TICF 2020 Prelude Choir
Artistic Director, Katherine Hoitt
Katherine Hoitt, Artistic Director of Mississippi Boychoir, has studied choral music from an early age. A native of Mobile, Alabama, and 9-year member of Mobile‘s Singing Children, Ms. Hoitt holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education and earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, she performed in the Southern Chorale and the Southern BelleTones contemporary women’s a cappella group, which she co-directed. In addition to her position as Artistic Director of Mississippi Boychoir, she is currently the choir director at the Academy of Innovation in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
For Hoitt, though, singing is about more than the academic development of Boychoir members. “Making music with other human beings can give a person an important sense of self and personal identity,” says Ms. Hoitt. “I believe boys today, more than ever, need an artistic outlet where they can explore their emotions through learning a craft and creating something of which they can be proud.” She is convinced the Mississippi Boychoir experience can be a life-changing one for the young men of our state. “The role that Boychoir can play in the life of a young singer is limitless. It provides young men with a skill set that they can call on throughout their lives, whether they pursue a career in music, or they simply wish to enrich their lives and communities by sharing their talents,” Hoitt says.