Greetings from VJHS and SSMS Choirs!!!  We are off and running with an exciting and challenging year.  Our singers are learning a wide variety of choral repertoire from both standard accompanied and unaccompanied literature choices, as well as contemporary a cappella music.  They also are working daily to improve their musicianship knowledge and skills.  Stay tuned for program news about performances and events throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

    Upcoming Dates:

    02/14 - Madison County Choral Festival - Madison Central HS

    02/15 - Madison County Multicultural Fair - Ridgeland HS

    02/22 - VJHS Black History Program - Velma Jackson HS

    03/06-03/08 - MHSAA/MMEA Central Division (SPA) State Performance Assessment - Pearl HS


    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 - headshot  



    Joel C. Hill  currently is completing his 16th year of music education and is serving in his 2nd year as Choral Director and General Music Teacher at Velma Jackson High School and Shirley 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 has served as Minister of Music at Central Baptist Church of Grenada since 1996. 

    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 entire 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 as Board Member for the Mississippi Chapters of both (ACDA) American Choral Directors Association and (MMEA) MS Music Educators Association.  He also currently serves as Conference Registrar for the MMEA-ACDA State Conference, and has served as President and Secretary of the Choral Directors Association for the (MACJC) MS Association of Community & Junior Colleges.  Hill also is an active member of (AEA) A Cappella Education Association, (NAfME) National Association for Music Education, (NATS) National Association for Teachers of Singing, and (MPE) MS Professional Educators.  He is a frequent choral adjudicator and has judged preliminary rounds for American Idol and The Colgate Country Showdown.

    Mr. Hill recently was elected to serve as Secretary of the MMEA High School Division sponsored by the (MHSAA) Mississippi High School Activities Association, and he will take the position of President-Elect in March 2018.

    Mr. Hill currently resides in Madison, MS, with his wife and their three children.