About Us

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Mission

Shaping young lives through musical excellence.

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Vision

A world united by children who love music and each other.

Guiding Principles

Love and respect one another.
Love and respect the music.
Do our best.

The St. Louis Children’s Choirs currently serves over 450 singers (ages 6 to 18), from more than 200 schools and 85 zip codes in Missouri and Illinois. These young artists bring their talent and love of classical, sacred, contemporary, and world music to concert stages for everyone to enjoy.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Berner, outstanding music directors train our young singers with diverse and challenging curriculum in eight different ensembles, based on age and musical ability. The St. Louis Children’s Choirs offers young artists world-class performance opportunities and a choral music experience that emphasizes musical excellence and character education.

Our core values

Character Development

We promote individual growth through discipline, responsibility, leadership, humility, unselfishness, and teamwork.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

We appreciate the value of every individual and the beauty of every voice.

Excellence

We perform choral music at the highest level of achievement and strive for excellence in all we do.

Harmony and Community

We promote the joy of singing and the building of friendships through song so "That music made together may one day heal mankind."

Integrity

We consistently demonstrate high standards of honesty and moral conduct.

Artistic Staff

Directors

Barbara

Barbara

Berner

Concert Choir
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Barbara

Berner

Concert Choir

Highly regarded by her peers and beloved by her singers, Barbara Berner celebrates her 21st season as Artistic Director with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Under her direction, the advanced touring ensemble has performed nationally at the Oregon Bach Festival, Southwest and National American Choral Directors Association conventions, Carnegie Hall, and the White House. Internationally, they’ve performed in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, and most recently Montreal, Canada. The recipient of the 2017 Missouri Arts Awards for excellence in Arts Education, she has conducted the National Children’s Festival Chorus at Lincoln Center and state honor choirs in Kentucky and New Mexico. She has prepared Concert Choir for over ninety performances with the St. Louis Symphony.

Mrs. Berner received her BA from Principia College and her Master of Music from Ithaca College. Awarded an Artist-Teacher and Master Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education, she also holds an Advanced Certificate from the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskémet, Hungary.

Barbara

Berner

Concert Choir

Highly regarded by her peers and beloved by her singers, Barbara Berner celebrates her 21st season as Artistic Director with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Under her direction, the advanced touring ensemble has performed nationally at the Oregon Bach Festival, Southwest and National American Choral Directors Association conventions, Carnegie Hall, and the White House. Internationally, they’ve performed in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, and most recently Montreal, Canada. The recipient of the 2017 Missouri Arts Awards for excellence in Arts Education, she has conducted the National Children’s Festival Chorus at Lincoln Center and state honor choirs in Kentucky and New Mexico. She has prepared Concert Choir for over ninety performances with the St. Louis Symphony.

Mrs. Berner received her BA from Principia College and her Master of Music from Ithaca College. Awarded an Artist-Teacher and Master Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education, she also holds an Advanced Certificate from the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskémet, Hungary.

Adrienne

Adrienne

Broyles

Children's Choir 1B/1UC
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Adrienne

Broyles

Children's Choir 1B/1UC

Adrienne Broyles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in languages and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Indiana University- Bloomington. Mrs. Broyles became a member of the artistic staff of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs in 2001. She has completed Level II in Kodály, Level II in Orff-Schulwerk, and was awarded an Artist-Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Mrs. Broyles was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2010 at Mason Ridge Elementary School in the Parkway School District. She was a presenter at the 2014 Orff-Schulwerk National Conference and for the St. Louis Kodaly Chapter, and has presented choral workshops and served as a guest conductor/clinician for numerous districts. Mrs. Broyles currently teaches at Parkway West Middle School.

Adrienne

Broyles

Children's Choir 1B/1UC

Adrienne Broyles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in languages and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Indiana University- Bloomington. Mrs. Broyles became a member of the artistic staff of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs in 2001. She has completed Level II in Kodály, Level II in Orff-Schulwerk, and was awarded an Artist-Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Mrs. Broyles was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2010 at Mason Ridge Elementary School in the Parkway School District. She was a presenter at the 2014 Orff-Schulwerk National Conference and for the St. Louis Kodaly Chapter, and has presented choral workshops and served as a guest conductor/clinician for numerous districts. Mrs. Broyles currently teaches at Parkway West Middle School.

