Fine Arts Division Chair; Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities & Music Education
Dr. Jordan Cox is Chair of the Fine Arts Division, Director of Choral Activities & Music Education and Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. He directs Chorale, Chamber Singers and Choral Society, and teaches various music education and worship courses. A native of Jackson, Missouri, Dr. Cox holds a bachelor of music education from Missouri Baptist University, a Master’s of Arts in Religion in Worship Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Music Education (Choral) from the University of Missouri.
MBU Choirs under Dr. Cox’s direction have been invited to perform and collaborate with composers and choirs across the country, including a recent performance at the Getty’s Sing! Conference serving as a demonstration choir for Dan Forrest’s breakout session, Is Choir Really Worth It?, as well as performing on the Exhibit Stage and internationally-broadcasted main stage. His choirs have also recently collaborated with Bach Society of St. Louis, Kirkwood Children’s Choirs, and Alton Symphony Orchestra, and in 2017 travelled to Ireland. They perform a wide variety of music including an annual masterwork concert along with numerous campus, community, and church concerts singing a wide range of literature from classic to CCM worship choir music. In 2016, his choirs were invited to perform at WinterJam, a National CCM tour, and in 2020, MBU Chamber Singers with the MBU Chorale produced their first Christmas Worship Album, Let it Shine Bright!.
Before coming to MBU, Dr. Cox served as a choir director in the Jackson R-2 School District, teaching middle through high school vocal music, and at Cape Central High School directing the choral program and teaching AP Music Theory and directing the school musical. He and his choirs received numerous honors and awards, including the Outstanding Beginning Teacher award and the Southeast District Outstanding District Director award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association, along with consistent high ratings at district and state festivals. Dr. Cox continues to serve as an active clinician, adjudicator, and presenter across the region and remains active in the Missouri Choral Directors Association and Missouri Music Educators Association.
In addition to his academic teaching, Dr. Cox has served as a Worship Pastor in both Jackson and St. Louis and currently is the Lead Pastor of College Park Church, a local church that meets on MBU’s campus intentionally reaching college students and young adults.
Dr. Cox is married to Professor Kasey Cox, MBU’s Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre & Dance. They love living their arts-filled life with their kids, Noah, Jobi, Katy & Lawson.
Cathy Benton serves as Professor of Music and Director of the MBU Ringers. Dr. Benton has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Webster University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from UMKC. Dr. Benton performs as a soloist and accompanist on the piano, organ and harpsichord and has been an adjudicator and clinician for numerous keyboard festivals and workshops. She is currently the choir accompanist/handbell director at Central Presbyterian Church and the Interim Director of the Gateway Ringers. Dr. Benton was honored for her achievements in teaching by being included in several editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was also awarded the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Benton is a past president of the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association and the Missouri Music Teachers Association. She is currently serving as Chair of the St. Louis Handbell Association of Greater St. Louis.
Director of Theatre & Dance;
Assistant Professor of Theatre;
Kasey Cox is pleased to serve as the Director of Theatre at MBU. She is a 2010 graduate of Missouri Baptist University with a degree in Musical Theatre and a 2014 graduate of Fontbonne University with a Master of Arts in Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Sally (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Woman 1 (Songs for a New World), Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie), and Jo March (Little Women: The Musical). She was the Artistic Director and founder of Acting Out!, Cape Girardeau, MO’s premiere theatre company, from 2013-2015 and currently serves on the board of Silhouette Productions in St. Louis. She is also an active member of STAM and EdTA and has presented at a local and statewide level. Kasey has been participating as an actor and a director in drama ministry for 16 years, training with nationally recognized ministries such as The Applied Theatre Center, New Life Drama Company, and Youth With a Mission. She has performed in churches across the country using methods ranging from scenes to human videos to Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. She currently teaches courses in Acting, Directing, Theatre History and Drama in Ministry.
Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Vocal Studies
DMA in Vocal Pedagogy and Literature, University of Iowa, 2014
MM in Music Performance, University of Louisville, 2006
BM in Vocal Arts Performance, University of Southern California, 2004
Dr. Mallory has been at Missouri Baptist for the past four years teaching voice, opera, diction, vocal pedagogy, and vocal literature. He is the President of the St. Louis Chapter of the National
Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and he previously taught at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Lindenwood University, University of Iowa, University of Louisville, and Coe College. As a performer, lyric baritone Dr. Mallory has been seen on stage in opera and oratorio in the United States, Italy, and Poland. Some of his favorite roles are Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Dancaïro in Carmen, Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore, Haly in L’italiana in Algeri, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Top in The Tender Land, and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado. His oratorio credits include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Fauré’s Requiem, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. Though Dr. Mallory grew up Baptist, he has led worship in multiple styles at many different denominations of churches in Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, and California.
At MBU, Dr. Mallory’s teaching assignments include Opera Theatre, Vocal Literature, Vocal Diction, Vocal Pedagogy and private voice.
Dr. Means brings more than 30 years of experience to his teaching position at Missouri Baptist University, including 12 in the newspaper business followed by 18 in higher education. After graduating from Baylor University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in radio/TV/film, Means did nearly everything in the newspaper business from reporter to editor, and all points in between, before going back to school and earning his master’s degree from the University of West Florida in 1998. After teaching and directing journalism programs at Morris College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Means went back to school and earned his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also taught journalism courses. Dr. Means went on to teach and conduct research at Baylor University before joining MBU in fall 2011. In 2017, Dr. Means was given the Distinguished Professor Award, presented MBU’s spring commencement ceremony. Teaching journalism is Dr. Means’ passion and he is glad to be at a Christian university that cultivates learning and faith. His teaching assignments include Basic Reporting & Writing for Journalism, Opinion Writing, Photojournalism, Convergent Media, and Intro to Mass Media.
Alonzo L. Medcalf is an Instructor of Communications and Multimedia Production and the Director of the Broadcast Media Program at Missouri Baptist University. His area of expertise is in video production with ten years of comprehensive knowledge of television news. Working for 3 local news stations in the Midwest (KSN, WHAS, KMOV), he has experience with electronic news gathering, video field production as well as linear and non-linear editing. He was nominated for 2 regional Emmys in 2015 and 2016 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Mid-America chapter). He was awarded 2nd place by the Kentucky Associated Press for the best hard news feature story in 2014. And holds a Certificate of Merit from the Missouri Broadcasters Association (2009). He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Mid-America chapter, 2015-current), Kentucky News Photographers Association (2014), National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Ohio Valley chapter, 2014), National Press Photographers Association (2012-2013).
Shane Williams has guest conducted in Europe with the Zapadocesky Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic and the United States with the St. Louis Philharmonic, the Illinois Symphony, the Kirkwood Symphony, the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, and the Compton Heights Concert Band. As a professional musician, he has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (noted performances at Carnegie Hall), the Illinois Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet, Ice Capades, Moody Blues, the Elvis Show, the Three Irish Tenors, Opryland USA, Burt Bacharach, Roger Williams, Dionne Warwick, Tommy Tune, and many others. Mr. Williams was a featured guest artist with the Equinox Players for the Women in the Arts Conference featuring the music of contemporary composer, Beth Denisch. He has served on the faculty of the Masterworks Music Festival for 14 years.
Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University, a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is currently completing his doctoral work in Instructional Leadership.
His previous conducting posts include Conductor of the Dayspring Festival Orchestra, Music Director/Conductor of the Alton Summer Chamber Series, Music Director of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Music Director/Conductor of the Young Peoples Concert Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Alton Symphony, and Resident Conductor of the Award-winning St. Louis Brass Band. He is a regular guest conductor, performer, clinician, and adjudicator within the region. Symphonic Orchestra.
Instructor of Music
Melissa Bishop received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Webster University where she studied with Bob Chamberlin and Kim Portnoy. She received her Master of Music in Theory and Composition at Kansas State University where she studied with Hanley Jackson. She currently serves as the director for School of the Arts in St. Louis County and writes for Six Hour Drive Publishing, a subsidiary of Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing. Her first cut was in the country market for an independent label entitled, “Wishing You Were Home.” She has had continued success in the Christian market in various genres including CCM/AC, Southern Gospel and print. Professor Bishop instructs various music theory and history courses at MBU and coordinates activities for the Worship Arts program.
