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Because music lasts a lifetime...


  • Sing specials

  • Sing in the choir

  • Direct singing

  • Play piano

  • Create singing groups

  • Compose music

  • Play instrumentals (i.e. Violin, Mandolin, Piano, Guitar, Accordion, and Bass Guitar.)



Gospel Singers of America is the only school in America built solely for the purpose of teaching gospel music. Because GSA has its own campus, it is able to operate at a much lower cost. These savings are not only passed down to our students but also to our donors who are empowered to help more students.


GSA, like other schools, has students placed in various classes based on the students age and ability. We carefully craft our lessons to meet each of our student's individual needs.


Students will find their experience at GSA to be a memorable one. From our beach front view to our one a kind staff, GSA has a place for everyone. 

Just off the Mississippi Gulf Coast lies one of the jewels of Gospel Music. Gospel Singers of America (GSA) was  established in 1957 to promote the education and enjoyment of gospel music. GSA trains people, young and old alike, to serve in their local church. Students are expected to go home and assist with the following:


For many years, Videt Polk and Bobby Burnett were a vital part of the Stamps-​Baxter School of Music in Dallas, TX. This inspired their dream to have a School of their own located somewhere along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.

At the beginning, close to a city-wide singing school in Bogalusa, Louisiana on Friday night, July 20, 1956, they began to raise money and get the charter member of Gospel Singers of America, Inc. which was soon to become the largest Gospel Singing organization in America.

Property was bought in Pass Christian in the fall of 1956 and the first session of Gospel Singers of America School of Gospel Music was held in the summer of 1957 in the one old stately home that then stood on this location. In 1958 the two story girl's dormitory was added followed by the snack bar and laundry in 1959; an auditorium in 1960; a cafeteria and 13 practice rooms 1961 and in the fall of 1967, the two story brick building for the boy's dorm was added. Some time later the present office, classroom and porch was added. 

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed in the Gulf Coast causing unprecedented devastation for miles and miles. Pass Christian received a direct hit. We are so thankful that God chose to spare GSA, but there was extensive damage to the interior of the buildings.

Since that time literally thousands of volunteers from all over the United States and Canada have helped to rebuild, restore and improve the facilities. To God be the glory. We are continuing the dream and purpose of Gospel Singers of America.  

Board Members
Board Members

Glen Taylor, President

Glen Taylor's bio is coming soon!


Tracy Taylor, Principal

Tracy Taylor, the daughter of the esteemed gospel music pioneer Bobby Burnett, has made her own significant contributions to the world of music. With a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Tracy has dedicated over 25 years of her life to teaching music and nurturing young talents.


Growing up in a family deeply rooted in gospel music, Tracy's exposure to Gospel Singers of America as a child left an indelible impression on her. This experience ignited her passion for music and set her on a path of musical education and leadership.


As a principal, Tracy Taylor holds a pivotal role in a school where she not only imparts valuable knowledge but also fosters an environment that encourages artistic expression and growth. Through her guidance and expertise, Tracy inspires and mentors aspiring musicians, helping them discover their own unique voices within the gospel music genre.


With her wealth of experience and deep understanding of music, Tracy Taylor has become a respected figure in the industry. She continues to uplift and impact the lives of countless individuals, instilling a love for gospel music and nurturing the next generation of talented musicians.


Tracy's commitment to education, combined with her unwavering dedication to gospel music, solidifies her as a remarkable figure in her own right. Her efforts honor her family's legacy while forging a path of her own, making a lasting impact on the world of gospel music and shaping the lives of those she guides along the way.


Patsy Pannel, Treasurer

Patsy Pannell is a dedicated member of the Gospel Singers of America (GSofA) board, bringing with her a lifelong connection to the organization and a rich background in music and administration. Her journey with GSofA began in the early 1950s when the founders, Videt Polk and Bobby Burnett, taught singing school at the Home School located in the Big Level Community of Stone County, Mississippi, where Patsy grew up.

From a young age, Patsy eagerly attended the singing school every year, immersing herself in the teachings and musical guidance of the GSofA founders. She took private piano lessons from Bobby Burnett himself and, alongside her father and two sisters as The Rawls Family, joyously sang their hearts out. Patsy's musical talents extended beyond the classroom as she served as the pianist at Big Level Baptist Church and later played piano at various churches in the Gulfport, Mississippi area.

