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

    My name is Jessica T. Payne, and this is my 3rd year as an 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 our women's show choirs, Renown, SSA Madrigals, SATB Madrigals, MC Chamber, and Rosa Scott Chamber. You'll see me working with the musical production too! 

    I'm originally from Batesville, MS, and a few years ago I 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 closely with women's choirs and devoted my dissertation research to the 18th-century women's choirs of Venice hospitals. 

    Outside of school, I like to antique shop, watch historical dramas, sew, and fish with my husband, Daniel, who is also a musician (a drummer).  We've been married for six years and have two labradors, Smokey and Summer.

    Let's have a great year!

    - Dr. Payne