Students participating in the Mississippi Junior High All-State Honor Choir and Junior High All-State Women’s Choir are chosen based on competitive auditions in the fall of each year. Students chosen for the choirs rehearse and present a concert as part of the MMEA/ACDA Annual Convention the following spring. Past conductors of the choirs are Tom Shelton, Victor Johnson, Laura Farnell, Alissa Rowe, Andrea Ramsey and Fran Hebert.
Hernando United Methodist Church
Madison Middle School
William Carey University
2018 Junior High SATB All-State Clinician
Judy Bowers, Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, as well as conducting the Women’s Glee Club, a performing group that also provides Adopt-A-Choir and Study-Buddy partnerships with area secondary public school choirs. She has received multiple university Excellence in Teaching awards at FSU, and has been awarded the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award from the state ACDA Chapter of Florida. As a choral educator, she is an active conductor of all-state and honor choirs across the United States and Canada, and in 2014 conducted the East Africa Middle School Choral Festival in Tanzania. Bowers frequently presents workshops and clinics for teachers, and her research interests include developmental choral groups and community learning partnerships; he most recent partnership pairs FSU glee club singers with women in the Gadsden Correctional Facility (MTC Glee) for a concert each semester. Bowers has publications in JRME and CRME, and has contributed multiple chapters to textbooks devoted to middle school choral topics. Professor Bowers holds music degrees from Louisiana State University (Ph.D.) and Texas Tech University (B.M.E.). From 1990-2000, she led the Capital Children’s Choir program at FSU and subsequently developed a community service partnership between university music students and an urban middle school. This collaboration has provided additional music ensembles for the middle school while also enriching the teacher preparation experiences of the university students. In June 2014, Bowers was named a Lowell Mason National Music Education Fellow and was inducted into this society by the National Association for Music Education in Washington D.C.
*Cantate Domino – Mark Hayes
Nine Hundred Miles arr. Philip Silvey
*O Praise the Mighty Lord (from the Oratorio, Joshua) G. Handel, arr. Patrick Liebergen
Bonse Abe – arr. Andrew Fisher
Brothers, Sisters Join Hands – Earlene Rentz