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Title: Assistant Professor
Becky Thorn, soprano, serves as the Music Program Chair and an Assistant Professor of Music at SCC. In addition to directing the Chamber Choir and SCC Singers, she has taught a variety of classes including Opera Theatre Workshop, Music History, Appreciation, Theory, Ear-Training, and Private Voice. Mrs. Thorn has taught for Webster University, directed a travelling music ensemble, Spirit Wing, at Missouri Baptist University, performed and directed both church and community theatre, acted as faculty adviser for SCC clubs, and has maintained a private voice studio and her professional profile as a choral and solo/ensemble adjudicator and clinician in the state of Missouri. She is a member of the National and Missouri Association of Music Education, as well as the National and Missouri Choral Directors Associations.
Mrs. Thorn earned her Master of Arts (Vocal Pedagogy) from Webster University, where she was the first female to receive their coveted Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Music Theory and the only graduate in her class (2003) to be selected for Distinction in music. She performed with the Webster Choral Society, Opera Studio, and studied voice under Carol Gaspar and Alice Montgomery.
As an undergrad, she was selected as the Music History Student Fellow and “Outstanding Music Graduate 2000” at Missouri Baptist. Graduating summa cum laude with a double-major in Music Education and Vocal Performance, she studied voice under Rhonda McAfee, Dr. Jefferey Heyl, and Rebecca Morrison. She was an original member of the MBU Chamber Choir, a featured soloist for many choral concerts, and also appeared in numerous stage roles.
Invited back to sing on her alma mater stage several times, her favorites include making a guest appearance as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and as the soprano soloist for the MBU Chamber Choir’s North American Premiere of Patrick Hawes’ Song of Songs.
Mrs. Thorn was a founding member of the female quartet, Evidence Sings, which kept an active performance schedule for 7 years throughout the Midwest region at community events, churches, and charity functions. She acted as Assistant Music Producer for their recording projects, writing and arranging several songs on the albums. Her original compositions have won and placed in local song writing competitions.
Her most recent endeavours have included vocal directing musical productions for the Alpha Players of Florissant, and securing a new degree program – the A.F.A. of Music – for music students at SCC. She also participates in local music ministry, is married, and has three children.