2014 Fall/ Winter Season

Rachel Delk attended Mississippi University for Women as a Centennial Scholar and  

graduated summa cum laude in December 2008 with a B.A. degree in

music with a double concentration in piano and voice.  She sang with the MUW Chorale, the MUW Jazz Band, New Horizons (which performed one of Delk’s original pieces) and the MUW Madrigals. She also won Most Outstanding Student in Music in 2007 and 2008. In the summer of 2006, Rachel was awarded an accompanist internship at the William Carey Dinner Theatre in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Rachel is the owner of L.E.A.H (Learning to Envision and Author Harmony) Music, which provides musical services to the surrounding area, including piano, voice and guitar lessons and accompaniment at dinner parties, weddings, and funerals. She is currently the accompanist and assistant director for the Columbus Girl Choir, as well as accompanist for the MUW Chamber Singers, MUW Chorale and MUW voice students. She is also the accompanist and music director for Catholic services at Columbus Air Force Base, as well as director of music at the First United Methodist Church of West Point, Mississippi.




Margaret Mary Henry spent the early part of her career as a journalist, including stints in Russia and Argentina. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University in Russian language and literature and holds a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. After returning to her native Columbus in 2004, Margaret Mary held the Gibbons chair in journalism at MUW and while teaching there began studying voice with Dr. Cherry Dunn. In 2010 she won first place in the Mississippi chapter competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the category of avocational student. Currently a student of Alisa Toy, Margaret Mary is an active soloist in the Golden Triangle area and a cantor at Annunciation Catholic Church, where she previously served as choir director. Since 2010 she has taught Russian and Spanish at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. She spent the summer of 2014 at Moscow State University after receiving a Fulbright-Hays fellowship for teachers of Russian.




Alisa Toy holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mississippi University for Women. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, she enjoys conducting the Columbus Choral Society, the Starkville Homeschool Music Cooperative High School Concert Choir, and the northern Mississippi regional choir for her church.   She also serves as the on-campus private voice and piano teacher for students of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science as well as consultant and accompanist for the choir and orchestra. In addition to winning several state titles, Alisa placed first in the southern region National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in 2011, and has soloed around the world, including with the Greeley Chorale on tour in Italy in 2005. She has taught private voice and piano for 20 years and is currently teaching through her private studio, SingingToy Studio. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Alisa now enjoys southern living in Columbus, MS with her husband and five children.


Past Omnova 2014 Events

Pierce Pettis

7 PM, July, 3, 2014

Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door

"If records were novels, "That Kind of Love"(Pettis release) would be the kind of absorbing read that makes it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Instead we have an album full of story songs intelligently written, with beautiful melodies. Each tune reaches deep into the heart. The music of Pierce Pettis is timeless. "That Kind of Love" should be in every music lover's collection. It is simply that good." (FAME)


For more information about the artist click on the button.  

"Partial to Home Concert"

7 pm, August 9, 2014

Tickets: $10 advance; $ 12 at the door 


Columbus Arts Council presents  "Partial to Home"  Concert  featuring local musicans

Paul Brady, Alicia Harper, Bo Jeffares, Dale Robertson and Roger Truesdale.

"Awake, My Soul The Story of the Sacred Harp"

Wednesday, October 10, 2014

Admission is a donation to Helping Hands Food Bank (please no baby foods)


"If you're a fan of American roots music, you won't want to miss 'Awake My Soul--The Story of the Sacred Harp.' Filmmakers Matt and Erica Hinton have done a fine job capturing the history, sound and spirit of this unusual but compelling art form that, trust me, you don't have to be religious to appreciate."

-Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune


* Watch for information to come regarding our very own "First Annual Columbus Mississippi Memorial Sacred Harp Singing" event on Saturday, November 7, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m..  


For more information about the movie, please check out this website below.

Jesse Robinson & The Hip Waders

Mississippi's finest hot Jazz and cool Blues. 

New Agrarians in Concert

Friday, November 14, 2014, 7 p.m.

$10 in advance; $12 at the door

Songs and Stories from the Southland featuring Tom KimmelKate Campbell and Pierce Pettis. They are launching a tour showcasing stories and music steeped in the cultural foundations of the South. The trio’s name is inspired loosely on the Southern Agrarians, a collection of literary figures of the early 20th Century which, among other things, bemoaned what they viewed as a threat of modernism to the Southern Culture. The group was originally known as the Fugitive Poets and included the likes of Robert Penn Warren and John Crowe Ransom. The Agrarians were given rise from Nashville’s Vanderbilt University and their movement was launched in response to criticisms of the Southern way of life raised by H.L. Mencken.


To hear a sample of their music click "New Agrarians Website" button below. 

"A Partial to Home Christmas"

Join us after Wassail Fest to revel in the talents of local musicians Paul Brady, Alicia Harper, Bo Jeffares, Dale Robertson, and Roger Truesdale. A Partial to Home Christmas celebrates the wonderful gift of music just in time for the holidays. This event begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 5 in the Omnova Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

October 15, 2014



The time has come again for us to think about our annual ARTfordable show. 
For those of you new to the Columbus Arts Council, the ARTfordable exhibit is held annually in November and December. It showcases artwork from local area artists that is priced at $100 or less. We are looking to appeal to holiday shoppers who are looking for affordable, original artwork. You may submit up to six pieces that are priced at $100 or less using the attached form. Artwork needs to be dropped off on October 31 orNovember 1, and the opening of the show will be on Thursday, November 6. 
I can't wait to see your artwork! 

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