Past Directors and Accompanists
The strong call of music moved Rick from his career in architecture in 1978 to receive a degree in voice and choral conducting from the School of Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He has performed as a baritone soloist in various works as well as been a soloist and member of choral groups including the Memphis Symphony Chorus, the Tennessee Baptist Men's Chorale and the American Choral Directors Association. Rick has also directed and produced musical pageantry, dinner theaters and choir tours in the U. S. and South America. Prior to directing the chorus, Rick was an active member for four years. Rick Marshall came from within the Chorus ranks - a first in the history of the Chorus.
Mona is an adjunct faculty member at Rhodes College where she teaches voice and directs the Women's Chorus. She holds a BM in Music Therapy from Mansfield University, an MM in Vocal Performance and Literature plus a Performer's Certificate in Voice from the Eastman School of Music, and a PhD (ABD) in Historical Musicology from the University of Memphis. As a soprano, Mona has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts at Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, and Lyon College in Arkansas. In addition to her time at Rhodes, she teaches music history and co-directs the Collegium Musicum at the University of Memphis. She has also served on the music faculties of Northwest Mississippi Community College and Lausanne Collegiate School.
Mary Elizabeth Griffith
The Chorus' original accompanist, Mrs. Griffith helped form the Germantown Chorus by recruiting singers and serving as its accompanist for the first nine years. Due to her accomplished skills as both piano accompanist and organist, the Chorus was gifted with a wide variety of repertoire to perform, including Durufle's Requiem and Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols. Mary Elizabeth holds a degree in Music Education from Henderson State University and Masters degrees in Sacred Music and Organ Performance from the University of Memphis. She served as organist and choir director at many churches throughout the Memphis area and most recently retired as Director of Music at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Memphis.
Tommy has sung professionally with the Southern Opera theatre, Memphis Oratorio Society and others. He is the former Assistant Professor of Music at Christian Brothers University and voice faculty member of Rhodes College, Crichton College and the University of Memphis. At the Tommy Gaines Vocal Studio, he teaches both youth and adults from beginning to advanced levels. Many of his students have won competitions including Miss Tennessee, National Association of Christian Schools National Vocal Competition and National Association of Teachers of Singing in regional and local competitions. His conducting skills include sanctuary and youth choirs within church and school settings from grade school to college level as well as church orchestra.
The Chorus' founding director, Anthony is the former Associate Professor of Music at Christian Brothers University where he taught vocal and choral music since 1988, and was Chair of the Fine Arts and Speech Department since 1992. Anthony, a tenor, has been a featured soloist throughout the Southeast adn in Europe, singing various masterpieces including Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's B-minor Mass. He served as Director of the St Francis of Assisi Adult Choir since 2000. Anthony was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, Mid-South Region, in 1972, 1973 and 1974, and was awarded the Nancy Merriweather Memorial Award.