Departmental News

sitar

October 18, 2018

Nirdosh Shaunak visited students enrolled in World Music class to play the sitar and to talk about the music and culture of India. She spoke about Hinduism and explained concepts of Carnatic music such as drone, swara, alapna, raga and tala. She also discussed many aspects of Indian culture including how gurus pass down knowledge to their disciples and the role of women in society. She gave...


September 4, 2018

James William Sobaskie, associate professor of music at Mississippi State University, contributed original research to a recent publication. Dr. Sobaskie’s chapter, “Chopin’s Legacy in France: The Music of Gabriel Fauré,” which originated as a presentation delivered at the University of Warsaw during the international celebration of Chopin’s bicentennial in 2010, appears in the two-volume...


September 4, 2018

Associate Professor of Music Jason Baker has been invited to present a masterclass to the Percussion Department at the University of North Texas on Friday, September 14. He will be presenting a talk titled, “Economics and Imagination for Snare Drum: Or How to Build Your Own Atomic Submarine” and performing several of his compositions for the instrument. Jason is an alumnus of UNT (DMA, 2004) and...


August 24, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s 115-year-old Famous Maroon Band is among beloved traditions that make the gameday atmosphere at Davis Wade Stadium an unforgettable experience. As Bulldog fans “bring the ring” this season, 414 members of the largest college band in university history and in the state will be bringing an even bigger beat. Part of...


August 8, 2018

MSU student David Jenkins will travel to New York City to compete in the 2018 New York International Percussion Competition at NYU on August 22-24, 2018. David will being performing "Reflections on the Nature of Water" (Druckman) and "Etude for a Quiet Hall" (Deane) on marimba, "Saeta" (Carter) and "Soundings" (Engelsrud) on timpani, and "Prim" (Masson) and "Etude No. 9" (Delecluse) on concert...


August 6, 2018

Jason Baker, Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at MSU, will be traveling to Recife, Brazil to perform and teach at the Encontro Percussivo Festival, held at the Federal University of Pernambuco from August 14-21, 2018. Jason will be giving a series of masterclasses and performing an evening concert that will feature solo works for marimba that he recently commissioned. His appearance at...


July 16, 2018

The MSU Music Department will offer the three component tests of the Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination on Monday, August 20, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Incoming transfer students who have successfully completed at least three (3) semesters of music theory and ear training courses, and current MSU music majors who have successfully completed at least three semesters of music...


World Drumming Course

June 22, 2018

The MSU Music Department’s Master of Music Education program includes a World Drumming class.  This course, taught by Professor Robert Damm, is an introduction to drum techniques, rhythms, and performance practices of selected world drumming traditions.  Students in the 2018 program played West African jembes, Middle Eastern hand drums, Peruvian cajones, Japanese taiko, steel pans of Trinidad,...


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...


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