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, Tina Sayers

Tina Sayers holds a Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor in Music from the University of Redlands in California. A classical soprano, Tina sings with Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera Saint Louis, and the Bach Society of Saint Louis. She is also an avid recitalist who has a passion for creating and performing education and outreach performances for audiences of all ages.

Tina served on the faculty of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego for twelve years as an Assistant Professor of Vocal Studies. In 2010 she created the Community Center for the Arts (CCFA), a non-profit arts education and outreach center in south San Diego. Currently, Tina teaches voice at Missouri Baptist University.

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