Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Workshop Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the workshop to be held on March 2nd with Sister Diana and Father David will be postponed.  It will be rescheduled for a later date.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Workshop Offering for HOAMC and Friends

Saturday, March 2, 2013
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 noon Program: Blessings of Being Gay
Open to HOAMC members, significant others, and Board Members
Newman University, Rehearsal Hall

The morning of socializing and reflecting will be based on the following writing of John Lazar:

Homosexuality is one of God’s most significant gifts to humanity. To be gay or lesbian is to have received a special blessing from God. All humans receive their own special graces from their creator, but God has chosen some to be gay and lesbian as a way of revealing something about God-self that heterosexuals do not.

This presentation is sponsored by Catholic religious community of men and women who believe that many churches are losing sight of the Gospel message of Jesus to love another, beginning with love of self. The Mission Statement for LGBT Ministry states:

Motivated by the Gospel’s call to justice and rooted in a spirituality of reconciliation, we follow Jesus’ example of inclusion by ensuring that all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender have a place at the table.
                        This is accomplished by:
1.      Providing educational and spiritual opportunities that will result in dialogue and an increased understanding of the gift of human sexuality.
2. Creating safe spaces that invite and encourage dialogue fostering
relationships between people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and society and church institutions in order to decrease fear and increase compassionate understanding.

Fr. David Matz, C.PP.S.                              Sr. Diana Rawlings, ASC
Missionaries of the Precious Blood          Adorers of the Blood of Christ
Kansas City Province                                 Wichita, KS
LGBT Ministry                                             LGBT Ministry
510-665-7858                                               316-992-7265                   


 It is our stories, our sacred, chaotic, blessed stories, our lonely, peaceful, frightened stories, our
 awe-drenched, doubting, joyous stories…and the holy listener who helps point the way to knowing God’s desire for us. ( Jennifer Hoffmann)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Day 2 of "Building a Show: Out of My Range." Rehearsal Date: January 12, 2013

We had an all day rehearsal on Saturday, January 12, 2013.  This is some of what came out of it.

Clip 1:
"The First Day of School."

Clip 2:
"Finale-Better Together."

Clip 3:
"Warmups" practice.

Clip 4:
More "Warmups" practice.

Clip 5:
Learning the "Warmups" segments dealing with the 20-40 age group.

Clip 6:
Learning the "Warmups" segments with the 50 and up age group.

Clip 7:
Learning "Warmups" with combined age groups.

Clip 8:
"Warmups" run-through after practicing.

Clip 9:
Another "Warmups" run-through.

Clip 10:
Gordon's commentary.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

First Installment of Building a Show: Out of My Range, Rehearsal Date: 01/08/2013

Our first year with a new director has been full of change...for the better.  There has been encouragement to think outside of the box.  "Out of My Range" is going to be a powerful experience.  Though it is humorous, the messages that I get from the show are powerful just as those in "Exile" and "Sing for the Cure."

I thought chronicling the building of our version of the show would be interesting.  The show itself centers around incorporating new members into a chorus and how those members interact.  So that's what this get to see our chorus behind the scenes.  I am not a great cinematographer and I am continuing to learn.  The beginning clips are very different from what comes later on as I try to find balance between filming and rehearsing my part.  I sincerely hope you enjoy these efforts.

Clip One
This is a short clip of the initial reading of "Better Together."

Clip Two
This is "Better Together" after a few minutes rehearsing.  I think that the show itself provides motivation to learn the music. 

Clip Three
Artistic Director Deanne Zogleman shares her thoughts on the first day of practice for the show.

Clip Four
This is a short clip of learning "First Day of School" on our first day of school.

Clip Five
Listen to a longer clip of "First Day of School" after a little time rehearsing.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Voice from the Chorus: Travis Zirkle

Many people have asked over the years who the guy is that always wears the dark glasses on stage.  That guy is Travis Zirkle.  The reason he wears the dark glasses is because his eyes are extremely sensitive to light.

