In 1977, Val and Bonnie Jean Early had a vision for musically talented students in their hometown of Mobile, Alabama. The first group of Mobile’s Singing Children was a group of 25 students, ages 8-10. They first performed in late 1977 and a Gulf Coast tradition was born.
Through the years, the Earlys’ artistic vision has grown. For more than four decades, Mobile’s Singing Children has provided musical opportunities for students in coastal Alabama. MSC has hundreds of alumni throughout the country. Many are still involved in music as adults.
Touring is an vital part of the growth and development of our singers. Tours provide exposure to cultural elements In 1983, MSC went on their first European tour, visiting Germany and Austria. MSC began the 1990s with a Canadian tour. In 1994, Mobile’s Singing Children performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time. The second European tour in 1996 included Switzerland, Austria, and Germany and a performance in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Strasbourg, France. In 1999, MSC performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. MSC returned to Washington in 2001 to perform twice at the White House and once at Mount Vernon. Other tours include Disney World, Memphis, New Orleans, Virginia, and Colorado.
In 2001, MSC was honored to be the Official Children’s Choir for Mobile’s Tri-Centennial Celebration Silver Anniversary Concert Series. The following year, they returned to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Susan Hoitt was named director in 2006. Throughout her thirteen year tenure, MSC has accomplished much and continues to strive for excellence. In 2009, the group was featured on NPR’s national radio program. “From the Top.” In 2016, there were the chosen to perform at the AMEA conference. MSC is the feature chorus for the Mobile Symphony and the Mobile Opera.
While travel is a vital element to a performing group, we recognize the importance of the local community to our program. As a means of investing in the community that supports us, MSC regularly performs at retirement homes and presents musical education programs at local schools.