JCJC’s Concert Choir begins new season

Written By: Teresa McCreery & Jennifer Bruton
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-10-02 18:58:58

ELLISVILLE–Jones County Junior College’s Concert Choir has begun a new season of performances this fall and will be in concert in Ellisville, on Sunday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Ellisville. Additionally, the 91-member choir will be performing on Sunday, October 15, at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Sharon, north of Laurel and on November 12, at 6 p.m., the choir will be presenting their concert at Runnelstown First Baptist Church outside of Petal. The public is invited to attend these free events.
JCJC Choral director, Joel Dunlap will be directing the talented members of the JCJC Concert Choir singing a varied repertoire by Baroque composer J. S. Bach, the modern spiritual arranger Moses Hogan, along with some traditional folk songs and jazz tunes. The choir will also perform pieces by composer Mack Wilberg, best known as the conductor of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, one of the most famous choirs in America.
Featured student soloists include two music majors, Davonzell Moncrief from Bay Springs and Caleb Pearce from Ellisville. Moncrief will sing the solo in the musical selection, “Parlami d'amore, Mariù” by Cesare Andrea Bixio. Pearce, who sang bass-baritone in high school, is currently singing the tenor part at JCJC.  He will be the featured soloist in John Jacob Niles’ “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.”
“I enjoy being surrounded by like-minded musicians,” said Pearce “I love the power of music and dynamics, it makes the silence even more beautiful.”
Moncrief has not missed many opportunities to sing in JCJC productions as a freshman and he is enjoying being a member of the concert choir at JCJC his sophomore year.
“We’re performing Bach, where the rhythm is very strict, but we’re also doing jazz and gospel pieces that give you some freedom. I’m learning to explore various styles of music and I love the dissonances and pretty melodies found in some of our songs. The theme of traditional folk music runs through the program and that variety has been helpful to me as a singer, I’m gaining experience with different genres.”
Assisting the choir as the group’s accompanist is JCJC’s fine arts faculty member, Dr. Victoria Johnson. For more information contact the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094.
JCJC Concert Choir Members 2017
Keara Altman, Quitman
Manuel Alvarado, Laurel
Chelsa Anderson, Soso
Reagan Barber, Ellisville
Ella Barker, Hattiesburg
Malory Beard, Waynesboro
J.D. Bilbo, Ellisville
Austin Bounds, Ellisville
Brandon Boykin, Taylorsville
Ashlynn Breland, Ellisville
Anna Broome, Sumrall
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Quentin Buck, Laurel
Dre’Nique Camper, Mendenhall
Amy Champion, Roxie
Kassidy Chandler, Laurel
Chandler Krimel, Liberty
Madison Chatham, Laurel
Frankie Chisholm, Purvis
Courtlyn Clanton, Waynesboro
James Clingan, Petal
Ja’Darius (JD) Cole, Meridian
Mitchell Cook, Collins
Amaria Cooley, Laurel
Natalie Davis, Pearl
Seth Dawson, Laurel
Ashley Dennis, Mize
Latommie Ducksworth, Louin
Reagan Dukes, Laurel
Eliana Gaddy, Laurel
Kelsey Gossett, Buckatunna
Grady Tiara, Laurel
Kaylee Green, Wilmer, AL
Andrew Henley, Ellisville
Trey Hick, Laurel
Virginia Hosey, Laurel
Melody Howard, Long Beach
Hunter Crawford, Laurel
Jamar James, Leroy, AL
Casey Jefcoat, Hattiesburg
Gabrielle Joyce, Oxford
Bethany Langley, Prentiss
Thomas Loper III, Millry, AL
Collin Loper, Ellisville
Anna Claire McKellar, Vicksburg
Yasmin McLaurin, Bay Springs
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose
Madison Newsom, Sumrall
Shiann Nichols, Ocean Springs
Marla Parker, Laurel
Rain Parker, Laurel
Sierra Parker, Sumrall
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville
Tianna Pearson, Laurel
Cade Perrin, Bassfield
Samantha Phillips, Soso
Andreas Pickens, Laurel
Taylor Pippin, Laurel
Caitlin Pittman, Waynesboro
Brianna Read, Laurel
Dawn Reulet, Taylorsville
Lanika Rogers, Ellisville
Taniji Rogers, Ellisville
Mackenzie Rolison, Long Beach
Scarlett Sandifer, Laurel
Corintha Sanson, Laurel
Charlie Shattles, Moselle
James Smith Jr., Oak Grove
Katerious Spivery, Laurel
Natalie Sullivan, Hattiesburg
Roshunda Sumrall, Sandersville
Hattie Taylor, Laurel
Kennedy Taylor, Soso
Xavian Taylor, Brandon
Ty Thomas, Pascagoula
Grace Toney, Long Beach
Deven Ulmer, Laurel
Brianna Vaughan, Lucedale
Sabrina Voge, Laurel
LaPatrick Walker, Terry
Kaitlyn Walley, Waynesboro
Chase Walters, Ellisville
Andrew Watkins, Quitman
Sidnee Watkins, Laurel
Sarah Watson, Laurel
John Wieland, Taylorsville
Derrick Williams, Laurel
Keontai Witherspoon, Waynesboro
Sydnee Yates, Pisgah
Gabby Yelverton, Moselle
Emily Youngblood, Ellisville 


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