Vice President of Elementary Choirs – Taylor Bryson



Taylor Bryson started his teaching career four years ago at Inman Intermediate School in Nixa, Missouri, where he teaches general music and directs two choirs: Inman Singers and Eagle Honors Choir. In 2021 Taylor became the Artistic Director of the Boys Choir of Springfield, which has tripled in size under his direction. Taylor graduated with his degree in Vocal Music Education from Missouri State University in 2020. Taylor has also been featured as a presenter for the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference. In addition, he currently serves as the Music Minister at Cassidy United Methodist Church. He holds professional memberships with MMEA, MCDA, and ACDA. This is Taylor’s first year as Vice President of Elementary Choirs for SCCMEA, a position he holds very dearly as this exact choir was the first choir Taylor ever performed in. 

2023 SCMMEA Elementary & Junior High Honors Choir Information:
1) Fill out the Registration form; this form will close at midnight on December 22, 2022.
2. Pay via credit card on Katie Presser’s (our SCMMEA Treasurer) page on the SCMMEA Website
2)  Order Music for each student:
  • Animal Imagination – Tom Shelton
  • Bist Du Bei Mir – Bach, arr. Doreen Rao 
  • Goliath – Joseph M Martin 
  • Child of Peace – David Waggoner 
  • Feel Good arr. Barbara Baker & David J Elliot 
3) Practice Tracks
4)  Remember future dates:
  • January 19, 2024: T-shirts sizes and Program Names due.
  • February 2, 2024: Money must be postmarked, remember that you can now pay online. (I would do your PO before December Board Meeting if possible)
  • February 24, 2023: Event at SBU (see one pager for tentative schedule)
5) Check this for additional questions:

2022 SCMMEA Clinician: Maria A. Ellis 

Known Internationally as “Girl Conductor”, Maria A. Ellis is a passionate music educator and conductor. She is the owner of Girl Conductor LLC, which specializes in diverse music education resources and serves as the Artistic Director of The Sheldon’s All-Star Chorus and the University of Missouri-St. Louis Voices of Jubilation Ensemble. Maria is a highly sought after clinician, adjudicator and presenter throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a B.M. in Music Education emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) Degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, Level 3 Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts Degree with emphasis on Choral Conducting from Webster University. Maria is the host of the Award-Winning Radio Show “Bach and Beyoncé” and “American Gospel with Maria A. Ellis” on Classic 107.3, The Voice for the Arts in St. Louis. This past June Maria made her Carnegie Hall Debut as a conductor and was awarded The St. Louis Arts and Education 2023 Arts Innovator Award as well as the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association 2023 Merit Award Winner. Maria is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education where she serves as Chair-Elect for Choral Music Education Council and a member of the Chorus America Board.  Maria is the wife of Marion Ellis and the mother of Aria, Kendal and Noah Ellis.