conference presenters

Tracy Baker, Pattonville Heights High School, St. Louis, MO
Tracy Baker, a Kentucky native, moved to St. Louis after graduating from Murray State University in 1996. He began his teaching
career at Grandview High School. He attended Webster University, while teaching at a private school, and received a Masters in
Vocal Performance. Tracy just finished his 18th year as an educator and his 10th year at McCluer North High School. This fall, he
will be the vocal music director at Pattonville Heights Middle School and is very excited about this new opportunity. He is also a
principal tenor for the Bach Society of St. Louis and the organist/choir director at St. John's Episcopal Church in St. Louis.
Terry Barham, Adjunct Professor of Music, UMKC
Terry Barham, Professor Emeritus of Music and formerly Director of Choral Activities at Emporia State University (KS), earned
graduate degrees from the University of Illinois (M.S.) and the University of Oklahoma (Ph. D.). He has served as guest conductor of
all-state and festival choirs at the high school and junior high/middle school levels in 21 states and has presented workshops and
lecture-demonstrations for ACDA state, division, and national conventions and six MENC state conventions. Barham’s most recent
book, Strategies for Teaching Junior High and Middle School Male Singers--Master Teachers Speak, is well regarded by middle
school and senior high choral directors and university choral methods instructors throughout the United States. He is editor of a choral
music series for young developing singers published by Santa Barbara Music. Barham serves on the Editorial Board of ACDA’s
Choral Journal and is also editor of ChorTeach, ACDA's online magazine for choral teachers at all levels. The Emporia State A
Cappella Choir, under his direction, toured Europe seven times during his tenure. Barham is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s
Who Among America’s Teachers, and Who’s Who in American Education. In 2007, he was presented the Harry Robert Wilson
Award for outstanding service to the choral art by the Kansas chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association.
Chris Boemler, Jackson School District, Jackson, MO
Chris Boemler is a choral director in the Jackson R-2 school district as part of an excellent team of choral educators. Chris received his
Bachelor of Music Education degree from Missouri State University in 2012. More recently in 2014, Chris earned his Master of Music
Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Chris resides in beautiful Jackson, Mo with his even more
beautiful wife Laura.
Katie Brown, Ellisville Elementary School, Rockwood School District
Katie Brown is a music specialist in the Rockwood School District in St. Louis, where she teaches K-5 general music and directs an
extracurricular honor choir. Katie has presented workshops in both the Wentzville and Rockwood School Districts, and earlier this
year was the guest clinician for MMEA’s East Central Division Elementary Honor Choir.
Mrs. Brown is also a choral director with Kirkwood Children’s Chorale, an award-winning select choir training program, consisting
of three choirs of children in grades 2-8 from all over the St. Louis Area. In her fifth year with KCC, Katie directs Choristers, the
2nd and 3rd grade choir.
Katie Brown is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher. She attended the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri –
Kansas City, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and earned her K-12 vocal and instrumental certification.
She is working towards her Master’s degree in Music Education from Adams State University. She is a member of the American Orff
Schulwerk Association, as well as the St. Louis AOSA Chapter, where she serves as treasurer.
Beth Burch, Shook Elementary, Marshfield, MO
Beth Burch received both her BS and MS degrees from Missouri State University and taught music full-time for 27 years. She taught
all levels of choral music and is currently teaching part-time music at New Covenant Academy. Prior to retiring, Beth directed the
award-winning Jr. Jay Singers from Marshfield who made fourappearances at the MO Music Educators Association annual
convention. Most recently, Beth was named as the new director for the Springfield Drury Girls Choir. Beth enjoys directing honor
choirs and judging music festivals around the state. She is active in many professional organizations, including the NAfME, ACDA,
and has held state and district offices in both organizations. In 2003 and 2012 she received the “outstanding district director” award
for the south central district of the MCDA. During her spare time Beth enjoys boating with her husband Tom, and spending time with
her 9(almost 10) grandchildren.
