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. 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!