I am excited and honored to serve as the President of Mississippi ACDA. To be able to serve the community that has contributed so much to my growth as a music educator is a humbling opportunity. The leadership and members of Mississippi ACDA have inspired me through their creativity, dedication, and encouragement, and I am honored to serve alongside so many mentors and respected colleagues.
My first memory of ACDA is the National ACDA Convention in 2005. As a college student at The University of Southern Mississippi, I was privileged to perform with The Southern Chorale in Los Angeles. The final concert that year included choirs from LSU, St. Olaf, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I vividly remember listening, awestruck as tears rolled down my face. I was struck by not only the beauty of the music, but the realization that I had been blessed to be living out my purpose. It was a seminal moment in my journey as a music educator.
As members of ACDA, we have the opportunity to serve, mentor, challenge, and encourage not only our fellow educators, but future educators. It is my hope that we continue to grow in both membership and community over the next two years by providing resources and meaningful relationships for choral conductors in Mississippi. It is truly the greatest privilege to serve in this role and I will strive to give my best efforts each day.
President, Mississippi ACDA