Executive Director, Melissa Payton


Melissa Payton graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a degree in Vocal Performance. Shortly after graduation, she joined the Bach Society as their Soprano Young Artist in 2004 and continues to sing in the Chorus today as a Principal Singer. Melissa accepted the position of Executive Director in the Spring of 2013 and is excited about contributing to the success of the organization in her new role. A native of Florissant, Missouri, Melissa now resides with her husband and daughter in Olivette.

Executive Assistant, Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones joined the administrative team with the Bach Society in 2017. She currently holds the position of Executive Assistant and is a volunteer first soprano with the Chorus. Her background is in education, and she has held positions teaching English, Business Skills and Intercultural Communication. While living abroad for twelve years in Switzerland, France and Germany she gained invaluable experience singing in many choruses. A native of Sycamore Hills, Rachel, her partner and three children are now settled in St. Louis County.


Anne von der Heydt, Chair

Megan Flaskamper, Vice Chair

Andrew V. Wuellner, Treasurer

José Silva, Secretary

Nichole Black, Chorus President

Stephen Bolen

James Chalmers

Carol Commerford

Bill Doub

Keith Fredlund

Becky Hauk

Barry Kirk

Doug Kouba

Linda Lee

Suzanne Palmer

Mark Pye

Ben Stotler

Douglas Wilton

Shephali Wulff


Jeanene Dugan

Catherine Edwards

Todd Harper

Roisin Hughes

Ron Klemm

Deane H. Looney

Eleanor Mullin

Cynthia Murdoch

Harley Smith

Jan and Katy VerHagen