Saturday, December 22, 2012

Honey Boo Boo Bitchy Bingo at Rain on December 20th

A picture to commemorate the evening....
...your hosts!

Remember, another round of Bitchy Bingo is coming up in January 2013.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HOAMC Performs in Denver at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012

The Heart of America Men's Chorus performed this last summer at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 event in Denver, Colorado.  The festival took place July 7-11, 2012 at the Denver Performing Arts Center (DPAC).  This event is the largest Gay and Lesbian chorus event in the world.  There were over 100 choruses with over 6,000 members present for the five day event.  The HOAMC ensemble, Voices From The Heart, had attended a previous GALA festival.

HOAMC performed a segment of the "Stay Tuned" show performed in March 2013.  Selections performed included:

Twenty Million People from "My Favorite Year."
          Soloist:  Todd Alstatt

Three's Company/Brady Bunch Theme (with skit)

Green Acres

Bonanza Theme Song

Where Everybody Knows Your Name from "Cheers"
          Soloist:  Brent Henderson

Those Were the Days from "All in the Family"
          Soloists:  John Dalton and Brent Henderson

SpongeBob SquarePants

Won't You Be My Neighbor?  from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"
          Soloist:  Travis Zirkle

Six Months from "Damn Yankees"
          Soloist:  Deanne Zogleman

Gilligan's Island (with skit)

60's on TV Medley

Monday, December 17, 2012

Upcoming Show...Out of My Range March 9-10, 2013
 Our next show "Out of My Range (and Other Age-Related Performance Issues)" was first performed by the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus as a specially commissioned piece.  The Book is by Micael Shaieb and Brent Lord.  The Music and lyrics are by Michael Shaieb.  HOAMC will be the first chorus to perform it since the TCGMC performed it in March of 2012 and at the GALA Choruses Festival in Denver in July of 2012.  The show is a heavily stylized piece and is being somewhat retooled for use by HOAMC.

The following is a summary of the show...

The applause has barely faded, and the Chorus is already back at work on their next concert.  Members old and young start the rehearsal process all over again (THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL) with new music and new members pushing the Chorus range as performers and as people.  We peek in at stops along a "Concert Preparation Period" and catch comedic and often revealing glimpses into the generational dynamics at play in everyday events of Chorus life:  the vocal exercise that starts every rehearsal (WARMUPS), the advice directed at younger members (ODE TO MY TWENTIES), a chance recruitment of a new member (COME ON WITH US), the dilemma of concert promotion in the workplace (A SIMPLE SOLUTION), a "choir"-ographry dance rehearsal (LIKE MINDED PEOPLE), and the many facets of a simple weekend gathering (ANOTHER SOCIAL). Despite some age-related challenges (DIFFERENCES), nothing is out of their range when the Chorus comes together to sing.  Their diverse perspectives (30 YEARS AGO, a conversation) blend together in harmony to conquer the nerves of Opening Night (FINALE), with the Chorus growing a little bit better together.

(Summary from the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus page in the GALA Choruses Festival Guide 2012)

New Cookbook Installment "Appeteasers" on Sale NOW!

Our second in a series of three,
Appeteasers is a collection of
appetizer and beverage
faves from the Chorus &
Friends. They can be
picked up at
Creative Awards,
2801 E Central
$10 each.

The first installment called...FRUITCAKES! still available.  You can get the set of two for a special price.

Bitchy Bingo at Rain Cafe and Lounge

You cannot miss this one! Y’all are invited to come spend some quality time with a trio of Chorus members and their very own interpretation of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” meets-the-train-wreck-that is BIT**Y BINGO! It’s a Chorus Fundraiser hosted by “Glitzy” Boo Boo, “Sweet Biscuit” Boo Boo and “Poodle” Boo Boo. All bingo proceeds go to the Chorus and the Grand Blackout Prize is a brand new TV! It’s hosted by our good friends at RAIN CAFÉ and LOUNGE, 518 East Douglas in beautiful downtown Wichita.

Please join us Thursday, December 20 from 7-10pm for a sure-to-be-hilarious evening of  laughter and craziness. This is where the bingo daubers fly and we help HOAMC pay the bills! Don’t forget, it’s a 21 and over event, so please leave the kids at home!

HOAMC Gala Fundraiser at the Kansas Aviation Museum

Our new fundraiser, Soaring to New Heights, will be held at the Kansas Aviation Museum on March 30th, 2013 and will feature beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, desserts and entertainment by the Chorus and Friends.  Please stay tuned for more information.

