music

The music program at Saint Paul Lutheran High School has a rich tradition. Our choir and orchestra perform concerts and tours, and the Singing Saints have over 1,000 performances to their name since their 1971 inception. If you like to share your musical gifts, or listen to those of others, you will love the SPLHS music program!

spring concert 2024

Meet the director

Jerrode Marsh color piano and baton

Dr. Jerrode Marsh

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Dr. Jerrode Marsh is the director of Music at Saint Paul Lutheran High, where she directs the Singing Saints Concert Choir and the Saint Paul Orchestra. In addition to music, she teaches German I and II and occasionally offers a college-level Music Appreciation course in partnership with Concordia University Nebraska. She is the Executive Director of the Concordia Music Conservatory, where she also teaches advanced piano and directs two community children’s choirs. She is also the conductor and Artistic Director of Sedalia Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly as a solo and collaborative pianist and is the organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warrensburg.

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, and the Austrian-American Mozart Academy, and was also the Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt, Germany. She is the Founder and for 5 years was the Artistic Director of the Trinity International Concert Choir in Frankfurt. She holds a B.M. from Portland State University and a Masters and Doctorate in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin.

the singing saints

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 choir is comprised of students in grades 9-12, with membership usually ranging from 12-18 different countries, often including Slovakia, Mexico, Poland, Italy, Ghana, Chad, Norway, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, as well as 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 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’s next international tour is planned for May 2025.

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. 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.
Students who graduate from the choir are selected regularly for top choirs in colleges and universities around the United States.

Saint Paul Lutheran High School 's Chamber Orchestra officially became a class in 2020, after beginning as a strings program in 2015. The ensemble plays two concerts a year, has gone on mini-tours, and has performed in nursing homes, retirement centers, and presented workshops at middle schools and grade schools, encouraging young students to pursue their instrument. They occasionally collaborate with the Singing Saints and some members also play with the Sedalia Symphony Orchestra. Past members have also been selected for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. Members of the orchestra regularly receive gold medals at the district and state Music Festivals in both solo and ensemble performances. Orchestra is available to anyone who plays an orchestral instrument. Students who are not proficient but wish to play with the orchestra are strongly encouraged to enroll in private lessons, available on campus through the Concordia Music Conservatory.

Chamber Orchestra

Saint Paul Lutheran High School 'sChamber 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.

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