4-5-6 Honor Choir

Audition Information

Participation Information

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

8-8:45 a.m. Registration Capitol Plaza

9:00-11:30 Warm-up and Rehearsal, Truman Room

11:30 Lunch provided, Capitol Plaza

12:30-2:45 Rehearsal, Jefferson Room

3:00-4:15 Rehearsal, Capitol Room

4:15 Change into Concert Clothes

5:00 Concert lineup, meet in Lincoln Room

5:30 Concert, Capitol Plaza Hotel

About the Clinicians
Joelle & J.Reese Norris
    Joelle Norris graduated summa cum laude with a BME from Roberts Wesleyan College and a MME from Florida State University and directed choirs at Olean High School (NY) and Olive Branch High School (MS).  While teaching in the public school system, Mrs. Norris’ choirs were invited to sing at the 2008 Mississippi ACDA/MMEA State convention and the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Convention.  Also in 2010, she was honored as a Mississippi STAR teacher.  She had the privilege of serving as MSACDA R&S Chair for Women’s Choirs in which capacity she coordinated the first Mississippi All-State Women’s Choir from 2009-2010 and the ACDA Southern Division Women’s Honor Choir in 2010.
    In 2012, Joelle and her husband, Reese, co-founded the MidSouth Music Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports a community youth choir, CoroRio, and a community adult choir, Mississippi River Chorale.  She currently serves as Executive and Co-Artistic Director for MMI and conducts three of the six choirs, CoroNino, CoroCorriente and CoroRio. Joelle works from home where she also cares for children, Isabelle, Juliette, and Weston. She was a contributing author for the book, Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success, and also enjoys serving as a clinician, adjudicator and presenter across the Southeast.

    J Reese Norris (b.1973) is director of choirs at Hernando Middle School and is co-founder, co-artistic director of CoroRio, both in Northwest Mississippi. Reese received degrees from Delta State University and Florida State University, and in 2005 was named Delta State University Music Alumnus of the year.
    Reese has served in several leadership capacities for state-level NAfME and ACDA, and at the division level for ACDA. Under his direction, his middle school choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall, at the National Conference for Middle School Choirs, twice for Mississippi ACDA's State Conference, twice for ACDA's Southern Division Conference, and are slated to perform at the 2018 OAKE National Conference in Oklahoma City.
    He has been honored to serve as guest clinician and adjudicator across the Southeast. Reese's compositions and arrangements are published by Lawson-Gould, Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, G. Schirmer and MusicSpoke.  He serves as co-conductor for CoroCorriente and CoroRio and as the conductor for the Mississippi River Chorale.


"Bhombela"   Will Skaff/ed. Melissa Keylock 

"Child of Tomorrow" Patterson- 2 Part

"This is Who I Am" by Reese Norris (in his personal library)

"But If..." by Andrea Ramsey  (commissioned by MCDA)

"Keep Your Lamps" by Gilpin- 2 part

Practice Tracks