The chorus was founded in the fall of 2001. After a short period of recruitment, a choir of 80 men sang their first concert in February 2002 to an audience of 500. From the very beginning, the mission of the choir has been to praise God through music and through service to those in need.
This choir is open, without audition, to all men throughout the area who enjoy singing. Our current singers range in age from 30 to 87 and come from a variety of vocations and musical experience.
The group rehearses on Sunday afternoons for six weeks and presents concerts during the fall and spring seasons. The singers pay all of their expenses to allow all proceeds of their concerts go to those in need. KCMMC offers a unique singing experience to those men who are looking for great fellowship and a fabulous sound.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR
Noel Fulkerson, retired in 1998 from the Raytown School
District where he served for 35 years as choral director at
Raytown High School and as District Coordinator of
Music. His groups have performed for state and
national music organizations and received top ratings at
Missouri District and State Music Festivals. In
January 2011, he was inducted into the Missouri Music
Educator's Association Hall of Fame. In retirement Noel is
active as a choral musician teaching private voice lessons,
serving as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the area
and is part time music teacher at St. Mary’s High School in
Independence. He is also the director of the Raytown
Community Choir. Mr. Fulkerson is a co-founder of the
KCMMC and serves as its Artistic Director and Conductor.
Brenda Yeates has served as accompanist at Raytown High
School since 1982. She was a student of Mr.
Fulkerson’s and has worked with him in many capacities
since 1972. Mrs. Yeates also serves as pianist and
choir director at Sterling Acres Baptist Church in Kansas
City as well as accompanist for the Raytown Community
Choir. Brenda is not only an accomplished pianist,
she is an outstanding singer and gifted rehearsal
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR---CLIFF JONES
Cliff Jones was a student of Mr. Fulkerson's graduating from Raytown High School in 1974. He received his choral music education degree at the University of Central Missouri and taught in the Oak Grove, Missouri school district until 1983. Cliff is employed as a financial advisor, however he has directed and accompanied church choirs and is a composer and arranger. He has been with the chorus since its inception, heads our underwriting committee, is the music librarian and continues to serve on the board of directors as a past president. Cliff is also Board Chair of Community Services League and serves on the board of directors of The Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
In memory of Marlon Steinert
Dr. Marlon Steinert was instrumental in bringing the KCMMC
together. He and his good friend and co-founder Dick
Schroeder had been members of the Mennonite Men's Chorus
and were driving several hundred miles a week between
Raytown, MO and Hillsboro, KS. Marlon and Dick thought
there was a need to have a similar men's choir in the
Kansas City area and they worked to form KCMMC. Marlon's
optimistic attitude and love of this choir will be missed
as we lost Marlon to the heavenly choir on July 17, 2010.
In memory of Dick Schroeder
Dick Schroeder along with Marlon Steinert were the co-founders of KCMMC. Dick was an amazing cheerleader for the chorus. Always positive and fully engaged in the mission of the chorus, Dick was the catalyst for getting so much accomplished. Without both Dick and Marlon's vision there would be no KCMMC and many charities throughout the area would not have been served as well. Dick met Marlon in the heavenly choir on December 27, 2013.