Mark Cotter, Pevely, Missouri
Mark Cotter is a graduate from West Plains High School where he had wonderful experiences singing under the direction of Kelly
Dame and working as a student aid for Chuck Phegley. He received his BME and his MME from Southeast Missouri State University
where he had the opportunity to work with Dr. Doyle Dumas, Gordon Corwin, and Dr. Steve Curtis. Mark taught choral music,
grades 6-12, at Crystal City High School for the first 12 years of his teaching career. He then taught at Seckman High School for 17
years where he directed the Men’s Ensemble, Advanced Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, Advanced Women’s Ensemble,
Concert Choir–Treble, and the Concert Choir. He retired at the end of the 2014 school year and is now an adjunct faculty member at
Jefferson College-Hillsboro where he conducts the Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, and the Jefferson College Community Choir.
Also, he maintains a voice studio of over twenty students ranging in age from 13 to 85. He lives in Pevely with his beautiful bride,
Danielle and has two boys Zach, who is pursuing a career in education and Ben, who is a musical theatre major.
Patrick Dell. Herman School District, Herman, MO.
Patrick has taught choir for eight years at Hermann High School and Hermann Middle School in Hermann, MO. In 2012, the Hermann
School District was awarded the MAAE / MSBA District of Distinction in the Arts by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. His
students routinely place in District and State honor choirs and recieve Superior ratings at District and State contest. He has been
commissioned to write sight-reading exercises and exams for many schools and organizations, and constantly works with teachers to
improve their sight-singing procedures. Recently, he traveled to Scotland, where he sang a whole bunch of karaoke in a pub full of
strangers and was thrilled that the appeal of Stevie Nicks crosses international waters.
Jon Duncan, Indian Woods Middle School, Kansas City, MO
Jon Duncan is the choir director at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, KS. He previously taught at Indian Woods
Middle School and Hocker Grove Middle School. Jon completed his degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2011 with a minor in French. Jon performs regularly in choral ensembles throughout
the Kansas City area including Kantorei, Spire, and previously with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. When he is not teaching or
singing, Jon enjoys running, working as a senior certified pharmacy technician, and has recently taken up skydiving.
Jerry Estes, vocal music teacher at John Burroughs School
Jerry Estes has taught for over 34 years, and is currently the vocal music teacher at John Burroughs School in St. Louis. He earned
a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Southwest Baptist University, and a Master of Music Degree from Southern Illinois
University at Edwardsville.
Jerry began writing choral music over 25 years ago and now has over 175 songs, books, and musicals in print with several publishers.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the American Choral Directors Association. He currently lives in
St. Charles, Missouri.
Dr. Gail Fleming, University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Gail H. Fleming earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Northwestern University, a Masters Degree in Music Education from Southern
Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Doctor of Education Degree from UMSL. She currently teaches music education courses at
UMSL and serves as an Educational Consultant. She has taught music courses to all levels of students, from Pre-K through adult, for
the past 34 years: at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL; at O’Fallon High School and Jr. High in O’Fallon, IL; at the
Professional Children’s School in New York City; and at Assumption High School and St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis, IL. She
has also free-lanced as a professional musician in New York City and in the greater St. Louis area. Dr. Fleming is a member of the
Board of Directors of the Arts Alliance of Illinois; she has earned Outstanding Faculty Awards from SWIC, the Illinois Community
College Trustees Association, and Emerson Electric; she traveled to South Africa with a People-to-People Music Educators’
Delegation in 2010; and she has published the book, Alice Parker: American Composer, Arranger, and Educator. She is also a
member of the: American Choral Directors Association, the National Music Educators Association, and the American Association of
University Professors.
Stephanie Fridley, Jackson School District
Stephanie Fridley has enjoyed a variety of music teaching experiences in grades K-12 since she began hercareer in 1989. Her
adventures have taken her to Georgia, New Mexico, and Missouri, where she has taught general, instrumental, and vocal music, as
well as private piano lessons. Her current position with Jackson R-2 Schools includes general music, choir, and theatre classes for
grades 5-7. Stephanie encourages many of her students to audition for state, divisional, and national honor choirs each year, and her
ensembles participate annually in choral festivals. Stephanie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Anderson
University a Master’s Degree from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a member of MMEA and MCDA, and has served as
MCDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs and 4-6 Grade honor choir coordinator.
Alex Glover, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida
Alex Glover is the Director of Choirs and Music Theory at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida. A St. Louis native, Mr.
Glover received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Nee Jersey. Choirs
under his direction have participated in district and state festivals receiving top rankings, have performed at Walt Disney World, and
have toured to Atlanta, New York City, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Glover is excited to return to the MCDA summer
conference where he was once a member of the 9/10 honor choir and the all state show choir."
