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 choir 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 on Monday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 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.
Jennifer Stammers, Artistic Director
Jennifer Stammers, Artistic Director, holds degrees in Journalism and Music Education from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She taught elementary music for the Platte County R-III School District in Platte City, MO from 2001-2015. While there, she founded the Paxton Singers, a sixty-voice elementary auditioned choir that performed for the Missouri Music Educators’ Association annual conference in 2007 and 2012, as well as for the 2013 Verses and Voices Poet Laureate Festival at the Missouri State Capitol building and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. She also directed the annual Platte City and Barry Middle School musicals. Mrs. Stammers was named the 2014 Platte County Teacher of the Year and was the sole recipient of Resolution No. 2598 by unanimous vote of the Missouri House of Representatives, adopted May 1, 2013. She became the choral director at St. Joseph’s Bode Middle School in the fall of 2015. She is also an adjunct professor of music at William Jewell College, Liberty, MO., a successful private voice instructor and an accompanist for high school vocal and instrumental students.
Jennifer Stammers has been a member of the St. Joseph Community Chorus since 2008 and was named Assistant Director in 2013. She has served as the choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison since 1995. She has four sacred anthems published by St. James Music Press in Tryon, NC and has been very involved with theatre, most recent as music director for Shout at the Missouri Western Playhouse. Stammers was the recipient of the 2018 Allied Arts Mayor Award for Arts Educator.
Lorrie Dixon is the rehearsal accompanist and collaborative pianist for the St. Joseph Community Chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education (Choral and Piano Emphasis) from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She has over 25 years of experience accompanying university, high school, and junior high choirs in Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. Her experiences cover a wide range from all-district choirs to music theatre, soloists to large ensembles. She is accompanist for the choirs of Missouri Western State University.
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.