Staff Members | American Chamber Chorale

Marty Renner-Hughes

Assistant Conductor

Marty Renner-Hughes is the Assistant Conductor as well as a charter member of the American Chamber Chorale.  She is newly retired after 25 years as a member of the music faculty at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.  Ms. Renner-Hughes previously taught on the high school level in the St. Louis area and also served as a docent for Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Ms. Renner-Hughes earned a BA in Music Education from St. Louis University, graduating summa cum laude. As a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, she studied voice at the Conservatoire Nationale de la France.  She returned to St. Louis and received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Music Education from Washington University as a recipient of a Nussbaum Fellowship.  Post-graduate work includes certificates from the Voice Care Network and courses in Choral Conducting and Voice.

Besides performing/directing music from the classical repertoire, she has directed and/or performed in numerous musical comedy productions throughout the St. Louis area. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Missouri Music Educators Association, and the Voice Care Network.  She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society), and Pi Delta Phi (the French Honor Society).

Daniel Fry

Accompanist

Daniel Fry serves as Director of Music at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville, where he is beginning his third year of leadership of a music program that includes a long-time concert series, 5 choirs and choral ensembles, and handbells. He served prior to that as interim organist and music director at Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton. Other current musical activities include staff accompanist and piano teacher at the Principia, adjunct instructor of piano at Webster University’s Community Music School (CMS), Assistant Choir Director and Accompanist at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and as Specialist in Accompanying at UMSL, where he primarily coaches students for recital preparation.

Mr. Fry received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano pedagogy and choral music education, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also done doctoral work in vocal coaching and accompanying at the same school, where he served as departmental assistant to Eric Dalheim and Dennis Helmrich, and served as an accompanying assistant in the School of Music as well as the Department of Dance. Dan sang with the ACC for three years previously and is glad to return as accompanist.  He lives in the Lafayette Square neighborhood of St. Louis with his two cats, Autumn and Missy, who wish he were home more!

Marsha Armentrout

Executive Director

Marsha holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in voice from Southeast Missouri State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Colorado State University. Her post graduate work includes twenty hours of music education from colleges and universities in Colorado, Illinois and Missouri.

Ms. Armentrout, a retired music educator, taught elementary music in the Pattonville School District in St. Louis, MO, and secondary choral music at Meramec Valley R-III School District in Pacific, MO for a combined twenty-seven years. In addition, for eighteen summers she worked at Geneva Glen Camps in Colorado where she gained extensive experience as Program Director, Administrative Assistant and Director of Music.  She is a member of the American Choral Directors Organization and Chorus America.