Executive Officer: Major Miriam Gorton Songster Leader: Dr. Harold Burgmayer Deputy Songster Leader: Jonathon Weller
Captain Brianne Bowers
Major Cassandra DeJesus
Major Miriam Gorton
Major Charlotte Hall
Captain Kelly Hanton
Major Heather Holman
Major Rachel Stouder
Lieutenant Heidi Strand
Major Curtiss Harltey
Jude St. Aime
Envoy Scott Hurula
Major Tim Meyer
Major Heath Sells
Major Ken Shiels
Isaac Leka, Bass Guitar
Cashus Saydee, Percussion
The Central Territorial Staff Songsters operates similar to other USA territories, meeting three to four weekends per program year. Location of performances and rehearsal weekends rotate to bring ministry to various commands throughout the territory. Repertoire reflects a wide variety of vocal music expressions including traditional choral, contemporary, and gospel genres.
To proclaim the name of Jesus through choral music.
To establish and maintain a high standard of choral music performance to which vocal musicians and other corps/divisional vocal groups can aspire.
To engage vocal musicians from around the territory in active music ministry and equip them to teach others.
Forty members recruited from around the territory engaging as many divisions as possible. Membership to be representative of the diversity of the territory (multi-cultural, as well as multi-generational).
Soldier in good standing
At least 18 years of age
Successful audition/interview at the equivalent of Level 3 in MAP Voice Form (Audition includes rhythm and pitch echoing and reading, as well as an evaluation of voice quality and ability to blend in a choir).
An annual commitment to membership will be required, but membership to be continuous from season to season (with annual CO/divisional endorsement).
The CTSS will be accompanied by a trio of piano, bass guitar, and drums.
Assistance will be available for CTSS ministry weekend travel and lodging costs, depending on weekend and geographic proximity. On a typical weekend, CTSS members would travel/arrive on Thursday evening, giving two full days to rehearsals, finishing with Sunday service.
2019-2020 Season Calendar
September/October 2019 – Audition/interview window opens
November 2019 – Roster is set/Repertoire is sent out
January 16-19, 2020 – Central Territorial Staff Songsters meets for its first rehearsal weekend
March 5-8, 2020 – Rehearsal weekend – location to announced
April 24-25, 2020 – Rehearsals; Inaugural Performance – Soldier’s Meeting with General Peddle in Elmhurst, IL
June 11-14, 2020 – Rehearsals, support Live Music 2020 Congress and Commissioning weekend – Milwaukee
A clear standard of choral music excellence is defined for corps/divisional vocal groups in the territory.
Vocal musicians provided an outlet for developing and maintaining advanced musicianship, including singers who have participated in the Territorial Youth Chorus, but are no longer eligible due to their age.
Renewed growth in the level of vocal musicianship and leadership will be seen at the corps and divisional level as members of this group bring their strengthened skills back to their divisional music schools and music camps.
An opportunity for music ministry for skilled vocalists throughout the territory who may otherwise feel disconnected or under-stimulated by the vocal music opportunities in their specific region.