Belinda

Belinda

Burnworth

Music Makers
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Belinda

Burnworth

Music Makers

Belinda Burnworth holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Saint Louis University. After working as an attorney, Mrs. Burnworth found she missed teaching and returned to the field of music education. She teaches vocal music and guitar at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Belleville, Illinois. Mrs. Burnworth taught music reading for Choristers and Concert Choir for ten years and served on the Choirs’ Board of Directors for 8 years. In 2017, she was awarded an Artist-Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education.

Belinda

Burnworth

Music Makers

Belinda Burnworth holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Saint Louis University. After working as an attorney, Mrs. Burnworth found she missed teaching and returned to the field of music education. She teaches vocal music and guitar at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Belleville, Illinois. Mrs. Burnworth taught music reading for Choristers and Concert Choir for ten years and served on the Choirs’ Board of Directors for 8 years. In 2017, she was awarded an Artist-Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education.

Whitney

Whitney

Cairns

Chorale
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Whitney

Cairns

Chorale

Whitney Cairns is marking her tenth season as Director of the Chorale ensemble. Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Mrs. Cairns appears with the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Acappellooza Festival; has guest conducted the Kirkwood Children’s Chorale, the Fort Zumwalt Middle School Choral Festival, and the Metro 8 Elementary Honors Choir, and directs the Children’s Choir at Central Presbyterian Church. In 2019, Mrs. Cairns gave multiple presentations at the Missouri Music Educators’ Association State Conference and has served as Lecturer of Ear Training and Aural Skills at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2011. Mrs. Cairns holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Her Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Music Education is from Pennsylvania State University. In 2017, she was awarded an Artist-Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education.

Whitney

Cairns

Chorale

Whitney Cairns is marking her tenth season as Director of the Chorale ensemble. Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Mrs. Cairns appears with the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Acappellooza Festival; has guest conducted the Kirkwood Children’s Chorale, the Fort Zumwalt Middle School Choral Festival, and the Metro 8 Elementary Honors Choir, and directs the Children’s Choir at Central Presbyterian Church. In 2019, Mrs. Cairns gave multiple presentations at the Missouri Music Educators’ Association State Conference and has served as Lecturer of Ear Training and Aural Skills at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2011. Mrs. Cairns holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Her Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Music Education is from Pennsylvania State University. In 2017, she was awarded an Artist-Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education.

Maria A.

Maria A.

Ellis

Children's Choir 1NC
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Maria A.

Ellis

Children's Choir 1NC

Maria A. Ellis joined The St. Louis Children’s Choirs as Community Engagement Coordinator in the fall of 2016, and is now the Community Engagement Manager. In this role, Maria works in collaboration with the Choir Manager to fulfill strategic plan initiatives related to partnerships, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Maria also works with music educators, school districts, and organizations that enable the Choirs to provide increased opportunities for young singers and music teachers across the community. Maria earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, where she also served as an E. Desmond Lee Intern as well as an Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony.

Maria A.

Ellis

Children's Choir 1NC

Maria A. Ellis joined The St. Louis Children’s Choirs as Community Engagement Coordinator in the fall of 2016, and is now the Community Engagement Manager. In this role, Maria works in collaboration with the Choir Manager to fulfill strategic plan initiatives related to partnerships, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Maria also works with music educators, school districts, and organizations that enable the Choirs to provide increased opportunities for young singers and music teachers across the community. Maria earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, where she also served as an E. Desmond Lee Intern as well as an Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony.

Lauren

Lauren

Honz

Children's Choir 1A
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Lauren

Honz

Children's Choir 1A

Lauren Honz has been a part of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs since 1999 when she joined Music Makers. She graduated from Concert Choir in 2011, and was also an SLCC ensemble assistant from 2012-2016. Ms. Honz is now in her third season conducting Children’s Choir 1A ensemble. She studied conducting at Webster University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2016. Ms. Honz teaches music at Seckman Elementary School and is the children’s choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. She completed Level III Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education in 2019. She often conducts our Music Made Together Honor Choirs.

