"I've not been this excited in a very long time, musically. Last night's concert was beautiful and so up-lifting."
"It was wonderful. Nice variety of selections. So glad I was able to attend!"
"The concert Sunday night was truly thrilling. You guys rock!"
"The Nelson Mass last evening was a Divine performance. My husband and I marveled at the phenomenal talent and dedication of all. Thank you all for the diligent hours! The Eastern Shore is fortunate to have you all here. The Serenade to Music was equally superb. We thought we had spent an evening in New York. Dinner al fresco afterwards. A perfect date night. "
"Thank you for the musical program April 29. I grew up listening to this beautiful music. How I would love to hear this program over and over. Please, please decide now to have the Choral Society perform it again next Spring 2019."
"It was an outstanding showing of fabulous talent. From the opening remarks to the last note Joe hit on the piano and Mary Katherine conducted, was wonderful. I appreciate all the members of the Eastern Shore Choral Society. The dedication to hours of practice, time away from families, and the sharing of one's God given talents for others to enjoy. Looking forward to the next concert."
Joe Rambo, Mary Katherine Kilgore, Monika Cosson, and Patrick Jacobs
Mary Katherine Kilgore is in her 8th season as Artistic Director of the Eastern Shore Choral Society. She is a native of Forsyth, Georgia and received her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Valdosta State University. Her post graduate studies in voice, opera and choral conducting were at Clayton College and State University in Morrow, GA and at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Mary Katherine is a talented and accomplished conductor and musician. She has been a member of several choral groups in Georgia and Alabama, including the Mobile Opera Chorus. She taught piano and voice privately for over 20 years and has been selected to judge numerous piano, vocal and choral competitions. Mary Katherine currently serves on the Board of the Alabama Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association. She serves full time as Director of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope. Mary Katherine has two step children, Jonathan and Holly, and has lived in Fairhope with her husband Rodney and daughter Emily since 2005.
ESCS’s gifted Accompanist, Joe Rambo, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. While living there, he received his BA in Chemistry, with minors in Biology and Church Music, from Huntingdon College, where he also met his wife Elisa. From there, they both attended graduate school at Indiana University, where Joe received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. Following a year of post-doctoral studies in Paris, Elisa and Joe moved to Fairhope where they have lived since 1994. After working for many years in education, both as a teacher and administrator, Joe returned to the classroom to pursue a degree in pharmacy. Graduating in May 2016, Joe currently works as a pharmacist at Mobile Infirmary. Musically, Joe serves as Organist for Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope.
President - Dee Pace
Past President - Donna Wilson
Vice-President - Ellen Jones
Treasurer - Earl Jackson
Secretary - Jim DiSebastian
Soprano Section Leader - Cindy Stevens
Alto Section Leader - Jerry Franklin
Tenor Section Leader - Leah Bond
Bass Section Leader - Gene Garthwait
Members At Large - Peggy Barham & Margaret Murray
Music Librarian - Sharon Sims