Topher Otake is currently working towards his master’s degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri, where he is a student of Dr. R. Paul Crabb. At Mizzou, he works with MU’s University Singers, Concert Chorale, Ars Nova, Bach Collegium Choir, and Mizzou Outreach Choir. In 2021, Topher joined the Boonslick Chordbusters as music director and the Boone County Hams Quartet as a lead. He also directs the Columbia Youth Choirs’ Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus, and the First Christian Church Chancel Choir and Bell Choir. Topher is originally from the Chicago suburbs, but has been studying and teaching music in mid Missouri since 2014.