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Harry Cecil, of St. Louis, has joined Mineral Area College as Director of Choirs.

Harry Cecil, of St. Louis, has joined Mineral Area College as Director of Choirs.

Harry comes to the Park Hills community college from Harris Stowe State University, St. Louis, where he was an adjunct faculty member. He was also a vocal music teacher at Jennings Sr. High School in St. Louis.

Harry said he’s looking forward to joining MAC’s faculty, and is especially keen to recruit for MAC’s Community Choir (rehearsals begin Aug. 29) and the student-only MAC Singers (which auditions Aug. 16-21). For more information on getting involved with the MAC singing organizations, he can be reached at hcecil@MineralArea.edu or (573) 518-2230.

“I look forward to getting to know all the wonderful people in the MAC community and being a part of the family,” he said. “One of the greatest benefits of my profession is that music is both my hobby and my career. I am blessed to wake up every day doing what I truly love. I am excited that MAC is affording me the opportunity to nurture my passion and share it with others.”

Harry holds a master’s degree in music, choral conducting, from University of Missouri-Columbia, a bachelor’s degree in music, vocal performance, from Truman State University in Kirksville, and a bachelor’s degree in general concentrations of music, Truman State University. He received Missouri vocal music teacher certification, k-12 from Lindenwood University in St. Charles.

Harry is a member of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA).

Born and raised in Kansas City, Harry moved to St. Louis in 2007 with his wife, Salena, who works as a nurse navigator in St. Louis, and together they raise their 2-year-old daughter, Sarai, “who looks as a radiant as her mother and acts as goofy as her father.” In his spare time, he enjoys keeping up with pro football, and is an avid moviegoer.

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