Departmental News

September 18, 2019

Associate Professor Jason Baker will give a solo marimba recital on the Nisita Concert Series in Fort Myers, FL on September 24. He will perform works by Clifton Taylor, Warren Ertle, Jason Bahr, and give the world premiere of “McKenzie River Ferns” by Shandy Phillips, in addition to performing several of his own arrangements for the instrument. Jason’s performance is funded by Yamaha, Innovative...

Texas Wesleyan University

September 11, 2019

Steinway Artist and Department of Music faculty member Dr. Rosangela Sebba spent several days in early September as artist-in-residence at Texas Wesleyan University on Ft. Worth, Texas. While on campus, she taught two masterclasses (for both pre-college and college students), held a Q&A session, and gave a solo recital.

New Music Building

August 27, 2019

  The beautiful sounds of music now fill the south end of campus once again, as the Department of Music has begun a new school year. Within the department, no project is generating more excitement this year than the new music building.  The groundbreaking for this new facility is scheduled for November of this year, with classes set to begin in the Fall of 2021. The building will hold new studios...

Conn Selmer Clinic

August 24, 2019

  A Mississippi native and graduate of the Mississippi State University Department of Music returned to her home state this weekend (August 23-24) to host two clinics for new and future teachers. Dr. Nola Jones, Southeast Director of Education for the Conn-...

Rose and Kathy

August 1, 2019

  The MSU Department of Music recently recieved a new second concert grand piano donated by alumnus Kathy Olsen (pictured with Rose Sebba and Kathy's husband, Bob Olsen). The music department now has 11 Steinway pianos and will finalize the Steinway Initiative in the next two years. To learn more about the project, watch this...

July 22, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Musicianship, leadership and service is the motto of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. An associate professor in Mississippi State’s Department of Music who exhibits those same characteristics is being honored by the organization in a special way. Craig Aarhus, the university’s senior associate director of bands, now is namesake of the Sponsor/Band Director...

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. 

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