Susan Hoitt, a Mississippi native, is in her seventeenth year as Artistic Director of Mobile’s singing Children. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, with dual emphasis in choral and instrumental music. Susan has over of teaching experience in public school choral music, community choir and band while also serving churches in Mississippi and Alabama. Her choirs have earned consistent superior ratings at district and state festivals. In addition, to leading the four ensembles of MSC, Mrs. Hoitt is also the Coordinator of Children’s Choirs at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. Under her direction, MSC has been selected for MS-ACDA and AL-AMEA conferences while also regularly performing with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Opera Under Hoitt’s leadership, MSC has produced outstanding musicians who have either continued music in teaching and performing or moved on to outstanding professional careers. Her outstanding skill, innovative teaching style and dedication to her students is evident in the performance repertoire.
Our team knows that nurturing the community found in music making has been of supreme importance the past few years. We are proud of our effort to sustain our mission through these challenging times.
Greg Wiggins has performed in over 85 countries on 6 continents as pianist, composer, arranger, orchestrator, clinician and vocal coach. Mr. Wiggins currently serves as an instructor at the Alabama School of the Arts specializing in piano and commercial voice. He is the director for the piano ensemble Elite 88, as well as the Alabama Repertory Company which is the ASOTA musical theater ensemble.
His association with the University of Mobile and the Roger Breland Center of Performing Arts began in 2005 as arranger and continues to this day where he composes and arranges for multiple ensembles in the department. Before Mr. Wiggins began his years of extensive travel as pianist, Greg served as a worship pastor for over 14 years, was keyboardist / arranger for the Gospel Hall of Fame group TRUTH, arranged or produced over 20 recordings, and wrote 3 musicals.
Music Theory Teacher
Mr. Pryor is about to begin his 34th year of teaching. He is presently working in the Mobile(AL) County School System where he is Music Director (Band-Choir) at Grand Bay Middle School. Mr. Pryor served as Director of Bands at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School from 1989-1994. Under his direction, the program grew from 42 members to over 100 in five years. Mr. Pryor was named Music Director at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, MO from
1994-97. Under his direction, the Choral and Band Programs grew from 48 to over 200 in just three years.
In the spring of 1997 Mr. Pryor was named Music Director at Faith Academy in Mobile, AL. Mr. Pryor directed all Choral Ensembles and began what was recognized as one of the top band programs in the state of Alabama. Under Mr. Pryor’s direction the Faith Academy Choir Program grew in numbers and quality. The program added ensembles and was awarded the first Superior Rating ever awarded to the group at the Alabama Vocal Association under his direction. At Faith Academy the band program consistently received top honors at State and National Festivals. The Symphonic band performed twice (2005 & 2015) at the Alabama Music Educators Conference recognizing it as one of the top programs in the State of
Alabama. The Symphonic Band also performed twice in Carnegie Hall in NYC and in Chicago Symphony Hall. Under Mr. Pryor’s direction, the Faith Academy Band from
2013-2016 received 11 Superior Ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Association State Music Performance Assessment. No other band program under the direction of just one director has ever accomplished this feat. Mr. Pryor remained at Faith Academy for nineteen years. In August of 2016, Mr. Pryor became the Director of Music at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, AL. Under his leadership, the Catholic Middle School Band Program grew from 15 to 51 band members in just the first year. The program, in the three years he was Director, received four superior ratings and one excellent rating at the ABA State MPA. As Music Director, Mr. Pryor formed the St. Michael Chamber Singers and was awarded Superior Ratings at the AVA State Choral Performance Assessment in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2019 the ensemble received Unanimous Superior Ratings. Mr. Pryor has been guest conductor/ clinician for many District and State Honor Bands. He is also Past ABA District VII Chairman/ ViMr. Pryor was a member of the Mobile Singing Children Staff (2009-2016). He was Assistant Director and taught music theory to the Preparatory and Intermezzo Choirs for seven years.ce-Chairman. A position he held for five years. He served as the AVA District VII Chairman in 2018-2019. Mr. Pryor is a member of ABA, AMEA, NAfME, NBA, ASBDA and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He was awarded the “Citation of Honor” in 2005 and 2015 from the NBA. He was also awarded Faith Academy “Teacher of the Year” in 1998. In April of 2013 Mr. Pryor was awarded the “Award of Distinction” by the “Fiesta-val”Invitational Music Festivals in Atlanta, GA. In 2016 and 2021 he was awarded the AMEA Leadership Service Award. Mr. Pryor is happily married to Caroline T. Pryor and they have one daughter Virginia who was a member of MSC.
Board of Directors
Stephen Reams, President
Carolyn Wickle, Vice President
Ginger Ferniany, Accountant
Kirsten Brack, Current MSC President
Our parent council is invaluable to the success of the choir.
Kristen Brack, President
Cynthia Wentworth, Fundraising
Jennifer Irizarry, Monitors
Stacey Clark, Hospitality
Mary, Smith, Website
Caroline McDonald, Marketing
Monique Gray, Librarian/secretary
Jenny Jauregui, Uniforms