Patsy's professional journey took her on a diverse path, reflecting her versatile skills and dedication to public service. From 1958 to 1964, she worked as a Deputy Chancery Clerk of Harrison County, Mississippi, followed by a position as a court reporter for the Eighth Chancery Court District from 1964 to 1988, covering Harrison, Stone, and Hancock Counties. Her commitment to her work and attention to detail shone through in her role within the court system.

After retiring from the court system, Patsy's love for music led her back to GSofA in 1988 and 1989 when she taught piano at the organization. Her dedication to sharing her knowledge and passion for music with others was evident in her teaching.

In 1989, Patsy received a phone call that presented a new opportunity. Charley Hewes, the uncle of the Gulfport Mayor, reached out to offer her a position. From that moment until 2020, she served as an assistant to Charley Hewes and Stephen Gainey, Financial Advisors with A. G. Edwards & Sons, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, and Hewes-Gainey Investments with LPL Financial. Her attention to detail and dedication to serving others continued to shine in her role as an assistant.

Patsy's contributions to the Gospel Singers of America extend beyond her musical talents. Since July of 2010, she has proudly served as the Secretary-Treasurer of GSofA, bringing her administrative skills and organizational prowess to the board. Her meticulous record-keeping and commitment to the organization's financial health have been invaluable assets to the GSofA board.

Patsy Pannell's lifelong commitment to the Gospel Singers of America, her musical talents, and her administrative expertise make her an indispensable member of the board. Her unwavering dedication to preserving the organization's legacy, combined with her keen attention to detail and financial acumen, ensures the continued success and growth of GSofA. Patsy's service as Secretary-Treasurer is a testament to her passion for the organization and her deep appreciation for the transformative power of gospel music.

Gilbert Emerson

Gilbert Emerson is a dedicated and accomplished individual who has made significant contributions to Gospel Singers of America (GSofA) as a board member. His journey began at the GSofA with Videt & Bobby, where he honed his singing skills from 1956 to 1960. Following his time at GSofA, Gilbert served in the US Navy for four years, demonstrating his commitment to service.


With his deep passion for music, Gilbert became a music director at several churches, including Four Mile Creek Baptist Church, Helena Baptist Church, and presently, East Moss Point Baptist Church. His role as a music director showcased his leadership and devotion to spreading the uplifting message of gospel music within his community.


Since 2000, Gilbert has been an integral part of the GSofA Board of Directors. His extensive experience and wisdom have greatly influenced the organization's growth and success, providing valuable guidance to shape the future of gospel music.


Gilbert's professional journey also includes a remarkable 35-year career at Ingalls Engineering, where he showcased his expertise and dedication. Throughout his tenure, he exemplified a strong work ethic and contributed to the company's achievements.


Beyond his professional and board commitments, Gilbert has been a steadfast supporter of GSofA students for many years. His generosity and mentorship have nurtured the talents of aspiring gospel singers, allowing them to thrive and make a lasting impact in the music industry.


Gilbert's love for gospel music is evident in his own musical endeavors as well. For over 30 years, he led the renowned gospel group, Melody Tones. Through their performances, they touched the hearts of audiences far and wide, spreading the power of gospel music to uplift and inspire.


In summary, Gilbert Emerson's lifelong dedication to gospel music, his invaluable contributions to GSofA as a board member, his leadership in various churches, his illustrious career at Ingalls Engineering, and his unwavering support for GSofA students make him a true pillar of the Gospel Singers of America.

Jana Keith

Jana Keith is a dedicated and passionate individual with a deep-rooted connection to the Gospel Singers of America. With a journey spanning several decades, Jana's involvement with the organization began in 1976 when she joined as a first-time student. 


Over the course of three years, she immersed herself in the world of gospel music and developed a profound appreciation for its transformative power. In 1991, Jana achieved a significant milestone by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Mississippi. Recognizing the importance of specialization, she pursued a nurse practitioner program at Emory University, completing it successfully in 1997. 


