Executive Director, Melissa Payton

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Melissa Payton graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a degree in Vocal Performance. Shortly after graduation, she joined the Bach Society as their Soprano Young Artist in 2004 and continues to sing in the Chorus today as a Principal Singer. Melissa accepted the position of Executive Director in the Spring of 2013 and is excited about contributing to the success of the organization in her new role. A native of Florissant, Missouri, Melissa now resides with her husband and daughter in Olivette.

Director of Education, Monica Orban

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Monica Orban, collaborative pianist in the St. Louis area since 2010, currently works with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as an Education Programs Associate.  Monica volunteers as an “E.N.V.O.Y” (Educators of National Voices of Youth) for Music For All, a music and arts education advocacy organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Monica has extensive experience in accompanying choirs of all ages and preparing students for solo/ensemble competitions and college auditions.
Monica holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Butler University and a Masters in Education with a music emphasis from Lindenwood University.  As a music educator, she has taught K-12 vocal music in both Indiana and Ohio.
Monica’s strong passion for music lead her to establish and direct an elementary children’s choir in Xenia, Ohio.  She has participated on contemporary and traditional worship teams, and played and coached for a variety of music theater companies.  Monica holds professional memberships in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA).  Monica loves to dance, walk, read, and travel!

Board of Directors

Linda Lee, Chair
Barry Kirk, Vice Chair
Andrew V. Wuellner, Treasurer
Harley Smith, Secretary
Allen Boston
Aaron Chickos
Bill Doub
J. Michael Clear
Robert P. Elsperman
Becky Hauk
Marion Hayes
Elizabeth Higginbotham
Cecilia Nadal
Mark Pye
Ben Stotler
Ann von der Heydt

Advisory Council

Jeanene Dugan
Catherine Edwards
Todd Harper
Roisin Hughes
Ron Klemm
Deane H. Looney
Eleanor Mullin
Cynthia Murdoch
Greg Upchurch
Jan and Katy VerHagen