William Baker, DMA, Music Director and Conductor
Christine Freeman, MME, Associate Music Director, Senior Vocal Coach
Jamea Sale, MME, Choral Assistant
Jennifer Berroth, Student Intern
O. Wayne Smith, DMA, Organist and Accompanist
OUR 18th CONCERT SEASON IN KANSAS CITY
The William Baker Festival Singers traces its history to the founding of the first Atlanta-based Festival Singers chorus by William Baker in 1985. The Kansas City ensemble created in 1998 quickly became one of the most beloved choral ensembles in the Kansas City region. The ensemble specializes in memorized performances of short-form sacred a cappella classics and spirituals, in addition to annual performances of a choral-orchestral masterworks. Recent performances have included Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart Regina Coeli, Requiem, and Coronation Mass, Bach St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor, Bloch Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), and a host of immortal masterworks.
The 50-voice ensemble has toured across the Midwest, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast, including acclaimed performances at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City, St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, and Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary, in addition to appearances in Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, San Antonio, Omaha, Des Moines, St. Louis and many other cities.
The chorus has produced 23 nationally released recordings, including seven products available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby and other digital platforms. The Festival Singers have appeared on local television programs in Atlanta, New Orleans, Savannah and Knoxville, in addition to national radio programs including The Protestant Hour, The Sounds of Majesty and National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Plans for the 2015-2016, 18th Concert Season include “Candlelight, Carols & Cathedral” a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION with members of the Kansas City Symphony, and our first tour performances in Oklahoma.
Pictures from Previous Seasons & Tours