Meet the 2017-2018 Singers - Kansas City Chorale

David Adams

David has performed in a variety of settings throughout the United States, including as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, and Fort Worth Opera, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. He received GRAMMY acknowledgement for his participation as a soloist on Life and Breath. David enjoys performing a wide variety of musical genres, and is considered a specialist in the works of Rossini, Handel, and Mozart.

David Adams

Tenor
Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson joined the Chorale in 2010. He is the Director of Choirs at Rockhurst High School and the Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He was named one of 217 quarter-finalists for the Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY® Foundation from over 30,000 nominations. In 2017 he was named the Kansas City District’s Outstanding Choral Director of the Year from the Missouri Choral Director’s Association. Sam enjoys performing in the Chorale with his wife, Sarah Tannehill Anderson.

Sam Anderson

Baritone
Meredith Barreth

A native of Holly Pond, Alabama, Meredith completed her graduate studies in Vocal Performance at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Following her teaching and studying in Florida, she moved to Kansas City and began singing with the chorale in 2007. She now considers herself a proud Midwesterner. When she isn’t singing, she enjoys being with her husband, Ben, and her three children: Gwen, Zeke and Romy.

Meredith Barreth

Alto
Paula Brekken

Paula, a native of Casper, WY, joined the Chorale in 2001. She graduated from UMKC in 1995 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Paula teaches choral music at Olathe Northwest HS, leading the sophomore girls’ choir. In January 2007, she was chosen to participate in the St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Helmuth Rilling at Carnegie Hall. Currently, Paula serves as music director at Crossroads Church in Overland Park, KS. She is happily married to her husband Mike, and they have three daughters: Sonia, Risa, and Becca.

Paula Brekken

Mezzo-soprano
Brandon Browning

Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. After graduating in Spring 2015, he moved back to Kansas City. He sings with the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Adult Choir, where he performed the baritone solo in Faure’s Requiem. Brandon is continuing to freelance as a soloist in Kansas City and recently finished his 5th season with the vocal consort Prometheus.

Brandon Browning

Bass
Devin Ceperly

Devin received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2009 from Missouri State University. where he sang under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb in the MSU Concert Chorale and in the university’s award-winning a cappella ensemble, The Beartones. Ceperley is the vocal music director at Paul Kinder Middle School in Blue Springs, MO, and serves with the music ministry team at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs. Devin lives in Blue Springs with his wife, Anna, and their daughters, Violet and Scarlett.

Devin Ceperly

Tenor
Katherine Crawford

Katherine holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College, where she sang in the St. Olaf Choir under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong. Originally from Minnesota, she is a former member of the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence.

Katherine Crawford

Mezzo-soprano
Evan Dahlgren

Evan is originally from Manhattan, KS where he attended Kansas State University. After receiving his Bachelors in Music Education, Evan taught private voice through the Kansas City Vocal Institute for three years and currently teaches music at Starside Elementary in the De Soto School District. Since living in Kansas City, Evan has had the honor in singing with multiple local choral ensembles, including Te Deum, KC VITAs, and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, where he was a featured soloist for the ‘Link-Up’ educational concert series. As a member of the KC Chorale, Evan is beyond excited to be among such distinguished musicians.

Evan Dahlgren

Tenor
Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson joined the Chorale in 1995; he was a soloist on All-Night Vigil (Rachmaninoff) and Passion Week (Grechaninov). He was guest cantor with the Cecilia Ensemble in Augusta, GA, for its North American premiere of Dobri Hristov’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (I), and a recent soloist locally for the William Baker Festival Singers and Musica Sacra. He works as a singer at Kantorei of Kansas City, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Paul Davidson

Bass
Philip Enloe

Philip is the Choral Music Director at George Caleb Bingham Middle School in the Independence School District. Philip received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2009 from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. He is the assistant director of the Young MAIster Singers and leads worship at Birchwood Baptist Church in Independence. Philip is married to Chorale photographer Jana Marie.

Philip Enloe

Tenor
Frank Fleschner

Frank graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. As a soloist, Frank has appeared in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Johannes-Passion (Evangelist). Frank also performs with the vocal ensemble Prometheus and serves as their webmaster. During the day, he excels as a technology professional and consultant, specializing in Macintosh computers and application development. Frank loves living in Kansas City with his wife, fellow Chorale singer Lindsey Lang.

Frank Fleschner

Tenor
Matthew Gladden

Matthew Gladden is a native of Missouri. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at William Jewell College in 2008 and joined the Chorale that year. He has performed in New York City, Phoenix, England, and Scotland. He and his wife, Meaghan, live with their two boys, George and Everett, in Liberty.

Matthew Gladden

Tenor
Anna Louise Hoard

Anna is a chamber musician and recording artist who specializes in sacred music, new music, and their intersections. A member of the Chorale and a Black House Collective Resident Artist, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Anna’s credits include La Malinché, Pierrot Lunaire, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Anna is an alumna of the University of Kansas School of Music, Seagle Music Colony, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music.

Anna Louise Hoard

Mezzo-soprano
Erin Keller

Erin Keller earned her voice performance degree from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. She joined the Chorale in 2002.  She has 15 years’ experience as a private voice and piano teacher and has been a featured professional soloist in the genres of jazz, rock, country, West African Highlife, Balkan Brass music, opera, performance art, free improvisation, and of course choral music.  She is currently the Assistant Choir Director at Unity Temple on the Plaza and a jazz singer who just released her first album called Distracted, which includes originals composed by Erin Keller.