Pam Grooms, Department Chair, Director of Choirs, Lindenwood
Mrs. Pamela Grooms, Department Chair, joined the Lindenwood University faculty in the fall of 2007. In addition to choral
conducting, Mrs. Grooms teaches vocal music education specialty classes and applied and piano. She sponsors two student
organizations, sigma Alpha Iota (women’s music fraternity) and the student chapter of American Choral Directors Association. She
works with the Theatre department as the musical director of all musicals and revues. Mrs. Grooms taught music in the Francis
Howell School District for 16 years, the last 11 as the Choral Director of Francis Howell North High School. Mrs. Grooms received
her Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of Central Missouri, and her Master of Music Education (Choral emphasis)
from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is the pianist for the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, and is an active accompanist both
on and off campus. She has been named in the Who’s Who of American Teachers several times. Mrs. Grooms is a member of the
American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education.
Daniel Gutierrez, Reed Academy, Springfield, MO
Daniel Gutierrez is currently the choral director at Reed Academy. This past January, his Reed Academy Treble Choir performed at
MMEA. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education at Missouri State University. Starting in the fall of 2015, Gutierrez will
serve as the artistic director of the Boys Choir of Springfield. He has served as a music specialist for Springfield Public Schools
having taught at Delaware and Rountree Elementary Schools. Some highlights from his career include the honors of Springfield
Public Schools Teacher of the Month, named a “Springfield Hometown Hero” by KSPR, a top 5 finalist for Springfield Public Schools
“Teacher of the Year” in 2014 and 2015. Also in 2014 and 2015, his Reed Choirs won first and second place trophies in their division
in Kansas City’s Festival of Choirs. Daniel is married to Dawn Gutierrez, and have a 2 year old son, Zane.
Angela Hendrick, Mehlville School District (Retired)
Angela Hendrick earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southeast MissouriState University and holds lifetime
certificates for both instrumental and vocal music. She holdsmaster’s degrees in Music from Southern Illinois University at
Edwardsville and in MusicEducation from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She retired in May 2015 with 30 years
ofexperience teaching 7 years of both instrumental and vocal music from kindergarten throughhigh school in the Grandview R-2
school district, and finishing her tenure as Director of Choirsat the Mehlville School Districts. Her choirs consistently receive
superior ratings at LargeEnsemble competition and have received top honors in numerous competitions throughout theUnited States.
She is an accomplished pianist and has accompanied choirs at Tan-Tar-A and atthe 2008 Kansas City SWACDA with Oakville High
School. She has served as Vice President ofthe St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association twice and is a member of the
MMEA,MENC, ACDA, and MSTA. She has been named to Who’s Who Among American Teachersseven times, and was “Teacher
of the Year” at Mehlville High School in 2006. In 2015 shereceived the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Merit Award. She is an
MSHSAA adjudicatorand has done clinics with various schools in the Jefferson County and St. Louis area. She justcelebrated her
30th year of marriage to her husband, Keith. She has a beautiful daughter, Erinwho is married to a wonderful son-in-law, Bentley
Jason Huneycutt, Nixa School District
Jason Huneycutt recently completed his twelfth year teaching in Nixa Public Schools. His choirs have received awards including the
Sweepstakes Trophy at the Worlds of Fun Choir Festival and three invitational performances at MMEA conferences in 2008, 2010
and 2015. Huneycutt earned a BME in 2002 from Evangel University and a MM in Choral Conducting from Missouri State in
2011. He served as accompanist for the Boys Choir of Springfield from 2012-2015. He is a member of NAfME, MMEA, ACDA,
MCDA, and MSTA. He currently serves as MCDA R&S Chair for High School Choirs. Previously, he served as President and Vocal
VP for South Central MMEA. He was named the 2008 Nixa Secondary Teacher of the Year, received the 2008 Prelude Award from
MCDA, and the 2014 “Outstanding District Director” Award from South Central MCDA. Huneycutt is in demand as a clinician
throughout Missouri and the United States.
Chris Kindle, Sedalia
Chris Kindle just finished his 8th year of teaching vocal music. This was his 4th year as the Vocal Music Director at Smith-Cotton
High School. Under his direction his choirs won multiple Grand Championships, caption awards and competed at the FAME Show
Choir National Championship. Chris received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal music education from Northwest
Missouri State University. This fall he will be attending the University of Missouri Columbia working on his PhD in Music Education.