Lauren

Honz

Children's Choir 1A

Lauren Honz has been a part of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs since 1999 when she joined Music Makers. She graduated from Concert Choir in 2011, and was also an SLCC ensemble assistant from 2012-2016. Ms. Honz is now in her third season conducting Children’s Choir 1A ensemble. She studied conducting at Webster University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2016. Ms. Honz teaches music at Seckman Elementary School and is the children’s choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. She completed Level III Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education in 2019. She often conducts our Music Made Together Honor Choirs.

John T.

John T.

McDonald

Young Men's Chorus
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John T.

McDonald

Young Men's Chorus

Dr. John McDonald is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Choirs at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. John holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, as well as a Master of Music degree in conducting from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He previously taught choral music at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. John also maintains a career as a professional ensemble singer with the Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton and the Missouri Choral Artists.

John T.

McDonald

Young Men's Chorus

Dr. John McDonald is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Choirs at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. John holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, as well as a Master of Music degree in conducting from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He previously taught choral music at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. John also maintains a career as a professional ensemble singer with the Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton and the Missouri Choral Artists.

Emily

Emily

Pikaard

Choristers
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Emily

Pikaard

Choristers

Emily Pikaard has been on the artistic staff of the St. Louis Children’s Choirs since 2014. She has conducted the Children’s Choir 1A and now directs the Choristers ensemble. Mrs. Pikaard graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 2009 where she studied voice, piano, horn, and conducting. She was on the choral faculty at Parkway North High School from 2010-2016, and Webster University in 2014-2015. In addition to her work with Choristers, Mrs. Pikaard is currently the pianist and choir director at Mount Zion Methodist Church, and teaches private voice and piano lessons. She completed Level III Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education in 2019.

Emily

Pikaard

Choristers

Emily Pikaard has been on the artistic staff of the St. Louis Children’s Choirs since 2014. She has conducted the Children’s Choir 1A and now directs the Choristers ensemble. Mrs. Pikaard graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 2009 where she studied voice, piano, horn, and conducting. She was on the choral faculty at Parkway North High School from 2010-2016, and Webster University in 2014-2015. In addition to her work with Choristers, Mrs. Pikaard is currently the pianist and choir director at Mount Zion Methodist Church, and teaches private voice and piano lessons. She completed Level III Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education in 2019.

Accompanists

Billie

Derham

Concert Choir, Choristers 3A, and Music Makers
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Billie

Derham

Concert Choir, Choristers 3A, and Music Makers

Billie Derham joined the Children’s Choirs in 2000 and performed with Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and 2010 and at Lincoln Center in 2013. A member of the music faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she has been a staff accompanist for the UMSL Music Department, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mrs. Derham has played for the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the Bach Society, and many soloists including Christine Brewer, Robert McFerrin, Mark Madsen, and Jay Willoughby. She has performed on the Premiere Performance concert series, Christ Church Cathedral concert series, The Sheldon concert series, and many other venues in the St. Louis area and the Midwest as an accompanist and soloist. She has also been the organist for Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Charles, MO since 1995. Mrs. Derham graduated magna cum laude from Lindenwood University and with the highest honors from Southern Illinois University with degrees in piano performance.

Billie

Derham

Concert Choir, Choristers 3A, and Music Makers

Billie Derham joined the Children’s Choirs in 2000 and performed with Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and 2010 and at Lincoln Center in 2013. A member of the music faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she has been a staff accompanist for the UMSL Music Department, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mrs. Derham has played for the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the Bach Society, and many soloists including Christine Brewer, Robert McFerrin, Mark Madsen, and Jay Willoughby. She has performed on the Premiere Performance concert series, Christ Church Cathedral concert series, The Sheldon concert series, and many other venues in the St. Louis area and the Midwest as an accompanist and soloist. She has also been the organist for Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Charles, MO since 1995. Mrs. Derham graduated magna cum laude from Lindenwood University and with the highest honors from Southern Illinois University with degrees in piano performance.

