Conservatory Alum Dustin Cates Named New Artistic Director of Heartland Men's Chorus


UMKC Conservatory alum Dustin Cates (BME, 2005), who also serves on the UMKC Conservatory Alumni Board, is the new artistic director of Heartland Men’s Chorus. Cates begins with the 2014-2015 season, which is also the chorus's 29th season.

A search committee conducted a nationwide search to fill the position.

Cates is currently Director of Choral Activities at Olathe East High School and a member of the music ministry team at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS. In addition to his UMKC degree, he has a Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He is the President-Elect of the Kansas Choral Directors Association (KCDA), a group that awarded him the Kansas Outstanding Young Choral Director Award in 2009.


For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949