Departmental News

July 18, 2019

Associate Professor Jason Baker has been awarded a grant by the Mississippi Arts Commission to assist in programming a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale) at MSU in the spring of 2020. Composed in 1918, it is considered a cornerstone of 20th century concert repertoire. This performance will include Jeanette Fontaine (narrator), Barry Kopetz (conductor),...

July 17, 2019

The MSU Music Department will offer the three component tests of the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Monday, August 19, 2019, 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...

Rosa Sebba poster

July 14, 2019

Dr. Sebba gave masterclasses in Brazil on May 24 and June 17 in Spain for teachers and students at Lilian Centro de Música in Goiânia - Brazil and Conservatório Superior de Music in Vigo - Spain. She also gave concerts in Goiânia - May 29, Lisbon - June 11, Coimbra - June 14, and Vigo - June 17.

Jim Beaty

June 23, 2019

Jim Beaty, of BACKSTAGE MUSIC in Starkville, presented his AUDIO WORKSHOP 101 on June 14th for the students enrolled in MUE 8033: Current Topics. He talked about the audio chain which includes inputs (microphones), mixing (volume, tone), processing (equalization, compression, reverb, effects, etc.), power amplifiers, and speakers.  He explained the differences between condenser and dynamic...


June 19, 2019

Dr. Bob facilitated a drum circle on June 13th for 80 students attending the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.  Students attending the program were from throughout the United States as well as Thailand and Kazakhstan.  The drum circle program was used as an ice-breaker for the students, to celebrate diversity, and to foster community...

May 26, 2019

Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination and Piano Proficiency Examination: Preliminary Information The MSU Music Department will offer the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Monday, August 19, 2019, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Composed of three component tests – written theory, musicianship skills, aural dictation – the Music Theory UDPE is an MSU music major degree...

drill field

April 26, 2019

Mississippi State's Department of Health Promotion and Wellness and the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center sponsored a free study break event for students on Wednesday, April 24 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm).  A drum circle facilitated by Dr. Bob of the Music Department, refreshments, and various fun activities which promote a healthy lifestyle were provided. Drumming has long been used in communities for...

Noxubee Refuge

April 22, 2019

Dr. Bob facilitated an Earth Day Drum Circle at the Noxubee Refuge on Saturday, April 20th.  Earth Day (April 22), as part of the modern environmental movement, officially began in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2019 is “Protect Our Endangered Species.”  All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered...

April 11, 2019

Five music majors: Michaela DuBose-Schmitt, piano (minor); Jeonai Batista, piano; Leah Boyd, piano; Payton Tanner, soprano and Daniel Rorabaugh, clarinet will be performing at the 12th College of Education Research Forum. Their performance will be from 1:00-1:30 and will include works by Franz Liszt, Francis Poulenc and Franz Schubert. 

April 8, 2019

MSU Music Education students David Jenkins, Carlos Kemp, Jared Potter, and Romar Sillo will give be giving lecture performances on Steve Reich’s “Drumming - Part 1” at the MSU College of Education Research Forum on Friday, April 12 and the MSU Honors College Undergraduate Research Forum on Monday, April 15. The students’ presentation discusses the history and construction of the work, in addition...

April 7, 2019

Music Education Student Composes Score for Theatre MSU’s “The Tempest” Eli Denson, first-year BME student and guitarist, composed the score for Theatre MSU’s “The Tempest,” whose performances run from April 11 to April 13, 2019 in McComas Hall under the direction of Tim Matheny.  For this production of William Shakespeare’s play, reimagined and set in the 1930’s with a strong influence from the...


February 20, 2019

Charles Wsir Johnson joined Dr. Bob and Jembe Den for Black History Month performances on February 8th in Starkville, West Point, and Columbus.  Wsir, who now lives in Okolona (MS), is a story-teller and musician.  Wsir, Dr.Bob, and the Jembe Den African drum ensemble performed concerts at the Starkville Academy, East Side Elementary School (West Point), and the Rosenzweig Arts Center (Columbus...

February 18, 2019

James Sobaskie profiled  Gabriel Fauré: Correspondance, suivie de Lettres à Madame H. in the current issue of Revue de Musicologie (  This book review represents Dr. Sobaskie’s  third French-language publication on the composer.

poetry song

February 4, 2019

Dr. Hargrove gave a pre-program talk on Febrary 4th to the voice area student and faculty performers who will all be presenting the 12th annual Poetry and Song Program, aptly entitled ‘Sara & Billy & Richard & Oscar:  America’s Got Talent!’  This lecture recital will take place on Feb. 12th in the Old Main Auditorium at 7:30 pm and centers on the life, works and song settings of...

Michael with Bob Damm

February 2, 2019

Michael Taylor was in the Golden Triangle for a one-week residency dedicated to African drumming.  Taylor is the director of the Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy – Chicago.  He has studied in Africa and America with a number of expert djembe and dunun players including Grand Master Mamady Keita and Grand Master Famoudou Konate.  While in Mississippi for the week of January 13th, Taylor provided...

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