He has been an adjudicator/clinician for various District, State and Show Choir festivals across Missouri. He has been a free-lance
choreographer for the past 11 years. He has choreographed for various high school show choirs and musicals in Iowa, Kansas,
Missouri and Nebraska. He provides choreography for Northwest Missouri State University’s show choir Celebration on a regular
basis. He has been a regular staff member for Northwest Missouri State University Summer Music Camp of Excellence for the past 13
Dr. Carla Jo Maltas, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
Dr. Carla Jo Maltas taught K-12 vocal and general music for fifteen years in the state of Nebraska, and is proud of her time on those
front lines. She taught general music education at Ball State University before joining the UCM faculty in 2006, and revels in the
opportunity to help future teachers spread their enthusiasm for music.
Dr. Maltas research interests include rural music education, an area where many times a music teacher faces the unique challenge of
being the only musician in town. She also studies arts integration, the combination of musical, dance and visual arts. She has
researched implementation of the Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly methodologies, music education methods from Germany and Hungary
respectively. Dr. Maltas herself is a nationally certified Kodaly educator and holds a Master's certificate in Orff-Schulwerk. Folk and
multicultural music round out her research specialties.
Tresa Maneval, Nevada Middle School-Director of Choirs
Tresa Maneval is a life- long Southwest Missouri resident, and a graduate of Carl Junction High School and Missouri Southern State
University. With 22 years in public school choral programs, Tresa has a unique perspective on the changes, trends and innovations
that have taken place and continue to develop in Choral Music Education.
She has directed many award winning choirs, as well as adjudicated, is a choreographer and clinician. She will be starting her 4th year
at Nevada Middle School as Choir/Show Choir Director who piloted the Data Collection/Assessment and RTI strategies. She has
shared this system with Choir Teachers all over the U.S., Canada and Australia.
As with many teachers, she was faced with the challenge of relevant data collection in her classrooms. How do we formulate
something that gives concrete assessment to something that is subjective? Tresa is very excited to bring to you all she has learned.
Tresa is happily married to her childhood sweeheart and has a grown married daughter.
Kevin McBeth, Manchester United Methodist Church
Kevin McBeth was appointed Director of the IN UNISON Chorus in January, 2011. Kevin is the Director of Music at Manchester
United Methodist Church in suburban St. Louis. He serves as full-time administrator for the Music Ministry, which includes 18 choral
and handbell ensembles, involving nearly 500 children, youth and adults. Kevin has also recently served as Adjunct Professor in
Choral Music at Webster University. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted honor, festival and touring choirs (choral and handbell)
in the United States and Canada. Previous appointments include Assistant Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and Music
Director of the St. Louis Metro Singers. His 30-year career in church music has included appointments in churches in Houston, Texas
and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
McBeth is a graduate of Houston Baptist University, and has done graduate studies in Choral Conducting at the University of
Houston. In addition to being a published composer and author, he was also choral music editor for Abingdon Press. McBeth has
served on the board of the Iowa Choral Directors Association (ICDA), the Missouri Choral Directors Association (MCDA), and the
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR). He was also the Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Southwest Division
of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Influential teachers in conducting have been David Wehr, Robert Linder and
John Yarrington. A strong advocate for training future conductors, he has presented several workshops and interest sessions at the
state and national levels.
Heather Nelson
Heather Nelson, mezzo soprano, grew up in southwest Missouri in a small town near Joplin. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in
Music business from Southwest Baptist University, a Master's in Vocal Performance from Truman State University, a Master's in
Vocal Pedagogy from Missouri State University, and is now a PhD Candidate in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Kansas. Her
dissertation is focused on the relationship between acoustics, auditory reflexes, and vocal fold behaviors. Heather has been invited to
present her research in voice science at over a dozen national and international conferences, and continues to build her line of research
in vocal health and acoustics. In addition to maintaining a private voice and piano studio, Heather is a Singing Voice Specialist
working alongside voice doctors in the Kansas City metro to develop and implement treatment plans that use singing as rehabilitation
for clients diagnosed with vocal injuries. When she is not singing, teaching, or writing, Heather can often be found attending to every
wish and whim of Dooey the Dog and Sis the Cat.