Adjunct Instructor of Art
Dr. Carter is a visual artist who primarily works in oil sticks, oil pastel and ink prints. He teaches various arts and interdisciplinary courses for Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis Community College at Wildwood, and Brookes Bible Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biblical Studies and Organizational Leadership, a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Arts Management and Leadership, and a Doctor of Theology. terrellcarter.net
Adjunct Instructor of Dance (Contemporary, Ballet)
Mary grew up dancing in Saint Louis at Dayspring Arts & Education and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. In 2010, Mary became a member of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company where she has enjoyed many seasons under the artistic direction of Jennifer Medina. Mary has also performed with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Kinetic Tapestry, SmashedWorks Dance Collective and aTrek, currently Leverage Dance Theater. Mary is a passionate dance educator; she has had the joy of teaching a variety of levels and styles of dance to all age groups. She has taught ballet for local professionals from AshleyLiane Dance Company, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Common Thread Dance Company, and master classes for University of Missouri St. Louis, and Eastern Illinois University. Mary currently teaches at DaySpring Arts & Education, Nimoli, and Vitality Ballet. Mary enjoys any opportunity to travel and is a member of the dance ministry at the Gateway House of Prayer, where she has taught, choreographed, and performed for local and international outreaches.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Gospel/R&B Styles)
The son of an accomplished opera singer, Charles received early musical training in both voice and percussion. Charles has utilized both his strong vocal and percussion talents as the opening act for such national groups as Smokey Robinson, Huey Lewis and the News, and the Allman Brothers. Charles has also performed and worked with Andre Crouch and Stellar Award winner Calvin Bridges, and was selected to perform a series of limited engagements with Grammy Award-winning group “The Fifth Dimension”.
He has had the opportunity to perform during gala grand openings for casinos in Kansas City and Las Vegas. His unique style and high spirited performances have been a highlight of many conferences and retreats for major corporations and organizations. In addition, Charles was selected by Don King Promotions to sing the National Anthem for two nationally televised boxing matches.
This local Emmy Award winner also has had the distinct honor of singing the National Anthem for the St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues. He was the National Anthem singer for the St. Louis Blues Hockey team for over a decade, retiring in 2019 after the Blues’ first-ever Stanley Cup victory. One of Charles’ most memorable moments was singing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” for the St. Louis Rams versus the New York Giants football game two weeks after September 11, 2001.
Charles is a frequent teacher and performer at gospel workshops in Hamburg and Ahrenburg, Germany. He is an active volunteer and contributor to local schools’ music and performing arts programs and is a board member of the New Line Theatre company.
Charles was also a featured prize winner on NBC’s inaugural season of the musical competition “The Winner Is”.
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Dr. Hart is from Michigan and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory, History and Political Science at Olivet College. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at Michigan State University. He has extensive musical experience with college and church choirs. He has taught a variety of courses at MBU including Music Appreciation and Conducting.
Instructor of Theatre
Seth Jackson has been designing concert tours all around the world for twenty-five years, designing and directing concert tours for Carrie Underwood, Don Henley, Toby Keith, Selena Gomez, Barry Manilow, and many others. In addition, he has designed and directed two Broadway runs for Manilow, and three Las Vegas residencies. He has also currently preparing The Doobie Brothers’ 50th Anniversary in 2021. A St. Louis native, he started his career at Stages, St. Louis, and has worked locally for the New Jewish Theatre, the REP, and the MUNY. He holds a BFA in Lighting Design and a Masters in Teaching. He is a two-time recipient as Set Designer of the Year from the Parnelli Awards, and the Redden Award for Excellence in Lighting Design for his work on the world tour of Star Wars: In Concert, which played 154 shows on three continents.
Instructor of Dance
Maria has been teaching dance throughout the St. Louis area for over 25 years. She grew up training under her mentors, Deborah, Tracy, and Karen Davenport at Performing Arts Centre in St. Charles, MO, where she is currently on faculty.
After graduating high school, Maria set off to begin her professional career in New York with the touring performance ensemble, Manhattan Tap, under the direction of world renowned tap dancer and musician, Heather Cornell. Maria joined the ensemble for their European and North American tours. During that time, she had the extreme honor of touring with late tap dance great, Dr. Buster Brown, and was an original cast member in Manhattan Tap’s “Excursion Fare,” a full production featuring the musicians of Keith Terry and Crosspulse and premiered at the Joyce Theater in New York.
