The Mississippi Chorus

Artistic Staff

Mark Nabholz

Artistic Director

Dr. Mark Nabholz is Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi College where he conducts the nationally recognized MC Singers. In addition to his conducting duties, Dr. Nabholz teaches conducting and choral literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels, coordinates the MM in choral music, and teaches studio voice. 

Prior to his arrival at Mississippi College, he was on the faculty at Erskine College (SC), and Brevard College (NC), and served for nearly 20 years as a church musician, most recently in Augusta, Georgiawhere he was Founding Director of The Augusta Youth Chorale, a 48-voice auditioned choir of teen singers drawn from throughout the greater Augusta area. In 2012 the AYC was the Featured Choir at the Nation’s Capitol Festival of Youth Choirs held in the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Nabholz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College. His conducting teachers include Larry Wyatt, Donald Neuen, and Donald Bailey. He currently serves as one of four Repertoire and Resource Chairs for the Mississippi ACDA, encouraging quality church and Community choral singing throughout the state.He previously was Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music in Worship for the South Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Eighteenth Century Music (SECM), the College Music Society (CMS), and the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Andy Beasley

Assistant Artistic Director

Andy Beasley grew up in Brandon, Mississippi and graduated from Brandon High School. He took an interest in choral music at a young age and attended Delta State University to study Vocal Music Education. While attending Delta State University Andy directed the Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir at First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland.

This fall Andy will be choral director at Pearl Junior High School. Previously he was Director of Choral Activities at Terry High School for five years, where he also taught Music Appreciation and AP Music Theory. His choirs there consistently earned Superior ratings at District, State and National Festivals.

Andy is currently working on his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at Mississippi College where he is a student of Dr. Mark Nabholz. This fall he will also be serving as Assistant Director of the Choctaw Chorus at Mississippi College.

Angela Willoughby

Collaborative Pianist

Dr. Angela Willoughby is a native of Rayville, Louisiana. She received the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees in piano performance at Mississippi College and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Louisiana State University. In addition to teaching at Mississippi College, she has taught on the faculty at Grambling University and Belhaven College.

Dr. Willoughby has conducted extensive research on the lives of two teachers in her pedagogical lineage, Ernst von Dohnanyi and Edward Kilenyi. She has presented three lecture-recitals about the two musicians and just completed a documentary on the subject, “Two Friends in Tallahassee: Ernst von Dohnanyi and Eddy Kilenyi.”

In 2009, Dr. Willoughby was the recipient of the Humanities Teacher Award presented by the Humanities Council of Jackson. In that same year, she was also recognized as the Mississippi College Distinguished Lecture for Arts and Sciences. She is a long-time member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She is Past-President of that organization and served in various positions on the Executive Board for fourteen years. She continues to be active as a presenter and adjudicator for keyboard festivals such as MTNA and MMTA-sponsored events, the Sonata-Sonatina Festival of Jackson, the Bach Festival and the Mississippi Baptist State Keyboard Festival.

Dr. Willoughby has served area churches as organist, organist-choirmaster, and choir director, and currently serves as organist at First Baptist Church in Clinton. Her hobbies include biking, gardening, and knitting.