Frances Moss

Born: Decatur, AL

Choral Conductor, Piano

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame










A music educator since 1962, Dr. Frances Moss has taught band and choir in public schools, grades 1-12 and has taught at Calhoun Community College since 1966.  At Calhoun, Dr. Moss has taught voice, piano, music theory, conducting and vocal ensembles, served as chairperson of the music department and initiated the Church Music Program.  She founded the internationally known Chorale, Madrigal Singers and Alumni Musica.  These ensembles were invited to perform nationally and internationally for professional events, took annual concert tours, performed for local, state, regional, Church and school groups, presented an annual Madrigal Dinner and performed for governors and presidents. The Alabama Honor Choir Festival, founded by Dr. Moss, was held at Calhoun Community College for 23 years.  The event was conducted by nationally known clinicians and was a state-wide event for middle school choral students.  In-service workshops, presented by Dr. Jack Platt, Aden Lewis, Dr. Joan Goree and other noted musicians, were provided for choral directors. During her tenure as president the “Choral Division” became the Alabama Vocal Association.  The AVA instituted their first auditioned All-State Chorus, implemented required sight reading at both district and state choral festivals, gave the first medals to members of the All-State Chorus and established provision of certificates for choirs participating in Stat Competition Festivals.  Dr. Moss edited the first AVA Handbook, wrote the Handbook for District Chairmen and the Handbook for Choral Adjudication. During her tenure as president of AMEA the first state convention was inaugurated bringing together all of the divisions for an in-service event.  AMEA met at the Jefferson Davis Hotel in Montgomery.  The event was staffed by music students from Calhoun Community College.  The AMEA Handbook was developed, an official “logo” was designed for AMEA and the Ala Breve, the Former Music Educators Division and College Division were established and the Outstanding Music Educator Award was instituted.  Dr. Moss also served as interim editor of the Ala Breve.  She served many years as historian, preparing materials for state and divisional projects.  She was also chairman of the Student Division. Dr. Moss served on the board of the Southern Division and served on several national committees including a task force to develop goals and objectives for the improvement of music education in the United States.  She served on numerous committees of the Alabama Association of College Music Administrators, served as chairperson for music for the Alabama Community College Association and wrote that group’s position paper to the State Board of Education in regard to Revised Standards for Teacher Education in Alabama.  Dr. Moss served as General Chairman for the Curriculum Guide Committee for Vocal/Choral/General Music for the State Department of Education. Degrees held include a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University, masters and doctorate from the University of Alabama and a doctorate from Covington Theological Seminary.  Professional memberships include Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Omicron and MENC. Dr. Moss has been frequently honored and received many awards in recognition of her accomplishments as a music educator.  Awards from Calhoun Community College include Outstanding Faculty Member Award, External Service to the Community Award and the Carlton Kelley Teaching Excellence Award.  Dr. Jack Platt endowed a music scholarship and Austinville United Methodist Church annually presents a music scholarship in her honor. AVA presented The Outstanding Service Award at the conclusion of her terms as president.  Dr. Moss was awarded the inaugural Frances P. Moss Outstanding Choral Director Award by AVA.  AMEA presented two Awards for Outstanding Service and has named her as an Outstanding Music Educator.  Huntsville Choral Directors Association has presented her an Outstanding Service to Choral Music in Alabama Award. Dr. Moss received the national NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Texas in Austin.  She received several awards and recognitions from Governor George Wallace for her work with the Alabama Honor Choir and her music achievements. Dr. Moss is a composer, author, pianist, conductor, clinician, piano/vocal/choral adjudicator and speaker.  She has served as adjudicator for Delta Omicron International Triennial Composition Competition and for Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Chamber Music Composition Competition. In December, 1999, Dr. Moss retired from full-time teaching to serve as Minister of Music and Laity at Austinville United Methodist Church, Decatur, Alabama.  She continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at Calhoun Community College.

Source: Hall of fame


The Frances P. Moss scholarship is given in honor of Calhoun music instructor Dr. Frances Moss, who has taught voice and conducted internationally recognized choirs since 1961.

Source: Calhoun Community College



Dr. Frances P. Moss Tribute - Established in 1994 by internationally known composer, author, conductor, vocalist, clinician, and music director Dr. Jack Platt, in tribute to Calhoun Music instructor Dr. Frances Moss. This tribute was presented at the In-Service Vocal Workshop for choral directors during the Alabama Honor Choir Festival. Moss scholars are Music majors.

Source: Calhoun Community College


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