Beyond her professional accomplishments, Jana's love for music has been an integral part of her life. Since 1979, she has served as the pianist at Coaltown Baptist Church in Purvis, using her musical talents to uplift and inspire the congregation. Her devotion to the Lord, her church, and her family shines through in every note she plays.


With her unwavering dedication to the Gospel Singers of America, Jana brings a wealth of experience and a genuine love for gospel music to her role as a board member. Music has always filled her soul and brought her immense joy, and she is committed to ensuring that the organization continues to spread the powerful message of gospel music far and wide.


Jana Keith's unwavering faith, extensive educational background, and musical talents make her an invaluable asset to the Gospel Singers of America's board. Her profound love for the Lord, her church, her family, and gospel music serves as a guiding light in her efforts to contribute to the organization's mission and promote the transformative power of gospel music to people from all walks of life.


Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell is a dedicated member of the Gospel Singers of America board, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted connection to the organization. He was raised in Bogalusa, LA and graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1984, marking the beginning of his educational and professional journey.


Chris has been happily married to his wife, Rebecca "Becky" Schilling, for an impressive 36 years. Their enduring partnership is a testament to their commitment and love for one another. Together, they have been blessed with five children, creating a loving and supportive family unit.


An active member of the Ben's Ford Baptist Church since 1984, Chris has found solace and spiritual fulfillment within his faith community. His steadfast presence and devotion to his church showcase his unwavering commitment to his beliefs.

Professionally, Chris has dedicated over 32 years of his career to Blue Bell Creameries, where he holds the position of Territory Manager. His long-standing tenure at the company is a testament to his loyalty, work ethic, and ability to foster strong professional relationships.


Outside of his corporate responsibilities, Chris has actively contributed to his community through various non-profit organizations. Serving on several boards of directors over the years, he has demonstrated his commitment to making a positive impact and giving back to those in need.


Chris's connection to Gospel Singers of America runs deep within his family. His father-in-law, Lawson Schilling, was involved in the organization from its inception and served on the board of directors for many years. Additionally, Chris's wife, Becky, and her siblings attended GSA during the 1970s and 1980s, fostering a love for gospel music within their family.


Chris's personal involvement with the Gospel Singers of America began in 2006 when his children started attending the organization's events. His firsthand experience witnessing the transformative power of gospel music in their lives further solidified his dedication to the cause.


Recognizing his passion and commitment, Chris was asked to serve on the Board of Directors in 2008. Chris's extensive experience as a board member and his business acumen as the owner of a successful Party Supply Rental Business for over 20 years make him a valuable asset to the Gospel Singers of America.


With his steadfast faith, dedication to his family, and professional expertise, Chris Mitchell is a valuable member of the Gospel Singers of America board. His unwavering commitment to the organization's mission and his extensive experience in both non-profit work and business management contribute to the continued success and growth of the Gospel Singers of America.


Noah Taylor

Noah Taylor is a passionate and dedicated member of the Gospel Singers of America (GSofA) board, with a profound connection to the organization that stems from his family heritage and personal experiences. As the grandson of the GSofA founder, Bobby Burnett, Noah's affiliation with the organization runs deep, instilling in him a deep appreciation for the power of gospel music and GSofA’s position within that space.


Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Noah attended GSofA as a child, immersing himself in the rich musical heritage and teachings of the organization. The education he received at GSofA ignited a creative spark within him, leading him to become a prolific songwriter. To date, Noah has written and published over 10 gospel songs, with each composition reflecting the profound impact the GSofA experience has had on his life.


Noah holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, showcasing his dedication to academic excellence and analytical thinking. Building upon his technical foundation, Noah pursued a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), equipping himself with the skills necessary for effective leadership and strategic decision-making. This educational background has proven invaluable in his role as a board member, allowing him to contribute insights and ideas to drive the continued success of GSofA.


Noah has much appreciation for the power of shape note music and its profound effects on his life. This unique musical tradition has shaped his artistic expression and serves as a driving force behind his dedication to preserving and promoting gospel music.


