Artistic Director & Accompanist

Mary Katherine Kilgore, Artistic Director

Mary Katherine KilgoreMary Katherine Kilgore is in her 6th season as Artistic Director of the Eastern Shore Choral Society.
She is a native of Forsyth, Georgia and received her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Valdosta State University. Her post graduate studies in voice, opera and choral conducting were at Clayton College and State University in Morrow, GA and at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Mary Katherine is a talented and accomplished conductor and musician. She has been a member of several choral groups in Georgia and Alabama, including the Mobile Opera Chorus. She taught piano and voice privately for over 20 years and has been selected to judge numerous piano, vocal and choral competitions.
Mary Katherine currently serves on the Board of the Alabama Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association.
Mary Katherine serves full time as Director of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope and is also the co-director of Bayshore Christian School’s Logic and Rhetoric Chorus (grades 7—12). She has two step children, Jonathan and Holly, and has lived in Fairhope with her husband Rodney and daughter Emily since 2005.



                    Joe Rambo, Accompanist
Joe_RamboESCS’s gifted Accompanist, Joe Rambo, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama.  While living there, he received his BA in Chemistry, with minors in Biology and Church Music, from Huntingdon College, where he also met his wife Elisa.  From there, they both attended graduate school at Indiana University, where Joe received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry.

Subsequently, they lived a year in Paris where Joe did post-doctoral studies while serving as a Research Chemist at the Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.

Upon their return from Paris, Elisa and Joe moved to Fairhope where they have lived since 1994.  After working for many years in education and administration, Joe has recently returned to the classroom to pursue a degree in pharmacy. Musically, Joe serves as Organist for Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope.