The Jackson Choral Society, one of the oldest non-profit arts organizations in Mississippi, has existed since 1960 in order to give dedicated singers the opportunity to study a myriad of choral works; to enrich the community's cultural life by presenting artistic performances; and to enable both singer and listener to connect emotionally with outstanding music which transcends time and uplifts the spirit.
Dr. Bruce Lesley
The JCS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our Interim Artistic Director for the spring concert will be Dr. Bruce Lesley, a well-known and greatly-respected musician in our state.
Bruce is Associate Professor of Music Emeritus and Director of Choral Activities Emeritus from Mississippi State University in Starkville. Preceding his appointment as Director of Choral Activities, he taught Voice to Music Majors, Minor Voice, Class Voice, Music Assessment, and Conducting. Prior to his appointment at Mississippi State University, Dr. Lesley was the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. He is past Director of Choral Activities and Music Teacher for public schools in Tupelo. He has a Doctor of Arts in Music Education from University of Mississippi and is a proficient accompanist and conductor.
For 18 years, Dr. Lesley was the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. He has served in other churches in Mississippi and Alabama, both as music director and as organist and pianist, including Baptist Churches in Starkville.
Currently, Bruce is Music Director and Organist at Northside Baptist Church in Clinton and a part-time music instructor at Northwest Rankin Middle School in Flowood.