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Singing Saints Choir

The SINGING SAINTS is a 65-voice concert choir of Saint Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia, Missouri, USA, under the direction of Dr. Jerrode Marsh. The 22-23 choir is comprised of students in grades 9-12, with members from 14 different countries, including Slovakia, Mexico, Poland, Italy, Ghana, Chad, Norway, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and the U.S. The award-winning choir has toured annually since 1971 with over 1000 appearances in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The choir has performed in the Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, in Carnegie Hall, and most recently with the Sedalia Symphony Orchestra. The choir made its first international concert tour in the summer of 2018, where it performed a 19-day tour, singing in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. The choir consistently receives top ratings in the state of Missouri at contests and festivals, as do many individual members who compete in vocal and instrumental solo entries.

The choir has a singular focus--that of proclaiming boldly the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music.  It does this by singing a wide range of musical styles, including sacred Renaissance, German Chorales, American Spirituals, 19th-century motets, 20th-century anthems, popular world music favorites, and more.  The choir sings an average of 20+ performances a season; in addition to their annual choir tour, they are frequently invited to sing at regional Lutheran celebrations, benefit concerts and local civic events. Students who graduate from the choir are selected regularly for top choirs in colleges and universities around the United States.

Many thanks to those who attended the Down by the Riverside concert in October!  We hoped you had an enjoyable time.  Rewatch the concert here!

The Singing Saints had a successful spring tour performing many concerts at churches and assemblies at grade schools along the way.  They traveled to Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.  You can rewatch their spring concert here.




Chamber Orchestra

Saint Paul's Chamber Orchestra officially became a class in 2015.  They play two concerts a year, have gone on mini-tours, and have played in assemblies at different schools.  They occasionally accompany the choir, depending on the level of students each year.  Some members also play regularly with the Sedalia Symphony Orchestra and past members have also been selected for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.  Members have been selected for All-District Band and All-District Orchestra.  Orchestra is available to anyone who plays the violin, viola, cello, or double bass.

Meet the director

Dr. Jerrode Marsh is the director of Music at Saint Paul Lutheran High, where she directs the Singing Saints Concert Choir, the Saint Paul Chamber Choir, and the Saint Paul Orchestra.  In addition to music, she teaches German classes and occasionally offers a college-level Music Appreciation course in partnership with Concordia University Nebraska.  She is also the conductor and Artistic Director of Sedalia Symphony Orchestra, the second-oldest orchestra in Missouri, and is the Executive Director of the Concordia Music Conservatory.  She performs regularly as a solo and collaborative pianist in the region and is a regular organist at churches in her circuit. 

Marsh came to Saint Paul Lutheran High School in the fall of 2015 from Frankfurt, Germany, where she worked for nearly two decades as a professional musician, performing as a solo pianist, conductor, and collaborative artist throughout Europe.  She has worked with the Frankfurt Opera, the Austrian-American Mozart Academy, and was also the Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt, Germany.  She was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Trinity International Concert Choir, a large concert choir that performs large choral works with orchestra.  She holds a B.M. from Portland State University and a Masters and Doctorate in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin.