 34 years, the chorus has entertained with a variety of musical styles, while also being a voice for social justice and equality.  

I feel like I live my life with a music score playing in my head all the time. My friends know that I have an uncanny knack for remembering lyrics. Singing provides me with an outlet for that music that is always swirling around me. I cannot imagine life without music.

– Steve Dodge

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.