Travis joined the chorus for the July 2007 concert "Back to Broadway" and has been singing with the chorus since then.  He was staff at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Wichita where the chorus was performing at the time when he saw the show "Extrabbaganza" and decided he wanted to be a part of the chorus.  He describes himself as a good choral singer but not really a soloist.  Lately, he has come out of his shell just a little and has performed a few small solos as well as singing a complete song, "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood," at the Gala Choruses Festival in Denver this last summer.  "I was so nervous, but my chorus mates were very supportive.  It was a great experience, but it could be a while before it is repeated."

Travis lives in Barnard, Kansas with Jeff Wallace, who is a HOAMC board member.  When they moved to Barnard from Wichita, neither could give up the chorus so they drive two hours each way every week for rehearsals and meetings.  The philosophy that Travis believes about music stems from his years as a manager and buyer for Tower Records in Los Angeles..."No Music...No Life!"

From HOAMC Board Member Steve Kimball

With the current TV talk of gay NFL players coming out
The times are right for our next show
The national conversation has started
Following the people out of the closet
I think this is an exciting opportunity for HOAMC
Establish us at the front of the local conversations.

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now!

I better quite before this gets out of hand,

Professor Ad Lib

Ticket Pricing

The pricing for our concert tickets are:

Single Reserved Seating:      $15.00
Students with Identification:  $ 5.00

Tickets are available by calling (316)708-4837 or at Creative Awards located at 2801 E. Central, Wichita, KS.

Please call (316)708-4837 for information on upcoming concerts and events. 

Thank you for supporting the Heart of America Men's Chorus.  We  realize that you have many choices for entertainment and appreciate that you have chosen to spend your time with us.

Interested in Joining Us?

Are you interested in joining the Heart of America Men's Chorus as a singing or non-singing member?  Call the chorus at (316)708-4837.  We work hard but have a lot of fun!

Many of our members have been with the chorus for many years.  It is very much like a family with several members stating that the support that they receive from the group has been important to them.  Our alumni remain very dear to us and always occupy a place in our group even when they no longer are singing with us.

HOAMC Roster for the Summer 2012 10th Anniversary Concert, "Reflections."

Booking Information

Do you need entertainment for your next party or event?

You can book the Heart of America Men's Chorus or its ensemble, Voices From the Heart, to perform at your next party or function!

Contact Deanne Zogleman at (316)708-4837

Artistic Staff of the HOAMC

Deanne Zogleman
Artistic Director/Conductor/Choreographer

Deanne is no stranger to choral music.  She is currently in her seventh year as Director of Music at Newman University where her select group, the NU Troubadours, have performed at Carnegie Hall three times in the past four years.  In her two years of teaching, she has gained recognition as a music educator and professional choreographer throughout the Midwest.  Each year, Deanne serves as a clinician; adjudicator; and director for music and drama festivals, various workshops, and show choir competitions all over the United States.  An award winning choreographer, Deanne choreographs for area colleges, several high school show choirs in the Midwest, and professional and high school theater productions in the area.  In her "spare" time, Deanne follows her passion as an award winning actress in the Wichita area and her greatest passion in the role of mother to Dalton and Sara Rose and wife to Jeff.

Thomas Grubb

Tom has been an integral part of Wichita's performing arts scene for over 35 years.  As an accompanist, he has worked with the Wichita Choral Society, Wichita Symphony Chorus, Wichita Chamber Chorale, Opera Kansas, and Music Theatre of Wichita.  As a chamber musician, he has appeared often with Chamber Music at the Barn as well as Plymouth's Chamber Series.  At WSU, Tom has worked with the Opera Theatre since 1976, and has served as instructor-lecturer for choral/vocal literature and opera/music theater courses.  His rich and varied performing career includes hundreds of concerts and recitals with students, faculty, and guest artists.  Tom enjoys his collaboration with the HOAMC artistic staff and chorus.

Carole Pracht

Carole Pracht is instructor of keyboard studies and choral studies assistant at Newman University. She is passionate about teaching piano and organ for performance success, personal expression, and creative and personal development.  Dedicated to excellence in church music, she has served as organist at St. Mary's Cathedral in Wichita for more than 35 years.  She is a frequent area performer, teacher, adjudicator, church music consultant and fan of music theater--"Music is Life!"