The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music
4 February 2013 

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Trombonists Gustavo and Vincent are fighting the battle of their lives. Please join us in our support of these brave young men.   Donations will be accepted at various concerts of the Southern Miss School of Music throughout the year.


Checks may be made out to the "Gustavo Cassemiro and Vincent McMurtery Benefit Drive" and placed in the donation receptacles following concerts. Additional donations may be made to Dr. Ben McIlwain, assistant professor of trombone, or at The University of Southern Mississippi Federal Credit Union at 3318 Hardy Street. Please refer to savings account 43704.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Dr. Ben McIlwain at or 601.266.6103.


Thank you to Phi Mu Alpha for helping with this effort.

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Featured Events

Each year during February, high school students from throughout the southeastern United States convene on The University of Southern Mississippi campus to enjoy an inspiring, music-filled weekend.
Prism Concert
7 February 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Thad Cochran Center
Tickets available by calling 601.266.4990.

Symphonic Winds
8 February 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Bennett Auditorium

Wind Ensemble
9 February 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Bennett Auditorium

All-South Honor Band
10 February 2013, 1 p.m.
Bennett Auditorium

Sweeney Todd Logo
February 28-March 2, 7:30 P.M.
March 3, 2 P.M.
A litle fun from the cast of Sweeney Todd!
A little fun from the cast of Sweeney Todd!

Concerts and Events

Nicholas Ciraldo, guitar
5 February 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Marsh Auditorium

The School of Music presents hundreds of recital and concerts annually. For a complete listing, click the calendar link to the left.  

The College of Arts and Letters, Southern Miss School of Music, and Honors Forum will host New Orleans music legend Doreen Ketchens on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Thad Cochran Center Ballroom I. Doreen Ketchens

   Ketchens will make a presentation which will last about an hour. After a short break, she will perform. 

Ketchens has been called "Queen Clarinet," "the female Louis Armstrong," and "Lady Louie" by critics. She has performed for four United States presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

   Ketchens is the leader of Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, which can be heard and enjoyed on weekends (with the exception of June, July and August) in the heart of the French Quarter. The group includes Ketchens' husband, Lawrence, who plays the tuba, valve trombone and piano and arranges the group's music. The newest addition to the group is Dorian Ketchens-Dixon, Ketchens' daughter, who plays the drums. 

    Doreen's Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the United States around the world, performing in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and the United States. They also regularly perform in schools around the world, educating students of all languages and spreading the culture and music of New Orleans.

Dr. Mohamad Schuman
recently served as the Gold Band Clinician for the East Central Community College Honor Band.  The clinic had students from approximately 12 area high schools. 

Amanda Ray (USM:BM '13), Patrick Richards (USM:DMA '12) and Dr. Heidi Lucas recently recorded the "Carl Fischer Publications 2013 New Music Sampler" with the Tradewinds Recording Ensemble in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Kim Woolly, bassoon, was invited to perform and give a masterclass as a guest artist at the University of Memphis Double Reed Festival on January 26th. She performed on a recital with bassoonists Benjamin Coelho and Lecolion Washington and oboist Mark Ostoich. In addition, Dr. Woolly worked with students from middle school through doctoral level on topics including reed-making, performance anxiety and bassoon technique.

Dr. Heidi Lucas recently completed a tour of Arizona State University and the University of Nevada-Reno. While in residence at both institutions, Dr. Lucas gave master-classes, lectures on "Dealing with Performance Anxiety", and recitals.

Dr. Danilo Mezzadri recently performed a recital featuring music from his upcoming CD and gave a masterclass at the University of Idaho on Jan 31st through Feb 1st.


Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo was recently reviewed in Soundboard Magazine for his one of a kind CD, Coming of Age, a disc focusing on the works of J.S.Bach, Sor, Moreno Torroba, and Brouwer. In the article, Ciraldo praised for "perfect control, dynamics, articulation and tone" in pieces that rarely get played correctly. The article goes on and speaks of the beauty of Ciraldo's musicianship noting, "Ciraldo gives each movement a fine performance."