Taylor Bryson is from Houston, MO, and will graduate from Missouri State University in May of 2020 with a degree in Music Education. Along with singing in the MSU Chorale, Men’s Chorus, and the Multi-Cultural Ensemble, Taylor served as the Recruitment Chair of the Choral Studies Department, Chorister for a professional music fraternity, head counselor for the MSU Choral Institute, and Vice-President of Programming on the state board for the National Association for Music Educators. He has also been on staff with the Boys Choir of Springfield, served as Choir Director at Pathways United Methodist Church, and interned with the Children’s Choir of Southwest Missouri. Taylor is thrilled to be taking this next step in his musical and professional life in singing his first season with the Springfield Chamber Chorus.
Andrew Edwards was born and raised in Ozark, MO. Upon graduating high school he attended Missouri State University as a vocal music major. He was a member of Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Guy B. Webb. This will be his seventh season performing with Springfield Chamber Chorus. He currently works as a service advisor at Reliable Toyota and resides in Ozark with his wife, Taylor, and his two children, Alaina and Archer.
David Everett is excited to be singing with Springfield Chamber Chorus for the first time this season. He is a huge fan of all things choral music, and is looking forward to being a part of SCC. A Mississippi native, David currently lives in Aurora, MO, where he is the piano accompanist for the Aurora Junior High and High School choirs. He is also the music and choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. In recent years, he was the bass soloist in two performances (2015 and 2017) of Handel’s “Messiah” by the Ozarks Festival Orchestra and Choir in Monett, MO. David also recently sang with the Springfield Regional Opera Chorus in their performance of Bernstein’s “Candide.”
Joe Hamm has been a member of the Springfield Chamber Chorus since the Fall of 2018. He is the proud father of Jessica and Gillian and grandfather of Paisley, the coolest nine-year-old on the planet. He holds a BA in Music from St. John’s University, Minnesota, and a Masters in Choral Conducting from UMKC. His many years of teaching choral music and voice span elementary to community college as well as a private voice/piano studio. He is thrilled to be a member of this fine choral ensemble.
Music has been embedded in Roy Lloyd’s earliest memories. The Welsh heritage of my family meant that music and the arts were essential components in how we understood ourselves. Our gatherings always included music-making through singing and the instruments we played, storytelling, poetry and appreciation of the creative gifts of our ancestry. That’s why I value choral singing so highly. It’s a marvelously cooperative way to combine heart and skill to produce a gift that’s shared by all. It’s the essence of the Welsh blessing of pob hwyl—“May you enjoy all of the music, poetry and beauty of life!”
Andrew Luehrs is in his ninth season with the Springfield Chamber Chorus, a tenure that has included twice performing at the annual MMEA convention and singing in the chorus of “Candide” at the Springfield Regional Opera. Previously, he sang for over a decade as part of the annual President’s Concert Choir at Missouri’s State University under Dr. Guy Webb. He resides in Springfield with his wonderful wife (and fellow SCC member) Stacey Elizabeth. Andrew works for Duck Creek Technologies as a Software Configuration Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from MSU.
A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Zach Reece is currently completing a degree in Vocal Music Education from Missouri State University. He has sung in the Missouri State University Chorale and has toured with the ensemble both domestically and abroad to South Africa, Scandinavia, and China. In August of 2019, Zach received a singing fellowship to attend the Yale-Norfolk Chamber Choir Workshop, under the direction of Simon Carrington. Zach has also sung as a recording artist for Walton Music and Choristers Guild, and is currently a choral scholar at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. This is Zach’s first season with SCC.
Troy Robertson is a Senior Vocal Music Education major at Missouri State University, and joined SCC in 2019. Though young in his career, Troy has enjoyed many life-changing performances, such as singing at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, being a member of the Distinguished Choir at the China International Chorus Festival, and performing with the 2019 World Youth Choir in France and Portugal. He has had many exciting performances as a soloist, being featured on a performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, Faure’s Requiem with Seraphic Fire, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Ireland Chamber Orchestra. While finishing his degree, Troy continues to perform with Springfield Regional Opera and is on staff at Trinity Lutheran Church. He also maintains a career in a professional chamber ensemble and sings on many recordings for GIA, Walton Music, and Choristers Guild.
Jerry Scott is entering his sixth season as a member of the Springfield Chamber Chorus. He is currently serving as the SCC Executive Director, a position he has held for the past four years. Jerry is a retired high school choral director and a member of the Missouri Choral Directors Association and Missouri Music Educators Association. He earned his Bachelors and Masters in Music Education from Missouri State University, where he sang under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb. In retirement, he enjoys the opportunity to mentor the next generation of choral music educators and clinic choirs in the Springfield area and around the state.
Taylor Shaeffer has lived in the Springfield area for the past ten years, and has been a member of the Springfield Chamber Chorus since 2015. Taylor is in his seventh year of teaching, five of which have been in elementary music. He currently teaches in Nixa, Missouri at John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD). He also serves as a deacon at Glendale Christian Church.
Asher Tillman, a native of Strafford, MO, is in his last year earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Drury University. This is his third season appearing with the Springfield Chamber Chorus. An avid chorister and thespian, he has been blessed with many opportunities to display and hone his crafts. He has held several lead roles while at Drury – his favorite as El Gallo in The Fantasticks – and has toured nationally and internationally with the Drury Singers. Apart from his collegiate experiences, he has appeared with the Missouri Choral Artists, the Hlahol Society of Prague, and performs on a recurring basis with Kantorei of Kansas City.