Donna McCommon and Angie Rawls
Donna W. McCommon
Donna W. McCommon, a Mississippi native, is currently Chairman of the Fine Arts Department for Pearl Public Schools and Director of Choral Activities at Pearl High School.
has taught for more than 30 years, 23 of which have included junior and senior high choirs and ensembles.
She is teaching her 29th year at Pearl High School.
Prior to Pearl, she was Choral Director at Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi and Aberdeen Junior and Senior High Schools in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
She is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Mississippi Music Educators Association (MMEA) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
She has served as a MMEA Board Member, Chairman of "State Music in our Schools", District Chairman, District Treasurer, State Secretary, State Chairman Elect, State Chairman and Choral Camp Treasurer.
She has served as ACDA Southern Division High School Chair, Mississippi ACDA Treasurer, High School Chair and All State Chair.
has organized and coordinated the Mississippi ACDA All State
Honor Choir since its inception more than 20 years ago.
currently serves and treasurer of the Southern Division of ACDA
which encompasses 11 states.
In 1998, she
was awarded the "Ernestine Ferrell Award for Choral Excellence" by Mississippi ACDA
She has served as President for Mississippi ACDA.
She is also a member of National Federation Interscholastic Music Association (NFIMA).
awarded Mrs. McCommon
the "Outstanding Music Educator for Mississippi" award in 1999 and the "Section Three Outstanding Music Educator" award for 2000.
Mrs. McCommon has been a clinician for both junior and senior high choirs.
She has served as an adjudicator in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.
has performed with the Jackson Choral Society
, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera Chorus, Jackson’s New Stage Theatre and as a soloist in the Jackson Metro area.
has previously made concert tours of Europe as Assistant Director of the Mississippi Youth Chorale
(1978), the Natchez-Callaway Singers (1981), Jackson Choral Society
, (1982 & 1984).
, under her
direction, have made three European tours which included the International Youth & Music Festival in Vienna, Austria (1989) and a concert tour in 1994 and the London Parade Festival in 1997.
was selected as the 1990 Teacher of the Year for Pearl High Schools and Pearl Public Schools
has been named among Who’s Who of American Young Women.
is a 2005 National Board Certified Teacher.
She holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music Education from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.