Artistic Staff

Emily Edgington Andrews, Artistic Director


Long an advocate for quality musical arts in the community, Emily Edgington Andrews is extremely active in Columbia, working with children and adults at every level of their musical development.

Emily is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in music education at the University of Missouri, where she conducts the MU Women’s Choir, co-conducts Concert Chorale, and teaches various courses in music. In addition to her work at MU, she is the Artistic Director and a Conductor for Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, an organization that offers exceptional choral experiences accessible to everyone from youth to adults. Emily is in her eleventh year as one of the vocal music teachers at Columbia Independent School, the city’s only non-sectarian college preparatory campus, conducting two of the six ensembles for students in grades 4-12. Additionally, this year marks her thirteenth as conductor at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, MO, where she maintains a thriving music program, conducting the 45-member Adult Choir of volunteer and paid musicians. She also serves as the Assistant Conductor for the professional chamber vocal ensemble, Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort.

Emily regularly serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator, and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Emily received her degrees in Music at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri (B.A.; M.A.) and at the University of Missouri (M.M.).

Amanda Furtick – Chamber Choir Pianist

Ryan Layton – Chamber Choir Conductor and Chorale Assistant Conductor

Ryan Layton is a conductor, collaborative pianist, and music educator. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he performed with Hitt Street Harmony, the Bach Collegium Choir, and the University Singers under the direction of Dr. R. Paul Crabb. Ryan is beginning his fourth year with CAAM, and his first year as conductor of Columbia Chamber Choir and assistant director for Columbia Chorale. As a pianist, he has worked with the Columbia Youth Choirs, Columbia Public Schools 5th Grade Honor Choir, as well as various school choirs and conference reading sessions. Ryan is the choral director and fine arts department chair at Marshall High School, and is the assistant director of the Marshall Community Chorus. He serves as district representative for the Missouri Choral Directors Association, and is a member of National Association for Music Education and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.



LaMont Walker, Columbia Community Gospel Choir Conductor

This singer, musician, preacher, author, and much more is a native of Kansas City, MO. His parents established him on a foundation rich in the love of God and gospel music. Continuing in his musical heritage, LaMont has learned multiple instruments and perfected his gift of music. He has been blessed to share the stage with artists such as the Kansas City Boys Choir, the Harlem Boys Choir, Richard Smallwood, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and many others! LaMont is a graduate of the Southeast High School (1999) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A. in Music Performance 2005). He celebrates many accomplishments. In 2016, LaMont and Voices of Power and Glory released their first singles “Love Lifted Me” and “He Did It Again,” which were written by LaMont and are available for purchase at all digital stores. Other accomplishments include 1st place victory at the national BSU retreat choir competition, four years directing the LBC gospel choir (MU), founding His Word His Way ministry, and releasing his first book, Internal Pieces. In 1999, LaMont connected to the ministry of Bishop Dr. R.L. Freeman, where he remains submitted and covered. Under Bishop Freeman’s tutelage, LaMont received his ministry license in 2004, ordination as Elder in 2005, and elevation to the position of General Overseer in 2009. He serves as overseer of music and performing arts for his church, United Community Cathedral, and the fellowship, Christians Equipping Christians for Outreach (Presiding Prelate-Bishop Dr. R.L. Freeman and Metropolitan-Bishop Larry D. Trotter). On October 5, 2014, Bishop Freeman appointed LaMont to serve as assistant pastor of United Community Cathedral. On August 29, 2015, LaMont was installed as assistant pastor of UCC. He also volunteers as a mentor for United Community Builders CDC program Weekend With The Boys. Pastor Walker has traveled across America spreading the good news of the Gospel through anointed music, preaching, and teaching. He continues to do so under the leading of the Holy Ghost, praying that all would have a God-experience as a result of his dedication to the Kingdom, serving in the Levitical Order.