Departmental News

June 18, 2018

Dr. Anthony B. Kirkland, trumpet, will make a presentation at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami, FL, in July of 2019.  The presentation will feature audition tips from his book Wind Band Excerpts for Trumpet and Cornet.


June 6, 2018

MSU faculty member Jason Baker teach and perform at the Sam Houston State University Percussion Academy in Huntsville, TX from June 18-21. In addition to teaching masterclasses and coaching chamber music, Jason will premiere two new works for marimba that he commissioned: Warren Ertle’s “Framing Silence” and Jason Bahr’s “Two Children’s Portraits.” This is Jason’s fifth summer teaching at SHSU...


June 6, 2018

MSU percussion student David Jenkins will attend the University of North Texas Keyboard Percussion Symposium in Denton, TX from June 11-15. David will study with faculty members and perform in solo student recitals. Faculty for this year’s symposium are Christopher Deane, Brian Zator, Ed Smith, Michael Burritt, Ji-Jye Jung, and Sandi Rennick.


summer 18

June 1, 2018

Seen in this photo with Dr. Damm are students enrolled in his Research in Music Education course.  This summer marks the first offerings of the Music Department’s new graduate degree.  The program is designed to fit into the busy lives of current music teachers.  It is a 32-hour degree consisting of a 14-hour core, 8 hours in the concentration and 10 hours of electives. The M.M.E. is designed to...


May 12, 2018

Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination - Preliminary InformationThe Mississippi State University Music Department will offer the three component tests of the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Monday, August 20, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m., for incoming transfer students who have successfully completed at least three (3) semesters of music theory and...


fiesta

April 10, 2018

The International Fiesta, sponsored by the World Neighbors Association and the MSU Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, took place on the MSU drill field on April 7th.  The annual fiesta is a day filled with traditional clothing, cultural displays, music, dance, and cuisine from around the world.  Jembe Den, an African percussion ensemble comprised of Dr. Bob’s students, led the parade of flags of...


April 10, 2018

The Mississippi State University Percussion Ensemble will be joining with students from Delta State University to give two performances of Edgard Varese’s “Ionisation.” Performances will occur Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 in the MSU Band Hall and Monday, April 16 at DSU. “Ionisation” was composed in 1931 and is considered to be the first work for Western concert percussion ensemble. MSU Percussion...


Bob on the gyil

April 5, 2018

Dr. Robert J. Damm was featured on “The Mississippi Arts Hour,” a weekly arts interview show that showcases creative Mississippians.  The program was directed by Larry Morrisey, Deputy Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, and played on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB FM and digital radio networks) on April 1st.  The show features interviews with Mississippi artists, musicians,...


April 4, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Elva Kaye Lance, Mississippi State’s nationally recognized director of bands, is receiving another major professional accolade. Lance is among 13 recently elected to membership in the historic American Bandmasters Association, one of the highest recognitions of its kind. An alumna of the university’s College of Education, she has led the Famous Maroon Band and associated groups...


Wellness Day Photo

March 29, 2018

Dr. Bob facilitated an open drum circle on the MSU drill field in celebration of Wellness Day on March 28. The event was a collaboration between the Department of Health Promotion & Wellness, Student Counseling Services, University Recreation, and the Music Department.  The event was organized by Kim Kavalsky, coordinator of mental health outreach in the MSU Department of Health Promotion and...


Baba Asante

March 20, 2018

Baba Asante Nalls presented a djembe workshop on the campus of Mississippi State University on March 17.  Baba has a long history of learning from many djembefolas including Abdouli Diakité, Chief Hawthorne Bey, Ladje Camara, Mor Thiam, and Adama Drame.  Baba previously worked as a West African drummer in Chicago with the Muntu Dance Theatre, the Alyo Children’s Dance Theatre, Ballet Jiki and...


Durham in UK

March 17, 2018

James Sobaskie lectured on the music of Gabriel Fauré before undergraduate and graduate student audiences at the University of Oxford and at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Sobaskie also co-led a two-hour professional development session at Durham for graduate students and early career scholars in a range of arts and humanities disciplines called "Across The Pond," an event held...


Black History Month

March 6, 2018

JEMBE DEN presented three performances on February 21st in West Point in recognition of Black History Month.  The program for the pre-school and kindergarten students at Eastside Elementary School was arranged by music teacher Rebecca DeSantis.  Eastside Elementary has four pre-K classes and 12 kindergarten classes with a total enrollment of 270 students.  The programs for third and fourth grade...


JSU African Symposium

March 1, 2018

Dr. Robert J. Damm was a featured speaker and drum circle facilitator for the inaugural AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE Symposium at Jackson State University on February 24th.  The program was hosted by interim JSU music department head, Dr. Lisa Beckley-Roberts.  Dr. Damm served on a panel discussion entitled “Africana Music and Healing” which was moderated by Dr. David Okombo, JSU Assistant Professor...


suor angelica

February 21, 2018

Drs. Roza Tulyaganova and Jeanette Fontaine, on behalf of the MSU Opera Workshop, were awarded $5,000 in Criss Trust funds to put on a production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica in Spring 2019.  Suor Angelica tells the story of Sister Angelica, a young woman who has become a nun at the insistence of her family.  She suffers a crisis of faith due to many personal tragedies, but ultimately finds...


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