Michael

Frazier

Children's Choir 1A
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Michael

Frazier

Children's Choir 1A

Michael Frazier is a graduate of Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, where he received his Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Accompanying. In addition to his work with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, he serves as accompanist for Main Street United Methodist Church, Lindenwood University, the Ladue School District, and is an adjunct professor of Piano at Missouri Baptist University. Mr. Frazier also serves as musical director and accompanist for several theaters in the St. Louis metro area and is a private piano instructor.

Michael

Frazier

Children's Choir 1A

Michael Frazier is a graduate of Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, where he received his Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Accompanying. In addition to his work with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, he serves as accompanist for Main Street United Methodist Church, Lindenwood University, the Ladue School District, and is an adjunct professor of Piano at Missouri Baptist University. Mr. Frazier also serves as musical director and accompanist for several theaters in the St. Louis metro area and is a private piano instructor.

Sarah Gallaher

McGuirk

Choristers 3B
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Sarah Gallaher

McGuirk

Choristers 3B

Sarah Gallaher is a graduate of the University of Minnesota– Twin Cities where she completed a Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and Coaching. A St. Louis native and Cor Jesu Academy graduate, she joined the St. Louis Children’s Choirs artistic staff in 2016. Ms. Gallaher is on faculty at St. Charles Community College and the Community Music School at Webster University, teaching class piano proficiency and private lessons. In addition, she leads youth music ministry at Our Lady of Providence Church and works as a freelance pianist in the St. Louis metro area.

Sarah Gallaher

McGuirk

Choristers 3B

Sarah Gallaher is a graduate of the University of Minnesota– Twin Cities where she completed a Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and Coaching. A St. Louis native and Cor Jesu Academy graduate, she joined the St. Louis Children’s Choirs artistic staff in 2016. Ms. Gallaher is on faculty at St. Charles Community College and the Community Music School at Webster University, teaching class piano proficiency and private lessons. In addition, she leads youth music ministry at Our Lady of Providence Church and works as a freelance pianist in the St. Louis metro area.

Linda

Radick

Chorale
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Linda

Radick

Chorale

Linda Radick graduated from SIUE with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mrs. Radick accompanies for the Parkway School District and accompanies singers and instrumentalists at Solo and Ensemble Festivals. She has served as the music minister at several large St. Louis churches, and currently leads the contemporary worship at St. Lucas UCC. Mrs. Radick has served as the musical director/pianist for many high school and community theater productions, including Webster Groves High School, Marble Stage Theater, Insight Theater, and Kirkwood Theater Guild. She volunteers as a pianist at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital.

Linda

Radick

Chorale

Linda Radick graduated from SIUE with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mrs. Radick accompanies for the Parkway School District and accompanies singers and instrumentalists at Solo and Ensemble Festivals. She has served as the music minister at several large St. Louis churches, and currently leads the contemporary worship at St. Lucas UCC. Mrs. Radick has served as the musical director/pianist for many high school and community theater productions, including Webster Groves High School, Marble Stage Theater, Insight Theater, and Kirkwood Theater Guild. She volunteers as a pianist at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital.

Katie Beth

Smith

Children's Choir 1B/1UC
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Katie Beth

Smith

Children's Choir 1B/1UC

Katie Beth Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music History from the University of Missouri-Columbia and dual Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Smith joined The St. Louis Children’s Choirs artistic staff in 2016. Ms. Smith has accompanied for various soloists and ensembles in the St. Louis area, including the choirs of Lutheran High School-St. Charles, Kirkwood Children’s Chorale, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and the Rockwood South Middle School choral program. In addition to accompanying for Children’s Choir 1B/1UC, Ms. Smith maintains a private piano studio and currently teaches K-8 music at Immacolata Catholic School in Clayton.

