Departmental News

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...


wsir

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 (https://sfmusicologie.fr/publication/tome-1051).  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...


January 31, 2019

MSU faculty member Jason Baker will give a solo marimba performance on Tuesday, February 5 at the Boston Conservatory. He will present “Framing Silence,” a three-movement work by Mississippi native and Boston Conservatory graduate student Warren Ertle, as part of a concert of new music by student composers. Jason commissioned this piece in 2018 as part of his current project dedicated to young...


January 22, 2019

The MSU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jason Baker, will perform an hour-long feature concert at the Mississippi Day of Percussion on Saturday, January 26 at Hinds Community College in Raymond. The program consists of works for contemporary chamber ensemble by William Duckworth, Christopher Deane, Rachel C. Walker, Askell Masson, Steven Snowden, and Michael Laurello. The event is...


January 21, 2019

James William Sobaskie, associate professor of music at Mississippi State University, co-edited and contributed to a new collection of invited essays called Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (https://boydellandbrewer.com/drama-in-the-music-of-franz-schubert-hb.html), which has been published in the United...


January 4, 2019

Jason Baker, Associate Professor of Percussion at MSU, has published a new book, “33 Elementary Etudes for Timpani,” with Honey Rock Publications. This collection features etudes for 2, 3, and 4 drums and uses techniques, tunings, rhythms, and meters typically found in student-level solo, band, orchestra, and percussion ensemble music – making it appropriate for a wide range of students, from...


October 30, 2018

Dr. Anthony Kirkland, Assistant Professor of Trumpet at MSU, performed and presented masterclasses at the Florida State University College of Music on October 21st and 22nd.  He also visited students and presented brass and career oriented classes at ABAC College in Tifton, Georgia, on October 23rd.  Dr. Kirkland is currently principal trumpet of the MSU-Starkville Symphony, and since coming to...


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...


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