about-usOur History

Te Deum was founded by Matthew Christopher Shepard in the fall of 2008 as a way to fulfill an expressed need by both singers and audiences in the Kansas City area to present sacred choral music concerts of the highest quality. The Te Deum Chamber Choir performed its first concert in spring 2009. Since then, the chamber choir has built an expressive and varied repertoire that spans centuries of time and wide ranges of composition style.
The success of Te Deum Chamber Choir’s participation of a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor in 2013 prompted the formation of a second ensemble solely dedicated to early music performances. Te Deum Antiqua performed its debut concert in the fall of 2013.

Our Vision and Missions

The Vision of Te Deum, Inc.

Humanity transformed by sacred music.

The Mission of Te Deum Chamber Choir

To perform a diverse sacred choral repertoire in a uniquely relevant context, to create a musically inspiring, spiritually stirring experience.

The Mission of Te Deum Antiqua

To provide Kansas City with a highly skilled ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of early music.

Our Staff

Matthew Christopher Shepard, Executive Director & Artistic Director
Shannon Solis, Executive Assistant
Kurt Knecht, Organist and Rehearsal Accompanist

Our Board

Barbara Loring Foster, President
Brian Ellison, Secretary
Judy Frame-Wiseman, Treasurer
Brynne Brown
Josepha Haden Chomphosy
Martha Gershun
David Kinerk
Nanette Kraus
Mark McDowell
Stefan Offenbach
Janet Rose

Advisory Board Members

Tom Assel
Mark Ball
Ruth & Al Biggs
Joyce & Scott Blakesley
Jim Borthwick
Bill Cannon
Alice Carrott
Sharon Cheers
Cathy Crispino
Dr. Arnold Epley
Karen Garrett
Jessamine Guislain
Kirk Isenhour
Barbara Jaekel & Bob Walsh
Leigh Klein
Jan Kraybill
Linda Odell
John & Fiona Schaefer
Lisa Schellhorn
Patty Zender


Auditions for Te Deum are held each June. To be considered for an audition, please submit an audition request form. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an audition appointment.


Supporting Te Deum is a fun and very rewarding experience. We would love for you to join us in volunteering your time and talents to this wonderful organization. Some of the ways you might be able to help include: concert night volunteers (ushering, box office, ticketing, etc.); marketing and communications assistance; fundraising; photography/videography; and administrative support. If you are interested, please contact us at info@te-deum.org