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Department of Music
The University of Mississippi


Music Building

Since fall 2005 the Department of Music has been housed at a single site, the Music Building (previously University High School and the School of Education). Located on the east side of campus, across University Avenue from the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts, the music building holds department offices, classrooms, faculty studios, band and choral rehearsal halls, ensemble rehearsal rooms, and the David H. Nutt Auditorium

The east and south wings of the music building, along with the David H. Nutt Auditorium, were completely renovated between 2000 and 2005, when the music department moved into the building. The west wing of the building, including classrooms, studios, and department offices, was renovated in 2014-2015.

David H. Nutt Auditorium

rotated18rotated11The David H. Nutt Auditorium, is the primary venue for student and faculty recitals.

Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center


Major musical and theatrical events are held in the 1174-seat performance hall of the Gertrude Castellow Ford Performing Arts Center, completed in 2002 and located at the eastern end of the Oxford Campus.

Paris-Yates Chapel

chapel268The Paris-Yates Chapel, completed in 2001 with private funding by the Paris family of Indianola and other donors, seats about 200 persons, and contains a classic two-manual pipe organ of traditional design by Canadian organ-builder Karl Wilhelm. Adjoining the chapel is the bell tower donated by Marge and Frank Peddle of Oxford, containing a carillon of thirty-six bells from the Petit and Fritsen Foundry in the Netherlands.


Other music resources

The music library, which contains scores, recordings, videos, and computer software as well as reference books and periodicals, is currently housed in the John D. Williams Library. The University of Mississippi Blues Archive is in the library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections.