Welcome to Choir!
Mr. Joel Hill
Greetings from VJHS and SSMS Choirs!!! We are off and running with an exciting new year. Our singers will learn a wide variety of choral repertoire from both standard accompanied and unaccompanied literature choices, as well as contemporary a cappella music. They also will strive by working daily to improve their musicianship knowledge and skills. Stay tuned for program news about performances and events throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
Parents, please do not hesitate to e-mail me should you have any questions or concerns this year.
Students, keep working! There's always time for fun when the work is getting done!
About the Teacher
Joel Hill currently is serving in his 17th year of music education and is serving in his 3rd year as Director of Choirs and General Music Teacher at Velma Jackson High School and Shirley D. Simmons Middle School in the Madison County School District. Prior to coming to MCSD, Mr. Hill served from 2007-2016 as Director of Choral & Vocal Music at Holmes Community College in Goodman, MS, where he directed the Holmes Concert Chorale and The Coachmen, a contemporary a cappella ensemble, and taught private voice, music theory aural skills training, and other music education courses. In addition, he served as Academic Advisor for Music/Music Education Majors and as Associate Department Chair of Fine Arts.
Prior to Holmes CC, Mr. Hill taught choral music, showchoir, and musical theatre for five years at Forest HS and Kosciusko HS, while also performing in community theatre and teaching private voice. A native of Grenada, MS, he served as Minister of Music at Central Baptist Church of Grenada for 22 years from 1996-2018.
In 2004, Mr. Hill received special recognition as the recipient of the Colleen Kirk Memorial Award presented by the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. This award is given annually to an outstanding young choral music educator who is chosen to represent the Southern Division’s 11-state region.
Mr. Hill holds the Associate of Arts degree in Vocal Music Education from Holmes Community College in Goodman, MS; the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Mississippi in Oxford; and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Mississippi College in Clinton.
Active in professional organizations, Mr. Hill currently serves on the State Board for the Mississippi Chapters of both (ACDA) American Choral Directors Association and (MMEA) MS Music Educators Association. He also is President-Elect of the High School Choral Division of MMEA and serves as District VI High School Choral Chair for the (MHSAA) Mississippi High School Activities Association. Mr. Hill also currently serves as Conference Registrar for the annual MMEA-ACDA State Conference. Mr. Hill served as President (2012-2014) and Secretary (2014-2016) of the Choral Directors Association for the (MACJC) MS Association of Community & Junior Colleges. Mr. Hill also is an active member of (AEA) A Cappella Education Association, (NAfME) National Association for Music Education, and (MPE) MS Professional Educators, and is a past member of (NATS), the National Association for Teachers of Singing. He is a frequent choral adjudicator and has judged preliminary rounds for American Idol and The Colgate Country Showdown.
Mr. Hill currently resides in Madison, MS, with his wife and their three children.