David Everett is a Mississippi native, and 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 is the proud father of Jessica and Gillian and grandfather of Paisley, the coolest granddaughter 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.


Andrew Luehrs 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.


Kaleb Patterson graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Musical Theater Performance in 2011, where he sang in Dr. Randi Von Ellefson’s choirs, and currently teaches Choir at Marshfield Junior High. He spent the first five years of his career as a professional singer and actor, getting to travel the world with Carnival Cruise Line, and performing regionally with various professional theater companies. Kaleb has served as tenor section leader for the Bruton Parish Choirs in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Artistic Director for the Richmond Men’s Chorus, and was honored to perform with the Schola Cantorum at the Richmond Cathedral. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Educational Administration at Southwest Baptist University, with a graduation date of Spring 2022.


Connor Gately is from St. Louis, MO, and is currently the Assistant Choir Director at Ozark High School and Junior High School. He graduated from Missouri State University in 2020 with his Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education. While at MSU, he studied  conducting under Dr. Cameron LaBarr and voice under Dr. Chris Thompson. While a member of the Missouri State University Chorale, Connor toured with the ensemble to China, Scandinavia, and across the U.S. Along with directing the choirs at Ozark, Connor also teaches private voice, piano, and guitar lessons.


Jerry Scott 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 is a long time music teacher and currently teaches in Nixa, Missouri at John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD).  JTSD is a public STEAM school that serves students kindergarten thru sixth grade.  Taylor has a degree from Missouri State University in Music Education and a Masters degree in Education Administration from William Woods University.  


Nick Shannon is a Springfield, Missouri local where he currently lives with his wonderful wife, Morgan. He graduated from Missouri State University in 2021 with his Bachelor’s in Music Education. He studied choral conducting under Dr. Cameron LaBarr, voice under Dr. Carol Chapman, and trombone under Dr. Jason Hausback. Nick performed in many ensembles during his time at MSU, including the Missouri State University Chorale, in which he sang across the US and Ireland. Currently, Nick serves as Assistant Director for Wesley United Methodist Church.




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