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A Strong Choral Foundation

The William Baker Festival Singers performing at The Kauffman Center - March 2020.
David Beckers
The William Baker Festival Singers performing at The Kauffman Center - March 2020.

The William Baker Festival Singers are so much more than just a choir. Host Stephen Steigman speaks with Founder and Director William Baker, as well as Executive Associate Music Director Jamea Sale about the group, The Choral Foundation, healthy singing, and more. We'll hear music from their composer in residence program, as well as Byron Smith, Lars Magnus Been, Waldemar Ahlen and others.


Stephen Steigman


William Baker, Founder and Director
Jamea Sale, Executive Associate Music Director

William Baker and Jamea Sale
David Beckers / Janie Jones
William Baker and Jamea Sale


O Salutaris Hostia
by Eriks Esenvalds
Amy Imparato, soloist
Kathleen Kennedy, soloist

Wondrous Love
American traditional arr. by Alice Parker
Christine Freeman, conductor

All You Works of the Lord
by Kenneth Jennings
Bethany Williams, piano

The Earth Adorned
by Waldemar Ahlen
Eric Newlin, conductor
Kathleen Kennedy, soloist

Sköne Maj
by Lars Magnus Been

Worthy to Be Praised
by Byron Smith
Stacey Knoell, soloist

by Sean Sweeden
Karen Kay Hall, piano
Sean Sweeden, percussion

Ubi Caritas
by R. Douglas Helvering

Swing Down Chariot
Trad. arr. by Ed Frazier Davis
Ed Frazier Davis, soloist

Agnus Dei
by Samuel Barber
Melissa Shallberg, soloist

You can learn about the Festival Singers, The Choral Foundation, find recordings, and see upcoming events at

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href=""></a>.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at