Carla Oliver, Lee’s Summit School District (Retired)
Carla Oliver is retired as Director of Choral Activities and Music Department chair at Lees Summit High School Suburban Kansas
City. Mrs. Oliver is presently serving as R&S Chair of Music and Worship for MCDA. She has served as KC Metro District President,
MCDA State Secretary, and as MENC Vocal Vice President. She has also served as Hospitality and Special Events Chair for the SW
ACDA choral conventions in Kansas City in 2006 and in St. Louis in 2009. She will again serve in the same capacity for the
convention in 2016 in Kansas City.
Mrs. Oliver has been the recipient of Outstanding District Director of the year, the Luther T. Spade Award, and the Missouri Choral
Director of the year.
Carla continues to adjudicate and serve as Choral Clinician throughout the Midwest. She presently serves as Director of Music at the
Lees Summit Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and maintains a private Voice Studio.
Brian Parrish, Parkway West High School
Brian Parrish received a Bachelor of Music Education in 2010 from Millikin University and graduated from University of Missouri
with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 2012. He currently serves as Director of Choirs at Parkway West High School in
Ballwin, MO alongside Eric Anthony. In addition to his post at West High, Brian conducts the Chamber Singers at the St. Louis
Children’s Choirs and is the Director of Music Ministries at New Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Charles, MO. Brian is an active
performer of Jazz piano and voice; and he beatboxes, sings, and arranges for Vocal Edge, St. Louis’ premier vocal band
Trent Patterson, Webster University
Dr. Trent A. Patterson is the Director of Choral Studies and Music Education in the Department of Music. Patterson is a veteran
music educator with middle and high school teaching experience in the Orange County Public Schools (Orlando), one of the largest
and most diverse school districts in the United States.
Under Patterson’s direction, in March 2014 the Webster University Chamber Singers performed for the Southwestern Divisional
American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Two months prior in January, they were the
headline college/university choir for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at Tan-Tar-A. Recent large-scale
choral works performed by the Webster Chamber Singers and Concert Choir include Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Rejoice in the
Lamb, Copland’s In the beginning, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Schubert’s Magnificat D.486, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, In
Windsor Forest, and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 588. Both choirs have sung for eminent conductors Charlene Archibeque, Trey Jacobs, and
David Rayl (November 2014) through Webster sponsored artist residencies. The Chamber Singers and Concert Choir are featured in
the DVD, “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great” with Charlene Archibeque, which is available through GIA Publications.
Patterson received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, Master of Arts in choral
conducting from San José State University, and a Bachelor of Music in choral music education from The Florida State University. Dr.
Patterson is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Choral Directors Association, National
Association for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Chorus
America. Since 2011, he has served as the choral director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. He currently serves the
Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for college and university choirs.
Stephen Rew, Eagle Glen Intermediate, Raymore, MO
Stephen Rew lives in Raymore where he and his wife Cindy, his high school sweetheart, are building their dream home. He has two
children Mason (age 8) and Chloe (age 5). He holds his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Education from the Conservatory of Music
and Dance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Rew began his teaching career in the Drexel school district teaching K-12 band
and choir and was honored as “Teacher of the Year” in his first year. He then joined the staff at his alma mater Raymore-Peculiar
where he was named the 2013 Raymore-Peculiar School District “Teacher of the Year”. Currently, he teaches grades 5-6 at Eagle
Glen Intermediate School. Rew is also in his 16th year as a professional church musician serving as the music director at St. Paul’s
United Methodist Church in Raymore.
Gerrit Scheepers, Graduate Assistant, Missouri State
Gerrit Scheepers is a native from South Africa and currently is assistant conductor of the Missouri State University Chorale and
associate conductor of the Missouri State University Women’s Chorus. Formerly, he held choral director positions at Randburg High
School and Beaulieu Preparatory School in South Africa for past four years. Gerrit is also the founding artistic director and conductor
of the Armonia Chamber Singers, a highly sought after chamber group in Pretoria. His undergraduate studies included piano as well as
voice and he also sang six years in the University of Pretoria Camerata choir. After receiving a Bachelor of Music from the University
of Pretoria in choral conducting and music history in 2012, he pursued a Master of Music in Performing Arts with specialization in
choral conducting at the same institution which he will complete in April 2015. Gerrit recently moved to Springfield, Missouri and
began his graduate studies at Missouri State University in choral conducting under Dr. Cameron LaBarr. He holds memberships with
the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). Gerrit has presented
interest session on South African music for the Lee University ACDA Student Chapter (April 2014) and for the Missouri State
University ACDA Student Chapter in (October 2014). Recent major choral-orchestral works conducted by Gerrit Scheepers include
Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass no. 2 in G major and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli. He regularly attends workshops for
conductors and singers and has received master classes from various local and international choral conducting clinicians such as Sanna
Salminen (Finland), André van der Merwe (RSA), Kåre Hanken (Norway) and Nicol Matt (Germany). In August 2012 he participated
in a Choir workshop in Sarteano, Italy with the world renowned conductor and singer Simon Carrington.