Katie Beth

Smith

Children's Choir 1B/1UC

Katie Beth Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music History from the University of Missouri-Columbia and dual Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Smith joined The St. Louis Children’s Choirs artistic staff in 2016. Ms. Smith has accompanied for various soloists and ensembles in the St. Louis area, including the choirs of Lutheran High School-St. Charles, Kirkwood Children’s Chorale, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and the Rockwood South Middle School choral program. In addition to accompanying for Children’s Choir 1B/1UC, Ms. Smith maintains a private piano studio and currently teaches K-8 music at Immacolata Catholic School in Clayton.

Dr. Joseph

Welch

Young Men's Chorus
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Dr. Joseph

Welch

Young Men's Chorus

Dr. Joseph Welch is Visiting Professor of Music at Blackburn College. An advocate for the vocal and keyboard arts, Dr. Welch is the Founder and Artistic Director of St. Louis Art Song. He coaches studios in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artists-in-Training program and is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill, IL. Dr. Welch is the Assistant Music Director for Variety Theatre, which produces professional musicals incorporating an inclusive children’s ensemble. His previous music direction credits include Opera Edwardsville, SIUE’s Summer Showbiz, Marble City Opera, Midwest Institute of Opera, and many summer programs. Dr. Welch is the resident pianist for Opera Edwardsville and frequently works with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. As choral accompanist, he plays for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs’ Young Men’s Chorus and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Festival Chorus. Dr. Welch serves on the boards of the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization and the Bunker Hill Education Foundation. Recent awards include Member of the Year for the Illinois State Music Teachers Association – Gateway Arch East Chapter and Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Blackburn College. Dr. Welch enjoys genealogy, gardening, photography, farming, and home remodeling in his free time.

Dr. Joseph

Welch

Young Men's Chorus

Dr. Joseph Welch is Visiting Professor of Music at Blackburn College. An advocate for the vocal and keyboard arts, Dr. Welch is the Founder and Artistic Director of St. Louis Art Song. He coaches studios in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artists-in-Training program and is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill, IL. Dr. Welch is the Assistant Music Director for Variety Theatre, which produces professional musicals incorporating an inclusive children’s ensemble. His previous music direction credits include Opera Edwardsville, SIUE’s Summer Showbiz, Marble City Opera, Midwest Institute of Opera, and many summer programs. Dr. Welch is the resident pianist for Opera Edwardsville and frequently works with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. As choral accompanist, he plays for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs’ Young Men’s Chorus and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Festival Chorus. Dr. Welch serves on the boards of the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization and the Bunker Hill Education Foundation. Recent awards include Member of the Year for the Illinois State Music Teachers Association – Gateway Arch East Chapter and Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Blackburn College. Dr. Welch enjoys genealogy, gardening, photography, farming, and home remodeling in his free time.

Administrative Staff

Executives

Barbara

Barbara

Berner

Artistic Director, CEO
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Barbara

Berner

Artistic Director, CEO

Highly regarded by her peers and beloved by her singers, Barbara Berner celebrates her 21st season as Artistic Director with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Under her direction, the advanced touring ensemble has performed nationally at the Oregon Bach Festival, Southwest and National American Choral Directors Association conventions, Carnegie Hall, and the White House. Internationally, they’ve performed in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, and most recently Montreal, Canada. The recipient of the 2017 Missouri Arts Awards for excellence in Arts Education, she has conducted the National Children’s Festival Chorus at Lincoln Center and state honor choirs in Kentucky and New Mexico. She has prepared Concert Choir for over ninety performances with the St. Louis Symphony.

Mrs. Berner received her BA from Principia College and her Master of Music from Ithaca College. Awarded an Artist-Teacher and Master Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education, she also holds an Advanced Certificate from the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskémet, Hungary.

Barbara

Berner

Artistic Director, CEO

Highly regarded by her peers and beloved by her singers, Barbara Berner celebrates her 21st season as Artistic Director with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Under her direction, the advanced touring ensemble has performed nationally at the Oregon Bach Festival, Southwest and National American Choral Directors Association conventions, Carnegie Hall, and the White House. Internationally, they’ve performed in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, and most recently Montreal, Canada. The recipient of the 2017 Missouri Arts Awards for excellence in Arts Education, she has conducted the National Children’s Festival Chorus at Lincoln Center and state honor choirs in Kentucky and New Mexico. She has prepared Concert Choir for over ninety performances with the St. Louis Symphony.

