Kansas City’s Gay Men’s Chorus

Heartland Men's Chorus in Kansas CityNow in its 32nd season, Heartland Men’s Chorus provides excellence in performance while advancing men’s choral music, building community, and reaching out to diverse audiences. The members of HMC have joined together for the purpose of making music as a not-for-profit, volunteer chorus of gay and gay-sensitive people who are making a positive cultural contribution to the entire community.

The Chorus regularly performs with more than 150 singers, and presents a three-concert season at the historic Folly Theater. HMC performs a varied repertoire of music, including jazz, Broadway, popular and classical works. In recent years, the Chorus has become known for its musical documentary format which uses music, narration and multi-media to illustrate social issues such as equality, bullying, coming out, and new conceptions of family. The Chorus has performed nationally and internationally, but places particular importance on performing in smaller communities throughout the Heartland where our voices most desperately need to be heard.

Heartland Men’s Chorus is registered with the IRS as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

Dustin Cates Artistic DirectorArtistic Director – Dustin S. Cates

Dustin Cates is a conductor, singer, teacher and proud native of Kansas City, Missouri. He is passionate about music making and its ability to have a positive impact on the human condition. As a result of his experience as a leader and educator he is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and conductor throughout the United States.

Dustin was named Artistic Director of Heartland Men’s Chorus in 2014. Prior to his work with HMC he taught high school choral music in the Kansas City area and served as Associate Director of Worship Arts at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

Dustin is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He serves on the Alumni Board for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor’s LGBT Council. Dustin is Past President of the Kansas Choral Directors Association and member of GALA Choruses. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University and is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Dustin considers his most important roles to be husband to Dr. Raymond Cattaneo, and father to their son Emmaus.

For more about Dustin, visit: hmckc.org

Rick Fisher Executive DirectorExecutive Director – Rick Fisher

Rick Fisher has served as Executive Director of Heartland Men’s Chorus since 1997. In his 20 years with the chorus, he has shepherded its growth in membership and revenues to become one of the largest and most-recognized gay men’s choruses in the U.S. In addition to serving as the chorus’s executive director, Rick is a church musician and serves on the board of GALA choruses. He has both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Church Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., which he paid for himself by founding, building, and running a window-cleaning service.

For more about Rick and other members of the HMC team, visit: hmckc.org