Heidi Schwindt, Nixa Junior High School, Nixa, Missouri
Heidi Schwindt will begin her 5th year as the Choir Director at Nixa Junior High in Nixa, Missouri. She is the director of three choirs:
Men's Choir, Women's Choir, and Mixed Choir (8th grade audition choir). She also teaches three piano classes. She serves 180 choir
students and 102 piano students. She previously taught at Robidoux Middle School in St. Joseph, MIssouri for three years. During her
tenure at RMS, she built the choir program from 0-70 students in both 7th and 8th grades. She graduated from Evangel University
with a degree in Music Education in 2007. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Music Education at Missouri State
University. In her spare time, she volunteers for the worship department at her church.
Christy Shinn, Jackson School District, Jackson, MO
Alberta Smith, Central High School, Springfield, MO
Alberta L. Smith has served as a professional choral director/educator for the past thirty-five years, in settings as diverse as a large
urban school in St. Louis, to a rural setting in central Missouri, to a graduate assistant position with Dr. Guy B. Webb of Missouri
State University, to, most recently, a long tenure with the Springfield R-12 School District where she was the 2012/13 Teacher of the
Year.Alberta holds degrees from Southwest Baptist University (B. M. in Education) and Missouri State University (M. A. in Music
Education). Alberta is an active member of MMEA, NAfME, ACDA, MCDA and NEA where she has served as director, officer,
representative and volunteer.Alberta is the director of the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir at Ozarks Technical Community College
and is the outgoing choral director at Central High School in Springfield, MO. Alberta is a proud mother to Quint, Skyler and Aubrey
and wife to her soulmate, Quinton.
Beth St. John, Jackson School District, Jackson, MO
Beth St.John is starting her 14th year as choir director at Jackson High School and junior high school. She holds a Masters of Music
Education degree, Bachelors of Music Education and Vocal Performance degrees all from Southeast Missouri State University. Beth
also directs the after school Handbell Choir at JHS along with the auditions choirs. She is an active member of NafME, ACDA, and
MCDA. Beth was the MCDA Prelude Award recipient in 2007, has received the SE District Outstanding Director award twice in her
career, and in 2007 directed her junior select choir and high school concert choir at MMEA along side her co-teachers Tyson Zahner
and Christy Shinn. She is married to husband Jason and they reside in Jackson and have two girls: Katy, 8, and Maggie, 6.
Ian Tapson, Boswell Elementary, Lebanon, MO
Ian Tapson will begin his 5th year of teaching at Boswell Elementary in Lebanon, Missouri this fall where he sees nearly700 4th and
5th graders. In addition to his general music responsibilities, he directs the Boswell Singers, a 70 voice auditioned choir and the
Boswell Little Theater, an auditioned theater group which performs a staged musical each spring. Under his direction, the Boswell
Singers have received gold ratings at the Boys Choir of Springfield Choral Festival and performed at MMEA in 2014. The choir is
also featured regularly in the Lebanon community.
Ian is an active member of NAfME, MMEA, MCDA, and MSTA and serves as the Elementary Vice-President for the South Central
A graduate of West Plains High School, Ian attended Missouri State University in Springfield where he received his Bachelor of
Vocal Music Education in 2010. During his time at Missouri State, Ian was a member of the Concert Chorale under the direction of
Dr. Guy B. Webb.
In August 2013, he graduated from Missouri State with his Master’s in Educational Administration.
It was in college where Ian met the love of his life, Jamie. They married in June 2010. Ian is grateful for the love and support of his
wife, their two-year-old, Aria, and their dog, Toby.
