Te Deum Chamber Choir is an ensemble for highly skilled singers to share, grow, and be inspired to create powerful choral music.

Te Deum Chamber Choir focuses its concerts to create a context for sacred music that evokes a penetratingly spiritual and musical experience for the audience. The deep meaning of the text and music drives every repertoire and musical choice as the Chamber Choir produces a unique choral experience.

Since its inception in 2009, Te Deum Chamber Choir has grown both in reputation and in size. Attracting some of the finest voices in Kansas City, this semi-professional ensemble is made up of elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate music teachers; professional singers, professional accompanists, private voice teachers, and music students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels. Auditions for Te Deum Chamber Choir 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.

SopranoAltoTenorBass
Lucy ConklinHannah Draper BurnettTom AsselKyle Chamberlin
Katherine DickMariana FarahMichael Bader
Paul Cummings
Julianna Fox
Sara GoeringMark BallAndrew Cunard
Rupal GuptaJosepha HadenJacob BleythingJon Duncan
Maggie HiresKatie KendleDaniel HansenPaul Eltschinger
Victoria Olson
Nanette KrausMicah HortonNick Gillock
Sydney SeratteAnn LewisJosh MaizeRyan Oldham
Tom Assel studied vocal technique with Dr. Stephen Weber at Amarillo College, Texas. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While there, he sang in the Conservatory Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Charles Robinson, and University Singers under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board. He and his wife Julie own and operate Assel Consulting LLC, a grant consulting firm specializing in grant research and proposal writing in a variety of fields. Tom has been singing with Te Deum since fall 2010.
Mark Ball is enjoying his second season with Te Deum. 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.
Jacob Bleything is thrilled to be joining Te Deum for his first season. He received a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Kansas State University, studying under Dr. Reginald Pittman. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in choral music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He has had the privilege of performing with the Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Collegiate Chorale, and In-A-Chord vocal ensembles at KSU as well as the University and Conservatory Singers at UMKC. He is an experienced performer of jazz, pop, music theatre, and art song and writes his own music as a singer/songwriter. In addition, Jacob lends his talents as a small ensemble clinician, children’s musical director, and high school vocal coach. He has a strong passion for creating meaningful, artistic music and is honored to bring the best performance he can offer.
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.
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.
Lucy Conklin is elated to be back with Te Deum for her second season. Lucy earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Kansas, studying under Dr. Julia Broxholm and performing with the Chamber Choir from 2006-2010 under Dr. Paul Tucker. Upon graduation, she moved to Kansas City to pursue a career as retail manager with World Market, where she continues to thrive in her role as general manager. Most recently, Lucy performed with KC VITAs Chamber Choir, an ensemble dedicated to performing compositions of living composers, in its inaugural performance. Additionally, she serves as choral scholar at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Kansas City. Lucy lives in Brookside with her husband, David Kaleba, and their two precious kitties, JackJack and Dot.
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.
Andrew Cunard is in his sixth season with Te Deum Chamber Choir. 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 ensembles including Te Deum Antiqua and Kantorei of Kansas City, while also remaining active in music at Atonement Lutheran Church. Andrew received a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University in 2016, and spends his days working as a Production Partner at Cornerstone Home Lending.
Katherine Dick is delighted to sing her third season with Te Deum. In 2014, she received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Kansas. While at KU, Katherine was an active member of Chamber Singers and performed in the opera/theatre productions Into the Woods and La Bohème. She performed the roles of Mariane in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe and Micaëla in Peter Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen. Apart from making music, Katherine enjoys submersing herself in the study of Shakespeare and classical theatre, and has performed the role of Juliet in She&Her’s production of Romeo and Juliet. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Katherine enjoys evenings with her cat Kiwi.
Jon Duncan has been a member of Te Deum since 2013. Jon is the choir director at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park. He previously taught at Indian Woods Middle School and Hocker Grove Middle School. Jon completed his degree in music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2011 with a minor in French. Jon has performed regularly in choral ensembles throughout the Kansas City area, including Kantorei, Spire, and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. When he is not teaching or singing, Jon enjoys running, working as a senior certified pharmacy technician, and skydiving.
Paul Eltschinger returns with a full heart of love, ready to bless others with our music in this 10th anniversary season of Te Deum. Growing up in Lawrence, he had the pleasure of studying with Sue Aber, Janeal Krehbiel, and Cathy Crispino. He then studied under Dr. Matthew Potterton at Baker University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education emphasizing vocal performance. Post-graduation, Paul decided to pursue his love for the sea as a scuba instructor in the Caribbean. Currently, Paul works as an arborist by day and runs his own farm and business, manufacturing two machines called “The Little Helper Cart” and “Henry,” by night. When not working, you will find him on an adventure with his new bride, London, and their pups Misty and Charylie.
Mariana Farah is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kansas, where she teaches courses in graduate choral literature and conducting, and directs the Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale. She also serves as music director at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Choirs under her direction have successfully performed at the Kansas and Missouri Music Educators Association conventions and at the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association Convention. In addition to her work at KU, Mariana maintains an active schedule as a clinician for festivals in Brazil and the U.S., where she is often sought out for her expertise in Brazilian choral music. Recent engagements include appearances as a conductor at the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, Universidade de São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Festival de Música de Londrina, the 2014 Idaho All State Treble Choir, a residency with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the 2015 Kantorei Summer Choral Institute. Prior to her appointment at KU, Mariana served as the Director of Choral Activities at Indiana University Southeast. She is currently the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the ACDA Southwestern Division.
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.
