St. Joseph Community Chorus
The Voice of Community

St. Joseph Community Chorus

It is the mission of the St. Joseph Community Chorus to foster the enjoyment and appreciation of quality choral music among its membership and the regional community by providing an organization of the highest caliber to present exceptional performances of choral literature. This ensemble is the largest all-volunteer performing organization in Northwest Missouri.

Founded in 1980, the St. Joseph Community Chorus, in partnership with Missouri Western State University, presents interesting, challenging and diverse programs of choral music from classical to contemporary throughout the Midwest region. The Chorus, open to all age groups high school and above, includes 85 singers that rehearse every Monday night from 7:30 – 9:20 p.m. in the Missouri Western State University Choir Room (Potter 112). Singers may join the Chorus at the beginning of each semester and may take the course for university credit if they choose.

Elise HepworthDr. Elise Hepworth, Artistic Director

SJCC welcomes Dr. Elise Hepwoth, MWSU Director of Choral Activities, as Artistic Director for the 2015-2016 concert season. From Hamilton, MO, she has a B.S. Ed. In Vocal Music Education from NWMSU, an MME in Vocal Music from UMKC Conservatory of Music, a DA in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Mississippi and post doctoral work from the New Zealand School of Music. She came to Missouri Western from Wayne State College, Wayne, NE where she directed the choirs and supervised student teaching from 2008-2014. An outstanding soloist herself, she brings a wealth of teaching, conducting and performance experience. Joining SJCC this past season, she has soloed and directed several of the works performed throughout the past season.

Jennifer StammersJennifer Stammers holds degrees in Journalism and Music Education from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She taught music for many years with the Platte County R-III School District in Platte City, MO where she was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year. Beginning this fall, she will be teaching music at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph. She is also the Choirmaster at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison. She has been a member of the St. Joseph Community Chorus and Chamber Choir since 2008 and served as Assistant Director since 2013.

Frank D. Thomas
Founding Director, Frank D. Thomas, will continue to serve on the Music Advisory Committee and the SJCC Board of Directors as well as singing in the Chorus and Chamber Choir. The Chorus has enjoyed his leadership since 1980.



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Financial assistance for this program is provided by the Arts Fund of the Allied Arts Council and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, Missouri Western State University Department of Music, the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of St. Joseph.
2015-2016 Season

Autumn Landscapes: Songs of Love and Devotion
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 - 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
301 N. 7th Street
St. Joseph, MO

Christmas at the Cathedral with
the Fountain City Brass Band

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 - 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Joseph
519 N. 10th Street
St. Joseph, MO

Springtime at the Opera
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 3 p.m.
MWSU Fulkerson Center
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO

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Attn: Singers

The first SJCC rehearsal will be
Monday, August 24, 2015
in MWSU Potter Hall 112.


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