State boards tap Hill for MMEA & ACDA

Pictured is Holmes Community College's Joel Hill, director of choral and vocal music on the Goodman Campus, who was recently named a Joint Board Member and Conference Registrar for the State Chapters of both the (MMEA) Mississippi Music Educators Association and (ACDA) American Choral Directors Association.

Joel C. Hill, Holmes Community College director of choral and vocal music on the Goodman Campus, was recently named a Joint Board Member and Conference Registrar for the State Chapters of both the (MMEA) Mississippi Music Educators Association and (ACDA) American Choral Directors Association.

Now finishing his ninth year at Holmes, Hill directs the Holmes Concert Chorale and the Coachmen, the school's contemporary a cappella ensemble.  He teaches private voice for music education majors, as well as other music education courses, including Music Theory Aural Skills Training Lab and Music Appreciation. The Coachmen recently returned from an April 23 performance at the National A Cappella Convention of the (AEA) A Cappella Education Association in Memphis, Tennessee, for which they were selected as one of seven main-stage showcase performing groups from over 100 blind-audition submissions from across the country.

Before coming to Holmes in 2007, Hill taught choral music for five years at the high school and junior high levels for the Kosciusko School District and at Forest High School. He also directed musical theatre, taught General Music, and served as Fine Arts Chair. Hill has worked since 1996 as Minister of Music at Central Baptist Church in his hometown of Grenada.

Hill is a 1999 graduate of Holmes and holds the Associate of Arts degree in Secondary Vocal Music Education. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal music education from The University of Mississippi in 2002 and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Mississippi College in 2006. 

In addition to his work with ACDA, MMEA, and AEA, Hill also is an active member of (NAfME) National Association for Music Educators, (NATS) National Association for Teachers of Singing, (CASA) Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, and (MPE) Mississippi Professional Educators.  He has served as President (2012-2014) and Secretary (2014-Present) of the (MACJCCDA) Mississippi Community College and Junior College Choral Directors Association. In 2004, Hill received the Colleen Kirk Memorial Award, given to one outstanding young music educator from the 11-state Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

Hill resides in Madison with his wife, Lori, and their three children. He enjoys volunteering his time as recreational soccer coach for the Mississippi Futbol Club and as a D1 team manager for Mississippi Rush Soccer.