Mrs. Jennifer D. Davis
Jennifer Davis in her 3rd year as Head Choral Director at MHS. In this role she directs Lamplighters, Concert Choir, Advanced Women, and Freshmen Singers. She previously served for 10 years as the Assistant Concert Choir director and Freshmen Singers director, and established and taught the 16 keyboard Piano Lab. She is in her eighth year as the Advanced Placement Music Theory Instructor, with several of her students earning college credit through the College Board testing program. She helped to “bring back” musicals to MHS, working with the other departments to create the yearly Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) musical. Her choirs have consistently earned Superiors in district and state festivals. Previously, Ms. Davis was the Assistant Choir director for 6 years at Crowley High School and the director at HF Stevens Middle School in Crowley, TX. There she received several “Teacher of the Year” Awards.
She has a Master and Bachelor of Music in Music Education, both from William Carey University. Influential teachers are Milfred Valentine, Mark Malone, Constance Roberts, Teresa Sanchez, Frederica Braidfoot, and Howard Keever.
Mrs. Davis was MHS Star Teacher in 2014, and was awarded the Meridian Phi Delta Kappa Excellence in Education award in 2012. She was also chosen as a Leadership Lauderdale Youth “Leader Demonstrator” in 2011 . Several of her students have been All-State Honor Choir members, earned Superiors in solo contests, and earned scholarships at universities, colleges, and junior colleges in the Southeast.
Mrs. Davis is an active member of Mississippi Music Educators Association (NAfME) and Mississippi Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She currently serves as the MMEA High School Division Past-President and MMEA Social Media Director. She is also on the MS Dept of Education’s Music Framework redesign team.
Her husband, Danny is a pastor and they enjoy spending time with their two children, Connor and Anna.
Dr. Lorrie S. Stringer
Dr. Lorrie Stringer is the assistant choral director and collaborative pianist at Meridian High School, where she also serves as piano lab and Dual Enrollment Music Appreciation instructor. She has taught all ages and levels of students, from pre-kindergarten through college. Her background has included private and group piano instruction, choral music and accompanying, general music, and music therapy instruction.
She has served as an adjudicator in local and statewide piano events, as well as in the neighboring states of Alabama and Louisiana. She has also served as clinician for various music educator conferences, and for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.
She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from William Carey University, and her Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Her most influential piano instructors were Forrest Cahoon, Jennie Lou Breland, Jerry Alan Bush, Becky Lombard, Mary Ann Stringer, and Dana Ragsdale. Influential instructors in the area of Music Education and Music Therapy were, respectively, Allison Reynolds and Paul Cotton.
Dr. Stringer is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, and holds a Permanent Professional Certificate in Piano as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She also holds the Certificate of Professional Advancement in Piano, awarded by the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, and is licensed by the Music Therapy Certification Board. She is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs.
In addition to her appointment at Meridian High School, she serves as an adjunct instructor for Meridian Community College, where she teaches music appreciation. For the past eight years, she has served as pianist for Highland Baptist Church in Meridian.
Her husband, Steve, also a musician and teacher, is the director of bands at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.
Mr. Ken Clay
Ken Clay is the new choral director at Carver Middle School. He is an experienced teacher in the district and has degrees from USM.