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.
Julianna Fox was pleased to join Te Deum in the spring of 2015. She holds bachelor’s degrees in vocal music education and vocal performance from Missouri State University. While at MSU, she was privileged to sing in the Concert Chorale under Dr. Guy Webb. She was also active in the opera program, costuming many productions as well as performing. Julianna is an alumnus of the Kansas City Chorale and taught elementary music in Hickman Mills before working in insurance services for State Street Financial. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to her son Miles, and expects a daughter in February.
Suzanne Hatcher is a widely experienced singer, comfortable and in demand not only as a singer in most classical genres, but also as a coach/accompanist and conductor. Suzanne holds degrees from California State University, Stanislaus; Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music; and has completed the coursework for a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting and pedagogy from the University of Miami. With Seraphic Fire, she was the soprano soloist under Michael Tilson Thomas for the New World Symphony’s performance of Schubert’s Mass in Eb. In addition to Te Deum Chamber Choir and Te Deum Antiqua, Suzanne is on the rosters of Seraphic Fire, Kantorei, Trinity Chamber Artists, and Spire Chamber Ensemble, and is an alumnus of the Kansas City Chorale. With Seraphic Fire, she is an artist and arranger on two Grammy-nominated discs. When not singing, Suzanne works as the accompanist/assistant choral director for Wyandotte High School, accompanies the All City Children’s Chorus and Voices of Change, and serves as Director of Vocal Music for Monticello United Methodist Church.
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.
Victoria Olson is a graduate student in vocal performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. A native of Omaha, Victoria received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she was heavily involved in the choral and music education programs. She served as section leader at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, sang in the community chamber ensemble Madrigali et al, and performed regularly with community and professional ensembles in the greater Omaha area. During the course of her graduate studies, Victoria has been an active collaborator in numerous concerts, large-scale projects, and recitals. In addition to her vocal studies, Victoria has a strong interest in music education and has served as clinician and adjudicator for schools and events across the Midwest.
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.
Joanna M. Davis
Joanna M. Davis is thrilled to be singing her third season with Te Deum Chamber Choir and her second season with Te Deum Antiqua. She received her Bachelor of Music Education and Performance Diploma from Missouri State University, where she studied violin with David Hays. Joanna earned a Master of Music in violin performance at the University of Missouri under Susan Jensen. Joanna is a first violinist in the Springfield Symphony under the direction of Kyle Wiley Pickett. She particularly enjoys performing as a violinist with choirs including Kantorei of Kansas City, The Kansas City Chorale, and The Kansas City Men's Ensemble. A versatile musician, Joanna is an avid singer and has been involved in many choirs, most notably the MSU Concert Chorale, MU University Singers, The Bach Society of St. Louis, Voices of Prometheus, and Kantorei. She is the assistant orchestra director at Lee’s Summit North High School. Joanna lives in Brookside with her husband, Jason, and their dogs, Harper and Anastasia.
Katie Kendle is an experienced vocalist and engaging performer, connecting with audiences through a variety of styles and ensembles. She joined Te Deum Chamber Choir in 2010 and Te Deum Antiqua in 2014. In prior years she has performed with numerous ensembles, including Fine Arts Chorale under the direction of Terri Teal, Kansas City’s Puccini Fest, Southwestern University Chorale, and the University Choir and Madrigal Singers of Texas Tech. Katie enjoys freelance work as well, singing for churches and weddings in the Kansas City area, and collaborating with other local artists in songwriting projects. She is currently the music teacher for preschool and homeschool classes at Overland Park Community Bible Study. Katie makes her home in Kansas City with her husband Josh and their three children.
Nanette Kraus joined Te Deum in 2013 and is enjoying her first season with Antiqua. She serves as the singer representative on the board of Te Deum, Inc. For the past nine years, she worked as staff accompanist and piano instructor at Baker University, where she also served as chapel music coordinator. She assists as organist and cantor at Annunciation Catholic Church in Baldwin City. Nanette earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas. Nanette also sings with KC VITAs Chamber Choir, and enjoys freelance collaborative work with other Te Deum musicians. Outside of music, she enjoys running, 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.
