Jason Martin is the choir director at Fort Zumwalt South High School where he teaches or has taught choir, guitar, and music theory for the last 13 years. Under his direction, the program has doubled in size despite losing 40% of its population after a fourth high school was added to the district. The choirs at South High include Baritone Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir. Jason also serves as the Music Director and Worship Leader at Church of the Shepherd United Methodist Church in St. Charles where he has directed the children’s and adult choirs.
Jason earned his certification in K-12 Choral/Vocal Music Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a master’s degree in Secondary School Administration from Lindenwood University. His past appointments include related positions at Sperreng Middle School in the Lindbergh School District, Florissant Valley Christian Church, The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, and the Recruits Chorus, a youth chorus under the umbrella of the Ambassadors of Harmony. He was formerly the Middle School Choral Vice-President for St. Louis Suburban District and is presently the Secondary Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator for the Fort Zumwalt School District. Jason was selected as the recipient of the Missouri Choral Directors Association Prelude Award in 2006, South High’s Teacher of the Year in 2010, and twice as the Outstanding Director of the Year for the St. Louis Metro District. He has been called upon as a clinician, organizational mentor, and speaker. Jason is a member of ACDA, MCDA, MMEA, NaFME, BHS, and NEA.
When not directing, Jason enjoys time with his wife Amanda, daughter Sophia (12), son Jack (10), and rescue hounds, Charlie and Ted. He is terrible at both bowling and golf, so be understanding if you ask him to play. He is really great at laughing at and listening to himself speak, so be understanding if you engage him in conversation. If selected as the MMEA Choral Vice-president, he will bring a mindset of growth, enthusiasm, and community to the position, qualities which have served him well during his 21 years at the podium.