Mrs. Berner received her BA from Principia College and her Master of Music from Ithaca College. Awarded an Artist-Teacher and Master Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education, she also holds an Advanced Certificate from the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskémet, Hungary.

Pam

Pam

Jones

Chief Operating Officer
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Pam

Jones

Chief Operating Officer

With over 30 years of business experience as an executive, consultant, coach, facilitator and educator, Pam has attended Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton School of Business management courses. She was one of seven vice-presidents for a billion-dollar company and ran a $30 million-dollar publishing concern for 52 print, audio, and video products. In 1999, she founded In Good Order and has served a diverse roster of clients. In her third season, she loves contributing to the Choirs as their COO.

Pam

Jones

Chief Operating Officer

With over 30 years of business experience as an executive, consultant, coach, facilitator and educator, Pam has attended Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton School of Business management courses. She was one of seven vice-presidents for a billion-dollar company and ran a $30 million-dollar publishing concern for 52 print, audio, and video products. In 1999, she founded In Good Order and has served a diverse roster of clients. In her third season, she loves contributing to the Choirs as their COO.

Managers

Maria A.

Ellis

Community Engagement Manager
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Maria A.

Ellis

Community Engagement Manager

Maria A. Ellis joined The St. Louis Children’s Choirs as Community Engagement Coordinator in the fall of 2016, and is now the Community Engagement Manager. In this role, Maria works in collaboration with the Choir Manager to fulfill strategic plan initiatives related to partnerships, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Maria also works with music educators, school districts, and organizations that enable the Choirs to provide increased opportunities for young singers and music teachers across the community. Maria earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, where she also served as an E. Desmond Lee Intern as well as an Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony.

Maria A.

Ellis

Community Engagement Manager

Maria A. Ellis joined The St. Louis Children’s Choirs as Community Engagement Coordinator in the fall of 2016, and is now the Community Engagement Manager. In this role, Maria works in collaboration with the Choir Manager to fulfill strategic plan initiatives related to partnerships, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Maria also works with music educators, school districts, and organizations that enable the Choirs to provide increased opportunities for young singers and music teachers across the community. Maria earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, where she also served as an E. Desmond Lee Intern as well as an Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony.

Dan

Mayo

Choir Manager
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Dan

Mayo

Choir Manager

Dan Mayo is the Choir Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, coordinating logistics for rehearsals, concerts, and tours. Dan previously served as the Manager of Education and Community Engagement for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois—where he graduated in the top 3% of the College of Fine and Applied Arts—and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. An alumnus of SLCC and of Opera Theatre’s Artists-in-Training program, Dan spent five years as bass section leader in The St. Louis Symphony Chorus and continues to sing professionally.

Dan

Mayo

Choir Manager

Dan Mayo is the Choir Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, coordinating logistics for rehearsals, concerts, and tours. Dan previously served as the Manager of Education and Community Engagement for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois—where he graduated in the top 3% of the College of Fine and Applied Arts—and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. An alumnus of SLCC and of Opera Theatre’s Artists-in-Training program, Dan spent five years as bass section leader in The St. Louis Symphony Chorus and continues to sing professionally.

Kathy

Tate

Development Manager
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Kathy

Tate

Development Manager

Kathy joined the Choirs’ staff in 2011 and has since served many different administrative roles from Administrative Assistant to Office Manager and is our current Development Manager. In this role, she is responsible for managing the Choirs’ fundraising initiatives including the annual appeal, RiseUP Giving Club, and grants. As the daughter of two musicians, Kathy has always held a love for the arts and has accumulated over 13 years of experience working with arts organizations such as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Dance St. Louis, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She is a graduate of Webster University with a Master’s degree in International Relations. Kathy’s first love is theater and she enjoys attending plays and musicals. She volunteers for local theater groups whenever possible.