Erin Keller

Alto
Lindsey Lang

Lindsey is known for her bold interpretations of early music, having performed frequently with modern and period orchestras nationwide. Lindsey sings with the ensembles Sacabuche!, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Voices of Prometheus and has appeared in mainstage early music events in Bloomington, Berkeley, New York, New Brunswick, and Quito, Ecuador. She earned a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri in 2008 and studied for two years at the Early Music Institute in Indiana University. She is the Director of Music at Asbury United Methodist in Prairie Village.

Lindsey Lang

Soprano
Hugh Naughtin

Hugh has a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studied with Patrice Michaels. Since graduating in 2007, Hugh has sung in the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Chorus, and the Chicago-based a cappella ensemble Bella Voce. Hugh lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he is involved in several local rock groups and teaches private lessons.

Hugh Naughtin

Baritone
Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson

Melanie joined the Chorale in 2005. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Millikin University. Her performing credits include Lady Psyche on the Newport Classics recording of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, and roles with Ohio Light Opera, Knoxville Opera, and Opera New York. Melanie is the Director of Worship Arts at Leawood United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Brian, live with their children, Caleb and Anna, in Overland Park, KS.

Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson

Soprano
Bryan Pinkall

Bryan is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Kansas State University. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from UMKC. Previously, he was the recipient of Yale University’s Ellen Battell Stoeckell Fellowship and he served as Manager of Performance Operations and Direction for the Emmy-winning 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia. Bryan has performed professionally for several choirs, including Te Deum chamber ensemble, Te Deum Antiqua, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, the Spire Symphonic Chorus, and many baroque and early music ensembles.

Bryan Pinkall

Tenor
Jessica Salley

Jessica Salley joined the Kansas City Chorale in 2012. Of her experience, she says, “Every time we sing together I always hope that the audience is having half as much fun as I am – making music with these incredible colleagues is one of the joys of my life.” Jessica has been lauded for her work in opera, concert, and musical theater, and is a former Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist. She holds a Master of Music degree from UMKC, a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University, and is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

Jessica Salley

Soprano
Julia Scozzafava

Julia has performed with groups including NewEar Ensemble, KC Puccini Fest in the title roles of Tosca and Madama Butterfly, Lawrence Opera Theatre, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and the
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
as both a principal artist and chorus member. Julia was a semifinalist in the 2005 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She appears as the alto soloist on the Chorale’s album Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, for which Gramophone magazine described her voice as as being “the genuine article.”

Julia Scozzafava

Mezzo-soprano
Nickolas Stoppel

Nick is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance with a B.A. in Music and joined the Chorale in 2012. He has sung backup for pop and jazz artists Josh Groban and Patti Austin and records and tours internationally with Irish chorus Anúna. Nick has also had the privilege of making the final callbacks as bass-baritone for the GRAMMY® Award–winning male ensemble Chanticleer. In addition to singing, Nick was a NCAA D1 decathlete and is now a personal trainer at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Nickolas Stoppel

Bass-baritone
Sarah Tannehill Anderson

Sarah holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from UMKC and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Missouri State University. She has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric, Opera Omaha, Fort Worth Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others. She is also a member of the Bach Aria Soloists, Lyric Arts Trio, and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church choir. She has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, New Ear Ensemble, Kansas City Ballet, and Heartland Men’s Chorus. Sarah teaches voice in Kansas City and lives in Union Hill with her husband, fellow Chorale member Sam Anderson.

Sarah Tannehill Anderson

Soprano
Bryan Taylor

Bryan joined the Chorale in 1991. He is the Director of Traditional Music & Worship Arts at the Liberty United Methodist Church and the Founder & Artistic Director of the Liberty Community Chorus. He received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from William Jewell College in 1984 and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. In 1998, Bryan was selected to sing with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers at Carnegie Hall, which he continued to do annually. He is the Music and Worship Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He has also recorded the album Songs of Comfort and Hope. He and his wife Lanette have three grown children: Lauren, Renee, and Caleb.

Bryan Taylor

Baritone
Alyssa Toepfer

Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Alyssa received her Bachelor of Arts in vocal music from Augustana University and her Master of Music from University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. When she’s not singing, she enjoys teaching voice lessons, cooking, watching The Office, and spending time with her husband Alex and two cats, Oliver and Polly.

Alyssa Toepfer

Soprano
Jennifer Weiman

Jennifer joined the Chorale in 2014. She sang under Dr. Robert Glasmann in the Wichita Chamber Chorale and received her Master’s degree in Opera Performance from Wichita State University. She premiered a new opera, The Magic Mirror, that was invited to the 2013 NYC International Fringe Festival and won the American Prize in Opera Performance. As Bertha in Wichita Grand Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, she shared the stage with Joyce DiDonato. She is a soloist at Westport Presbyterian Church, teaches voice at Music House School of Music, and teaches dance at Tippi Toes Kansas City.

Jennifer Weiman

Mezzo-soprano
Pamela Williamson

Pamela earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. She is the Choral Music Director at Olathe Northwest High School and is on the music staff at Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe, KS. Pam is in her 26th season with the Chorale and is a featured soloist on several Chorale recordings. She also sang in the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in performances at Carnegie Hall. Pam enjoys spending time with husband Brett, and their three sons, Jack, Avery, and Cole.

Pamela Williamson

Soprano