Entering its fourth season, Te Deum Antiqua is excited to share the elegance and profundity of Early Music. This small ensemble specializes in historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. Antiqua uses its scholarship to provide compelling and engaging concerts. Bringing together highly skilled singers and early music experts, Te Deum Antiqua fills a unique niche in the vast Kansas City choral scene.
Auditions for Te Deum Antiqua 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.
Beth Kakacek-Munce, coloratura soprano, is enjoying her second season with Te Deum Antiqua. Beth is an active choral singer and supporter of the arts. Beth currently sings with Kantorei of Kansas City, which she co-founded in 2009 with her husband/music director, Chris. Beth also sang with the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale for four seasons, Armonia Early Music Ensemble, as well as with various other professional singing groups and collaborations. In 2006, Beth completed her Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. During her tenure at UMKC, she was an active participant in choral activities, chamber works, and opera. Beth maintains a private voice studio of 30 students in Lee's Summit, Missouri.
Sarah Reed is a Kansas City native. She holds a Bachelor of Science in vocal performance from William Jewell College where she studied voice as a Choral Scholar. While working toward her degree, she studied privately with Sarah Tannehill Anderson and sang in the Concert Choir and Schola Cantorum. In the Spring of her Junior year, she appeared as a featured soloist with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra after winning the William Jewell Collegiate Artist Competition. Sarah has performed chorally and as a soloist with Musica Vocale, AGO Schola Cantorum, Cardinalis, and Te Deum Antiqua, and is currently seated as a Choral Scholar at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. In 2014, she participated in the Baroque Vocal Programme as part of the Vancouver Early Music Festival, and in 2016 she appeared as a soloist for Elijah under the direction of Don Neuen. Sarah is elated to continue singing with Antiqua!
Hanna Draper Burnett
Hannah Draper Burnett is Director of Choral Studies and Music Instructor at Cloud County Community College, where she directs the collegiate and community choral ensembles and teaches courses in music appreciation and private voice. She also serves as choir director for the First United Methodist Church of Concordia, Kansas. She previously held positions as director of the Foster Academy for Musical Excellence Youth Chorus in Richmond, Kentucky, assistant conductor for the choirs of The Church of the Good Shepherd, and assistant director of Universitatis Schola Cantorum, both in Lexington, Kentucky. Hannah received a Master of Music in choral conducting from Eastern Kentucky University. She remains active as a performer, conductor, and clinician, and has served as a resident member of Cincinnati’s historic May Festival Chorus, the Lexington Chamber Chorale, and is a member of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble under artistic director Craig Hella Johnson.
Krista Childs earned her Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music degrees at Missouri State University, where she sang for five years under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb. A native of Sedalia, Missouri, Krista specializes in early childhood music education and is a certified Kodaly instructor. She has extensive experience as a choral conductor and singer in liturgical, educational, and professional settings. She conducted the Children’s Chorus of Southwest Missouri, and taught previously in the Bolivar R-1 school district. She currently teaches and oversees K-12 curriculum development at St. Mary’s Academy. Her high school women’s ensemble has received consecutive I ratings at the Worlds of Fun Music Festival. She and husband Andrew Childs have four children.
Nanette Kraus joined Te Deum Chamber Choir in 2013 and is enjoying her second season with Antiqua. She serves as singer representative on the Te Deum board. For the past nine years, she worked as staff accompanist, piano instructor and chapel music coordinator at Baker University. Nanette recently moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she works a variety of projects as freelance collaborative pianist and singer, and assists with music at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park. She also sings with KC VITAs Chamber Choir. Nanette earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Bethany College, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas. When not making music, she enjoys landscape photography, poetry, and Jayhawk basketball.
Mark Ball is thrilled to join Te Deum for its 2016-2017 season; after years of encouraging and supporting the group, he finally gets to sing! He has had a long career as music teacher and church musician in the Kansas City area, and began serving as Director of Music Ministry and Organist at Southminster Presbyterian Church in August of 2016. He also teaches voice and piano, maintaining a studio at Southminster Church. Mark’s formal musical studies were at William Jewell College, Westminster Choir College, and Eastman School of Music. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, cooking, playing the piano, and reading – especially poetry, history, and anything by Wendell Berry.
Brad Light holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music from Harding University where he studied with Kelly Niell. He also earned a Master of Music in Education from the University of Mississippi where he studied with Bradley Robinson. In addition to being a choral musician, Brad has also been active as a soloist singing the baritone solos for Beethoven’s Mass in C andChoral Fantasy, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, and served as the tenor soloists for Bach's Mass in G with the AGO Schola Cantorum. Mr. Light has also appeared on stage as Giuesseppe in Glibert and Sulivan’s The Gondoliers, Paul in Company, and Henrik in A Little Night Music.
Joshua Maize is recognized as a lyric baritone with a unique and beautiful sound, especially fitting for early music. This is his sixth season with Te Deum Chamber Choir and fourth season with Te Deum Antiqua. He has been a member of a number of ensembles including Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Norfolk Chamber Chorus, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and KC Collegium Vocale. He is currently director of music and choirmaster for Grace Episcopal Church, having previously served as choral scholar for Grace Episcopal Cathedral and choral intern for Village Presbyterian Church. Josh is working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting under Robert Bode at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He holds master’s degrees in musicology and church music from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Music Education from UMKC. Josh is a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Vocal Fellowship from Yale University and his teachers have included Mariana Farah, Raymond Feener, and Ryan Board.
Kyle Chamberlin is thankful to be starting his fourth season with Te Deum Chamber Choir and his second season with Te Deum Antiqua. Kyle teaches choir at Indian Hills Middle School. He graduated from Emporia State University with a dual degree in vocal and instrumental music education. While at ESU, Kyle appeared in many musicals and operas, and presented solo recitals in South Korea and Mexico City. In the past 10 years, he has performed in numerous productions at Great Plains Theatre, a regional theatre in Abilene, Kansas. Locally, Kyle has sung with several choirs, including Spire and The Ancora Chorale.
Andrew Childs serves as Associate Dean, Humanities Chair, and Professor of Music at St. Mary’s College in St. Mary’s, Kansas. Previously, he taught at Missouri State University, the Yale University School of Drama, the Thames Valley Music School at Connecticut College, and served as Managing Coordinator of the Department of Voice and Opera at the Yale School of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of California, Irvine, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington. Guest appearances include those with Seattle Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony Chorale, Society of Composers International, Yale Camerata, Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces, Springfield Symphony, Connecticut Master Chorale, Missouri Chamber Players, Orchestra Seattle, Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and Connecticut Chamber Players. He has studied art song repertoire with Gwendolyn Koldovsky, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Ned Rorem, Elly Ameling, Dawn Upshaw, and Håkan Hagegård, and early music with specialists Jane Glover, Martin Haselböck, Heinz Holliger, Max van Egmond, and John Steele Ritter.
Paul Cummings, baritone, has been a soloist for the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Long Beach Opera, Musica Angelica, Pacific Composers Forum, and a guest soloist for the UC Irvine opera department. He has appeared on 14 recordings (Telarc, Harmonia Mundi, and RCM labels), in projects ranging from medieval to children’s music. He was a longtime member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera Chorus. He currently teaches singing, movement, instrumental music and improvisation to grade school children, using the Orff Schulwerk method at Citizens of the World Charter in Kansas City, Missouri.