Thursday, April 28, 2016

Support HOAMC by Donating at ArtDOG

Once again for 2016, the Heart of America Men's Chorus is proud to be a part of ArtDOG, Wichita's Art Day Of Giving.  Please make your donation to help HOAMC provide quality entertainment for the Wichita community.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Check Out the Latest Tour of Kansas City's Heartland Men's Choir

HOAMC partnered with Heartland Men's Choir of Kansas City several years ago to bring you the musical production "Exxile."  Here is what Heartland has planned for April.



                                                                                               





HMC HITS THE ROAD WITH TESTIMONY TOUR

Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, is hitting the road with their unique style of entertainment while promoting social justice, personal healing, and inspiration.

In April, a motor coach filled with members of this nationally renowned chorus will be rolling west into Hays and Salina to perform songs that range from pop to classical, serious to fun, and everything in between.

Fresh off a sold-out performance at Kansas City’s 1,000+ seat historic Folly Theater, the members of HMC are always using their music to fulfill their vision statement: Our Voices Enlighten, Inspire, Heal and Empower. 

About 65 singers will be appearing at the First United Methodist Church in Hays at 7pm Saturday, April 23 and at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina at 2pm Sunday, April 24. Both concerts are open to the public, and any free-will offering will go to support a cause important to the hosting congregations.  

Heartland Men’s Chorus was founded in 1985 to make music, but quickly transformed to a safe and affirming creative space for a community scarred by discrimination and under siege by a virus. Thirty years later, HMC has become a leader in the international gay choral community and is a vital part of the robust arts and cultural scene of Kansas City.

“When you consider the state of LGBT affairs in Kansas, with a governor who has rescinded civil rights protections from gay state employees, it is more important than ever that we go to a part of Kansas where residents need to hear our voices,” says HMC Artistic Director Dustin Cates. “If ever there was a place and time to sing out and give hope, it is in Kansas, and it is now! 

The Testimony Tour is based upon one of the numbers to be performed, Testimony, which reflects the postings by a cross section of society to the famous “It Gets Better” website that encourages LGBT youth to overcome social and personal pressures to live a good and productive life.

Come see why The Kansas City Star refers to HMC as “one of the most beloved arts institutions in Kansas City.”

                                               
                                        


DETAILS FOR HMC’S TESTIMONY TOUR

WHO
Heartland Men’s Chorus
Executive Director Rick Fisher
Artistic Director Dustin Cates


WHAT
Testimony Tour to central and western Kansas


ITINERARY
HAYS
7 p.m., Saturday, April 23, 2016
First United Methodist Church
305 W. 7th Street
Hays, KS  67601

Overnight in Hays, Kansas

SALINA
2 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016
Trinity United Methodist Church
901 E. Neal Ave.
Salina, KS 67401

Thursday, April 7, 2016

HOAMC Sings "Not My Father's Son" and an Interview with GLSEN Greater Wichita

GLSEN, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, helps provided resources for teachers and students to provide a safe place for GLBTQ students and also works to end bullying.  Our partner for this concert is GLSEN.  This clip is an interview of two GLSEN Wichita board members.  Al Hoffman is also a member of HOAMC.  The following clip is of HOAMC's rehearsal of "Not My Father's Son" which we dedicate to the GLBTQ students who find it so hard to fit the image that they are told to fit.



Sunday, March 27, 2016

HOAMC Presents: Curtain Up: A Salute to Broadway


Voices From the Heart: "If I Loved You" from "Carousel"

This is a clip from rehearsal several weeks ago.  Our ensemble, Voices from the Heart, is rehearsing "If I Loved You" from the Broadway musical hit "Carousel."

Our concert, "Curtain Up: A Tribute to Broadway" is April 9th and 10th.

Please enjoy this little teaser and we hope to see you at the show.


Friday, March 25, 2016

HOAMC "Curtain Up" Beneficiary: GLSEN Greater Wichita

The Heart of America Men's Chorus not only wants to entertain our community, but it also strives to make a positive impact on our community.  HOAMC is proud to name GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) as our beneficiary for "Curtain Up."

About GLSEN:




Improving Education, Creating a Better World

In 1990, a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts came together to improve an education system that frequently allowed its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students to be bullied, discriminated against and/or fall through the cracks.

Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Today, we’re known as GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.

We are working to change that.

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education. 
  • We conduct extensive and original research to inform our evidence-based solutions for K-12 education.
  • We author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community.
  • We partner with decision makers to ensure that comprehensive and inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.
  • We partner with dozens of national education organizations to leverage our shared expertise into creating great schools and better opportunities for every student. 
  • We empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities.
Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Join us as we transform our nation’s K-12 schools.

Contact Us

GLSEN Greater Wichita
c/o The Center
800 N. Market
Wichita, KS 67214
wichita@chapters.glsen.org