CYC Artistic Staff
Robin Anderson – Primo Choir Pianist
Anderson is a DIY musician and troubadour performer embracing her entrepreneurial spirit one pursuit at a time. A versatile singer and pianist, Robin’s diverse freelance profile has included appointments at home and abroad in public and higher education, theaters, choral ensembles, concert halls and series, not-for-profit organizations, churches, music festivals, corporate events, and even in living rooms via house concerts and private performances. There’s rarely a musical environment where she’s not at home. Recent performances include an appearance at Carnegie Hall, a three-state, ten-day midwest tour following the release of her debut album, In All Degrees, and a sophomore EP, Sea Songs, which she released in February. She holds a master’s degree in Music Education from MU and a certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She manages an independent private studio and regularly performs with The Upsides, a 5-piece regional Americana band.
Emily Edgington Andrews – CAAM Artistic Director and Canta Bella and Cambiare Conductor
Long an advocate for quality musical arts in the community, Emily Edgington Andrews is extremely active in Columbia, working with children and adults at every level of their musical development.
In 2013 Emily was appointed Artistic Director for the Columbia Chorale, and under her baton has helped to expand the organization, now entering its 38th season, to include more than 350 singers, ten staff members, and eleven choral ensembles. Under the new umbrella title Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the organization includes Columbia Youth Choirs, an all-inclusive community youth choir program serving children in grades 2-12 in seven ensembles; Columbia Chorale, the non-auditioned community ensemble; Columbia Chamber Choir, an auditioned community chamber ensemble; Columbia Community Gospel Choir; and Prometheus, the permanent professional Artists-in-Residence. Emily serves as the Assistant Conductor for Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort, managing the ensemble and assisting in conducting the highly sought-after twelve-member professional ensemble.
Emily joined the music faculty at the University of Missouri in 2015 teaching and conducting in the Choral Department. This year her role has expanded to also include the Director of Community Music Outreach, where she serves as a community liaison for the MU School of Music. She also teaches and conducts at Stephens College as a Visiting Guest Artist in their Performing Arts program. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, Emily enters her eighth year as one of the vocal music teachers at Columbia Independent School, the city’s only non-sectarian college preparatory campus, conducting two of the six ensembles for students in grades 4-12. This upcoming year marks Emily’s eleventh year as conductor at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, MO, where she maintains a thriving music program, conducting the 45-member Adult Choir of volunteer and paid musicians.
Emily regularly serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator, and is the former Northeast Missouri High School Choral Vice-President. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association. Emily received her degrees in Music at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri (B.A.; M.A.) and at the University of Missouri (M.M.).
Emily is blessed with two beautiful children and an incredibly supportive husband.
Hans Bridger Heruth – Cambiare and Canta Bella Pianist
Bio coming soon!
Christine Nichols – Bella Voce Conductor
Christine Jarquio Nichols is an active music educator, singer, conductor, and pianist in Columbia. In addition to teaching middle school vocal music full-time, Christine maintains a private voice and piano studio in Columbia, as well as directs Choristers of CYC. She enjoys having time to sing in three professional choral chamber ensembles: Prometheus, Vox Nova (of which she is the Artistic Director), and Pro-Arte of Saint Louis. Christine also has the privilege of collaborating with Columbia area musicians as a guest soloist on occasion. She and husband Jay, with their dogs Elly and Oliver, love living in Columbia, where the fine arts culture is thriving and nature is close to home. Christine holds a dual Master of Music in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education from the University of Missouri.
Sarah Nolke – Poco Voce Conductor
Bio coming soon!
Jordan Walker – Primo Choir and Columbia Kid’s Gospel Choir Conductor
Jordan Blane Walker, tenor, attended both Evangel University for his degree in music education (BM) and the University of Missouri where he worked on a master’s in choral conducting (MM) with Dr. R. Paul Crabb. An active chorister and director, Mr. Walker has performed with and directed/assistant directed numerous choral ensembles including Vox Nova, Springfield Mid-America Singers, Husky Harmony (3rd-5th grade after-school choir), Columbia Chorale (CAAM), Primo Choir (CAAM), Women’s Chorale (University of Missouri), the church choirs of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia and First Presbyterian Church in Fulton, Battle High School Vocal Arts ensembles Siren Sound and Apollo, and University Singers (UM). Jordan has also performed the title role in The Mikado, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!, and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as working as stage manager for the spring 2016 Show-Me Opera production of Le Nozze di Figaro under the direction of Christine Seitz. Mr. Walker is currently an elementary music teacher in the Columbia Public School District and looks forward to fostering a culture of choral singing among younger singers as well as nurturing a mindset of critical thinking, self-dependency, competence, and self-efficacy with students living in poverty.