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.
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 a retired financial advisor and has directed and accompanied church choirs and is a composer and arranger. He has been with the chorus since its inception, heads our underwriting and grants committees, is the music librarian and continues to serve on the board of directors as a past president. Cliff is also Past Board Chair of Community Services League and Past Board Chair of The Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
Linda Mann grew up in Raytown, Missouri and began accompanying at church and with Mr. Fulkerson in seventh grade. She has a music education degree from the University of Central Missouri. Linda holds a Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists and has been the choral accompanist for Truman High School for over twenty one years.
Growing up in Raytown and graduating from Raytown High School Brenda Yeates has been the accompanist at Raytown High School and Sterling Acres Baptist Church for over three decades. Brenda is an accomplished accompanist, pianist and singer and has been working with Mr. Fulkerson for over forty years. She and her husband Thom are proud parents of two and grandparents of three adorable grandchildren.
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.
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.