Department of Music
College of Arts and Humanities

Southern Invitational

Highschool Choral Competition and Festival

Important Numbers

Choral Assistant, Meghann Ashey: 678-446-1628 

Music Department Office: 912-478-5396 

Shannon Jeffreys Cell: 803-351-1265 

Parking and Transportation: 912-478-7275 

Public Safety: 912-478-5234 

Campus Health Services: 912-478-5641 

Campus Map

Clinicians

Brandon A. Boyd, Ph.D.

Brandon A. Boyd, Ph.D., is the assistant director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education at the University of Missouri, where he conducts the Concert Chorale Men’s Ensemble. In addition to his conducting duties, he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral arranging and choral music education. He appears regularly as a conductor, clinician, composer-in-residence, collaborative pianist and lecturer for conferences, conventions, collegiate choirs, church choirs, choral festivals and workshops. 

As a proponent of choral singing to help build community, his research interests include organizing choirs for the homeless, social and physical effects of choral singing on seniors, and field experience for music therapy and choral music education students. For three years, he co-directed three community choral partnerships: The Tallahassee Senior Choir, RAA Middle School Chorus, and the MTC Women’s Prison Glee Club. He was recently invited by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale to serve as the composer-in-residence and community engagement lead for their Giving Voice to the Voiceless program. The chorale premiered his commissioned work, “I Search,” during their 35th Anniversary Summer Justice Concert series where he served as assistant conductor, pre-concert lecturer and guest pianist. Boyd used a text written by Poet V, a participant in the Voces de Libertad program at the Santa Fe County Youth Development Center, to set to music. His duties also included organizing and conducting the Interfaith Community Shelter Street Choir, creating a safe place for men, women and children experiencing homelessness within the Santa Fe community. 

An active composer and arranger, his music is sung regularly by ensembles throughout the United States and abroad. In 2018, the Brandon Boyd Choral Series was launched as a division of Hinshaw Publishing Company. His music also appears in GIA Publications’ catalog. 

Boyd holds a Ph.D. in choral music education and M.M. in choral conducting from Florida State University, where he studied with Drs. André J. Thomas and Judy S. Bowers. He earned a B.S. in music education (emphasis in piano) from Tennessee State University. He is a proud member of the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), American Guild of Organists (AGO), and Chorus America. 

Jonathan C. Kilgore, DMA

Currently serving as assistant professor of music and associate director of choral activities at The University of Southern Mississippi, Jonathan C. Kilgore, DMA, conducts Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Spirit of Southern, the Southern BelleTones, and the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale. Additionally, he teaches courses in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature. Kilgore comes to Southern Miss after eight years as director of choral activities and fine arts department chair at the Jackson County Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. 

Active as an adjudicator and clinician in the southeast, Kilgore has served as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, responsible for planning and executing six annual events to further choral music and choral music education in the state. Additionally, the position served as the Mississippi representative at all regional and national conferences. Currently, he is serving as the ACDA/MMEA State Conference site co-chair. 

In addition to his duties with the American Choral Directors Association, Kilgore maintains membership in the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and the Bachelor of Science in Music from Millsaps College. 

Emily Williams Burch, DMA

Emily Williams Burch, DMA, began teaching in 2007, including time in children and youth community choirs, the public school setting, the professional development world and at the university level . She is currently a visiting professor of music and coordinator of music education at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, as well as founder and artistic director of the RISE Young Women’s Chorale in Savannah, Georgia. On the side, Burch serves as an artistic advisor for Perform International and as a choral specialist for QuaverMusic. com. Burch holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting with doctoral minors in music theory and music history from the University of South Carolina, where she directed the University Women’s Chorus, taught Introduction to Music, and developed a course on the history of rock and roll . With a background in education, including a bachelor’s in music education from Louisiana State University, a master’s in music education from Florida State University, and business classes from HBX, Harvard’s online business school, Burch has a passion for exploring and sharing innovative and effective teaching techniques and strategies, and making music with choirs of all ages.

Competition Schedule

Session A – November 4

Warm Up and Masterclass

8:50 – 9:25 a.m. Lakeside High School Concert Choir

9:30 – 10:05 a.m. Hilton Head High School SeahawkSingers 

10:10 – 10:45 a.m. Douglas Ander son High School Concert Chorale 

10:50 – 11:25 a.m. Claxton Middle/High School Mixed 

Adjudication

9:30 – 10:10 a.m. Lakeside High School Concert Choir

10:10 – 10:50 a.m. Hilton Head High School Se ahawkSingers 

10:50 – 11:30 a.m. Douglas Anderson High School Concert Chorale 

Session B – November 4

Warm Up and Masterclass

11:20 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. Centennial High School Bella Voce

1 – 1:35 p.m. Duluth High School Select Treble Ensemble 

1:40 – 2:15 p.m. Douglas Anderson Silhouettes

2:20 – 2:55 p.m. Richmond Hill Vivace Choir

Adjudication

1 – 1:40 p.m. Centennial High School Bella Voce 

1:40 – 2:20 p.m. Duluth High School Select Treble Ensemble 

2:20 – 3 p.m. Douglas Anderson Silhouettes

3 – 3:40 p.m. Richmond Hill Vivace Choir 

Session C – November 4

Warm Up

5:20 – 5:55 p.m. Georgia Southern University Singers 

6 – 6:35 p.m. Georgia Southern Chorale 

Masterclass (open to all)

6 – 6:40 p.m. Georgia Southern University Singers 

6:40 – 7:20 p.m. Georgia Southern Chorale 

Session D – November 5

Warm Up and Masterclass

8:20 – 8:55 a.m. Southeast Bulloch Women’s Choir 

9 – 9:35 a.m. Veterans High School Concert Chorale

9:40 – 10:15 a.m. Savannah Arts Academy Cantabile 

10:20 – 10:55 a.m. Southeast Bulloch Advanced Chorus 

11 – 11:35 a.m. Cane Bay Ladies Honor Choir

Adjudication

9 – 9:40 a.m. Southeast Bulloch Women’s Choir 

9:40 – 10:20 a.m. Veterans High School Concert Chorale 

10:20 – 11 a.m. Savannah Arts Academy Cantabile 

11 – 11:40 a.m. Southeast Bulloch Advanced Chorus 

11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Cane Bay Ladies Honor Choir 

Session E – November 5

Warm Up and Masterclass

1 – 1:35 p.m. Savannah Arts Academy Chorale 

1:40 – 2:15 p.m. Cane Bay Cobra Chorale

Adjudication

1:40 – 2:20 p.m. Savannah Arts Academy Chorale 

2:20 – 3 p.m. Cane Bay Cobra Chorale 

Festival Schedule

November 4, 2019

10 a.m.

Learn to Play Ukulele! – Dr. Stambaugh
Foy 4027  (limit 15; instruments provided) 

Campus Tour
Meet in the Lobby of Foy 

11 a.m.

Theater Improvisation – Dr. Sosenheimer
Foy 4030 

Campus Tour
Meet in the Lobby of Foy  

12 p.m.

College 101
(Ask students from all parts of campus what college is really like) 
Recital Hall, Foy

Yoga for Singing Posture – Maddy Cain
Foy 4030 

1 p.m.

Singing in College: Ways to Participate as a Major, a Minor or NEITHER!!! – Dr. Arikka Gregory
Foy 4027

Bel Canto or Can Belto? Healthy Belting Technique for Today’s Musical Theatre Singer (Bring your favorite MT piece) – Dr. Marquese Carter 
Foy 4030

1:30 p.m.

Barbershop Tags
Recital Hall, Foy 

2 p.m.

Decoding with David: Interpreting and Implementing Your GMTA Piano Judges’ Comments (Masterclass for piano students only) – Dr. David Murray 
Recital Hall, Foy

Campus Tour
Meet in the Lobby of Foy

Knitting for Stress Relief – Abby
Foy 4027

3 p.m.

Opera Dances through Hell with a Sparkly Lyre – “L’Orfeo” – with Noelle Westmoreland and Dr. Sosenheimer 
Foy 4030

Campus Tour
Meet outside of the PAC, ending at Foy

4 p.m.

Opera Theater Performance “L’Orfeo” by Monteverdi
Recital Hall, Foy 

Drum Circle
Foy 4027 

Campus Tour
Meet outside of the PAC

5 p.m.

Sing Barbershop Tags! – with Southern Gentlemen & Southern Sirens
Foy 4030

Ultimate Frisbee with Aaron Coburn
Sweetheart Circle 

6 p.m.

Ultimate Frisbee with Aaron Coburn
Sweetheart Circle 

7 p.m.

The Doctors Are In: Vocal Masterclass – Drs. Arikka Gregory and Jonathan Murphy
Foy 4030

7:30 – 9 p.m.

Dance Party with band “Play of the Game”
Russell Union Ballroom

November 5, 2019

9 a.m.

Help! How do I Have a Great College Music Audition? – Dr. Allen Henderson
Foy 4027

Campus Tour
Leaving from Foy 

10 a.m.

Careers for Musicians: How to Turn Your Talent into $$$ – Dr. Arikka Gregory
Foy 4027

Campus Tour
Leaving from Foy  

11 a.m.

Bel Canto or Can Belto?: Healthy Belting Technique for Today’s Musical Theatre Singer (Bring your favorite MT piece) – Dr. Marquese Carter
Foy 4030

Nintendo Smash Bros. on Switch! – Sean Lubbers
Foy 4027

Campus Tour
Leaving from Foy

1 p.m.

Last-minute Help for your GA All-State Auditions. Making A Plan for A Successful Audition Day. – with Drs. Allen Henderson and Jonathan Murphy
Foy 4030

Campus Tour
Leaving from the PAC

2 p.m.

College 101
(Ask students from all parts of campus what college is really like)
Recital Hall, Foy 

Vocal Master Class – with Drs. Allen Henderson and Jonathan Murphy
Foy 4030 

Get to know the Music Greeks
Foy 4027 

4 p.m.

AWARDS CEREMONY
PAC

Awards Ceremony Schedule

“Come Fly With Me”
arr. Kevin Keller 
Southern Gentlemen 
Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Conductor 

Welcome – Dr. Steven Harper 

Music for All – Ms. Kim Mann 

“Great God Almighty”
Stacey V. Gibbs
Austin Hannon, Student Conductor 

“All of Us” from Considering Matthew Shepard
Craig Hella Johnson 
Abby McMichen, Hannah Bowers, Livia Lovett, trio 
University Singers 
Dr. David Langley, Conductor 

“Limu, Limu, Lima”
arr. Rasmus Kringström 
Isabella Wallace, soloist 

“Hentakan Jiwa”
Ken Stevens 
Southern Chorale 
Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Conductor 

Special Thanks – Dr. David Langley 

Announcement of Awards 

Mixed Choir

3rd → 2nd → 1st 

Non-mixed Choir

3rd → 2nd → 1st 

GRAND PRIZE

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Last updated: 11/1/2019