Jane DeLoach Morison, Artistic Director
Artistic Director | Director of East Tennessee Children's Choir, Emory Virginia Children's Choir, Da Capo, and Highlands Youth Ensemble
- Jane DeLoach Morison holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (summa cum laude) from East Tennessee State University where she was twice named Most Outstanding Music Student. She has completed further studies at L’academie de musique de Sion in Switzerland.
As Artistic Director of the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy (MECCA) she has twice directed at Carnegie Hall (2016, 2017), has directed two of the MECCA choirs at American Choral Directors Association regional and state conferences (Tennessee - 2014, Southern Division - 2016), has directed at the Festival of the Aegean in Greece (2014), and in various venues in Ireland (2018).
Morison is on the faculty of King University and the Virginia Suzuki Institute, and has directed and taught at Emory and Henry College, the Montreat Worship and Music Conference, Barter Theatre Youth Academy, Southern Park Music School (Charlotte, NC), St. Anne Catholic School (Bristol, VA), and the summer piano camps at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Tennessee State University. Morison currently serves the American Choral Directors Association as the Virginia State Membership Chairman.
Morison has performed the contralto and mezzo-soprano solos in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and the soprano solos in Dubois’ Seven last Words of Christ. She has also sung the role of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has performed on piano at the Foundation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny, Switzerland, and recorded the piano music for the film, The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle. She is a frequent honor choir clinician/conductor in Virginia and Tennessee.
For her work in the performing arts and music education she was honored by Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts (2010), and Virginia Celebrates Children in the Arts (2012). Morison was a 2019 recipient of an Arts Achievement Award from the Arts Alliance of the Mountain Empire.
Jane has been happily married to Peter W. “Whit” Morison for thirty-three years, and they have two wonderful children, Claire and Peter.