Employment history

My first formal headshot, ca. 1990.


I got to thinking on Labor Day — thinking about my own employment history.

Herewith, a chronology:

1977.  Zarda Dairy, Lee’s Summit.  Soda jerk and stock boy.  I was sixteen.

1977.  Piano teacher.

1978.  Hardee’s, Lee’s Summit. Shift manager by the time I left in 1980.

1980.  First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit.  Summer intern.

1981.  Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar. Summer Admissions staff.

1982.  Missouri Baptist Convention.  Summer missionary in Tarkio.

1983.  Trinity Baptist Church of Willow Springs, Missouri.  Associate Pastor.

1984.  Southwest Baptist University.  Assistant Director of Admissions.

1986.  Southwest Baptist University.  Director of Admissions.

1987.  McCamm Management Co., Blue Springs, Missouri.  Director of Public Relations for a McDonald’s franchise.

1988.  Self-employed music teacher, Blue Springs and Independence.  A constant through my life until June 1999.

1989.  Christ Community Church, Blue Springs.  Choirmaster/organist.

1990.  Blue River Community College.  Adjunct faculty.  Conductor of Jacomo Chorale, a constant through February 1999.

A promo shot for the community college, ca. 1993 or 1994.

1991.  University of Central Missouri.  Graduate teaching assistant.

1993.  Church of the Resurrection (Episcopal), Blue Springs.  Choirmaster/organist.

1993.  Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa.  Adjunct voice faculty.

1993.  University of Central Missouri.  Lecturer in Music.

1995.  St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Independence.  Choirmaster/organist.

1996.  University of Kansas, Lawrence.  Doctoral teaching assistant.

As a doctoral student at KU, 1998.

1997.  First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence.  Choirmaster.

1999.  Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro.  Assistant Professor of Music.

1999.  Owensboro Symphony Chorus.  Conductor.

2000.  Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.  Assistant Professor of Music.

2000.  Trinity Episcopal Church, Anderson, Indiana.  Choirmaster/organist.

2003.  Grace Episcopal Church, Muncie.  Choirmaster.

2008.  Webster University, Saint Louis.  Associate Professor of Music & Chair of the Department of Music.

2008.  Gateway Men’s Chorus of Saint Louis.  Artistic Director and Conductor.

Leading Christine Brewer and the Gateway Men's Chorus, 2011.

Leading Christine Brewer and the Gateway Men’s Chorus, 2011.

2008.  Church of Saint Michael and Saint George, Clayton.  Section leader.

2008.  Studio voice teacher, Saint Louis.

2011.  Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.  Section leader.

2012.  Church of Saint Michael and Saint George, Clayton.  Section leader.

2014.  New Line Theatre, Saint Louis.  Resident music director.

With Trevor, one of my Ball State University Singers students, in 2008.

I read years ago that the average person has seven different career profiles during her or his lifetime.

So far in mine:

  • Soda jerk
  • fast food kid
  • pastor and youth pastor
  • admissions officer
  • public relations guy
  • church musician
  • choral director
  • voice teacher
  • university administrator
  • musical theatre director
  • singer and soloist

Each of these are truly different professions, often drawing on the same skill set.  And with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies as the first of several degrees.

I’ve been blessed, indeed!


In the midst of a day off, I spent much of Saturday thinking about or eating food.

Breakfast featured some latkes and a bowl of blackberries.

Luncheon was at Pho Grand, where I dined with the mother of one of my private students as we talked about college choices and possibilities.

Dinner with K was at Baida Moroccan restaurant, also on South Grand.  My yummy lamb dish was quite satisfying.


I then made my second visit to Ices Plain and Fancy, a new ice cream emporium near Tower Grove Park.  The place uses liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze the ice cream mix.  It’s quite a show.  My butter pecan nitro ice was a huge, delicious joy.

Baby Antonio

My grad assistant finally brought her two-month-old son, Antonio, to school this week.  Uncle Prof. Jeff had a grand time feeding him, burping him, and then rocking him to sleep on my shoulder. And I felt my blood pressure drop just about the time his breathing changed to ‘I’m asleep’ mode.

Happiness is a quiet and peaceful baby.

The year begins

41-DSC_3969jeffrey_carter-crToday . . . Monday, August 25, 2014 . . . I start my 26th year of teaching at the collegiate level.

Little did I know back in 1989 that I was going to spend the rest of my career teaching about music.

And little did I know how happy and fulfilled this teaching career would make me.

And little did I know that teaching about music also included teaching about life and love and loss and a thousand other things as we help students become artists and adults.

My schedule this semester includes ten weekly voice lessons and a section of music theory for music theatre students.

Before the year is out, I hope to have gained promotion to Professor from my current rank as Associate Professor.  I hope too to have completed several new musical compositions, to have five dozen entries on my voice-teaching blog, and to have completed a number of other tasks.

But this journey starts today, with new students and renewed energy and robust enthusiasm.

This weekend, in prep for the re-emergence of daily scholastic life, I finished the deep-cleaning laundry, made food for the week using the slow cooker, had the house deep-cleaned, washed the car, and went to bed early two nights in a row.  And I finished my syllabi.  And coached my MT students for their auditions today.  And attended the new-student placement singing session.  Whew.

All is ready.  Let the year commence.

Tower Grove Farmer’s Market

I ran into my friend and colleague Edward Coffield at Tower Grove Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.

And $50+ dollars later, I returned home with Jonathan apples, freestone peaches from Calhoun County, a large and lovely bouquet of fresh flowers, a pound of organic grass-fed beef, six ears of corn, and some butter lettuce from the lovely Amish girl.

And a peach scone that I promptly ate for my second breakfast.

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