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East Central Children's Chorale Directors


Dr. Timothy Sexton, Artistic Director,, is in his second year as director of choirs at East Central College, where he also teaches Music Theory, Ear Training, and Music Appreciation. He is Artistic Director for the Four Rivers Children’s Chorale and directs the newly formed Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Timothy graduated in 2009 with his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt. He also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education from Western Kentucky University. Timothy has taught at both the middle and high school levels. Over the past ten years of teaching, he has served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Middle School Choral Music in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and served on the State Choral Board of Directors. Timothy continues to be amazed by the talent level of his students and their desire to create fine musical experiences.


Malinda Thompson, Children’s Choir Instructor,, graduated from East Central College in 1997 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas in 2001. Ms. Thompson’s teaching experience includes private piano and voice. She also served as accompanist for the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir. In 2007, she expanded her teaching to include Kindermusik, and in 2009, she became co-director of the Four Rivers Children’s Chorale. Malinda enjoys bringing music into the lives of children and is committed to the support of music education in the community.


Sheila Yoder Baer, Children’s Choir taught elementary and secondary music for 20 years in both public and private schools. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Goshen College, Goshen, IN and has taken master courses in Music Education from the University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Webster University. She most recently received certification in ORFF Levels I & II from Webster University. Sheila has presented at international, national, and state conferences, including Association for the Education of Young Children, Crucial Early Years, Parents as Teachers, Missouri Music Educators Association and Kansas Music Educators Association. Currently, Sheila teaches general music (K-6) and directs a 4th, 5th and 6th grade choir in the Union R-XI School District.

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