Executive Director, Melissa Payton


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

Monica Orban, collaborative pianist in the St. Louis area since 2010, currently works with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as an Education Programs Associate.  She 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) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Board of Directors

Linda Lee, Chair
Barry Kirk, Vice Chair
Andrew V. Wuellner, Treasurer
Aaron Chickos, Secretary
Gwen Adams, Chorus President
Allen Boston
James Chalmers
J. Michael Clear
Kara Clement-Bayard
Bill Doub
Robert P. Elsperman
Becky Hauk
Elizabeth Higginbotham
Douglas Kouba
Cecilia Nadal
Mark Pye
José Silva
Harley Smith
Ben Stotler
Anne von der Heydt
Douglas H. Wilton

Advisory Council

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