Emily Edgington Andrews, Artistic Director
Long an advocate for quality musical arts in the community, Emily Edgington Andrews is extremely active in Columbia, working with children and adults at every level of their musical development.
In 2013 Emily was appointed Artistic Director for the Columbia Chorale, and under her baton has helped to expand the organization, now entering its 38th season, to include more than 350 singers, ten staff members, and eleven choral ensembles. Under the new umbrella title Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the organization includes Columbia Youth Choirs, an all-inclusive community youth choir program serving children in grades 2-12 in seven ensembles; Columbia Chorale, the non-auditioned community ensemble; Columbia Chamber Choir, an auditioned community chamber ensemble; Columbia Community Gospel Choir; and Prometheus, the permanent professional Artists-in-Residence. Emily serves as the Assistant Conductor for Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort, managing the ensemble and assisting in conducting the highly sought-after twelve-member professional ensemble.
Emily joined the music faculty at the University of Missouri in 2015 teaching and conducting in the Choral Department. This year her role has expanded to also include the Director of Community Music Outreach, where she serves as a community liaison for the MU School of Music. She also teaches and conducts at Stephens College as a Visiting Guest Artist in their Performing Arts program. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, Emily enters her eighth year as one of the vocal music teachers at Columbia Independent School, the city’s only non-sectarian college preparatory campus, conducting two of the six ensembles for students in grades 4-12. This upcoming year marks Emily’s eleventh year as conductor at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, MO, where she maintains a thriving music program, conducting the 45-member Adult Choir of volunteer and paid musicians.
Emily regularly serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator, and is the former Northeast Missouri High School Choral Vice-President. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association. Emily received her degrees in Music at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri (B.A.; M.A.) and at the University of Missouri (M.M.).
Emily is blessed with two beautiful children and an incredibly supportive husband.
Anthony Hernandez, Pianist and Organist
Anthony Hernandez (b. 1987) is a pianist and organist who earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2008, Hernandez was awarded first place in the MMTA Collegiate Piano Upper Division and has performed throughout Missouri and in Brazil. He has worked as music director, accompanist and/or assistant music director for several musical theatre productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, A Man of No Importance, Forever Plaid and The Wizard of Oz. In the summers of 2014-15, Hernandez was rehearsal pianist and pit keyboardist at the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, MO. He has provided music for summer extensive dance classes at the Columbia Performing Arts Center. Hernandez is an accompanist for the Columbia Chorale, Columbia Chamber Chorus, and regular staff accompanist at Stephens College and Columbia College. He currently serves as pianist and organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist and occasionally for Missouri United Methodist Church’s early service. Hernandez also maintains a full piano studio, teaching students of all ages. Visit hernandezplayspiano.com for more info!
Colin Knoth, Assistant Director
Colin Knoth was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, where he attended Kickapoo High School and Evangel University. While at Evangel, he was an active member of the University Chorale, Chorus, and Concert Choir and served as president of the latter for two years. Colin played multiple roles in the Evangel music department’s opera and musical theater programs, as well as several roles in the community. He also sang with the Springfield Mid-America Singers for one year. Colin has had experience teaching students of all ages, from Kindergarten to the collegiate level. For two years he was an assistant conductor for the Boys Choir of Springfield—a community boys chorus for unchanged voices, grades 2-6. After graduating from Evangel in 2013 with a degree in Vocal Music Education, he moved to Columbia to pursue a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri under the direction of Dr. Paul Crabb. He sang with the University Singers and co-directed the Mizzou Concert Chorale for the duration of his Master’s program. After graduating in May of 2016, Colin obtained his first teaching position at Columbia Independent School, directing four choirs in grades 6-12. In addition to CIS, Colin serves as the assistant conductor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia.