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Hattiesburg Concert Association Named Top Nonprofit for 2022


The Hattiesburg Concert Association(HCA), presenter of FestivalSouth and the Meistersingers, has been named one of the 2022 Top Nonprofits in Mississippi by The Mississippi Business Journal. This annual list highlights organizations who better the lives of Mississippians. The awards were presented at a ceremony at The Old Capitol in Jackson on Friday, November 18.

Publisher Tami Jones states, “We recognize that many of the people who work in non-profits are all too often ‘unsung heroes’ in our communities, people who devote their lives to helping others, and who are tireless in their dedication to the needs of so many Mississippians.”

FestivalSouth, the largest project of the HCA, is an annual, multi-week festival presenting a variety of musical and other arts-related entertainment that aims to transcend social, cultural, and economic lines. FestivalSouth is credited with bringing more than $2 million in economic impact to the community last year alone and has distinguished itself as the premier arts presenter in the region, drawing locals and tourists of all ages with its’ wide variety of cultural programming, that features exceptional performing and visual artists.

The Meistersingers, Hattiesburg’s Civic Chorus, is an all-volunteer, community group of musicians that has offered concerts for local audiences since its founding in 1996. In addition, the choir has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City, at Cadogan Hall in London, and at Canterbury Cathedral. The Chorus is the founding arm of the Hattiesburg Concert Association.

“The gracious people and businesses of our community make it possible to reach more and more people with the life-changing power of the arts,” said HCA Executive Director, Dr. Mike Lopinto. “This affirmation of our work furthers our hope that our business community will join us in this quest to make the arts synonymous with Hattiesburg.”

Jones concludes, “This year the awards program we recognize a diverse group of organizations who show great dedication and hard work to those they serve.”

For more information on how you can support the HCA, FestivalSouth and the Meistersingers, please visit or call 601.297. 5172 is an online news source covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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