St. Joseph Community Chorus
It is the mission of the St. Joseph Community Chorus to foster the enjoyment and appreciation of quality choral music among its membership and the regional community by providing an organization of the highest caliber to present exceptional performances of choral literature. This ensemble is the largest all-volunteer performing organization in Northwest Missouri.
Founded in 1980, the St. Joseph Community Chorus, in partnership with Missouri Western State University, presents interesting, challenging and diverse programs of choral music from classical to contemporary throughout the Midwest region. The Chorus, open to all age groups high school and above, includes 85 singers that rehearse on Monday nights from 7:00 9:00 p.m. in the Missouri Western State University Choir Room (Potter 112). Singers may join the Chorus at the beginning of each semester and may take the course for university credit if they choose.
Dr. Elise Hepworth, Artistic Director
SJCC welcomes Dr. Elise Hepwoth, MWSU Director of Choral Activities, as Artistic Director for the 2015-2016 concert season. From Hamilton, MO, she has a B.S. Ed. In Vocal Music Education from NWMSU, an MME in Vocal Music from UMKC Conservatory of Music, a DA in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Mississippi and post doctoral work from the New Zealand School of Music. She came to Missouri Western from Wayne State College, Wayne, NE where she directed the choirs and supervised student teaching from 2008-2014. An outstanding soloist herself, she brings a wealth of teaching, conducting and performance experience. Joining SJCC this past season, she has soloed and directed several of the works performed throughout the past season.
Jennifer Stammers holds degrees in Journalism and Music Education from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She taught music for many years with the Platte County R-III School District in Platte City, MO where she was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year. Beginning this fall, she will be teaching music at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph. She is also the Choirmaster at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison. She has been a member of the St. Joseph Community Chorus and Chamber Choir since 2008 and served as Assistant Director since 2013.
Founding Director, Frank D. Thomas, will continue to serve on the Music Advisory Committee and the SJCC Board of Directors as well as singing in the Chorus and Chamber Choir. The Chorus has enjoyed his leadership since 1980.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
(spirituals, gospel and folk tunes)
October 16, 2016, 3:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Church
2618 Seneca St
St Joseph, MO
featuring Vivaldi, Rutter, and more.
December 11, 3:00 pm
December 12, 7:30 pm
Ashland United Methodist Church
2711 Ashland Ave
St Joseph, MO
The Saint Joseph
Community Chamber Chorus
and the Boys Choir of Springfield
April 9, 2017, 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
301 N 7th St
St Joseph, MO
Find out more here.
Tickets may be purchased online, by mail or at the Allied Arts Council, 118 S. 8th St., Saint Joseph MO
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