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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A native of East Sussex by way of Chicago, Ed has sung with dozens of organizations across the Midwest, and proudly joined the Chorale in 2018. He is also an award-winning composer, primarily of choral music, whose compositions have been commissioned and performed throughout the world. He earned degrees in music from Knox College and Roosevelt University, and is now a doctoral student at UMKC. He serves as bass section leader for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, and composer-in-residence for the William Baker Festival Singers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.