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Department of Music
The University of Mississippi

Old Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival

Posted on: May 8th, 2024 by aldrummo

SCHEDULE – May 23-26, 2024
*All events in Nutt Auditorium unless otherwise noted
Visit for full event schedule, contest information, and to purchase individual tickets or an all-event pass.

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024
7:30 p.m. Judy Carmichael & Larry Koonse in Concert    

Join us for an incredible concert featuring jazz icon Judy Carmichael and guitarist Larry Koonse in Nutt Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist, Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride and swing piano. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride,” acknowledging the command with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style.

Judy Carmichael is a great entertainer. Her playing is masterly and her linking material show her to be a raconteur in the Ustinov mold.
— Jonathan James Moore BBC Radio

*included in all-event pass

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2024
9:00 a.m. Judy Carmichael Presentation (with Larry Koonse, guitar)
10:30 a.m. Guided Trolley Tour of Historic Oxford (meet at Band Loop)
12:00 p.m. Mexican Luncheon at the Powerhouse with 2023 Champion Paul Orsi
2:00 p.m. Todd Robbins: So the Story Goes: The Surprising Tales Behind American Popular Music
3:00 p.m. Ian Hominick: Wild About Jazz: Earl Wild’s Excursion on the ‘Dark Side’
6:00 p.m. New Rag Contest
8:00 p.m. Tune-Ups Party until 11 pm – Powerhouse PAC


SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2024
8:00 a.m.  Contestants Draw for Playing Order (Rm. #153)        
9:00 a.m. Preliminary Round for Junior, Regular & Senior Divisions
11:45 a.m. Silent Movie Box Lunch with Adam Swanson – UM Band Hall
1:00 p.m. Regular & Senior Division Preliminary Round continues …


6:00 p.m. Southern Catfish Dinner – live music by 3-time Senior Champion Bobby van Deusen
7:30 p.m. An Hour with Ted Lemen (Before It’s Too Late)
8:30 p.m. Old-Time Sing-along with Jamie Shannon
9:00 p.m. Dr. Warren Ertle and the Corpse Revivers (big band)
9:45 p.m. Pianists scheduled until 11 pm


SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2024
9:00 a.m. Junior Division Master Class with Bill McNally
11:00 a.m. Gospel Rag Service with Bobby van Deusen – OU United Methodist Church
1:00 p.m. Semi-finals, Seniors Final & Finals – Nutt Auditorium
7:00 p.m.  Red, White & Blue Finale – Powerhouse PAC   


Concessions available in the Music Building but no food or drink permitted in Nutt Auditorium

Bar available each evening at the Powerhouse Arts Center

2024 Contest T-shirts, merchandise and performer CD’s available for sale in the hallway