Meet the 2019-2020 Singers - Kansas City Chorale

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
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
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
Ed Frazier Davis

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.

Ed Frazier Davis

Bass
Joanna Ehlers

Bio Coming Soon

Joanna Ehlers

Alto
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
Daniel Hansen

Originally from San Jose, CA, Daniel lives in Lawrence, KS and recently began studies for a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Kansas. He received his Bachelor’s in Music and Master’s in Education at Truman State University and studied voice under the wing of Dr. Thomas Hueber. He performed in the premier ensemble Cantoria, as well as Chamber Choir and University Singers under the direction of Dr. Mark Jennings. He is a member of Kantorei of KC and tenor section leader at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church.

Daniel Hansen

Tenor
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
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
Ariel Morris

Ariel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University, where she studied under Alice Hopper. After graduating, Ariel moved back to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, and sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus until moving to Kansas in late 2017. She currently resides in Lawrence with her husband and two daughters. Ariel joined the Chorale in 2019.

Ariel Morris

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
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
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
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
Rebecca (Becky) Tuttle

Bio Coming Soon

Rebecca (Becky) Tuttle

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
Thou Yang

From Fresno, California, Thou Yang received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Fresno Pacific University. He recently graduated from The Conservatory of Music and Dance – University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is currently teaching Vocal Music in Kansas City and is in his first season with the Kansas City Chorale. Thou currently resides in Kansas City, MO with his wife Susan and four children – Alene, Mark, Jean, and Corinne.

Thou Yang

Bass