Dr. Patricia Cox
After a long career as a 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 an 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 the 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 and to help supervise music student teachers for MSU.
Dr. Norma McClellan
Dr. Norma McClellan (Professor Emeritus) was Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Missouri State University. She retired in June 2011 after 20 years of teaching at the University. Her Undergraduate and Masters’ degrees in Music Education are from Missouri State and her Ph.D. in Music Education is from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Over the past 25 years, Dr. McClellan has presented workshops nationwide on a variety of topics related to Music Education and has served as honor choir clinician and vocal adjudicator extensively. She has served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Springfield Boys Choir for three years. She has directed children’s choirs for over forty-seven years and currently directs the children’s choir at South Haven Baptist Church.
Taylor Shaeffer currently teaches at Reed Academy in Springfield Public Schools. Before teaching at Reed Academy, Taylor was a music teacher at Rountree and Delaware Elementary Schools. With over 200 students, he tries to make music meaningful to each of his students and provide the necessary tools for each one to succeed. He is an advocate for technology in the music classroom and thinks is a great tool to differentiate student learning. Shaeffer earned his Bachelor of Music in Education from Missouri State University and obtained his Master of Educational Administration through William Woods University. He currently performs with the Springfield Chamber Chorus throughout the year which recently sung at the MMEA 2015 conference.. Taylor is a member of MMEA and NAfME among other curricular organizations. In his spare time, he likes singing on the church worship team, hiking, kayaking and serving the community.
Donna Freeman’s interest in the Boys Choir of Springfield piqued three years ago when her senior adult choir was the guest choir for the BCS “Sweet Sounds Concert." Her passion for serving young people has been demonstrated in her professional career and in her personal life. As administrative assistant/office manager for the largest high school in Springfield, she served, supported, and interacted with young people on a day-to-day basis for 35 years. Her service to youth outside her professional career includes more than 40 years of guidance, mentoring, and support to the teen members of a civic youth service organization. Her organizational skills have been used in planning and implementing numerous special events both in her profession, her church, and in various community organizations. Her love for music and the arts is lifelong. She studied piano, flute, and voice and has served her church as a pre-school choir director and assistant. Currently, she sings in a choral chamber group, two choirs, and plays handbells in her church. The joy of her life is her family and her zeal for music is shared by four generations of family members.
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 is also 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.
Teresa Brierly is a Vocal Music Instructor at Carver Middle School. She received her Master's in Music Education from Missouri State University and her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis. Teresa traveled extensively with the Contemporary Christian band "The Spurrlows" out of Orlando, Fl., and performed in Branson, MO with the Barbara Fairchild show for several years. She has also taught private voice and piano lessons for over 27 years in her home studio. Teresa has been very involved in the implementation of the Praise Team Band in the contemporary service at First & Calvary Presbyterian for over 14 years and has worked with the youth choir and youth ministry for many years. Teresa stays very busy with her husband of 21 years and their two children who are very active in sports and youth group at First & Calvary.
Dr. Craig Carson
Dr. Craig Carson is the assistant superintendent of the Ozark Schools and an adjunct professor for Lindenwood University. He was a junior high choral director for Republic Schools for eight years prior to joining the administrative staff at Hollister Schools. Craig holds a BA in vocal music from Baptist Bible College, an MS in music education from Southwest Missouri State University, and specialist and doctoral degrees in leadership from Saint Louis University. His is a current member of MMEA and NAfME among other curricular organizations. He speaks nationally about music and the brain, poverty, literacy, and student engagement. For the past twelve years he has co-pastored Sonrise Baptist in Ozark as the worship leader and ministries' director. Craig has been happily married to Karla for twenty years and together have four children: Clayton, Preston, Madison, and Lauren. Craig has served on the BCS board for 9 years.
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 can often be found at the forefront of giving back—not only in his church, but in many community efforts, sponsoring various events for charities.
Tricia Zinecker has been a devoted music educator and choral director for 25 years. Mrs. Zinecker's experience has included 11 years in the Republic R-III School District. In addition, Mrs. Zinecker has taught in the Nixa Public Schools, and Conroe Independent School District, Conroe, Texas. Mrs. Zinecker holds a Bachelor of Music from Drury University and a Master of Music from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Tricia is also a private voice instructor and has taught Adjunct Voice at Drury University. Tricia spent 11 years as Choir Director at Christ Episcopal Church and was also Associate Director of Children's Choir of Southwest Missouri. Choirs under Mrs. Zinecker's direction have also appeared at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and American Choral Directors Association Convention.