Jeff Howe is excited to sing in both Te Deum Antiqua and Chamber Choir. Jeff attends William Jewell College, where he is in his final year of studies for a Bachelor of Science in vocal performance. In addition to the Chamber Choir and Te Deum Antiqua, Jeff has sung in a number of ensembles throughout the Kansas City area, including the Grammy award-winning Kansas City Chorale, and is the tenor choral intern at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village. After graduating, he hopes to sing professionally and make a life-long career in music.
Ryan Main is a composer, director, educator, and performer. His music has been published by Wingert-Jones Publications and performed internationally. His titles have earned two Editors’ Choice distinctions from J.W. Pepper, and have been performed at honor choir and band events across the nation. Other notable performances include the Midwest Band Clinic, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) regional conferences, and the 2017 ACDA national conference. Ryan holds a Master of Music in music composition and a Master of Music in music education from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music in music composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Previously, he served as Director of Choirs at Van Horn High School and Nowlin Middle School. He proudly calls Kansas City home, and is excited to join Te Deum.
Joshua Maize is recognized as a lyric baritone with a unique and beautiful sound, especially fitting for early music. This is his fifth season with Te Deum Chamber Choir and third season with Te Deum Antiqua, where he serves as Artistic Associate and vocalist. He has been a member of a number of ensembles including Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and KC Collegium Vocale. He is currently 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.
Jake Thede, tenor, received the Carl and Francis Haven Preyer Award for Outstanding Graduating Vocalist, earning his Bachelor of Music in voice from the University of Kansas in 2015. Jake has performed with Kantorei of Kansas City, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Des Moines Metro Opera, KU Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre, and the Eutiner Festspiele in Eutin, Germany. Jake is currently studying toward his Master of Music in voice at the University of Kansas with Dr. John Stephens. Jake began his musical studies primarily as a percussionist, which led him to play tenor drums for one season with the KU Drumline. He has continued learning other instruments such as guitar and bass guitar, playing for contemporary worship services at several different churches in Kansas. An avid sports fan, Jake has sung solo national anthems for the Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City, and KU men’s basketball. He is a native of Urbandale, Iowa.
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 Cunard is excited to join Te Deum Antiqua for the 2016-17 season. In 2010, Andrew graduated with a business degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. While there, he sang in several premier groups including the Wartburg Choir where he grew as a choral singer under the direction of Dr. Paul Torkelson, Dr. Weston Noble, and current director Dr. Lee Nelson. After returning to Kansas City, Andrew has sung with several other groups including Te Deum Chamber Choir and Kantorei of Kansas City, while also being very active in music at Atonement Lutheran Church. Andrew recently graduated from Rockhurst University with a Master of Business Administration and spends his days working as a Production Partner at Cornerstone Home Lending.
Jonathan Krinke, baritone, is excited to perform in his second season with Antiqua. He has been fortunate enough to perform as a bass in several ensembles, including early music ensembles Armonia and Kansas City Collegium Vocale. He has also sung with The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers and The Kansas City Men’s Ensemble. Jonathan has served as choral director at Lee’s Summit North High School since 2012. Prior to taking the position at Lee’s Summit North, he taught for six years at Truman High School in Independence, Missouri, and one year at Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri. Jonathan holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in vocal performance, music composition, and choral music education. While at the Conservatory, he studied voice with Michael Cousins. Most of all, Jonathan enjoys the company of his wife Amy, and the passion that they both share for music and educating young adults.
John Stafford II
John Stafford II is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where he has served since 2010. John holds degrees from Millikin University and Bowling Green State University, with additional doctoral choral studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Among his professional activities, John serves as the Jazz and Show Choir Chair of the Kansas Choral Directors Association; he is also a member of National Association for Music Educators, Jazz Educators Network, and American Choral Directors Association. His choral music has been published through The Lorenz Corporation and Sound Music Publications. Also, John is the Director of Choral Music at Community Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. This concert season, his collegiate vocal jazz ensemble, The Standard, will perform at both the national conferences of the Jazz Educators Network and American Choral Directors Association. The group will also perform in concert with internationally acclaimed artists including Take 6, Dianne Reeves, and Marilyn Maye.