Trudy Tunnell, Redeemer Lutheran Church
Trudy Tunnell is currently the music director for Redeemer Lutheran Church in Springfield, Missouri after retiring from teaching
public school music for 28 years. She taught vocal music in Mt. Vernon, Carl Junction Jr.-Sr. High School and in the Springfield
school district. Trudy is active in MMEA and is the past Community/Church Choir R & S Chairman for MCDA. She was awarded
the Educator of the Year Award for the Southwest Missouri District State Teachers Association in 1991 and was honored many times
as an Outstanding Teacher for Mt. Vernon Schools. At the 2013 MCDA conference Mrs. Tunnell was honored as the recipient of the
prestigious Luther T. Spayde Award. Her choirs consistently earned “I” ratings at district and state music festivals and many of her
students were selected for the MO All-State Choir. Choirs under Mrs. Tunnell’s direction were awarded high ratings at the Worlds of
Fun Festival of Choirs where they competed for many years. Her Mt. Vernon Concert Choir also sang in New York City’s Carnegie
Hall and at Disney World’s Epcot Center Trudy loves judging music festivals throughout the area and conducting clinics and
Andy Waggoner, Concord Trinity Lutheran Church
Andy Waggoner serves as Director of Worship Arts at Concord Trinity UMC in South St. Louis County where he is administrator
for 13 musical ensembles, plans all aspects of the worship services, and produces the church’s annual concert series. The church
concert series has featured members of the St. Louis Symphony, Grammy-winners Christine Brewer and Sandi Patty and several
concerts featuring local talent. Since 2005, he has held the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the 80-voice, auditioned
Collinsville Chorale in Collinsville, Illinois. His production company, St. Louis Cabaret, offers a cabaret series every season at The
Sheldon Concert Hall, Jazz at the Bistro and The Kranzberg Arts Center. Prior to Concord Trinity, Andy served The Gathering
UMC in St. Louis City and before going into full-time church ministry, he taught music at St. Louis Charter School and served as
the Fine Arts Coordinator for 4 years. As a vocalist, Andy has performed in a number of concert halls and churches throughout the
Midwest and performs solo concerts regularly. In 2003, he was a tenor soloist for The St. Louis Symphony Holiday Concerts with
The St. Louis Metro Singers. He has been involved in over 50 musical theater shows as an actor, director, producer or musical
director and was nominated twice by Arts for Life Theater Recognition Guild. Andy has led workshops on worship planning, church
member involvement and as an educator, Teaching with Love and Logic. He is a proud member of ACDA, MCDA, The Fellowship
of United Methodist Worship Arts and the American Guild of Organists.
Brice Willson, Director of Vocal Music Platte City Middle School.
Brice Willson completed his tenth year as vocal music director at Platte City Middle School in the Platte County R-3 School
District. He conducts five choral ensembles, a music appreciation/guitar coarse, and offers private instruction in voice and trombone.
Brice received his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in vocal music education from Northwest Missouri State
University. Brice has served as the coordinator for the NWMCDA Middle/Elementary District Honor Choirs for the past five years as
well as NWMMEA Vice President of Junior High Choral Music. He has also served as a clinician for multiple middle and high
school level conference choirs in the northwest Missouri region and has directed the middle school choir at NWMSU’s Summer
Music Camp. Brice is a worship leader at the Edgerton Christian Church, along with his wife Gretchen. They live in Platte City with
their two sons Theo and Thad.
Caleb Zustiak, Festus Middle School
Caleb Zustiak has directed choirs at Festus Middle School for 15 years. He has taught students from 6th-8th grade and currently has
an 8th Grade Men’s Choir, 8th Grade Women’s Choir, 7th Grade Mixed Chorus, 8th Grade Concert Choir, and 7th Grade Select
Choir. Caleb graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Music Education and
received the Governor’s Scholarship, the Carol Langely Teaching Award, and won the ACDA Conducting Competition his Senior
Year. Caleb was an MCDA Prelude Award recipient in 2004, received the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, and
spent five years as the East Central District Junior High Vocal Vice-President. He has conducted several Jr. High Honor Choirs and
has also given clinics on the changing adolescent voice at several local Universities. The Festus Middle School Concert Choir
previously performed at the MMEA Conference/In-Service in 2008 and 2012.
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