Mr. Joel Hill




    **COVID - 19 DISTANCE LEARNING INFORMATION**   (**Updated 03/29/2020**)


    While Velma Jackson HS and Shirley D. Simmons will be closed until April 17, 2020, as part of the declaration issued by Gov. Tate Reeves, all VJHS Singers, VJHS General Music, and SSMS Singers will receive distance learning assignments.  Most assignments will be located in our Canvas course platform.  Assignments in Canvas will be grouped into "Modules."  A list of modules, assignments, and due dates can be found on my teacher webpage under the tab located on the left entitled "COVID-19 Distance Learning Assignments."  Click on the "Module name," and you will see a list of assignments for each module.  Again, all work will be completed for each specific module through the Canvas platform.  The initial "Module #1" and "Module #2" assignments will be completed by all Choir and General Music students for both VJHS and SSMS.


    Assignments provided will be related to our Music & Fine Arts content area.  Some assignments will consist of review, most will be introduction of new material, and others will be designed to apply knowledge in creative new ways.  Hopefully, we all will learn new things and have a little fun along the way.


    Please e-mail me at jhill@madison-schools.com if you experience any problems or have any questions.  If you have any specific needs--technology, academic, personal, etc.--please let me know as soon as possible.


    Let's get started!!


    --Mr. Hill





    Greetings from VJHS and SSMS Choirs!!!  We are off and running with an exciting 2019-2020 school 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 work daily to improve their musicianship knowledge and skills. 


    Upcoming 2019-2020 Dates:

    * Sept 23-24 - SICC Honor Choir - University of Southern Mississippi

    * Oct TBA - Fall Choir Concert - VJHS Performing Arts Center Auditorium

    * Nov TBA - Veterans Day Presentations - VJHS & SSMS

    * Dec TBA - Holiday Choir Concert - VJHS Performing Arts Center Auditorium

    * Dec TBA - Christmas Presentation - SSMS

    * Feb 1 - MSACDA Solo & Ensemble Competition

    * Feb 12 - MCSD Choral Festival - Ridgeland HS

    * Feb TBA - Black History Month Presentation - SSMS

    * Feb TBA - MCSD Multicultural Fair - Ridgeland HS

    * Feb TBA - High School State Beta Club Talent Competition - TBA

    * Feb TBA - Black History Month Presentations - VJHS & SSMS

    * Mar 2-4 - MHSAA High School Choral State Performance Assessment (Central Site) - Pearl HS

    * Mar 9-13 - SPRING BREAK - NO CLASSES

    * April/May TBA - Spring Choir Concert - VJHS Performing Arts Center Auditorium


    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 Hill  currently is serving in his 18th year of music education and is serving in his 4th 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.  In 2016, The Coachmen, were the first-ever community college contemporary a cappella group, and the first group from the state of Mississippi selected to perform on the Main Stage at the National A Cappella Convention in Memphis, TN, sponsored by the (AEA) A Cappella Education Association.

    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, and as Interim Minister of Music at Friendship Baptist Church of Grenada from 1995-1996.

    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 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 Boards for the Mississippi Chapters of (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 recently served as District VI High School Choral Chair for the (MHSAA) Mississippi High School Activities Association from 2017-2019.  Mr. Hill also currently serves as Conference Registrar for the annual joint 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.