9 March 2015  

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Upcoming Events

Faculty Artist Series presents
Accento Trio
Susan Ruggiero, voice; Danilo Mezzadri, flute; Elizabeth Moak, piano
17 March 2015, 6 p.m.
Marsh Auditorium

Guest Artist Series presents
Espen Lilleslatten, violin; Michael Gurt, piano
17 March 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Marsh Auditorium

Saxophone Day Recital
21 March 2015 , 9-11 a.m.
Intermezzo @ Wood Gallery

Notable News 
Emily Pence, a Music Eduction PhD student, will have a research article published in the
scholarly journal , Research Perspectives in Music Education (RPME). The RPME is a peer-reviewed research journal that promotes all areas of research in music education. The research is titled: Rapid Success in Beginning Performing Arts Teachers: A Pilot Study. Emily's research was supervised by Dr. Mark Waymire, Assistant Professor of Music Education.

Two students of Dr. Jackie McIlwain placed in the MMTA solo competitions held last weekend: Alexis Fong won first place in the Graduate Solo Division and Michael Hayden won second place in the Undergraduate Solo Division.

On February 21st, Dr. Jackie McIlwain hosted the annual Southern Miss Clarinet Day. The guest artist was Frank Kowalsky, recently retired Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University, who taught a master class, reed workshop, and performed an inspirational recital. The event attracted clarinetists from around the region. Every member of the Southern Miss Clarinet Studio performed at the event, either in a master class, chamber work, or in the Southern Miss Clarinet Choir. Those who performed in Dr. Kowalsky's master class include Michael Hayden, Mike Gruetzner, Mike Sanchez, and Garrick Pitts.

Dr. Gregory Fuller, Dr. Webb Parker and Dr. John Flanery all recently returned from the National American Choral Directors Association Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. All three participated in sessions, attended concerts, and were present for many other activities. Dr. Flanery had one of his pieces in his choral series represented in the Colla Voce Reading Session. They all attended two performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well.

The Spirit of Southern recently performed  at The Claiborne Retirement Community in Hattiesburg. The guys were featured on an afternoon program for many of the residents. 

Mr. Lawrence Panella recorded this past summer with the Mike Waldrop Big Band for his new CD project on Origin records. The album entitled "Time Within Itself" is a compilation of originals composed by Dr. Michael Waldrop of the University of Eastern Washington and arranged by Dr. Jack Cooper of the University of Memphis. The album is now available here, on iTunes, on CD Baby, as well as the Origin Records website.

Karis Tucker has been accepted to Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Opera Studio for summer of 2015. She is  a student of Dr. Maryann Kyle.   


Grace Claire Cordes has been cast as Susannah in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Operafestival di Roma summer apprentice program for the summer of 2015. She is  a student of Dr. Maryann Kyle.  


Rachel Alexander has been cast as Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Operafestival di Roma summer apprentice program for the summer of 2015. She is  a student of Dr. Maryann Kyle.


Myka Murphy has been cast as La Badessa and will cover the role of Principessa in the opera Suor Angelica with the Operafestival di Roma summer apprentice program for the summer of 2015. He is  a student of Dr. Maryann Kyle.

Congratulations to bassoon student Melanie Ferrabone for winning the woodwind division of the MMTA Collegiate Competition on Saturday, February 28th. Melanie is a student of Dr. Kim Woolly.

The Southern Miss Bassoon Studio was thrilled to welcome bassoonist Matthew Morris (Ohio University) to campus on Tuesday, March 3rd. He gave a master class for bassoon students and performed as part of the Athenia Chamber Ensemble with fellow faculty members, Alison Brown Sincoff, flute, and Michele Fiala, oboe.

During the first week in March, Dr. Machado taught and performed in Kansas at Pittsburg State University's String Madness Workshop with students from Brazil, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Special Offer 

The School of Music is pleased to offer a free Music Appreciation class to the general public. Classes will be held on Wednesday nights from  6:30pm to 8:00pm  in FAB 114C. We will begin on  March 4  and continue weekly through  April 29 . (Please note that we will not have class on  March 11  due to Spring Break.) 

If you have any questions, please contact Ed Hafer at . We look forward to seeing you in class!
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