About the Rust College A’Cappella Choir
The World Famous Rust College A’Cappella Choir is one of America’s most renowned choirs which features broad repertoire of classical, semi-classical, spirituals, opera, contemporary and traditional gospel. The choir has captured the attention of prestigious audiences world-wide. Some of their noteworthy performances and awards include:
In the late 1930s and 1940s, choir members often traveled in station wagons and cars with student drivers, and in many instances, Rust College students were their own directors. Because funds were limited, and because of the then Jim Crow laws, choir members were forced to reside in the homes of alumni and friends. Miss Doxey and her choir were used as ambassadors and fundraisers for the College, and represented the school at various functions throughout the Mid-Western United States and the South. The choir has continued to carry on many of the traditions from eras past, making friends and supporters of the college.
Dorothy Lee Jones, former choir directress for the Greenville, MS Public School District, assumed her present position as Directress of the Rust College A’Cappella Choir in August 2010. Ms. Jones served six years in the United States Marine Corps, graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi Valley State University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, and earned the Master of Music Education from Jackson State University.
Ms. Jones has a broad background in music which ranges from instructing and directing adult church choirs to formulating multiple high school choirs, and steering them through keen competition which has resulted in Special Achievement Awards and numerous outstanding honors. Her accolades include:
The very essence of the choir is attributed to the character and music ability of the directors and singers. Those directors who have given their souls, minds and lives for the preservation of this icon of the 21st century include the following:
The purpose of the choir has been to serve as a public relations entity to help spread the good news regarding the college. No other organization on campus has brought more prestige and contributed more to the welfare of the college. With its years of accomplishments, it is no doubt that the A’Cappella Choir is vested in the hearts of thousands.