Departmental News

Theory UDPE

May 26, 2023

Following longstanding tradition, the MSU Department of Music will offer the written theory, aural dictation, and musicianship skills tests of the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Monday, August 14, 2023, starting at 8:30 a.m., in Room 1140 of the Music Building. Incoming transfer students who have successfully completed at least three (3) semesters of accredited music...


May 22, 2023

The piano area is proud to announce the accomplishment of three piano majors: Kindal Gammill, Desmond Henderson and Nathan Shelton. The Music Teachers National Association e-Journal, a peer-reviewed research-oriented online publication, selected their poster presentation to be included in their magazine. The poster, “The Pedagogical Piano Works of William Grant Still", was presented at the 2023...

Chamber Music Recital by Latin American Composers

May 11, 2023

Sheri Falcone, clarinet; Denise Rowan, bassoon and Rosangela Sebba, piano will collaborate with University of Alabama professor Rachel Frederiksen, bassoon in performances of Chamber Music Works by Underrepresented Latin American Composers. Both performances are free to the audience and will happen at UA on Tuesday, May 9th at 5:30pm in the Moody Music Building Concert Hall and Thursday, May 11th...

Student Composers

April 30, 2023

New music dominated at the Student Composers Concert  held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, in the MSU Department of Music Lecture-Recital Hall. Six works, composed by five Music Theory IV class members, appeared on the program. Reminiscence, by Savery Goodwin, was interpreted by oboist Madeleine Lee. From Where the Sun Sets, by Wade Parker, featured flutist Shelby Werneth and pianist Kindal Gammill...


April 26, 2023

Once a month Mississippi State University in partnership with Brazil, Portugal and Colombia presents a podcast/interview. This Friday, April 28, our broadcast starts at 3PM Mississippi, 3PM Colombia and New York, 5PM Brazil and 8PM Portugal. You can watch at The Piano and Its Perspectives is a...

April 13, 2023

Bachelor of Music Education students Bryan Nguyen and Kathryn McArthur gave presentations at Mississippi State University’s Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium, which was held at Colvard Student Union on April 13, 2023. Bryan Nguyen, who studies trumpet with Professor Anthony Kirkland, offered the presentation, “Insight into a Composer’s Process – ‘Hymn for the Northern Waters,’” before...


March 31, 2023

Two piano professors, Dr. Jenna Klein - Assistant Piano Professor, and Dr. Rosangela Sebba, Professor of Piano, presented at the Music Teachers National Association Conference in Reno-Nevada, together with three undergraduate students: Nathan Shelton, Freshman; Kindal Gammill, Junior; and Desmond Henderson, Senior in piano. The common topic between the three presentations were pedagogical piano...

Luke Deaton

March 29, 2023

Freshman music major hornist Luke Deaton won First Prize in the Music Teachers National Association National Round Senior Brass Competition which included a cash award of $2,000. He is a student of Dr. Matthew Haislip.

Piano Auction

March 7, 2023

    Mississippi State University Department of Music is auctioning several grand pianos from its first inventory. For more information please go to GovDeals at:

MTNA Christmas Concert

November 30, 2022

The Mississippi State University chapter of the Music Teachers National Association will perform a Christmas Benefit Concert on Saturday, December 10th at 3:00pm. The concert will be in the Department of Music Lecture-Recital Hall (124 Hardy Rd.) and will be followed by a bake sale.  The concert will feature a variety of Christmas favorites for solo piano and piano duet. Performers include Kindal...


October 30, 2022

Mississippi State University music theory professor James Sobaskie gave two invited lectures at the Louisiana State University’s School of Music. On October 27, 2022, Dr. Sobaskie addressed the School of Music’s graduate musicology seminar, “Franz Schubert: Inside, Out,” providing a research presentation called “The Social and the Sacred: Schubert’s Waltzes and Church Music.” On the following day...

UDPE Theory

October 23, 2022

MSU music majors who are not currently in Music Theory III and/or Ear Training III, but need to re-take one or more of the Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination test components at the end of the Fall semester, should contact Dr. James Sobaskie by email ( as soon as possible for more information to get...

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October 16, 2022

Mississippi State University Music Theory professor James Sobaskie provided the keynote address for the Twelfth Annual Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium, held on Saturday, October 15, 2022. The online symposium, organized by graduate music students at the University of Florida, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia, featured graduate music student researchers from...


October 12, 2022

Nirdosh Shaunak, long-time resident of Starkville who grew up in India, visited students enrolled in World Music class on October 11th to demonstrate her sitar.  Nirdosh first studied dance as a child. but after a bicycle accident, switched to sitar which she studied for 20 years.  She played her sitar for the students and answered questions about Indian music and culture.  Topics of the day...

Courtney Cater

October 8, 2022

The late Mrs. Lois Kaufman’s instrument collection is now installed and enriching courses in the music department at Mississippi State University, thanks to collaboration between Dr. Robert J. Damm, professor of music, and David Nolen, professor and associate editor/reference librarian with the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. Kaufman’s instrument collection was housed in the Mitchell...

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