Since returning to St. Louis in 1999, Maria has been on faculty with many area dance programs and has served as a consultant for dance education programs throughout the region. Maria was on faculty at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) in St. Louis, MO for 10 years, where she worked with students and families as Tap Program Coordinator, COCAdance Company Associate Director, and Pre-Professional Program Director. She was invited to work alongside the late Professor Robert L Reed for the production of the
St. Louis Tap Festival, which she attended annually for 20 years. She is also a former member of the R. L. Reed Tap Heritage Institute Board of Directors. Maria and the members of moSTLy TAP were honored to partner with Anthony J. Russo for the inaugural Show Me Tap Fest in 2018 and work on faculty.
In 2017, Maria founded moSTLy TAP, a professional performance ensemble, working together to create performances that would boost enthusiasm for tap dance and encourage audiences to enjoy rhythm in new ways. In 2018, under the leadership of Phillip Russo, moSTLy JAZZ was formed. Together, the ensembles began producing live music and dance performances at community engagements and venues throughout the area. In 2019, seeing a growing need for accessible performing arts education opportunities in both music and dance, Maria developed STL Rhythm Collaborative. STL Rhythm Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education organization passionate about providing accessible performing arts opportunities for all. The organization boasts growing music and dance education programs, free community engagement events for all ages, and continues to present live music & dance performances through the professional ensembles, moSTLy TAP & moSTLy JAZZ. The unending passion, support, and expertise of the moSTLy TAP & moSTLy JAZZ artists are the driving forces behind the Collaborative.
In addition to her work with STL Rhythm Collaborative, Maria is honored to be an adjunct professor of dance, teaching jazz and tap dance at Missouri Baptist University and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Soprano Elizabeth Ducey Moss holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree from Binghamton University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Acadia University. Prior to her current role as Instructor of Voice at Missouri Baptist University, Dr. Moss served as Assistant Professor of Voice at McMurry University. She has also served on the faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University, North Central College, and Webster University. Her professional operatic credits include leading roles in The Magic Flute, Così Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Hänsel und Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Die Fledermaus. Her oratorio credits include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Brahm’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Mozart’s Requiem. One of her more recent appearances was as Lady Thiang in The King and I produced by the Abilene Opera Association. Elizabeth received extensive training in the Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist Program and has been a national semi-finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition. She has been a featured artist presenter in the Heavenly Rest Chamber Music Concert Series, the Rocky Mountain Region College Music Society Conference, and in the Artist Series of the Texoma Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference. She continually seeks to expand and diversify her repertoire by performing a variety of programs from new music to chamber and oratorio works. Elizabeth is a member of the College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
Dr. Ducey Moss’s teaching assignments at MBU include Commercial Vocal Styles, Private Voice, and Appreciation of Music.
Instructor of Communications & Music
Mark Roach is a singer, songwriter and worship leader who brings his vast experience in the recording studio to Missouri Baptist University.
At thirteen, Mark picked up his first guitar and finally put chords to the first melody he’d ever written three years earlier. By the time he graduated high school, he had officially adopted the title singer/songwriter. Four years later, Mark released his first full-length recording entitled The Road to Home–the culmination of his tenure at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.
After Graduating College, Mark headed to Nashville. Still writing primarily secular pop/rock music, the Christian industry in Nashville didn’t seem to be a fit, so he headed back to his hometown of St. Louis, MO in ’99. Ironically, only months later, Mark accepted what would prove to be a life-changing position at Morning Star Church, a new church start in O’Fallon, where he began writing worship songs as the Music Director and Worship Leader. Mark has written several worship songs now sung in churches across the country, and is currently in his seventh year as Worship Leader at MSC.
Six of Mark’s original worship songs have been featured on National compilations, including appearances on WOW Next 2007, Absolute Modern Worship 2 [Fervent Records – 2006], SongDISCovery [vol. 53] in November of 2005 and two appearances on Purpose Driven Ministries’ SongSeeker project (2004 & 2005.) He has been featured on www.songdiscovery.com, www.pdworshipcommunity.com, and www.myrrhworship.com and has led worship for churches, youth camps, conferences, and rallies from the Midwest all the way to California.
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre
Andrea Robb holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Theatre from MBU and a master’s degree in Theatre from Fontbonne University. She teaches courses in Theatrical Costuming and Oral Interpretation of Literature. She also directs improv troupe The Agency. She has worked with various non-profits in the St. Louis and surrounding areas including Act Two Theatre, St. Louis Summer Players, Acting Out!, SATE, Breakdown STL, and Silhouettes Production Company. Favorite costume design credits include Peter Pan, A Raisin in the Sun, Bye Bye Birdie, Altar Boyz, Anything Goes and The Amish Project. Favorite performance credits include Chris Gorman in Rumors, Lisa Martin in Falling, Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical, Combeferre in Les Miserables and Urleen in Footloose.
Adjunct Instructor of Music
José Silva joined the MBU faculty in 2012 teaching instrumental courses and directing the instrumental studio. Currently Mr. Silva teaches Fundamentals of Music and Theory courses for freshman and sophomore level music majors. In addition to his role with MBU, Mr. Silva has served for 5 years as the music director for his church and currently serves as his church’s song leader as well as singing in the church choir. In the St Louis area, Mr. Silva has played for several ensembles including the Webster University Chamber Orchestra, the St Louis Wind Ensemble, and the St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.
Before joining the Fine Arts Department, Mr. Silva joined the Air National Guard Band as a clarinetist in 2008 and is still a member to this day. When not teaching at MBU, Mr. Silva will be touring throughout the country with ANG band or other Air Force bands. As a bandsman Mr. Silva has been involved with professional recording projects, performed solo works, and marched in numerous parades, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York and the Tournament of the Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. Mr. Silva has also played for important occasions, such as gubernatorial inaugurations and numerous Independence Day events. He has also had the privilege of playing for foreign and military dignitaries, government officials, and TV personalities.
Mr. Silva holds an Associate of Applied Science in Music from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Missouri Baptist University, and a Master of Arts in Music Theory from Webster University. He is currently completing his doctoral work in Higher Education Leadership.
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre
Jason Stahr has been working in professional theater for over 35 years. His list of professional credits include that of designer, director, actor, and playwright. He has his MFA in Theatre from Lindenwood University. Currently, Jason is the Director of Operations and Stage Services at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. He has also been the scenic designer for many MBU Theatre productions, including The Diary of Anne Frank, Rumors, The Curious Savage, West Side Story, The Crucible, Footloose, Guys & Dolls, and Les Miserables. Jason is an adjunct in the Theatre Department and teaches classes such as Stagecraft, Stage Management, Script Analysis, Theatre Media, and Stage Makeup.
Adjunct Instructor of Dance (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre)
Claire Ward is an Adjunct Dance Professor and Spartan Line Dance Team coach at MBU. She holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma School of Dance and an MS in Fitness Management from Missouri Baptist University. Claire was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theater, and competed on a national dance competition team for eight years. Upon graduating from high school, she danced professionally for ten years with companies including Radio City, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and Common Thread Contemporary Ballet. Claire is a certified personal trainer, mat pilates and yoga instructor, and incorporates her knowledge from these certifications in her classes. Her faith and spreading God’s love through art are the foundation of Claire’s teaching, and she is blessed to share her knowledge and passion with the talented students of Missouri Baptist University.
Adjunct Instructor of Guitar
Jason Weaver received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Guitar Performance from Southeast Missouri State University. He went on to complete a Masters degree in Guitar Performance at Northwestern University. He is an experienced instructor who has taught beginner and advanced guitar students in Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk at Des Plaines School of Music and Kim’s International Music Academy in Chicago. He is an avid performer and has many of his recordings available online. In addition to teaching at MBU, Jason has been an instructor at Milder Musical Arts community since 2012. Jason also teaches mandolin and banjo and has made his own mandolin and several guitars.
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre
Elisabeth Wurm is a proud alum of Indiana University Bloomington (B.A. Theatre), The Improv Shop St. Louis, and Fontbonne University (M.A. Theatre) where she completed her thesis research on using The Enneagram as a Tool for Leadership in the Arts. She has led trainings and taught workshops in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings. Elisabeth was founder and Artistic Director for Silhouettes Production Company, a theatre company in St. Louis where her passion for directing, musical theatre, improv, and arts management all combined. She is now excited to join the theatre department faculty at Missouri Baptist University this fall! Learn more about her Acting, Improv, and Enneagram coaching at www.notjustenneacoach.com.