Windsong Chamber Choir

Artistic Directors

Jeanise Wynn Morton
Jeanise Wynn Morton joined Windsong as a singer in 2006, and has served in multiple roles, most recently as Associate Director. Jeanise was promoted to Artistic Director prior to Windsong’s 25th Anniversary season. Jeanise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Oklahoma Christian University in 1996. She has a long and varied history working as a conductor, vocal and flute soloist, and musical director, and served as the Music Director for the Oklahoma City Theater Company from 2011-2014. Jeanise has directed children’s choirs, volunteer choruses, and praise teams, both in the US and in Japan. She currently serves as the Director of Contemporary Worship at Southern Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Edmond, Oklahoma. In addition to her musical endeavors, Jeanise holds an MBA and currently works as the Business Manager for Edmond Public Schools.

Kerry M. Barnett
Dr. Kerry Barnett is a native of Southern California with degrees in vocal performance and choral conducting from the California State University at Los Angeles. Kerry studied conducting with both Roger Wagner and William Hatcher. Relocating to Oklahoma in 1983, Kerry earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the University of Oklahoma. He has particular expertise in the preparation and presentation of works for chorus and orchestra for which he has numerous published articles and essays. Kerry has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, toured throughout the world as a baritone soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale, has appeared as soloist with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Canterbury Choral Society, as well as many other performing entities across Oklahoma. He has made a specialty of the baritone solos in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, for which he has been invited to perform throughout the country.

Windsong's History

Windsong was formed in the fall of 1991 by Kerry and Marilee Barnett with the objective of establishing a premier chamber choir in Oklahoma which could achieve the finest results in the style of a European professional ensemble. The only semi-professional choir in the Oklahoma City metro area, Windsong is comprised of volunteer singers from throughout Oklahoma, who bring an impressive range of musical experience and expertise to the organization. A cappella singing and the performance of music with an unusual multiplicity of voice parts are especially prominent in Windsong concerts, which have been performed throughout the state in many of our state’s universities, on a variety of community concert series, for a number of professional organizations and for private occasions. Choral/orchestral presentations are also common, with past years having featured performances of Mozart's Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Bach's Magnificat, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Handel's Dixit Dominus and Messiah and Menotti's The Unicorn, Gorgon, and Manticore. 

Windsong has given special performances as an invited guest for such important events as Governor Brad Henry's Inaugural Prayer Service, conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the Fall Arts Institute, a number of professional organizations, and for private occasions. Windsong had many airings on The First Art Show; (now off the air) which was produced by Chorus America, and is part of the regular programming on KSCS (90.1 Central Oklahoma’s classical radio station) as well as on similar radio programs throughout Oklahoma and Texas. Windsong also makes an effort to support other arts programs in our state. For example, Windsong joined with the Lawton Philharmonic and regional singers in the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the spring of 2012. During our 2011-2012 season, Windsong established an endowment in honor of the late Marilee Barnett. The endowment was established to support commissions and premier choral works in an effort to expand Windsong’s choral repertoire. 

In the summer of 2016 Windsong named Jeanise Wynn Morton as Artistic Director. Ms. Morton has been a singing member of the ensemble for 10 years, and has served on the board for 9 years, most recently as the Associate Director of the ensemble. Dr. Barnett plans to continue to direct and support the choir during our 25th anniversary season.

While Windsong is a non-profit organization, it operates in a semi-professional capacity, in that the organization provides for all of the singers performance related expenses.  To make a tax deductible contribution, or for further information about Windsong, please write to PO Box 18836, Oklahoma City, OK 73154 or phone (405) 413-9587.