Sarah Berquist grew up going to magnet arts schools in Huntsville, Alabama. She attended the University of Florida, beginning in vocal performance but ultimately selecting a psychology major. During her collegiate years, she competed on UF’s women’s billiards and fencing teams, took a semester in Germany, and learned to scuba dive in the Florida Keys. After graduation, Sarah moved to Springfield for graduate school, where she completed a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Forest Institute. She now works for Burrell Behavioral Health. Sarah is happily married and expecting her first child early next year. This is Sarah’s second season with SCC.
Julie graduated from Evangel university in 2002 with a degree in Music Education. She began her teaching career in 2003 at Bowerman elementary, where she fell in love with elementary music. She is currently teaching music at both Bissett and York elementary schools, as well as teaching Fine Arts Appreciation with the online Launch program. Julie has been married to Bob for 15 years and has a 13-yr-old son, Owen, and a 10-yr-old daughter Molly. This is her 6th season singing with SCC.
Kathryn Cole is in her third season as a soprano in Springfield Chamber Chorus. A Tennessee native, she moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2004 to attend Evangel University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She continued on to Missouri State University to receive a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. She is the Director of Vocal Music at Springfield Catholic High School. When she isn’t singing, she’s selling houses and taking her Bernedoodle, Piper, to the park. Her favorite thing about SCC is getting to perform advanced choral literature with such wonderful friends!
Taylor Edwards is currently singing in her sixth season with Springfield Chamber Chorus. After high school, she moved from the Kansas City area to Springfield to attend Missouri State University. While attending MSU, she had the pleasure of singing in the Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Guy B. Webb. Taylor is also a member of The Missouri Choral artists, the praise team and Chancel Choir at University Heights Baptist Church, and runs a small private voice studio. Aside from singing, Taylor is also a semi-professional photographer and graphic designer. She and her husband Andrew live in Ozark, MO with their two children, Alaina and Archer.
Amanda Hake has been a proud member of SCC for eight of our ten seasons. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Missouri State University where she was a member of the MSU Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Guy B. Webb, and studied voice with Dr. Andrew Childs. Amanda is grateful for the chance to serve as SCC Board Singer Representative. She also currently sings with Missouri Choral Artists and is heavily involved in her church music programs. Amanda lives with her husband, Bryan, and their two young sons in Springfield where she is a Fundraising Specialist with Ovation Fundraising Group and volunteers in various ways in her community, specifically, for the Junior League of Springfield where she is currently serving as the Finance Manager, Elect.
Amy Hoogstraet Safley is beginning her second year with Springfield Chamber Chorus. She obtained a BM in vocal performance from Drury University in 1997, having performed extensively both as a soloist and choir member in college. Since graduating, she has continued to perform in Japan, Illinois, and Missouri. She lives in Nixa with her husband and two children, and is a stay-home mom, volunteer, and furniture painter. Amy is thrilled to be a member of SCC!
Abby Glenn is beginning her second season with SCC. She is the Development Director at Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri, and has served its mission for nearly 5 years. Abby is a proud alumna of Drury University, earning her bachelor’s degree in arts administration in 2011, and her master’s in nonprofit communication in 2013. Active in the community, Abby is a recent graduate of Leadership Springfield, Class 35, and the current Vice President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ozarks Region. Abby was named one of 417 Magazine’s 20 under 30 in 2016.
Melissa Scott has enjoyed singing with SCC since 2014. She is a retired Commercial Interior Designer and former Kindermusik Educator. Initially a voice major, she sang in Concert Chorale, Lyric Singers and Choral Union. She has performed at MCDA and MMEA and been active in various church choirs, The Springfield Mid-America Singers, and The Messiah Project; including seven tours performing in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and in Carnegie Hall. She has served on Arts Boards, as Grant Writer for SCC, and founded the Dr. Guy B. Webb Touring Scholarship at MSU. A favorite childhood memory is singing along with microphones as she and her twin sister listened to records after school.
Aubrey L. Smith comes from Springfield, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Music Education – Vocal Emphasis from Drury University in Springfield, MO. She completed her two-year teaching assistantship as a Master of Music candidate in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and has returned to Springfield to pursue a career in teaching and ministry. She was previously employed at National Avenue Christian Church and Christ Episcopal Church, and recently finished her second year as Choir Director and Worship Leader at Centralia United Methodist Church. Aubrey is now working as Youth Minister at Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield. She is thrilled to be joining the SCC family this year!
Lauren Vomund graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she performed with the Mizzou University Singers and Show Me Opera Program. Lauren taught choir in Spokane for two years before moving to her current job teaching choir at Ozark Middle School. Lauren has been singing with the Springfield Chamber Chorus since 2015, and enjoys serving the ensemble as Operations Manager and soprano section leader. Lauren is incredibly grateful for the opportunities to perform music of high merit and positively impact her community through Springfield Chamber Chorus.