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!
Nathan Fratzke, Assistant Director
Nathan Fratzke returns for his second season with the Columbia Chorale as assistant director and director of the Columbia Chamber Choir. A master’s student in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Nathan studies with Dr. R. Paul Crabb and serves as a Teaching Assistant in the choral music department. At the University of Missouri Nathan directs the Ars Nova Singers for the annual Art and Music Concert, Cantantes Tigres (the newly created men’s choir), assists Emily Edgington Andrews with Concert Chorale, and assists Dr. R. Paul Crabb with University Singers and the Bach Collegium Choir. Last year Nathan served as assistant conductor for the Summer Singers. In addition to his choral studies with Dr. Crabb, Nathan studies orchestral conducting with Maestro Edward Dolbashian.
In addition to working with the Columbia Chorale and Columbia Chamber Choir, Nathan serves as music director at Calvary Episcopal church in downtown Columbia where he conducts a youth choir, handbell choir, and adult choir.
Outside of being an aspiring young conductor, Nathan is also an accomplished composer, having received commissions for several high school and collegiate choirs. He also has worked with acclaimed composers such as Ola Gjeilo, Stacey Gibbs, and Morten Lauridsen.
In August of 2016 Nathan participated in the Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop. During this week-long workshop he studied conducting with renowned musician, Simon Carrington, and sang as part of a select twenty-four voice choir of musicians from around the world. The Workshop culminated with a concert in the historic, acoustically superb Music Shed, during which Nathan was a featured conductor.
Nathan received his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. During his time at Wartburg, Nathan studied piano with Dr. Suzanne Torkelson, composition with Dr. Geoffrey Wilson, voice with Dr. Jennifer Larson, and conducting with Dr. Lee Nelson. Nathan was a four-year member the acclaimed Wartburg Choir, serving as Vice-President his senior year.