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Three-time champion Brian Holland is set to perform in Friday’s livestreamed event hosted by the the Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival. Submitted photo

Old-Time Piano Champions Set for Livestreamed Performance

Virtual ‘Parade of Champions’ available free Friday evening JULY 9, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Seven champion old-time piano players will perform gems from early American music in a free online concert, slated for 7 p.m. Friday (July 10). “Old-time piano” includes ragtime, blues and early jazz – all American forms of piano playing that […]

Ryan Miller

CME Director Sharing Musical Skills in Virtual Concert

Ryan Miller to appear in Leadership Mississippi ‘Conquering COVID Through Music’ JUNE 30, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi staff member whose guitar and vocal talents have made him popular on social media is among four Leadership Mississippi alumni performing in a virtual concert set for Thursday (July 2). Ryan Miller, associate […]

Nancy Maria Balach (left) and Brady Bramlett have recorded a session on enhancing degree programs in music to expand career opportunities for graduates. The session airs June 27 during the virtual National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Musical Team Shares Experience, Solutions with National Audience

Duo behind Living Music Resource tackles tough questions JUNE 11, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Voice teachers, singers, music educators and others around the country will tune in later this month to hear two University of Mississippi professionals discuss thinking differently – and more effectively – about training young musicians for a full, varied career […]

UM music professor Thomas Peattie presents at the 2019 Gustav Mahler Music Weeks, an annual festival in the town of Dobbiaco, Italy, that features a mixture of concerts and scholarly events. Photo courtesy Max Verdoes

Musicologist Named to Prestigious Mahler Research Center

Thomas Peattie is the only North American scholar appointed MAY 13, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS A longtime fascination with composer Gustav Mahler was rewarded recently when University of Mississippi music professor Thomas Peattie was among 10 scholars from seven countries invited to serve on the board of the new Gustav Mahler Research Center in […]

Donald Trott is sharing a career’s worth of experience in his new book, ‘Conducting Men’s Choirs.’ Photo by Marlee Crawford/Ole Miss

Trott Puts Years of Experience into Book

Director of UM Choirs creates essential guide for choral conductors MAY 3, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Donald Trott’s new book is full of information and resources, and his ability to curate and share it results from his long career directing choirs of all kinds. It’s wisdom he wishes he’d had in his early years. […]

UM music professor Micah Everett plays several instruments for his arrangement of ‘Rolling Thunder’ that is part of the department’s ‘Midday Music’ online series.

Music Department Embraces Mission in New Ways

Online series and events continue to deliver music experiences APRIL 28, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS The Department of Music at the University of Mississippi is finding new ways to advance its mission to teach and share music. “In the days of COVID-19, we’re developing new strategies to connect with our students and our community,” […]

The UM Summer College for High School Students will offer a variety of online learning and networking opportunities to allow rising 11th and 12th graders to earn college credit and discover more about potential career paths. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss

Summer Programs for High School Students Move Online

Academic, leadership and networking opportunities available through revamped offerings APRIL 22, 2020 BY PAM STARLING Summer vacation and activities will look different this year for high school students around the country. Despite the postponement of traditional summer camps and programs, the University of Mississippi is providing opportunities and scholarships for rising 11th and 12th graders […]

Ricky Salazar (left), a UM master’s student in music, and undergraduate music students Jesse Gibens and Quayshun Shumpert wrap up performance as part of a master class earlier this year as Nancy Maria Balach, interim chair of music, applauds. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

Music Major Advantage Scholarship Program Goes Online

UM department keeps engaging with prospective students MARCH 31, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Faculty and staff members in the University of Mississippi Department of Music understand that connecting with students is more vital now than ever, so the department is moving its Music Major Advantage Weekend, set for Friday-Sunday (April 3-5), to an online […]

Fifth Annual TEDx Event Set for Feb. 29

Experts on politics, heart disease prevention, music and more to speak at Ford Center February 24, 2020 by Meredith Foster The fifth annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference is slated for Saturday (Feb. 29) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, bringing together a diverse group of speakers on topics such as politics, race in […]

UM instructor Christine Kralik is to perform a cello recital Monday evening (Feb. 24) in Nutt Auditorium. Submitted photo

Cellist to Perform Monday in Nutt Auditorium

UM program features solo works for cello as well as pieces that include piano, flute February 21, 2020 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Christine Kralik will perform music by some of her favorite composers during her recital for cello at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 24) in Nutt Auditorium at the University of Mississippi. “As a cellist, […]