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Brooke P. Alexander, a UM graduate and visiting assistant professor of art and art history at the university, created the cover art for Bruce Levingston’s new album.

Acclaim for UM Pianist Draws Worldwide Attention to State, University

New album, London concerts mark notable start of 2019 for Levingston FEBRUARY 18, 2019 BY JONATHAN SCOTT The month of January brought positive attention to the University of Mississippi and the state as Bruce Levingston, internationally renowned concert pianist and holder of UM’s Fant Chair and Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence, received acclaim for his latest album, “Citizen,” […]


University Sets Annual Black History Month Observances

Keynote addresses by renowned authors Tim Wise and Joy DeGruy highlight events JANUARY 31, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two internationally renowned educators are the keynote speakers for annual Black History Month observances at the University of Mississippi. Tim Wise, a critically acclaimed antiracist essayist, and Joy DeGruy, a respected researcher and author, will deliver […]


Amanda Johnston, UM associate professor of music, is set to perform songs of love with mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland on Tuesday (Jan. 29) at Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Robert Jordan

Faculty Pianist and Guest Mezzo-soprano to Perform Songs of Love

Longtime collaborators launch tri-city tour Jan. 29 on campus JANUARY 25, 2019 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Valentine’s Day may not be until Feb. 14, but pianist Amanda Johnston and mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland will perform a program all about love, entitled “Mots d’amour,” or “Words of Love,” Jan. 29 at the University of Mississippi. “We’re performing […]


Rebecca Cohen and Darrick Stribling Jr. banter during their audition for Thacker Jr. They are among the hosts for this year’s show, which airs live from Nutt Auditorium at 6 p.m. Saturday.

‘Thacker Mountain Radio Hour’ Goes Junior

Kids’ version of iconic radio show features special guests and youth hosts, musicians JANUARY 24, 2019 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour,” a live radio show featuring literary and musical guests, is teaming up with the University of Mississippi’s Living Music Resource to produce an episode that is for – and, to a […]


Dr. Dor

Music Professor Receives Prestigious International Fellowship

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship supports George Dor’s work with Nigerian university DECEMBER 10, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT George Worlasi Kwasi Dor, a music professor at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to work with professors at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Dor, a […]


Duly Noted, the house band for the Living Music Resource, will perform Thursday evening as part of the cabaret competition at Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Thomas Graning

Cabaret Competition Set to Shake Up Nutt Auditorium

Thursday event will support Ignite campaign for Living Music Resource NOVEMBER 27, 2018 BY LYNN WILKINS The University of Mississippi’s Nutt Auditorium will dress herself appropriately to host a full-bore cabaret competition Thursday (Nov. 29) evening. “If you think you know what Nutt looks like, think again,” said event organizer Nancy Maria Balach, an Ole […]


The University of Mississippi’s Army ROTC reached its 100th year in 2018. Pictured: Army ROTC cadets ruck march down UM’s South Campus Trails in 2017. Photo by Kevin Bain

Ole Miss Army ROTC Turns 100

Storied program continues to teach vital lessons, prepare future leaders NOVEMBER 9, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM This year marks the 100th anniversary of the University of Mississippi‘s Student Army Training Corps, which was formed while the nation was preparing future officers who would become part of the more than 2 million U.S. soldiers who fought in […]


UM alumnus and former band member Sumner Spradling has made the lead gift that will help begin construction of a new director's tower that will bear his name. Pictured are (from left) Matt Louis of Corinth, Mississippi, Ole Miss band director David Willson, Matt Smith of Flowood, Mississippi, donors Risa and Sumner Spradling, Wil Stacy of Southaven, Mississippi, Francena Sekul of Biloxi, Mississippi, UM development officer Ron Wilson, Richard Springer of Biloxi, and Max Warren .

Former UM Band Member’s Gift to Help Construct New Tower

AN UPPER-LEVEL GIFT NOVEMBER 8, 2018 BY ELLE SNODGRASS A gift to the University of Mississippi is expected to help take the Ole Miss band program to a new level — literally. Sumner Spradling of Greensboro, North Carolina, recently gave the university $100,000 to establish the Band Director’s Tower Fund, an account designed to support […]


The UM Living Music Resource team includes (from left) Carley Wilemon, Jesse Gibens, Nancy Maria Balach, Ava Street, Caitlin Richardson and Haley Tyrrell. Photo by Kevin Bain

Ignite Campaign Aims to Take Living Music Resource to Next Level

Innovative music program gives students experience, career edge NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS The goals of the Living Music Resource, a program of the University of Mississippi Department of Music, are not modest: to expand music education and training to include career preparation, community engagement, and technical and digital know-how, and to infuse […]


Concert Celebrates Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein

Son Alexander Bernstein and guest artists join the UM Chorus for ‘Bernstein at 100’ OCTOBER 31, 2018 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS The life and music of the legendary Leonard Bernstein will be celebrated with a concert of his music Tuesday (Nov. 6) at the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. […]