Entering its fifth 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. 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.
Praised for her “ecstatic virtuosity” (Huffington Post) and for providing “notable grace” (Los Angeles Times), soprano Suzanne Anderson has performed in the New York, London, and Los Angeles metro areas with numerous professional ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Millennium Consort Singers, Voices of Ascension and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. A frequent collaborator in early music ventures, she has performed Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 one-on-a-part under the direction of Stephen Stubbs, sung in multiple productions of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutem and traveled to Hungary for a series of recitals featuring selections from Barbara Strozzi’s Opus 6. Ms. Anderson holds degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Westminster Choir College. She currently teaches privately at the Lydia Lovan Community School of Music at William Jewell College and is the director of music at Immanuel Lutheran 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.
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 festivals and competitions in Missouri and Kansas. She is a member of SAI and KMEA, and lives in St. Mary’s, Kansas, with husband Andrew and their 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 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 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.
Andrew Childs serves currently as Associate Dean and Humanities Chair at St. Mary’s College. Previously, he taught at Missouri State University, the Yale University School of Drama, 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 his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington. Solo performances include those with Seattle Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Chorale, Society of Composers International (SCI), Yale Camerata, Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces, Springfield Symphony, Connecticut Master Chorale, Orchestra Seattle, and Musica Vocale. Andrew has studied the art song repertoire with Gwendolyn Koldovsky, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Ned Rorem, Elly Ameling, Dawn Upshaw, and Hakan Hagegård, and early music with Jane Glover, Heinz Holliger, and John Steele Ritter.
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.
James Mauk has served as a guest conductor, clinician, and soloist throughout eastern North Carolina and Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from East Carolina University, studying under Drs. Andrew Crane, Daniel Bara, and Al Sturgis. James also holds a master’s degree from Missouri State University, where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Cameron LaBarr and served as associate conductor of the Men’s Chorus, coordinator of the summer Choral Institute, chorus master for the Opera Workshop, and taught undergraduate conducting. James is active in the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Choral Directors Association, and Missouri Music Educators Association. He is the founder and artistic director of Carolina Choral Artists, and has performed with Kantorei, Missouri Choral Artists, Springfield Chamber Chorus, Te Deum Antiqua, KC VITAs, and the GKCAGO Schola Cantorum. Currently, James serves as associate choral director at Lee’s Summit High School and as a choral scholar at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
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.
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.
Josh Markley completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice with honors at the University of Kansas in 2016. His dissertation on the baritone voice and its development during the Baroque era has been referenced as an “excellent source of information regarding the baritone voice in early music” by the New York Metropolitan Opera Guild. In addition to teaching vocal music in the Kansas City Missouri Public Schools, Josh is currently on the roster of the Kansas City Lyric Opera Chorus. He has sung such solo roles as Il Conte in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Tom in Henry Mollicone's one-act opera The Face on the Barroom Floor, Tarquinius on Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca. An active oratorio performer, Josh has performed solo roles in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light: An Oratorio of the Passion of Joan of Arc, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Handel's Messiah. Josh has successfully competed in local, state, and regional NATS competitions as well as the Naftzger Concerto Completion.