Founded in 1991, the St. Peters Choral Society is a non-audition, non-profit mixed chorus comprised of members primarily from St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri.  Our Founding Director, John H. Smith, lead the choir for an astounding and successful 30 years, building an impressive foundation on which our community chorus continues to thrive. With the help of many dedicated members and supporters, the choir has continued to grow and develop from about 20 members at its inception to 100-member strong today, with the ability to perform a diverse repertoire, from the works of great classical composers to the music of contemporary songwriters.  Today, under the direction of the experienced and talented Jason Martin, the choir continues to be energized and excited about singing together, and always welcomes new members into the choral community.

Director – Jason Martin

Jason is the choir director at Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters, Missouri; Director of Music at Church of the Shepherd United Methodist in neighboring St. Charles; and Choral Vice President for the Missouri Music Educators Association. He has served as the Middle School Choral Vice President for St. Louis Suburban District and is presently the Secondary Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator for the Fort Zumwalt School District. Jason holds certification in K-12 Choral/Vocal Music Education and Secondary School Administration. He received the Missouri Choral Directors Association Prelude Award in 2006, South High’s Teacher of the Year in 2010, twice selected as the St. Louis Metro District’s Outstanding Director of the Year, and in 2020 he was recognized as Outstanding Educator of the Year. A 20-year member of Missouri Choral Directors Association, Jason is an active presenter, adjudicator, and clinician for Missouri’s choral community. When he’s not directing music, he loves supporting the growth of his family while forever chasing his beautiful and forgiving wife’s “honey do” list.

         

 

Director Emeritus – John H. Smith

John has enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a music educator and director.  He earned a B.M.E. from Oklahoma Baptist University and a M.M.E. from the University of Oklahoma, with extensive graduate work at various other institutions, and a lengthy list of honors and awards to recognize his many accomplishments and dedication to his profession. He taught and directed high school choral music for 35 years in the Ft. Zumwalt, Jennings, and Riverview Gardens school districts in Missouri, until his “retirement” in 2006, after which he served as adjunct professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Missouri Baptist University, teaching, supervising student teachers, and directing the University Chorus from 2006-2017. John’s interest in 1991 to establish a community chorus to bring singers of all ages and skill levels together for the pure enjoyment of singing turned into a 30-year, 100-voice choir, which has brought tremendous joy and enrichment to the lives of so many people and our community as a whole.  We are extremely grateful for John’s dedication, musical direction, and leadership over so many years.

John, from the entire choir:  ‘We love to sing with you!’

       

 

Accompanist – Holly Anderson

Holly started playing the piano at 8 years of age. She went on to play the flute in band and orchestra during her school years. She also learned to play the organ as an adult. Her first experience with accompanying was for her Jr. High choir. She also played for her high school choir and Youth choir at church.

Holly has played for many churches, school choirs, soloists and instrumentalists over the past 30+ years, but her favorite activity has always been accompanying choirs. She is a wife and mother of 3 children, and works as a Physical Therapist. Holly has played for the St. Peters Choral Society for many years and considers it a great privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of the choir.  She brings us her great musical and performance talents, and her energy, warmth, and humor have endured her to our members.

 

 

Current St. Peters Choral Society Board Members

President:             Mike Ring
Vice President:     Bill Llewelyn
Treasurer:             Don Holt
Secretary:             Bonnie Huffman
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