Basses

Brent: Brent has sung in choirs since the age of 10, including three years of madrigals and show choir at Danville (Illinois) High School. At Indiana, he sang in several choirs and performed in the chorus of Berlioz' Damnation of Faust. During this time, Brent also performed in community theatre productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (one of the Brothers) and The Fantasticks (Matt).

Brent transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and graduated with a degree in Journalism. He moved to St. Louis in 2008 to work as Presentation Editor for the St. Louis Beacon, a non-profit online news organization. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Pamela. Brent has been in the Greenleaf Singers since fall 2009.

Doug: Doug has grown to enjoy working with the Greenleaf Singers more and more each year. Having been in church choirs and barbershop quartets, and continuing musical theater work with the Archangel Players at St. Gabriel's and Variety Children's Theatre, he greatly appreciates the unique and beautiful musical expression that is madrigal. Doug also treasures the new and continuing friendships he has made with other members of the ensemble. What a great group... Huzzah! As always, many heartfelt thanks to Ted for the countless hours he has spent selecting and arranging music, making recordings, negotiating contracts... the list goes on. THANK YOU, TED! Also, thanks to the board for handling all the stuff nobody else wants to do.

Jason: Jason grew up in a family where one of his parents frequently roamed the house singing to herself. This aspect of his upbringing may explain why phrases from everyday conversation often trigger random outbursts of song lyrics from half-forgotten tunes. A more socially-acceptable side effect for Jason was acquiring a love for vocal music. From his earliest days he’s been a member of his church and school choirs. During his awkward adolescent years, Jason was a member of Young People’s Theatre, a touring, singing, dancing, acting group based in St. Charles, Missouri. This group performed Christmas madrigals, Broadway revues, and musicals such as Calamity Jane (in which Jason played Wild Bill Hickok). Upon graduating from that group, Jason proceeded to work the high school drama scene, playing all manner of characters from a Nazi (The White Rose) to a fly-eating mental patient (Dracula). Jason was especially thrilled to be asked to play the lead in Bye Bye Birdie, the only musical produced during his tenure at Francis Howell High School. Jason was also cast in Assassins, Missouri’s first all-state musical, which was chosen to be performed at the International Thespian Festival that year. Jason is a semi-regular performer on St. Louis area theatre stages and he’s very happy to be a part of the Greenleaf Singers where he gets to work with talented musicians, exercise his vocal abilities, and stretch his capacity to memorize a lot of music. Jason can frequently be found roaming around the house singing to himself.

Theodore: Theodore began singing in choirs at the age of nine. He sang soprano until his voice changed. During all four years of high school, Theodore sang in the choirs at Lutheran High School South. College provided him with opportunities to sing in several collegiate ensembles. His introduction to Madrigals and early music came from singing bass in the Chamber Singers at Southwest Missouri State University and the Madrigal Ensemble at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, which toured London, England, in January of 1998. Theodore is Co-Minister of Music at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, MO. Theodore joined Greenleaf for its 26th season in August of 2001, then became Artistic Director in 2003. He has enjoyed creating fantastic music with a great group of people and is looking forward to the new season.

Theodore has taught beginning piano, music appreciation, music theory and directed choral ensembles at the middle school and high school levels. He also established a Lutheran Church Composer-in-Residence Program involving a local St. Louis area church. Theodore was blessed with the opportunity to study counterpoint and composition at the European American Musical Alliance program in Paris, France, during the month of July 2005. He completed his Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Choral Studies and Composition at Webster University. Theodore also enjoys spending time with his two children. If interested, take a tour of Theodore’s personal website at Theodore Jander.com!

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