Dr. Payne
  • Hello Madison Central and Rosa Scott choir students and parents!

    My name is Jessica T. Payne, I am the new assistant director of choirs for MC and Rosa. I'm so excited to get to know each of you this year.  This year I'll be working with SSA Madrigals, the combined Women's Chorus, Rosa Scott Chamber, and our new women's show choir, Renown. You'll see me in all the other choirs too and working with the musical production! 

    I'm originally from Batesville, MS, and I recently moved back to the state after five years of living in Oklahoma for school.  I have a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Delta State University.  Prior to graduate work, I taught elementary music in Vicksburg, MS.  Over the years, I worked with closely with women's choirs and devoted my dissertation research to the 18th-century women's choirs of Venice hospitals.  I'm so glad to be back in the MS choral community after being gone so long.

    Outside of school, I like to antique shop, watching historical dramas, sew, and fish with my husband, Daniel, who is also a musician (a drummer).  We've been married for five years and have a 10 year old black lab named Smokey.

    Let's have a great year!

    - Dr. Payne



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