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M.M. student, Emily Clements

Lights, Camera, Action on the Las Vegas Opera Stage!

JANUARY 17, 2023 BY MARGARET SAVOIE FOR THE UM GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER NEWSLETTER This fall, Las Vegas enjoyed a taste of the creative talent within The University of Mississippi’s Master of Music (M.M.) program, and what it has to offer. Letters to Lily, written by M.M. student, Emily Clements, hit the Opera Las Vegas stage […]

UM Jazz Band

After 100 Years: Still Making a Joyful Noise

UM Jazz Ensemble celebrating centennial anniversary with Dec. 8 concert in Natchez DECEMBER 2, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH What do Reader’s Digest, the Lincoln Memorial and the University of Mississippi Jazz Ensemble have in common? They each turned 100 in 2022. The UM Jazz Ensemble will celebrate its centennial with a special performance Thursday […]

The 11th Oxford Blues Festival, set for Oct. 6-8, features two Grammy-nominated artists and four Ole Miss faculty members, as well as several other regional and national artists.

Oxford Blues Festival Highlights Local, Regional Talent

UM Professors, Local and National Artists to Perform at Blues Festival OCTOBER 3, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE When office hours are over, some professors don’t hit the books – they hit the stage. Four such University of Mississippi professors are among the 18 bands scheduled to play during the 11th Oxford Blues Festival, which runs […]

Pianist Bruce Levingston is set to perform Sept. 22 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the creation of the University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts. Photo by Michael Poliza

Dawn of New Era in the Arts at the University

New institute shines a light on creative arts on campus and beyond SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT Pianist Bruce Levingston and special guest artists will give the first performance in celebration of the University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 22) in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the […]

UM music professor George Worlasi Kwasi Dor (left) receives a citation presented by Adwoa Arhine (center), head of the Department of Music in the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts, and Benjamin Amakye-Boateng, a lecturer in the department. Submitted photo

Music Professor Honored as Musical Icon in Ghana

George W.K. Dor lauded for contributions to Ghanian music and culture SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH This summer, George Worlasi Kwasi Dor visited his home country of Ghana as a renowned music professor at the University of Mississippi. He returned as an icon. The University of Ghana’s School of Performing Arts named Dor […]

Members of the Assembly Quartet.

Assembly Quartet’s September Residency at the University of Mississippi

AUGUST 30, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT A University of Mississippi residency of the Assembly Quartet, a professional chamber music ensemble composed of Jeffrey Heisler on soprano saxophone, Ian Jeffress on alto saxophone, Matthew Younglove on tenor saxophone, and Adam Estes on alto and baritone saxophones, will take place September 12-17, 2022. “I am excited that […]

The university will honor the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation and Chancellor Emeritus Robert C. Khayat with Concerto Awards in honor of their efforts to build the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2002. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM to Dedicate Student Union Name, Present Concerto Award

AUGUST 24, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi will formally dedicate the new name of the Ole Miss Student Union on Friday (Aug. 26), paying tribute to late Gertrude C. Ford and her foundation that continues to have a transformative impact on the Oxford and Medical Center campuses. The public is invited […]

World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, Festival Returns

Annual event’s 46th season May 26-29 at UM, Oxford venues May 20, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith After going virtual the past two years, the 46th annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival returns to an in-person format next weekend in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi. Events are set for May 26-29 at the […]

UCIMG-2217-1 APRIL 28, 2022 BY MDIGGS The Pride of the South marching band performs at halftime of the 2021 Ole Miss-Arkansas football game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

UM Band Getting Bigger, Better Practice Field

Chancellor Glenn Boyce announces $3.5 million commitment from the university, donors APRIL 28, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Seeking to expand and improve outdoor rehearsal conditions, the University of Mississippi is committing $3.5 million to build a bigger, better practice field for its award-winning Pride of the South marching band. Chancellor Glenn Boyce made the announcement late Wednesday (April 27) […]

Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Team with UM Choirs for Concert

Ford Center production features Beethoven’s Ninth, ‘Ode to Joy’ March 22, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith An elegant evening of classical music awaits Friday (March 25) at the University of Mississippi‘s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The UM Choirs, under the direction of Donald Trott and Elizabeth Hearn, will join with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Memphis […]