Kirkwood Children's Chorale
PO Box 220256
Kirkwood, MO 63122

KCC Staff 2017-18

Kirkwood Children's Chorale Artistic and Business Staff


Paula MartinPAULA MARTIN, Artistic Director and Director of the Cantando and Concert Choirs, has been a music educator for more than thirty years, having served as a general music specialist for grades K-6, an instrumental music instructor for grades 6-9 and choral music instructor at the elementary school, middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.
Mrs. Martin served as Director of Choirs at Oakville Senior High School for twenty-three years. During her tenure there, her choirs received Honor 1 Ratings at the State MSHSAA sponsored Large Ensemble Music Festival for each of those twenty-three years. Under Mrs. Martin's leadership, the Oakville High School Choirs were selected to perform for the Annual Conference of the Missouri Music Educators Association five times and her Mixed Chamber Choir was selected to perform for the Divisional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in 2009.
She serves frequently as a clinician for honor choirs throughout our state. She serves as an adjudicator for All-District and All-State honor choirs, as well as for the MSHAA sponsored Large Ensemble and Small Ensemble/Solo music festival on a yearly basis.
Mrs. Martin directs the University Women's Chorus, the University Select Women's Ensemble, and teaches Applied Voice and Secondary Music Methods at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She currently serves the Missouri Choral Directors Association as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Treble Choirs and is the Choral Vice President for the Missouri Music Educators Association. Ms. Martin was the recipient of the Outstanding Music Educator Award given by the St. Louis Music Educators Association in 2009 and 2013. She was awarded the Podium Award, by the Missouri Music Educators Association in 2014.
Mrs. Martin is married to Edgar Martin, an accountant for Edgewood Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband have one daughter, Hannah Grace, who is a student at Missouri State University where she is a dual major, pursuing her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education.



Angela HendrickANGELA HENDRICK, Accompanist, earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University and holds lifetime certificates for both instrumental and vocal music.  She holds Master’s degrees in Music from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and in Music Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.  She retired in May 2015 with 30 years of teaching experience; 7 years in the Grandview R-2 school district, and finishing her tenure as Director of Choirs at Mehlville High School in the Mehlville School Districts.  Her choirs consistently receive superior ratings at Large Ensemble competition and have received top honors in numerous competitions throughout the United States.  She is an accomplished pianist and has accompanied choirs at the Missouri Music Educator’s Convention at Tan-Tar-A, the 2008 Kansas City SWACDA with Oakville High School, and various Honor Choirs in the St. Louis and Jefferson County area. Since retiring she currently accompanies four of the six choirs at Seckman High School in the Fox school district.  She has served as Vice President of the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association and is a member of the MMEA, MENC, and MCDA.  She has been named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers seven times, and was Teacher of the Year at Mehlville High School in 2006.  In 2015 she received the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Merit Award.  She is an MSHSAA adjudicator and has done clinics with various schools in the Jefferson County and St. Louis area.


 BENNETT LUEDEKA, Executive Director, previously served KCC on the Administrative Board. He works in Data Analytics, with a Master's degree in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI-Indianapolis and a B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University. Bennett is an active amateur musician, who enjoys singing with various choirs and frequenting local bluegrass and folk music jams with his mandolin or guitar.



CHRISTINA BECHER, Bookkeeper, is a payroll coordinator for a large Clayton-based corporation and is an avid volunteer for dog rescues.



Curtis Fears, Director of Community Relations CURTIS FEARS, Director of Community Relations, has been associated with KCC in a variety of roles since his oldest child joined the Chorale in 2000. Both of his children are KCC alums. Curtis has been a member of various KCC committees and served on the Parent Board. He has filled a number of volunteer roles from stuffing envelopes to ushering concerts. He has helped plan and produce concerts, national and international choir tours and has chaperoned several tours. He has been the "official" photographer for KCC since 2004. His current position involves working with and reporting to the Administrative Board, working closely with the Artistic Staff and Artistic Director, pursuing grant and other funding opportunities and promoting KCC in the community. Curtis has had a lifelong love of singing and was a member of several singing ensembles in college. He also participated in stage performances in high school and college appearing in several plays and musicals. In addition to KCC, Curtis has served on boards and committees in the community for such organizations such as the Kirkwood School District and the St. Louis Civil War Round Table.  He also coached and managed youth sports teams while his children were growing up.

Curtis has worked for Washington University Medical School since 1987.