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Isaiah Traylor returns a hat to Emma Johnson in a promotional poster for opera performance Light in the Piazza

‘Light in the Piazza’ Gives Students ‘Full Professional Experience’

Rehearsals are in full swing and tickets on sale for highly anticipated UM Opera Theatre production October 8, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins The upcoming University of Mississippi Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza” does not take the stage at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts until mid-November, but it’s already full steam ahead for […]


Grammy Winners Highlight 2021-22 Ford Center Season

Slate also includes theater, jazz, blues and classical performances September 2, 2021 BY Edwin B. Smith Grammy Award-winning classical and pop acts highlight the 2021-22 season of performances scheduled at the University of Mississippi‘s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The fall 2021 schedule opens Sept. 14 with the world premiere of the multimedia experience “Voices […]


‘Voices of Mississippi’ Debuts Sept. 14 at Ford Center

World premiere of multimedia event features historian Bill Ferris, area blues and gospel musicians September 9, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith The world premiere of “Voices of Mississippi,” a multimedia production chronicling some of Mississippi’s most iconic people and art, will kick off the 2021-22 performance season at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the […]


Symposium Refreshes Renaissance Music Performance

Online series include performances of the period’s music June 23, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins When art lovers consider the visual art of the Renaissance, they may think of elevated expression, vibrant color, innovation and perspective. When they consider the music of the period, however, it can be a very different story, noted choral director […]


A Whole New Kind of Fight Song

Singer Haley Tyrrell puts music to work for healing and encouragement May 6, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Sometimes, the most rewarding journeys can’t be planned; instead, they take direction from opportunities and experiences that come up along the way. So it has been for senior Haley Tyrrell, whose journey began in Ridgewood, New Jersey, […]


Adrienne Park, UM instructor of piano, prepares for a recent performance of ‘Lily of the Valley,’ a piano prelude she commissioned from composer Stephanie Ann Boyd. Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Music Faculty Widen the Musical Canon by Commissioning New Works

Projects bring female voices, ideas and compositions to audiences April 21, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Commissioning a new work of music is one of the most optimistic, creative things a musician can do. She enters into a relationship with the composer as the piece is created and works from a more deeply personal place […]


Graduate student Jiaxuan Zhu (right) rehearses a scene with senior John Michael Walker, of Olive Branch, during preparations for the UM Opera Theatre’s spring production, ‘From the Met to Broadway and Back Again.’ The production is slated for two performances this weekend at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Maddi Jolley

UM Opera Theatre Presents Fresh Approaches to Two Classics

Each show includes a condensed opera and selected scenes April 16, 2021 by Maddi Jolley “From the Met to Broadway and Back Again” is more than just an invitation. It is an opportunity for anyone craving a unique and unexpected live music and theater experience. For the first time, the University of Mississippi Opera Theatre’s […]


Prelude to Dawn (2021)

Bruce Levingston’s New Album Inspires Hope Amid Darkness

UM artist-in-residence’s acclaimed recordings surpass 3.5 million streams April 8, 2021 By JB Clark This past year of uncertainty and stress has caused many to seek answers and inspiration in the familiar. For internationally renowned pianist Bruce Levingston, these difficult times drew him closer than ever to his music. Amid the pandemic, Levingston, the Chancellor’s […]


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2021 Black History Month Concert Video

The University of Mississippi celebrates the African American spirit and experience in the Black History Month Concert.


UM music professor Adam Estes (front right) coaches the Ole Miss Reed Quintet between takes of a recording session in Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Lynn Adams Wilkins/Department of Music

Podcast Gets Inside the UM Music Studio Experience

Studios accelerate learning through skill development, performance and mentorship March 13, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Music students at the University of Mississippi have a range of opportunities, with ensembles, recitals, classes and extracurricular projects to keep them busy. But at the heart of their time at UM, and what keeps them grounded and progressing […]