Interim Music Director and Conductor

Jeral Becker, PhD,  Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Saint Louis University and Assistant Director of the American Kantorei

  1. Education
    1. Master of Music Education in Choral Conducting, Wichita State University.  Student of Robert S. Hines.
    2. PhD in Performance Practices, Washington University.  Student of Leslie Chabay.
    3. Post Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Music, Detmold, Germany.
  2. Teaching
    1. Instructor of Voice, Stephens College.
    2. Associate Professor of Voice, SIU, Carbondale, IL.
    3. Director of Vocal Activities, University of Missouri, St. Louis.
    4. Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Saint Louis University since 1998.  Sabbatical project in 2007, “The Choral and Vocal Works of Arthur Somervell and Maud Valery White with American premiere of Somervell’s two choral compositions, “Ode on the Intimations of Immortality” and “Joan of Arc”.
  3. Performance
    1. Tenor Soloist
      1. Numerous recitals with concentration in Baroque and Romantic repertoire including twelve performances of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” presented at St. Olaf College and other universities.
      2. Frequently engaged with St. Louis symphony including performances of Handel’s “Messiah”,  Bach’s “St. John Passion”, Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” and Delius’ “Mass of Life” which was presented in Carnegie Hall and the JFK Center for the Performing Arts.  Premiered Walter Susskind’s “Songs for Tenor Soloist and Orchestra to Poems by Ogden Nash”.
      3. Evangelist in Bach’s “St. John Passion” and “St. Matthew Passion” with the American Kantorei, St. Louis and the Concordia Lutheran Seminary Schola Cantorum, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
      4. Principal tenor soloist with the American Kantorei’s Bach at the Sem Series since 1993.
    2. Choral director
      1. Hesston Academy, Hesston, Kansas.
      2. Trinity Lutheran Church, Minister of Music for twelve years.
      3. Director of Mastersingers and Concert Choir at Saint Louis University since 1998.
      4. Assistant Director of the American Kantorei since 1993.    Rehearsed many of the works and conducted two performances of the Bach at the Sem Series.  Most recently (September 25, 2011) served as coordinator and conductor of the Sacred Memorial Concert in memory of the late Professor Reverend Robert Bergt.
  4. Honors
    1. Voted by the student body of Saint Louis University as Teacher of the Year in 2008.