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First & Calvary

Scholars Program

The First & Calvary Scholars Program empowers exceptional students in the creative disciplines of fine arts, writing, and music to explore the intersection of the Christian faith and the arts. The program offers 10 paid internships each year for participants to explore their craft within the ministry of First & Calvary—a historic church with a mission to build bridges of blessing between the church and people in the arts. This program supports local art students who are at the forefront of Christian creativity by granting them quality time and space to work, one-on-one coaching in ministry, and resources that help nurture the spiritual calling of the creative.

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Anna Brummell, Choral Scholar

Anna Brummell is a senior at Missouri State University studying vocal music education. She has a passion for choral directing and conducting and aspires to direct her own choir.  Anna is currently student teaching at Bolivar elementary and high school. Her interests include running and swimming, exploring the outdoors, West Coast swing dance and solo voice study. She is currently studying Native American cultures and ideology and their relation to the choral art.

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Emma Cerovich, Worship Team Scholar

Emma Cerovich hails from Vail, Colorado, and is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Vocal Performance at Missouri State University. She graduated from Wheaton College in 2021 and worked as a songwriting intern with the worship band Urban Doxology. She has collaborated with musicians within the pop, jazz, folk, and classical music realms. She loves writing and recording songs, and released her first EP Heart Gone Wrong in 2022.

Emma is passionate about cultivating excellent musicianship in singing, and values finding beauty and joy of worship in every sphere she sings in.

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Addison Collins, Choral Scholar

Addison Collins is a sophomore at Missouri State University studying vocal performance. She loves being a part of choir and has done so since middle school. She is currently exploring the world of opera. Catch Addison any morning at Traveler's House, her favorite coffee shop in Springfield. 

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Jayna Glynn, Worship Team Scholar

Jayna Glynn is a junior Musical Theatre major at Missouri State University from Bentonville, Arkansas. She is a singer, dancer, actor, pianist, and has been leading worship for 11 years. In her free time she loves to DJ/sing for weddings, read books about Jesus, & can always be found with a new craft! 

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Cody Houghton, Graphic Design Scholar

Cody Houghton is a Junior studying Graphic Design at Missouri State University. He graduated from Saint Charles Community College with his Associates in Graphic Design. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and going on trips with friends. 

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Aaron Huffman, Organ Scholar

Aaron Huffman is a third-year music education student at Missouri State University. He was born and went to school in Willard, Missouri, the music program being under the direction of Victoria Meraz. Aaron’s main instrument is the euphonium, but he decided to start organ lessons with Dr. Jeremy Chesman just last year; he plans to declare a minor in organ performance this next semester. Aaron has been selected as head section leader for the Missouri State University PRIDE Marching Band baritones both years he has been eligible. Balancing being a full-time student at MSU, practicing multiple instruments, and working at Target in Springfield, he has a lot on his plate, but still makes time to spend with family and friends.

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Joy Myers, Writing Scholar

Joy Myers, originally from Northeast Georgia, is a senior at Evangel University majoring in English with a writing focus. Her current writing project is an analysis of the role of God’s emotions in the Old Testament narrative. When she’s not writing, she loves hiking, reading, and playing piano.

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Annette Oliphant, Theatre Scholar

Annette Oliphant is so excited to be back with the scholars this school year! Annette is a senior Speech and Theatre Education major at Missouri State University. She is excited to help the children at First and Calvary grow in their faith through theatre. Annette has been participating in theatre since she was in fourth grade and believes it can be very influential in a child's life. She can not wait to get to know more of the community at First and Calvary!

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Miles Stamper, Choral Scholar

Miles Stamper is a Junior at Missouri State University studying Vocal Music Education. He sang in the worship team back home in Joplin during High School, and loves singing and performing. Miles is a member of the Missouri State Chorale and has been involved with many productions and recitals in the Missouri State Vocal Music department. He is excited for the opportunity to be a choral scholar!

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