Taylor Bryson is from Houston, MO, and graduated from Missouri State University in 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.
David Everett is excited to be singing with Springfield Chamber Chorus for the second 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 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 is in his tenth 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.
Kaleb Patterson is in his first year of SCC. He 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.
A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Zach Reece is completed 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.
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.
Nick Shannon graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education. He started singing in choirs in 3rd grade with the Boys Choir of Springfield and the youth choir of First and Calvary Presbyterian, then continued singing in high school at Logan-Rogersville. In college he sang with the Missouri State University Chorale for two years under Dr. Cameron LaBarr, as well as the MSU Men’s Chorus and Opera Workshop, not to mention playing trombone with the Pride Band, Wind Symphony, and the Trombone Octet. Nick studied voice with Dr. Carol Chapman and choral conducting with Dr. LaBarr. The past couple years he has been a volunteer ministry leader at Ozark High School with an organization called Young Life. He is looking forward to marrying his wonderful fiance, Morgan Hoover, this coming November!
Zachary Stelzer is currently in his fourth year as the Associate Choir Director at Reed Academy Middle School in Springfield, MO. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from William Jewell College in 2017, Zachary moved to Springfield and began working within multiple ensembles throughout the community, including the Springfield Chamber Chorus, MSU Gospel Choir, University Heights Chancel Choir, and the Show-Me Statesmen Chorus. Zachary is an Eagle Scout (2012) and when not singing with ensembles, Zachary spends his summers as the Aquatics Director for the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation (2010-Present).