Kathy

Tate

Development Manager

Kathy joined the Choirs’ staff in 2011 and has since served many different administrative roles from Administrative Assistant to Office Manager and is our current Development Manager. In this role, she is responsible for managing the Choirs’ fundraising initiatives including the annual appeal, RiseUP Giving Club, and grants. As the daughter of two musicians, Kathy has always held a love for the arts and has accumulated over 13 years of experience working with arts organizations such as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Dance St. Louis, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She is a graduate of Webster University with a Master’s degree in International Relations. Kathy’s first love is theater and she enjoys attending plays and musicals. She volunteers for local theater groups whenever possible.

Coordinators

Thalia

Dimitriou

Administrative Coordinator
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Thalia

Dimitriou

Administrative Coordinator

Thalia joined the St. Louis Children’s Choirs team at the beginning of 2020 as an Administrative Intern and has loved getting to know the behind-the-scenes operations of the Choirs. An alumna of SLCC, Thalia is honored to be giving back to the organization that helped shape her musical identity. Thalia is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and holds a B.M. in Music Therapy from Florida State University. She specializes in Pediatric Medical Music Therapy with an additional NICU-MT Certification. 

Thalia

Dimitriou

Administrative Coordinator

Thalia joined the St. Louis Children’s Choirs team at the beginning of 2020 as an Administrative Intern and has loved getting to know the behind-the-scenes operations of the Choirs. An alumna of SLCC, Thalia is honored to be giving back to the organization that helped shape her musical identity. Thalia is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and holds a B.M. in Music Therapy from Florida State University. She specializes in Pediatric Medical Music Therapy with an additional NICU-MT Certification. 

Taylor

Ray

Marketing Coordinator
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Taylor

Ray

Marketing Coordinator

In her role as Marketing Coordinator, Taylor is responsible for the Choirs’ social media, advertising, marketing, graphic design (including this program), and all promotional efforts. She’s also in charge of event photography, videography, and our merchandise sales. She received her BA degree in Fine Arts/Computer Science from The University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has worked as a graphic designer for several St. Louis non-profit organizations including The Shakespeare Festival and The St. Louis Zoo. Taylor is also a competitive weightlifter!

Taylor

Ray

Marketing Coordinator

In her role as Marketing Coordinator, Taylor is responsible for the Choirs’ social media, advertising, marketing, graphic design (including this program), and all promotional efforts. She’s also in charge of event photography, videography, and our merchandise sales. She received her BA degree in Fine Arts/Computer Science from The University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has worked as a graphic designer for several St. Louis non-profit organizations including The Shakespeare Festival and The St. Louis Zoo. Taylor is also a competitive weightlifter!

Board of Directors

Together with our amazing staff, volunteers and young singers, we experienced great growth and increased community outreach – while maintaining historically high standards of excellence in music education and performance.
We look forward to more fantastic singing ahead!
Fred Kostecki
RubinBrown
President
Barbara Berner
Artistic Director
Ex-Officio
Chris Koo
Edward Jones
Vice President & Music Education Committee Chair
Charles Gooden
Retired - Harris Stowe University
Vice President
Donna Zoeller
Smith Moore & Co.
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Katie Schwaneke
Community Volunteer
Secretary
Charlotte Bohlmann
Community Volunteer
Kathy Lawton Brown
Radio Arts Foundation
Michael Case
Mastercard
Facilities Committee Chair
Suzanne Galvin
Thompson Coburn
Linda Haley
Let's Build Hope
Megan Kiley
Community Volunteer
Amy Kramer
Alumna - The St. Louis Children's Choirs
Alumni Committee Chair
David Levin
Buckingham Strategic Wealth
Libby McCandless
Community Volunteer
Marketing & Community Engagement Chair
Dr. Sheri Notaro
University of Michigan - Institute for Social Research
Dave Shuey
Retired - Siemens PLM Software
Robert Steen
RES for Research
Maryann Vognild
GreenCourse Financial Advisors
Nancy Wolfe
Bayer Crop Science
Human Resources Committee Chair
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