Nick Gillock is thrilled to be in his third season with Te Deum Chamber Choir. He completed his Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State University, graduating in December of 2014. Currently, he is the choral director at Indian Trail Middle School in the Olathe school district. At KSU he studied voice with Prof. Dale Ganz and Dr. Bryan Pinkall, and choral studies with Dr. Julie Yu and Dr. Joshua Oppenheim. He performed with the KSU Concert Choir and Men’s Choir as well as opera productions. When not singing, Nick enjoys hanging out with friends and cheering on Sporting KC and the KSU Wildcats!
Sara Goering studied music at the University of Kansas, receiving a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in 2011. While at KU, she was an avid participant in the choral program. She directed the university’s a cappella group, Genuine Imitation, for two years, and enjoyed performing in multiple opera and theatre productions. Sara is currently the Co-Associate Director of Music for Children & Youth at Country Club Christian Church along with her husband, Alex. Sara lives and works in Spring Hill where she and Alex are both active board members for the community youth theatre organization Madison Avenue Performing Arts. Sara has directed multiple shows for MAPA as well as other community theatre organizations in the area.
Rupal Gupta is thrilled to begin her first season with Te Deum and to grow among such talented singers. She studied voice with Alan Wagner at West Chester University and Marsha Vleck at Harvard University. She has performed in the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and Chamber Singers, the Harvard University Festival Choir, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Delaware Choral Arts, and most recently CoroAllegro of Delaware. Rupal works as a pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Operation Breakthrough clinic, and is passionate about health literacy, advocacy, and early childhood education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Science at Harvard and her medical degree at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Outside of medicine, music, and baking chocolate chip cookies, Rupal resides in Leawood with her husband and two children, and is active with her family in Chinmaya Mission Kansas City, a Hindu spiritual movement which encourages inner growth and happiness.
Josepha Haden is excited to return to Te Deum this season. She earned her Bachelor of Science in vocal performance at William Jewell College and studied under Dr. Rebecca Folsom. She is an advocate for technology inclusion and education and often discusses the intersection of art and science that her collegiate studies taught her. Josepha currently works for Automattic as part of their Community Outreach team. She spends her spare time attending lectures, walking with her dog, and cooking new and interesting things.
Daniel Hansen is ecstatic to begin his first year singing with Te Deum! Daniel is originally from San Jose, California. Currently, he lives in Lawrence and teaches vocal music at Ottawa Middle School. Daniel received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Education at Truman State University, and studied voice with Dr. Thomas Hueber. He performed in the premier ensemble, Cantoria, as well as Chamber Choir and University Singers under the direction of Dr. Mark Jennings. While at Truman, Daniel performed internationally in Austria, Hungary and Germany. This year, Daniel has performed with KC Vitas Chamber Choir and held the roles of Basilio and Don Curzio in the Marriage of Figaro at Missouri Western State University. He is currently a member of the Ancora Chorale in Independence, Missouri, and Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City.
Maggie Hires is honored to sing her first season with Te Deum. Maggie graduated in 2013 from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. There she sang with Chamber Choir and Bales Chorale while studying with Dr. Julia Broxholm. She is elated to have the opportunity to sing with an exceptional group of musicians. Maggie first explored her love of choral singing in Austin, Texas, where she was a member of the Conspirare Symphonic Choir. She also enjoys performing in musical theatre shows, and occasionally pounds the keys as a synth player in the pit. When she is not performing, Maggie can be found reading or playing with one of her family’s guinea pigs.
Micah Horton is excited to begin his second season with Te Deum. This New Jersey native serves as the choir director for Grandview High School, and the tenor section leader at Second Presbyterian Church in Brookside. Micah recently completed a Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in music composition and psychology from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston. He is an avid guitarist and bassist, and a certified CPR instructor through the American Heart Association. When Micah is not performing or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his two children, Zoe and Miles.
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 Chamber Choir in 2013 and is enjoying her second season with Antiqua. She serves as singer representative on the Te Deum board. For 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.
Ann Lewis is in her eighth season with Te Deum Chamber Choir. She graduated from William Jewell College in 2009 with degrees in piano performance and church music with a vocal emphasis. In 2013, she completed a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Central Missouri. She currently is in her third year of teaching at Marshall High School, where she serves as choral director, teaches music appreciation courses, and serves as the ping pong club sponsor! Prior to teaching at MHS, Ann served as the accompanist at Liberty North High School from 2010-2013. In addition to Te Deum, Ann also sings at the Gathering, the contemporary worship service at Village Presbyterian Church. Outside of the music realm, Ann works at Anthropologie to support her dress addiction. She also enjoys baking and supporting the Missouri Tigers, Chiefs, and Royals.
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.
Ryan Oldham, a composer and trumpeter, is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He holds degrees from the UMKC (D.M.A.), University of Louisville (M.M), and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.A.). He primarily writes music for acoustic instruments. His works vary in scope from several operas to piano miniatures, and everything in between. Ryan’s music has been performed in Sweden, Mexico, and the United States. In addition to composition, Ryan is a trumpet player and contributing composer in the free-form improvisation trio E. I. O. (Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes).
Victoria Olson received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she studied both choral and music education. There, 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. Victoria recently completed her Master of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. During her graduate studies, she has been an active collaborator in numerous concerts, large-scale projects, and recitals. In 2017, she made her international debut as the soprano soloist for the Mozart Requiem with the Varna International Opera Company in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Victoria is a versatile artist with experience in both traditional and new music, but she specializes in music of the Baroque era with particular interest in cantatas, oratorios, and works for small chamber ensembles.
Sydney Seratte is in her fifth year as general music teacher at Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School in Shawnee. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. As a UMKC student, Sydney enjoyed singing in numerous university choirs and vocal recitals. Her teachers have included Janeal Krehbiel, Cathy Crispino, Dr. Charles Robinson, Dr. Ryan Board, Dr. Aidan Soder, and Patrice Sollenberger. Sydney teaches music lessons in the Kansas City area and holds a master’s degree in technology–enhanced teaching from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education at UMKC.

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