Candidates for President-Elect
Candidates for ECKMEA President Elect
Voting for the ECKMEA President-Elect will take place in the KMEA Members site Dec. 5 - Dec. 13, 2021.
The new President-Elect will take office on March 1, 2022.
Kelli Baker, Choral Director at Gardner-Edgerton HS
Robin Christie, Choral Director at Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege HS
Jason Cole, Choral Director at Lenexa-St. James Academy
believes that any person who loves to sing is a singer. As she always says,
"If you can talk, you can sing!" Kelli was awarded her Bachelor's degree in music
education from the University of Kansas in 2011 and completed her Master's degree
in Music Education with an emphasis in choral pedagogy at KU in 2018. Kelli received
training in vocal pedagogy and voice anatomy/physiology, and has a special interest
in adolescent changing voices. She is an active member of KMEA, ACDA and NAfME,
and served as the Kansas Music Educators Association Middle Level Choir Chair from
2012-2016. She received the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the University
of Kansas in 2017. Over the last 10 years, Kelli has taught in the Gardner Edgerton
School District, and is currently teaching choir at Gardner Edgerton High School. Kelli
served as the Associate Director of the Lawrence Children's Choir from 2011-2021.
She is currently the Artistic Director of Allegro con Spirito, the men's changing and
changed-voice choir of Allegro Choirs of Kansas City.
has taught Vocal Music 28 years in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, 7 in
the elementary, jr. high level and 20 of those at Bishop MIege High School. During
her tenure she has added barbershop performance, a handbell choir and other
general music classes to the program. Her choirs have been selected as finalists for
the KSHSAA Performing Arts School of Excellence and KMEA ISW Performing Groups,
and she is the 2021-22 ECKMEA Nominee for State Music Educator of the Year.
received his Bachelors from Tennessee Tech and Masters from KU. Mr.
Cole taught choir at Washington High School in KCK for 6 years, K-8 Vocal and General
Music at Cure of School in Leawood for 7 years, and is currently in his 7th year
teaching choir at St. James Academy in Lenexa. Jason is also a published composer
with compositions available from Cantica Nova, SBMP, and SMP.