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ARTISTIC DIRECTION

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Joseph Wilkinson

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REHEARSAL-CONCERT COLLABORATIVE PIANIST/ORGANIST

Kathy Vail

Artistic Director, Joseph Wilkinson is the Director of Music Ministries at Starkville First United Methodist Church in Starkville, Mississippi, and recently held similar positions at Crossgates UMC in Brandon, and Laurel FUMC in Laurel, Mississippi.  He holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Mississippi and a master of church music
from Southern Seminary, with a major in vocal performance and advanced studies in choral conducting. He did post- graduate studies in music at Oxford University and Cambridge University in England, and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Wilkinson has studied conducting with Jerry Jordan, John Dickson, Stephen Cleobury, and Craig Jessop.

 

In addition to his musicianship as a conductor, Wilkinson is an accomplished bass-baritone soloist and vocalist. To his credits are being a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, and a top ten finalist in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. He has 
performed with the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, Kentucky Opera, the Oxford
Symphony Orchestra (Oxford, England), the Louisville Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony, and the Mississippi Symphony. Wilkinson was the bass vocalist for the professional performing and recording twelve-member chamber choir, Coro Favoriti, of Louisville, Kentucky.