Staff Bios

KIRT MOSIER, ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR
Kirt N. Mosier is a veteran educator who has been with the LSR7 School District since 1995. In addition to his duties at Lee’s Summit West, Mr. Mosier created the Digital Media Technology Center of Excellence for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Students from multiple school districts will be able to enroll at the center to learn how to produce music and video for today’s media market.

Mr. Mosier holds a BME degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, as well as a Masters of Music in composition from the same institution.

Mr. Mosier is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest and southern regions of the United States. Mr. Mosier is also a composer and has had works featured at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

LSWHS StaffMr. Mosier lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife and four children.

CLIFTON THURMOND, DIRECTOR OF BANDS

Clifton D. Thurmond has been teaching in the Lee’s Summit R7 School District since the beginning of his career in 1999.  Before Lee’s Summit West opened, Mr. Thurmond spent the first five years of his career as the Associate Director of Bands at Lee’s Summit High School.  Mr. Thurmond also teaches 5th and 6th grade band at Summit Pointe Elementary and Cedar Creek Elementary.  In addition to his teaching job, he is also the Worship Leader at Deerbrook Covenant Church in Lee’s Summit.

Mr. Thurmond earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1998 and completed his Master of Arts at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2007. Mr. Thurmond is a tuba player, but was wise enough to marry a better one. He and his wife, Angie, live in Lee’s Summit with their two children, Emory and Miles.

SHAWN HARREL, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Mr. Harrel comes to Lee’s Summit West with a B.S. in Music Education from Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State) and a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies, with an emphasis in arranging and composition, from the University of North Texas.

While at UNT, Mr. Harrel was a teaching fellow for several professors in the jazz studies department including Dan Haerle and Mike Steinel, two leading authors and educators in jazz. After Dan Haerle’s partial retirement in 2002, Mr. Harrel directed The Zebras, a jazz keyboard ensemble formed by Mr. Haerle in 1980.

As an arranger, Mr. Harrel writes regularly for high school bands in Missouri and Kansas and was a staff arranger for the Missouri State University Pride Marching Band in addition to being a drum major for four years.

Mr. Harrel teaches jazz band, concert band and IB Music at Lee’s Summit West High School and Digital Media Technology at Summit Technology Academy.

AMY KRINKE, DIRECTOR OF CHORAL ACTIVITIES
Before coming to Lee’s Summit West, Mrs. Krinke served as the Assistant Director of Choirs at Blue Springs High School and at Truman High School. She also taught K-8 general music in Albuquerque, NM. She is the former director of the Young MAIsterSingers Children’s Choir, and has prepared the MaisterSingers for numerous annual performances with the Kansas City Symphony.

Over the years, choirs under Mrs. Krinke’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings in performance and sight-singing at State Music Festival and were selected to perform on the Missouri Music Educators Annual Convention in 2008.

Mrs. Krinke holds a Bachelor of Music Ed. degree from Wichita State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999. Mrs. Krinke is currently serving as the Vice-President for High School Choral Music for the Kansas City Metro MMEA District, and is the All-District Choir and All-State Choir Coordinator. She is an active member of MMEA, MENC, and ACDA and serves as a frequent adjudicator across Missouri.

JACOB LOWRY, ASSOCIATE CHORAL DIRECTORJacob Lowry is the Associate Choral Director at Lee’s Summit High School and Lee’s Summit West High School. He is also the Director of Music at Country Club United Methodist Church (CCUMC) in Kansas City where he directs the Chancel and Bell choirs. He most recently was the Vocal Music Director at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School in Lawrence, Kansas.

He received his Bachelors in Music Education at Sam Houston State University as well as his Masters in Choral Conducting under the direction of Dr. Alan Hightower and Dr. James Franklin. During his studies he had the privilege of working with great minds like Paul Salamunovich, Joseph Flummerfelt, Weston Noble and Richard Bjella.

His time at CCUMC has led him to work in partnership with students from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in forming a Music Academy for students and young adults wishing to take lessons in classical voice, piano, and strings.

TERRIN PABST, STAFF ACCOMPANIST (Retired from LSW in 2016)
After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1978, Terrin (Gilpin) Pabst spent three years at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, then transferred to the University of Missouri-Columbia. There she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal Music Education, K-12, with piano concentration. Her first position was with the Ft. Zumwalt School District teaching vocal music at St. Peters Elementary School.

She then moved to Independence, MO and taught vocal music at Spring Branch Elementary and Luff Elementary. Her last year there, she married her husband, Damon Pabst. They went into the ministry for the next thirteen years, eventually moving to Texas for eight of those. They have two sons, Josiah and Gage, both of whom attended LSW High School and participated in its instrumental music program.

Upon returning to the Kansas City area, Mrs. Pabst accepted the staff accompanist position in 2004. She continues giving private piano lessons and thoroughly enjoys her work at West with both the students as well as the music staff.