J. Reese Norris, Director

J Reese Norris (b.1973) is director of choirs at Hernando Middle School and is co-founder, co-artistic director of CoroRio, both in Northwest Mississippi. Reese received degrees from Delta State University and Florida State University, and in 2005 was named Delta State University Music Alumnus of the year.

Reese has served in several leadership capacities for state-level NAfME and ACDA, and at the division level for ACDA. Under his direction, his middle school choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall, at the National Conference for Middle School Choirs, twice for Mississippi ACDA's State Conference, twice for ACDA's Southern Division Conference, and are slated to perform at the 2018 OAKE National Conference in Oklahoma City.

He has been honored to serve as guest clinician and adjudicator across the Southeast. Reese's compositions and arrangements are published by Lawson-Gould, Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, G. Schirmer and MusicSpoke.

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Melinda BrownAccompanist

An active member of Grace Bible Church, she occasionally serves as the accompanist there. With a love for piano, choral music, and children Melinda especially enjoys her time as the accompanist for CoroNino and CoroArroyo. Melinda Brown has served as accompanist for the Hernando Middle School choral program since 2002. She is a member of GMMTA: Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association and MTNA: Music Teachers National Association and maintains an active piano studio in Olive Branch. She and her husband Jim have two grown children and three grandchildren.