Director

Marvin G. Byas IV

Mr. Byas brings with him several years of experience in choral music. His educational preparation in Vocal Music Education is from Northwest Missouri State University and Missouri Western State University. He has worked in both community and church settings as well as in musical theatre.

Prior to joining the Jacomo Chorale, Mr. Byas was the Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Maryville, MO; Director of Music and Choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church, St. Joseph, MO; Director of Music and Choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church, Columbia, MO and was the founding Artistic Director of The Farnham and Byas Playhouse in Columbia.  In addition, he was a member of the development committee of the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, also in Columbia.  While with Christ Episcopal Church, Mr. Byas was the Artistic Director, Choirmaster and Conductor for a regional tour of Handel’s “Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline” and Artistic Director and Conductor of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”.

Founded in 1987 by Harold Neal of Independence, MO the Jacomo Chorale is a 30-voice community choir based in Eastern Jackson County.  The Chorale looks forward to resuming rehearsals and performances in late 2021. Tentative plans include beginning rehearsals in October, with a Christmas concert in December. The chorale is actively seeking new members. No formal audition is required. For more information contact Nancy White, Chorale Manager at njwhite1973@gmail.com or 816-560-9148.  https://jacomochorale.org

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