Informative interview on teachers as professional choral singers with Chris Munce, high school director, leader of Kantorei KC and Central UMC of Kansas City, MO. This episode is sponsored by KI Concerts.
Chris Munce is an accomplished choral performer, conductor, educator, clinician and arts administrator. As
a performer, he is a member of Kantorei of Kansas City, as well as its Founder and Artistic Director. He has
also performed with the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and the Grammy Winning Kansas City
Chorale. Chris was fortunate to be a part of the Chorale’s Grammy Nominated album, “Rheinberger:
Sacred Choral Works,” as well as Simon Carrington’s “Juxtapositions.” With Kantorei, Chris has lead the
group in making three complete commercial album recordings. “Sweet Was the Song” was self produced
and released in 2011. Kantorei then completed its second album “Music and Sweet Poetry” which was
released in 2014 can be found on the Resonus Classics Label. (Both albums available on iTunes.) Most
recently, Kantorei finished recording “To Bethlehem” with was released by Resonus Classics in October of
Chris received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the UMKC
Conservatory of Music and Dance. His graduate research focus was the performance practice of early
Baroque choral singing in the French and Italian styles. Chris has studied with Eph Eely, Charles Robinson,
Ryan Board, William Dehning, Peter Bagley and Jerry McCoy. He also served as adjunct faculty at the
Conservatory teaching choral arranging, and at Blue River Community College as a professor of voice.
Chris recently finished a term as the President of Conservatory’s Alumni Board of Directors.
Chris is now teaching at Lee’s Summit High School as the Director of Choral Studies, where his premier
ensemble “Sounds of Summit” has recently performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and
on a Masterclass with the multiple Grammy Award winning vocal group Chanticleer. Mr. Munce is also
Director of Music at Central United Methodist Church. He has been an active private voice instructor since