HOAMC Performs at Botanica

On Saturday, December 15th, the Heart of America Men's Chorus performed at Botanica's "Illuminations."  A large crowd gathered to watch the chorus perform old Christmas favorites as well as some numbers from the recent "Let It Snow" concert on December 8th and 9th.  The chorus members provided an opportunity for you to hear them a cappella, since there wasn't any instrumental accompaniment.  The chorus received many compliments (thank goodness...we hope we sound good!) and fun was had by all.

HOAMC's 2013 Season

Out of My Range
          Performances on March 9th and 10th

Lights, Camera, Sing!
          Performances on June 22nd and 23rd

Santa's On His Way!
          December 7th and 8th

Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 4:30 p.m.  Performances are at the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman University campus in Wichita, KS.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Honey Boo Boo Bitchy Bingo on December 20th!

It's going to be another fun round of Bitchy Bingo hosted by the Heart of America Men's Chorus! You won't want to miss the MC's of the evening...Glitzy Boo Boo, Sweet Biscuit Boo Boo, and Poodle Boo Boo! Come win some prizes and go for the grand prize of a flat screen tv!!!

When:  December 20th
Where:  Rain Cafe and Lounge at 518 East Douglas in Wichita
Time:  7 pm-10 pm

Second Round of Connie's Cookies...Just In Time for Christmas

If you would like to order Connie's Cookies from the chorus...use the imbedded order form...right click to save and then print it...and mail it and your check to the address at the top of the front page of the blog.  If you are outside of the Wichita metro area...give us a call before ordering to arrange delivery.  Thank you for supporting the Heart of America Men's Chorus.

Advertise In Our Playbills

A Voice from the Chorus...John Stangle

HOAMC Scrapbook

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Sneak Peek at the Christmas 2012 "Let It Snow" Concert

Here is a short excerpt from our Christmas show rehearsal.  We hope you enjoy!

The Chorus and Connie's Cookies Partner for the Holidays...

Our holiday fundraiser is in full swing.  We are proud to have Connie's Cookies for sale again this holiday season.  This year you can order them using the forms from the blog.  The sales of these cookies benefit the chorus.  The funds will help us ensure that we can continue to provide entertainment for you.  We appreciate all you do!

Here is how you can order...

1.  Take a look at the flier in this post.  If you want to print it out, right click and save it to your photo editor on your computer and then print...OR...right click and select print image.

2.  Print out the order form using the same procedure above.  Make your selections.

3.  Mail the order form and your check made payable to "Heart of America Men's Chorus."  The address is P.O. Box 2279, Wichita, KS 67201.  If you have any questions, call us at (316) 708-4837 or email me at
We will arrange for delivery if you are in the Wichita Metro Area.  If you are a little further out, give us a call or email me (before you order) to see if we can make arrangements.  Orders must be received by November 18th.  There will be another opportunity to order for Christmas.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Christmas At Botanica

The Heart of America Men's Chorus will be singing at Botanica on Saturday, December 15th at 6 p.m.  It will be in the Children's Garden.  We hope to see you there.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Exile, A Collaboration With Heartland Men's Chorus From Kansas City

Exile was a powerful concert that the chorus performed in collaboration with the Heartland Men's Chorus from Kansas City.  This was our closing song.

Blast From The Past

This clip is from the show "Feelin' Groovy" from Season Six.


The next installment of the HOAMC cookbook series is in the works.  The second edition will be appetizers and drinks.

The first venture into cuisine was desserts.  A few of those are still available.  The order form is attached as well as the index of desserts.

Prayer and Thought Request

Gregg Buss's son has been struggling with an aggressive cancer.  Multiple treatments are being tried but it is difficult.  Gregg has been a member of the chorus for several years.  Please keep the Buss family in your thoughts and prayers.

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

"12 Groovy Days of Christmas"  Christmas show December 2011
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

The chorus has started rehearsals for this year's Christmas show..."Let It Snow."  There are some beautiful songs that are shaping up quite nicely.  Deanne Zogleman is now beginning her second year with her second Christmas show as our fabulously gifted and positively energetic Artistic Director/Conductor.  Our beneficiary for this concert is Inter-Faith Ministries.  Please bring stocking caps and gloves to donate for those that need them.

Tickets for the show can be ordered by phone at 316-708-4837 or purchased at Creative Awards a little closer to the show date.  The shows will be on Saturday, December 8, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, December 9, at 4:30 pm.  The venue is the Performing Arts Hall in the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman University campus in Wichita, Kansas.

Ticket Prices:
$15 single reserved ticket
$5   student with ID
Free-children 10 and under with a paid adult admission


Welcome to the Heart of America Men's Chorus on Blogger.  The goal of this is to share information with those that are interested in us.  Concert information, fundraiser information, messages from members, future plans, and history will be posted.  We hope that you find our blog useful and that we see you at our shows.  Thank you for your support over the last 10 years.  Without you, our audience, there wouldn't be a show.