CELEBRATING MISSISSIPPI BOYCHOIR
2019-2020 marks the 25th Season of Mississippi, but the Boychoir tradition began fifteen centuries ago with boys singing in the great cathedrals of western Europe. In the last twenty years, hundreds of musically talented young men have worked to develop vocal techniques, self-discipline, learn music in a variety of styles, and have fun singing!
Your Mississippi Boychoir has given its audiences unforgettable experiences that connect them with this 1,500-year-old boychoir tradition.
CORE VALUES held by the Mississippi Boychoir:
Singing is basic to communication and enriches Mississippi’s community life.
Excellence in performance creates self-esteem and provides training for leadership.
Respect for others is essential for a successful community.
Early training in choir helps boys as adults to participate in the cultural life of communities.
Belief in these CORE VALUES creates a MISSION for the MBC to:
Identify boys with natural talent for singing, regardless of economic status, race, or previous vocal training
Provide boys with excellent training in musicianship
Enhance boys’ personal growth by requiring them to accept responsibility, develop self-discipline, and have respect for others
Schedule boys to perform in a variety of venues to showcase their talents and to broaden their horizons
Represent Mississippi inside and outside the state
2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeff Klingfuss, President
Hope Brannan, Vice-President
Robert Vinson, Treasurer
Danny McHale, Secretary
Kimberly D. Griffin
Sherry Castle Boyer
Kerri Williams, Parent Association President
Judy Nussbaum, Vicksburg Parent Representative
Sandra Hollins, Jackson Parent Representative
Katherine Hoitt, Artistic Director
Caryn Womack, Assistant Director
Rosanne Jorgenson Smith, Concert Accompanist
Jennifer Tillotson, Vicksburg Accompanist
Katherine Hoitt joined Mississippi Boychoir in the 2018-19 season as an assistant director. When the artistic director position became open, she was the Board’s obvious and unanimous choice to fill the vacancy. She took the helm as Mississippi Boychoir Artistic Director in June, 2019, just in time for the organization’s 25th season.
Hoitt has studied choral music from an early age. A native of Mobile, Alabama, and 9 year member of Mobile‘s Singing Children, Ms. Hoitt holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education and earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, she performed in the Southern Chorale and the Southern BelleTones contemporary women’s a cappella group, which she co-directed. She is currently the choir director at the Academy of Innovation in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Mississippi owes a debt of gratitude to founding director Margaret Ewing Thomas, who envisioned and created Mississippi Boychoir in 1995.
Ms. Thomas holds degrees with Honors from Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Millsaps College, a Master of Arts in Music Education from William Carey College, and Level I Orff Certification from University of Memphis. She is a member of American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) and has taught vocal music at all age levels in schools, churches, and her private studio. She resides in Hattiesburg.