The music program at Grace-St. Luke’s has a strong history in its dedication to rich choral music and singing. In addition to the outstanding dedicated volunteer members of the Grace-St. Luke’s Choir, we are lucky to have members of our music staff to enhance our music program and our liturgies. These singers have been even more important these past few months as we’ve only been allowed to have a quartet of singers at a time. You’ve seen them from afar and on camera; you may know some, but not all, so we thought we’d introduce them to you and tell you a little about them.
Andrew Carroll is originally from Maryville, Tennessee, where he grew up singing at the Baptist church where his father was the choir director and his mother was the church organist. He moved to Memphis in 2012 to begin his Master of Music at the University of Memphis and began singing at GSL in 2013. He is a sales specialist for Mainstage Theatrical Supply, a professional bassoonist, and is pursuing his PhD in Historical Musicology. Fun fact, he used to sub on WKNO for Daryl and Kacky!
Elizabeth Hornor is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, where she grew up singing at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Some might say she began her singing career at the age of 4 when she sang “Happy Birthday” to her mom in an Irish Pub, but she began taking proper lessons at the age of 7. Elizabeth moved to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business in 2018. She began singing at GSL in 2019 and also sings with Memphis Choral Arts. She is the Membership/Tour & Travel/Marketing Coordinator for Memphis Tourism, the official Destination Marketing Organization for the city of Memphis and Shelby County. She really enjoys playing golf, having played competitively in high school.
Daniel Massey spent most of his childhood in Carriere, Mississippi, with family from Chalmette, Louisiana. His mother always said he could sing, but he began voice lessons when he was a sophomore in college. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from William Carey University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. He moved to Memphis in 2016 to become the Choral Director at White Station High School and started singing at GSL that same year. His first musical love was actually the electric guitar, and in his spare time he can be caught playing video games or out playing disc golf.
Charles McGowan is a native of Byram, Mississippi, and began singing professionally at the age of 17. He moved to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance. He is the project manager for a theatrical supply company where he builds theatres all over the south. He’s an avid backpacker and plays the guitar, mandolin, trombone, and piano.
André Moore grew up in Memphis and has been singing since he could talk. He graduated from Rhodes College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. He began singing at GSL in 2016 when he was a sophomore at Rhodes. He currently works for UPS, but is going back to school to become a physician assistant. He loves playing basketball and is a successful producer of his own music.
Shelby Seese grew up on Grand Island, NY (near Niagara Falls), but her family moved to Olive Branch, Mississippi, when she was in 7th grade. She’s been singing since she was in 4th grade while living in New York State. She’ll be graduating in December from Rhodes College with a degree in English. She began singing at GSL about a year and a half ago, works in the Rhodes library, and plays the piano in her spare time. Shelby will begin studies in the spring toward a master’s degree in Library Science.
Isabel Wittman was born and raised in Millstone Township, New Jersey. Her mom is a professional pianist, so she grew up always being around music. She started piano lessons as soon as she was able to climb up on the piano bench and then started viola lessons when she was 5 years old. Being raised in the Episcopal Church, she officially started singing in her children’s church choir at 6 years old and also sang in a community youth choir called Community Christian Choir (CCC). It wasn’t until she got to high school that she really got into her vocal training and started pursuing singing more seriously. She first came to Memphis in 2013 to attend Rhodes College and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music and Education. She first started singing with GSL her freshman year of college in the spring of 2013 where she stayed all through college under the wonderful direction of Wesley Emerson. She then returned to GSL last summer when she moved back to Memphis to work in Development at Rhodes. Besides fundraising at Rhodes and singing at GSL, she is also the Development Chair for the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. She is incredibly passionate about the Memphis community and contributing to its development as a diverse, inclusive city. She is also a proud cat mom to two rescue kitties, Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash!