Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs
Susie Cook has been a member of the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs since retiring from her job as Policy Director in the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services in 2007. Ms. Cook has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with emphasis in piano, from Mississippi State University. She studied piano with Dr. Geraldine Collins at MSU. She has been a church musician for many years, serving as organist at FBC, Kosciusko and Daniel Baptist Church, Jackson, MS. She is currently Organist and choir accompanist at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland. She taught private piano lessons at Christ Covenant School in Ridgeland, she is a past president of MacDowell Music Club of Jackson. She is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and in Music Forum of Jackson.
Debbie Bullock has been a member of Fortnightly Musicale in Tupelo, Ms. for over 30 years where she served as program chairman, Vice-President, and President. For the last two years, she served as the chamber music chairman for MFMC. She is retired from teaching music in the Lee County Schools and at Tupelo High School. She continues to teach piano and has entered students in the festival for many years. She also continues to be the pianist/organist at St. Luke UMC.
Debbie Barnes received her Bachelor of Music Education degree, with an emphasis in piano, from Louisiana State University. Upon graduation, she taught music in elementary schools for three years before beginning her private piano teaching career, which has spanned over 40 years. Debbie has held various offices in the NFMC and NFMC-affiliated state and local federations. She currently serves the NFMC on the Office Committee, the Ellis Duo Committee, and as Southeastern Region Chairman for the National Music Week Essay Contest. Debbie has served as MFMC President and is currently MFMC Membership Chairman and Folk Music Chairman. Locally, she is a Past President of the MacDowell Music Club of Jackson and is currently its Treasurer.
Cecil Fox, Jr.
Canton native, Cecil Fox, has been involved in music and the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs most of his life. He has been the State Treasurer since 1999 and also serves as an NFMC Board Representative. Mr. Fox attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Mississippi College. He later joined Canton Music Study Club in 1973, he has served in many capacities and has been club treasurer since 1992. Retiring from the family business in 2004, he now serves as Parish Administrator and organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Canton.
Mr. McMullin has been participating in church music since the age of 14 and is currently the pianist for Waldron Street Christian Church. William serves as Corinth Music Club president and has been for the past five years. William has been the MFMC Parliamentarian for the past year and has another year to go. He is active in local organizations such as the Corinth - Alcorn Literacy Council and the Crossroads Poetry Project. Mr. McMullin, an avid concert-goer, supports and attends the Corinth Symphony and the Memphis Symphony, plus piano recitals wherever he can find them.
Jace Ferraez, an attorney who resides in Columbus, MS, has studied music for over 25 years and has earned over fifty Superior Ratings in National Federated Music Festivals and Mississippi Music Teachers’ Association Festivals. Jace has received scholarships and studied at select institutions focusing on piano, organ, and vocal performance including Mississippi State University, Brevard Music Institute, North Carolina School of the Arts, and The University of Alabama. He has been involved with the District I Festival for over 20 years as a student and judge, and is now the third generation of his family to help organize the Festival. Jace remains involved in music through community programs, recitals, and concerts and currently serves as the pianist for First United Methodist Church in West Point, MS.
A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Terri Donald received her bachelor's degree in music education and vocal emphasis. Terri is a member of the Lydian Music Club in Philadelphia, MS. After 34 years of teaching, Terri retired and currently serves as Executive Director of the PNC Arts Council in Philidelphia, MS.
Bettye Sledge currently serves as Vice-President for District IV, a position she as held for seven years. She has been MFMC Mississippi Together We Sing chair for five years and an active member of MacDowell Music Club of Crystal Springs for over twenty years, serving in various capacities, including three terms as President. Bettye is actively involved in the music ministry at Crystal Springs First Baptist Church and enjoys playing in Crystal Springs MacDowell's annual Grand Night Piano Extravaganza.
Betty Beckham Turner studied music at Mississippi State College for Women (Mississippi University for Women). She later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Delta State University with a bachelor's in Science and Education. For years Betty has been active with MFMC, serving in various capacities, including District V Vice President for 25+ years as well as MFMC President (1999-2001). She is a member of the Belzoni Music Club and has been for 50+ years. Betty served as President for the Belzoni Music Club and is an NFMC Lifetime Member. Other accolades include Past Regent of The Daughters of the American Revolution (Iklanna DAR Chapter), Church Pianist, and choir member. Currently, Mrs. Turner serves as the First United Methodist Church Administrative Board President.
Mrs. Vicki Avery began playing the violin in the 6th grade. She played in the Memphis Youth Symphony all through high school. While attending the University of Memphis, Vicki was a member of the University's Orchestra. She was a member of the Corinth Orchestra for twelve years. Mrs. Avery retired in 2005 and has been an active member of the Corinth Music club since 2007, having served as club president for three terms.