Mr. Eichenberger is in his third year as the Director of Choirs at Central High School. He was previously the Vocal Music Director at Joplin High School and Springfield Catholic High School. Mr. Eichenberger’s choirs and ensembles consistently receive exemplary ratings at contests and his private students regularly sing on collegiate and professional stages. “Mr. E’s” groups have performed at a variety of local and regional venues as well as having the privilege to perform for the President of the United States. Prior to a teaching career, Mr. Eichenberger spent 11 years as a professional performer. He has had the privilege of working with Tony nominees, Grammy winners, and American Idol finalists.
Mr. Eichenberger received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Hastings College (Nebraska). He completed his Masters in Music and Masters of Arts in Teaching at Missouri State University.
Dustin Bush is a graduate of Evangel University with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music. Dustin teaches K-6 General Music with a vocal emphasis and directs the Middle School and High School choirs for Grace Classical Academy. For the 2018-19 season he started and directs the Grace Classical Academy bands. He is also a teacher for Play and Sing His Praises, a homeschool music program in Springfield which serves over 350 homeschool students from 3 states. At PSHP he focuses on brass and percussion for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players, as well as working with the High School choir and High School Orchestra. Dustin is currently active in Four State Symphonic Winds and a substitute horn for the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra). He is also a regular performer and director within a variety of ensembles. He previously served on board for the Belleville Bell Notes Chorus (now The Sounds of Harmony Chorus) in Illinois and on board for the Southwest Home Education Ministry (SHEM) with his wife helping organize the Springfield annual homeschool convention and other events. His six children are homeschooled by his wife, Melanie, who is also a musician and educator, volunteers as the BCS librarian.
Dr. Daniel S. Hellman
Daniel Hellman is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Missouri State University where his teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, supervising student teachers, advising music education majors and guiding graduate students’ theses. Prior to joining the faculty at Missouri State, he taught at Anna Maria College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and the Terrebonne and St. Charles Parish School Districts in Louisiana. Hellman’s primary research interests are instrumental music learning, preservice teacher preparation, and social issues in music education. He regularly presents papers at regional and national conferences. He is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Research and Issues in Music Education, the Southeastern Journal of Music Education and The Harp Therapy Journal. He is editor of the Missouri Journal of Music Education and has served as a reviewer for music education conferences and other publications. In addition, Hellman has held several leadership roles in teacher education and currently serves as the state chair for the Society of Music Teacher Education. He has also worked as a content consultant at state and national standard setting conferences. At Missouri State, Hellman has served as chair of the Professional Education Committee, the Secondary/K12 Oversight Committee, and the Conceptual Frameworks Committee.
Nichole Springer is a staff accountant at Elliott, Robinson and Company, LLP. She earned her Associate of Arts transfer degree from Ozarks Technical Community College, where she was actively involved in the OTC Honor’s Program and Phi Theta Kappa. She then transferred to Missouri State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting. While enrolled at MSU, she was a staff reporter for the school newspaper, The Standard. She is currently working towards getting her CPA license. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and running on the trails in Springfield.
Sharon retired as an Administrative Assistant for Springfield Public Schools after forty-seven years. She graduated from Central High School and attended Missouri State University (MSU). She has been married to Jim Whytlaw for 40 years, and they have a daughter and two grandchildren, one of whom has been a member of the Boys Choir of Springfield for the past three years. Sharon volunteers for Springfield Public Schools, currently at Hickory Hills.
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Kathy Phillips has been a vocal music teacher in Republic for forty-three years. She earned her BMus in Education from Southwest Baptist College (SBU) and her MS degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State University (MSU). She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, NAfME, MMEA, ACDA, and MCDA. She is currently serving as President-Elect for SCMMEA. Kathy also is serving as secretary of the Springfield Mid-America Singers board of directors. She is an active member of Hood United Methodist Church, where she has served as a Sunday School teacher for adults for over twenty-five years and is the children's choir director. Kathy is married and has two adult children, Nicholas and Christopher, both of whom work in the music field.
Bryan Berry is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri and has practiced law in the area since 2002, having served in the Greene County Prosecutor's office. He is the father of three teenagers, including a two-time All State Choir honoree and two long-term members of Children's Choirs of Southwest Missouri. He is a resident of Republic, Missouri.
Dr. Sam Coryell
Dr. Sam Coryell was a college music professor for 30 years before co-founding TLC Properties which specializes in developing multifamily apartment complexes. A tribute to his expert design and concern for his tenants is that many of his complexes were almost entirely rented by the time they initially opened. Sam and his wife, Carol, have raised three sons who have, in turn, participated closely in the real estate business. Sam often can be found at the forefront of giving back—not only in his church, but in many community efforts, sponsoring various events for charities.
Dr. Patricia Cox
After a long career as professor of music, Harding University, Patricia Huff Cox retired and moved to Springfield in 2010. Dr. Cox has a B.S. in music education from Texas Woman’s University, an M.Ed. with emphasis in music from Harding University, and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of North Texas. Patricia has played violin and viola in symphony orchestras including Ft. Worth, Abilene, Huntsville, AL, Pine Bluff, AR, and the Delta Symphony of Jonesboro. She began her career as an elementary music teacher for the first Orff program in Texas. Later, she directed middle school orchestra and choir, the Harding University Orchestra and String Quartet, the Searcy String Quartet, and the White County Youth Orchestra. She was a founding board member of the Searcy Community School of Music and appointed to the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Council. Dr. Cox has published numerous articles in research journals and music education magazines. She has 4 children and 8 grandchildren and continues to teach privately.
Dan grew up in Michigan in a musically-talented family. After graduating from Michigan State University, Dan moved to Missouri and became the owner and administrator of Riverview Manor and Riverview Residential Place in Ozark. He retired from the nursing home business in 2012 and currently owns multi-family properties. Dan has been a member of Springfield Mid America Singers for thirty years. In addition to the Boys Choir of Springfield board, he serves on the boards of Springfield Mid America Singers and the Messiah Project. He is a member of Schweitzer United Methodist Church where he sings in three groups.