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Concert Singers to Perform at Carnegie Hall

April 4, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Concert Singers will travel to New York City to perform in the world-famous Carnegie Hall this weekend.

The Concert Singers were invited to perform at 8 p.m. Sunday (April 8) by Distinguished Concerts International. The group will be singing a wide range of pieces, including classics…

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 Fisk University Singers Coming to UM for Black History Month Concert

February 20, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Department of Music is bringing the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers to campus this week for the university’s 2018 Black History Month Concert.

The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public…

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 Music Professor Returns from Columbia University Fellowship

February 16, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. –Thomas Peattie, an assistant professor of music at the University of Mississippi, has returned to campus after completing a prestigious fellowship at Columbia University during the fall semester.

Peattie spent the semester at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, part of the university in New York City, which takes scholars from around the world in a variety of fields…

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 Inaugural Living Music Institute Deemed an ‘Incredible Success’

February 14, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. –The inaugural session of the Living Music Institute, which ran Jan. 18-21 at the University of Mississippi, got high marks from students and music professionals alike.

The Living Music Institute, a production of the Living Music Resource in the UM Department of Music, is an intensive workshop for opera aria singers. During the workshop, students…

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 UM Music Faculty, Alumni Win at Oxford Day for Art Awards

February 06, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. –The Oxford Day of Art was held last month at the Powerhouse. Many community artists were honored at the ceremony, and the University of Music department particularly came away with several wins.

Upon learning about the ending of Volunteer Mississippi and Mississippi Day of Giving programming, Wayne Andrews, the director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the…

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 Living Music Institute Hosts Leading Opera Soprano

January 18, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – The Living Music Resource at the University of Mississippi is holding its inaugural Living Music Institute this weekend. This intensive opera aria workshop includes a residency by world-renowned soprano and recording artist Kallen Esperian.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala Opera, Esperian has performed in leading roles at major opera houses around the globe…

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 Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Alan Spurgeon

January 05, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – Alan Spurgeon, professor of music and Director of Graduate Studies in the Music Department, has been at Ole Miss for 17 years.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Spurgeon taught at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma for 18 years. There he taught music theory, voice, and music education courses on top of being the Graduate Coordinator for…

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 UM Student Chosen for SEC Student Music Ensemble

December 14, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Lazarrus Miller, a senior music performance major at the University of Mississippi, recently participated in the 2017 SEC Football Championship festivities in Atlanta as part of the conference’s Student Music Ensemble.

For the second year, the SEC Student Music Ensemble provided jazz music for the football championship activities, including for the SEC Legends Dinner and SEC Pregame Hospitality…

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 Music Students, Faculty Stand Out at Regional Competition

December 01, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Several University of Mississippi students fared well in the recent 2017 National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Regional Competition in Hattiesburg, which draws voice teachers and students from universities, high schools and private studios in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Senior music major Lacey Hindman was a finalist and placed third in her category, Senior…

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 UM Music Majors Fare Well in Statewide Competition

November 17, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Several University of Mississippi music majors competed at the annual Mississippi Music Teachers National Association Competition recently at Millsaps College in Jackson, with one student taking top honors in his category.

Christopher Scott, a senior music major, won the Young Artist Solo Woodwind Performance category. This win advances him to compete in the Southern Division MTNA Young Artist…

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 UM Jazz Ensemble Aims to Go Global

November 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi jazz ensemble, The Mississippians, is pursuing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The group is raising funds to embark on a European jazz festival tour in July 2018.

Last year, the ensemble was invited to perform at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, which is one of the country’s most prestigious college-level jazz festivals. Now, the group is…

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 UM Professor Lectures on African Music at University of Georgia

November 10, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – George W.K. Dor, professor of music at the University of Mississippi, recently delivered the fall lecture for the University of Georgia’s Institute for African Studies.

Dor was invited as guest lecturer by Akinloye Ojo, the institute’s director. The institute highlights a different discipline each year for the lecture series, and this year’s focus was music.

“African studies is highly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary,” Dor said. “I gave a lecture that emphasized the interplay…

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 Music Faculty Members Release Album

November 03, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi music faculty members have released a new album of material by French composer François Rossé.

Adam Estes, assistant professor of music, is the lead performer on saxophone, accompanied on piano by Stacy Rodgers, professor of music, and Amanda Johnston, associate professor of music. “François Rossé: Métissage” is on the MSR Classics record label…

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 Price Walden and Alice Anne Light Return to UM for Sarahfest

October 26, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Living Music Resource and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies are teaming up again to host events for the annual Sarahfest.

UM alumnus and composer Price Walden will perform his original work “A Song of Songs” at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27) in the David H. Nutt Auditorium. The Oxford resident will be…

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 Living Music Resource Teams with Sarah Isom Center

October 06, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The third annual Sarahfest, billed as a multidisciplinary “artistic journey” hosted by the University of Mississippi’s Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and Living Music Resource, is underway with the theme “Liberty and Justice for All.”

One of the highlights of this year’s Sarafest is a concert by Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star…

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 Two UM Music Professors Chosen by SEC Faculty Travel Program

September 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Two UM music professors, Adam Estes and Amanda Johnston, were chosen to be part of the 2017-18 Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program. Over 100 faculty members across the 14 SEC universities were chosen as part of the grant program with UM being home to seven of the recipients.

This is the sixth year the program has been in place, and its purpose is to promote collaboration between colleagues at other SEC…

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 Renowned Jazz Musician Engages UM Music Majors

September 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Cyrus Chestnut, the kickoff performer in the 2017-18 Jazz Series at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, conducted a jazz clinic with University of Mississippi music majors and Oxford High School band members recently in Nutt Auditorium.

Chestnut, a critically acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and producer, performed Sept. 14 at the Ford Center. The Baltimore native has recorded with many celebrated artists, including…

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 Cyrus Chestnut Quartet to Perform at Ford Center

September 12, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host a night of jazz Thursday (Sept. 14) with the Cyrus Chestnut Quartet.

Chestnut, a Baltimore native and soulful jazz pianist, blends contemporary, traditional and gospel jazz styles with soulful sounds and a mix of Latin and samba. His style allows…

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 UM Music Hosts Residency for Chamber Music Ensemble

September 07, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The UM Music Department is hosting a guest artist recital as a part of the UM Lecture Series. The visiting artist group that will be in a week-long residency from September 18-22 is the Assembly Quartet.

The Assembly Quartet is a professional chamber music group committed to sharing its musical style to schools and communities through concerts and workshops. They have toured…

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 UM Professor Awarded MAC Artist Fellowship

July 30, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss Music Professor Micah Everett has been awarded a highly coveted Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

The Artist Fellowship program is set up to honor the work of Mississippi artists “who demonstrate the ability to create exemplary work in their chosen field,” according to MAC. Artists across several categories are awarded up to $5,000 each year to further their work. Only artists living…

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UM, Georgia Music Professors Team Up for Teaching, Performance

April 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi saxophone studio traveled to the University of Georgia last month for a joint event that included a teacher swap, master class and collaborative concert.

Adam Estes, UM assistant professor of music, traveled with seven of his students to Athens, Georgia, where they worked alongside Connie Frigo, associate professor of saxophone at Georgia, and her students. The event was funded by a travel grant from the Southeastern…

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 Living Music Resource Hosts a Night at the Opera

October 06, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – An innovative interview series that brings music professionals to the University of Mississippi will offer students and Oxford residents a glimpse into the world of opera this week, as well as insights into the life and career of legendary diva Maria Callas.

The Living Music Resource, an online video library of interviews with vocalists and composers, is bringing renowned performers…

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 UM Music Department Acquires Instruments from Ghana

April 04, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Department of Music has acquired several instruments from the African nation of Ghana to further educate students about world music cultures and to use for public performances.

The first of those concerts with the newly acquired instruments is set for 7:30 p.m. April 12 in Nutt Auditorium. The Spring Concert will be…

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 From Music to Mechanical Engineering

November 24, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi drummer with the Pride of the South Marching Band has proven he’s both musically and mechanically-inclined by starting his own business and landing his first job as a student engineer.

Oxford native Joseph Reed, 21, is a senior studying mechanical engineering with a minor in music. Reed developed a love for music in high…

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 Donors Help Music and Opportunities Play on for UM Students

September 03, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. – When Dr. Charles Hubbert joined the band as a University of Mississippi student, a door swung open to exceptional cultural opportunities. Some 57 years later, the physician continues to reap the rewards, inspiring him and his wife, Margaret, to make a lead gift to an initiative for band scholarships.

The Mississippi native, who was born in Lambert and grew up in Grenada, had not traveled…

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