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.
Matthew Christopher Shepard, Executive Director & Artistic Director
Shannon Solis, Executive Assistant
Kurt Knecht, Organist and Rehearsal Accompanist
Our Board of Directors
Brian Ellison, President
Martha Gershun, Vice President
Brynne Brown, Treasurer
Josepha Haden Chomphosy, Secretary
Barbara Loring Foster, Immediate Past President
Advisory Board Members
Ruth & Al Biggs
Joyce & Scott Blakesley
Dr. Arnold Epley
Barbara Jaekel & Bob Walsh
John & Fiona Schaefer
Auditions for Te Deum are held each June. Information about the audition process can be found here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.