Dr. Jeffrey Carter – Musical Director for Junior and Senior Choruses
Jeffrey Richard Carter returns to Variety this year as director of the Variety Children’s Chorus. An award-winning actor and composer, Jeff is Professor & Chair of the Department of Music at Webster University, where he leads the only undergraduate program in the country in musical direction for musical theatre. Jeff is also a composer, voice teacher, singer, collaborator, and music director with international credits and is the music director/composer for Circus Harmony.
Jeremy Jacobs – Assistant Musical Director for Junior and Senior Choruses
Jeremy Jacobs is a classically trained pianist and music director who is thrilled to be back with the Variety Children’s Chorus. He is a studying Music Direction for Musical Theatre at Webster University, where he is the founder and artistic director of ChordLoks (Webster’s a cappella group) and the artistic director for Ping! A Performing Arts Collective. He is also a teaching artist at the Performing Arts Academy of STAGES St. Louis. Jeremy’s passion is changing lives and influencing the world through music; the students at Variety have brought a joy to his life.
Caleb McCarroll – Musical Director of Everybody Sings
Caleb McCarroll studies at Webster University in the Music Direction for Musical Theatre program. He is an up-and-coming music director and accompanist based out of the Kansas City area. His main areas of focus include Sondheim and new works. As a pianist and vocalist, he is a frequent performer of new works, including instrumental chamber music and choral ensembles. Caleb has a heart for reaching the younger generation through music and the arts.
Dawn Gilbertson – Director of Variety Dance
Dawn Gilbertson is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, small business owner, volunteer and mother. She studied at Monona Academy of Dance in Wisconsin and has degrees in Finance, French and Dance from the University of Iowa. Dawn performed at The Muny for several productions and has been an instructor at COCA. She started performing with The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011 and performed with them for seven seasons. Dawn has taught, choreographed and/or performed with Variety Theatre for eight productions.
Dawn currently sits on the board of directors for The Big Muddy Dance Company. She is also an active member of Variety Women. Dawn’s work with Variety comes from her desire to share the joy of dancing with others. She is excited to witness the commitment the kids have to singing, theatre, arts and everything they do.
Rebecca Hartman – Variety Dance Instructor
Rebecca Hartman is delighted to be continuing her work with Variety! She has been teaching all styles of dance for over four years now, and it has become one of her biggest passions. Along with teaching, Rebecca is a choreographer, dance captain, and musical theatre performer. You might have seen her in Variety Theatre’s Mary Poppins last year in the ensemble. Rebecca is currently pursuing a BFA in musical theatre from Webster University.