Noah's family legacy, educational background, and passion for gospel music make him an invaluable asset to the GSofA board. His commitment to preserving the organization's rich heritage and promoting its transformative power aligns seamlessly with the organization's mission. With his unique perspective as a songwriter and his strategic mindset as a business professional, Noah plays an integral role in shaping the future of GSofA and ensuring that its legacy continues to inspire generations to come.


Tori Taylor

Tori Taylor's bio is coming soon!

Our Teachers
Our Teachers
Piano and Flute Teacher

Jennifer Ross was born and raised in Indiana and Michigan. After driving her family crazy with her love of music - whether playing flute in band, taking piano lessons, or singing non-stop around the house - she majored in music performance beginning at Pensacola Christian College and finishing at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She has been married to her husband, Charles Ross, for almost 26 years and they have been serving the Lord together at Gonzales Baptist Temple for most of those years. Between playing piano for the choir (and co-directing), working with Gonzales Baptist Academy kids in music (instrumental, vocal, and piano), and teaching around 25 private lessons per week, she stays fairly busy. The highlights of her year are the bi-annual production of a Christmas Cantata at her home church and her time spent each summer teaching at Gospel Singers of America. She has been teaching there since 2011, both teaching private lessons and teaching the beginner class. Teaching music to the next generation is her passion and seeing her students serve Christ with their music is the most fulfilling reward she could imagine.

Daniel G. Driskell is a musician and teacher in Mobile, Alabama.  Brother Daniel is the pianist at Government St. Baptist Church and owns the Full Scale School of Music in Mobile. Brother Daniel earned his music degrees from the University of South Alabama and Florida State University. Every summer for many years, he has been a student and then a teacher at Gospel Singers of America. Brother Daniel teaches private lessons at Gospel Singers of America on any instrument a student brings to him. He has been blessed with many wonderful friends, teachers, and family members.  "Praise God from whom all blessings flow" 

Multi-Instrumentalist Teacher
Theory and Piano Teacher

Tori A. Taylor was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her passion for music started at the young age of 5yrs when she started taking private piano lessons. She continued taking private lessons until she started teaching privately herself at the age of 15. She continues to teach about 15 private lessons a week while also teaching elementary music at a private school in Baton Rouge. She graduated from Louisiana State University with her Bachelor in Music Education. She started teaching at Gospel Singers of America in 2011, and continues to teach our Advance Theory Class, Intermediate Classes, and private voice lessons. She is very passionate about teaching and encouraging individuals to serve in the music ministry at their church. She says, “I know  I cannot help every church with their music ministry, but I know that my students can!” Teaching music to the next generation is what she loves to do. Ms. Tori also has a musical heritage with the Founder of Gospel Singers of America, Bro. Bobby Burnett,  being her grandfather. 

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Voice Teacher

Dr. Carline Waugh is a Jamaican born soprano who is praised for her ability to mesmerize audiences.  As a powerful singing actor, Dr. Waugh continues to thrill audiences around the world. She has given recent performances in Russia, Finland, Italy, Austria, the United States, and the Caribbean.


Dr. Waugh has sung the lead role of Arlene Fox in the premier of the opera Buffalo Soldiers, and Ermia in Sogno, based on  A Midsummer Night's Dream. Her other recent roles include Gretel from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel,  Liú from Turandot,  Zerlina from Don Giovanni, Valencienne from The Merry Widow, Polly from Die Dreigroschenoper and Gianetta from The Gondoliers. 


Her concert repertoire includes André Previn's Honey and Rue, Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ,  Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major.


Dr. Waugh currently serves Marshall University and the Southern region as a performer, and teaching artist.  

Samantha Quave is from Saint Amant, Louisiana. She attends Gonzales Baptist Temple where she plays second piano for her church. She attended Gonzales Baptist Academy for the entirety of her elementary, middle, and high school years. During her middle and high school years, she was able to win awards in various music and stage events, including piano, vocal, and sign language. She continued her music studies at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as a music therapy major with an emphasis on piano. At William Carey University, Samantha is a member of her university’s auditioned choir, The Carey Chorale, as well as Oratorio Choir, the piano ensemble, and Cary Carillon (to her great delight!). Samantha plans to finish her internship and graduate in August of 2019. At Gospel Singers of America Samantha assist in the upper theory classes and teacher in the Beginner Theory Class in the afternoons. 

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