Today on Meet the Staff Monday, we introduce you to our Choir Manager Dan Mayo.Dan Mayo

Mr. Mayo joined the SLCC staff last summer and stays busy coordinating all of our Tours and making sure all weekly rehearsals run smoothly. He earned a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance with an emphasis in Arts Administration from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois.  Mr. Mayo has been a bass section leader with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and the Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church choir. Read on to learn more…

  1. What brought you to SLCC? I have fond memories of my time in SLCC as a young person. My years in choir enabled me to meet life-long friends, build and hone great musical skills, and take advantage of unique high-level performing opportunities throughout my life. It is so satisfying to help provide this opportunity to others.
  2. What is your earliest musical memory OR How was music a part of your childhood? Some of my earliest memories were of my mother playing the piano non-stop at home. I would fall asleep to her practicing great keyboard music nearly every night! My own musical experiences began with taking piano lessons and then joining SLCC at the age of 9. I have been in a choir nearly every year since then!
  3. Is there a book or story that influenced your life or is your favorite? This is too difficult to narrow down. I do enjoy reading biographies of opera singers from the past.
  4. Which animated/Disney movie can you watch over and over again? So many great ones—perhaps Aladdin or The Mighty Ducks?
  5. Tell us about one of your hobbies outside of music. I have played chess and several competitive card games since I was a kid. I enjoy traveling to tournaments when I am able to do so.

    One of Mr. Mayo's hobbies is playing chess.

    One of Mr. Mayo’s hobbies is playing chess.

  6. It’s time for breakfast… what is on your plate? I typically don’t eat much for breakfast, but I do tend to have coffee!

7. Where have you traveled? Was it with a choir or band tour? I toured Russia with my choir in college and later traveled to Venezuela for a Latin American New Music Festival in Caracas where I co-presented a masterclass and was a guest soloist. I traveled with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and 2015.