Cecile and Robyn began Summer Show-Offs in 1989 to inspire and nurture the talents of young people. As Co-Directors, Cecile and Robyn work together to create a comfortable environment where students can reach their full potential.
Cecile McNeel Martin received her Bachelor of Music Education from Mississippi University for Women in 1982. While there, she performed in the musical groups “Meh Ladies” & “The Masker’s Washboard Band”. She later received her Masters Degree in Voice from Mississippi State University, where she also taught voice. Cecile founded & directed the show choirs: Visions, Sophisticats, & Pizzazz while teaching in the Grenada, Mississippi School System. During her long career, she has been a featured instructor in Boston, MA with American Show Choir Camps. She has served as a guest clinician for show choir camps throughout the southeastern United States. Cecile was selected to be a professional exchange instructor in London, England where she was instrumental in developing a music curriculum for junior high & high school choral music programs. She has been a vocal clinician for the Mississippi Baptist Convention, the 4H Clubs of America, and the Mississippi Fine Arts Association. Cecile now lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Randy, & three children. They are members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. email@example.com
Robyn McGonagill Meredith
Music can change lives! As a former student of Cecile Martin, Robyn is a firm believer in the Summer Show-Offs process: Building confidence and character through song and dance. She is a product of this philosophy. Her life was forever changed through music. She continually testifies of the confidence she gained through music. Robyn is a native of Mississippi and has been involved in teaching performance techniques for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Delta State University. While at DSU, Robyn toured the United States and Europe as a vocalist. She founded and directed the show choirs Encore and Crescendo while teaching music in Mississippi. Robyn lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is a member of Church of The Highlands. She is married to Jason Meredith and they have two children, Morgan and Corbin (Taylor).
Coordinators, Instructors and Support Staff
Wendy Brendle was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. She attended college at Mississippi State University. After receiving her Bachelor of Education degree in Fitness Management, she finished her formal education with a master's degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama. While at MSU, Wendy sang with a contemporary Christian band and, after moving to Montgomery, sang in a country band. In an effort to instill a love for music in her children, she began driving her girls from Montgomery to Auburn every summer to Summer Show-Offs camp as soon as they were old enough to participate. Little did she know that only a few years later she would be coordinating SSO in Montgomery. Wendy lives in Mongtomery, Alabama, with her husband, Kent, and three children, Gray, Cate Scott, and Brooks. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Montgomery, where she sings in the choir and teaches preschool choir. She spends her time being a mom, personal training clients, and working with SSO. firstname.lastname@example.org
Priscilla Burris Priscilla Burris earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Mississippi State University in 1984, and worked in
her professional career for twelve years in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. As Manager of Product Development for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Louisiana, Priscilla was responsible for the research and
development of corporate healthcare plans and services, as well as administrative implementation and training.
The Burris family moved to Birmingham in 1997, where Priscilla became a full
time wife and mom. This included volunteer work at the school, as well as other
clubs and organizations. Once her youngest child reached high school (driving
age!) she decided to return to the workforce, and became the Administrative
Director for Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA). During her four years
with BUSA she was responsible for player registration, organization / coordination
of club activities, and club communication for all competitive and recreational
Priscilla retired from BUSA in 2012, but after both children married (empty
nesters!) she returned to the work force in August, 2015, as the Registration
Coordinator for Summer Show-Offs in the Birmingham corporate office. She is
happy to have joined her "Mississippi friends" in their passion to inspire and
nurture the talents of young people, and loves hearing testimonials from the
parents about how Summer Show-Offs has impacted their children.
Priscilla and her husband Tom are members of Oak Mountain Presbyterian
Church. They have two children, Keeley (Drew) and Chris (Christin), and five
Meredith Clement is from Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Auburn University and the University of Montevallo and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Education. She worked with Campus Outreach until starting her family and homeschooling her children for 19 years. The Clement family was first introduced to SSO in 2008 when their daughter, Olivia, began attending SSO camps and HSO, which she continued until she graduated from high school. Meredith joined the SSO administrative team in 2015. She and her husband have four children: Neil Jr. (Paige); Emily (Austin); Andrew (Morgan) and Olivia, and one granddaugter. Meredith is also a licensed educational therapist and works with children who have language processing issues. She is a member of the Church at Brook Hills. email@example.com
Gin Jager was born and raised in Birmingham and graduated from Auburn University with a major in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production Management with a minor in Studio Art. At Auburn, Gin helped fundraise for the Food Bank of East Alabama and also served as Creative Director for a variety of organizations. She has a diverse portfolio in digital design, fine art, and costuming.
Summer Show-Offs has played a significant role in Gin's life since she started as a camper in 2013. She has held several roles as a counselor and support staff. She currently serves in design and production. Gin says that working at Summer Show-Offs has shaped her into the woman she is today through the values it teaches such as work ethic, confidence, and a passion to create. Self-expression through art, especially Summer Show-Offs, invites others to apprecaite individuality and creates a bond of relationship.
Emily Gray, formerly Emily Edwards, was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up attending Briarwood Christian School and participating in many different activities involving song and dance. She graduated from Auburn Universty with a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a Concentration of Child and Adolescent Development. Emily has been a part of Summer Show-Offs for many years. She was a camper for twelve years and then served on staff as an SSO counselor and instructor. Emily will be serving as Creative Assistant and Lead Instructor. She married her high school sweetheart, William Gray, and they are living in Birmingham, Alabama.
Eron Smith was born & raised in Auburn, Alabama. After graduating from Auburn High School in 2002, he went on to pursue a career in music education at Auburn University. While attending the university, Eron choreographed for various schools around the state such as Berry MS, Benjamin Russell HS, Prattville HS, Eufaula HS, Auburn JHS, & Auburn HS. During the 2006 Auburn University football season, Eron was asked to sing at the Auburn vs. Florida pre-game show. After graduating from Auburn, Eron had the opportunity to return to his alma mater, Auburn HS, as the Choral Director. In addition to teaching show choir, he also leads worship at Parkway Baptist. Eron now lives in Opelika, Alabama with his wife, Mary. Eron & Mary will be traveling with Summer Show-Offs to all camps in Mississippi & Alabama serving as Instructors, as well as directing the Summer Show-Offs camps in Auburn, AL.
Mary Smith is originally from Homewood, Alabama. While studying music education at Auburn University, she received vocal instruction from the nationally recognized composer and vocalist, Dr. Rosephanye Dunn-Powell. She has worked extensively with East Alabama Children's Choir and East Alabama Youth Chorale, choreographing two musicals: Annie and The Music Man. Mary taught music and choir to grades Pre-K through 12th at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, Alabama, and started their first ever competitive show choir, Higher Glory. She presently serves as Creative Co-Director and Head Instructor for Summer Show-Offs. Since 2008, Mary has served as Assistant Director to all competitive show choirs at Auburn High School. She also teaches priviate voice and piano. She serves as pianist, choir director and worship leader at Parkway Baptist. Mary lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband, Eron, and their four children, Zoe, Juliette, River and Oaklen. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Wright is a graduate of Belhaven University with a major in elementary education and a minor in music. She has taught first grade at Jackson Academy for 15 years. During her time there she has been the assistant choral director for the sixth grade choir “Finale” for three years and choral director for two years. She directs and leads children’s choirs and musicals for Parkview Church. Jamie is a sustaining member of the Jr. League of Jackson and the Madison-Ridgeland Jr. Auxiliary. She is married to Ellis and has three children- Lori (Eric), Michael (Anna) and John - and four beautiful grandchildren: Elizabeth Ann, Seth, Wright, and Susannah.