Monday, May 19th, 2014
Melissa Payton graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 2003 with a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance. Upon graduation, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Voice award given out to MBU graduates. In the past few years, she has been seen in Union Avenue Opera’s productions of Il trovatore, Otello, Pirates of Penzance, Turandot, and Madama Butterfly. She also sang in Winter Opera St. Louis’ productions of Samson and Delilah and I Pagliacci. Ms. Payton continues to perform as an oratorio soloist for many St. Louis-area churches, choruses, and orchestras, including Masterworks Chorale, The St. Louis Philharmonic, and The Bach Society of St. Louis, where she held served as a Soprano Young Artist for five years and now is a Principal Singer. Her previous oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vespers, Beethoven’s Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9., Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Rutter’s Magnificat. Melissa, a native of Florissant, MO currently resides in St. Charles with her husband Ryan and recently accepted a new position as the Executive Director of the Bach Society of Saint Louis.
Melissa enjoys listening to all types of music including classical, pop, and contemporary-Christian. She is excited to share her love for all genres of music in her teaching style and is willing to work on just about any type of music with her students. Her theory is that a healthy voice should be able to sing in any style!
Melissa Payton Bach SocietyAs the recently appointed executive director for the St. Louis Bach Society, Melissa Payton (‘03), who graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, is passionate about keeping classical music alive in St. Louis.
Payton was first introduced to the Bach Society, thanks in part to MBU. Her voice made a notable impression on Dr. Dennis Sparger, the Society’s music director and conductor, during a solo performance at an MBU Chorale Concert. Sparger encouraged Payton to audition for the soprano young artist position. Since then, Payton has served as the soprano young artist, principal singer, assistant to the executive director and now the executive director.
Since graduating from MBU, Payton continues to stay involved with the University’s growing fine arts program, mentoring students and performing in productions, including the chorale’s performance of Elijah this year.
A story of shining on. (Article written by Missouri Baptist University, 2013)