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UM music students, alumnae and faculty members participate in safe, distanced recording sessions to create the first episode of the ‘yoU Me Music Hour,’ a new podcast series from the Department of Music. Submitted photo

New Podcast Considers Trouser Roles

UM music faculty and students use opera as a lens to think about gender OCTOBER 21, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS What does music have to do with women’s suffrage, feminism, gender and queer culture? Two University of Mississippi online events this week offer chances to experience music as a way of thinking about some […]

Chengyu Ren, a master’s student from Yantai, China, says the variety of performance opportunities in the UM Department of Music has helped her grow as a musician. Submitted photo

Experience and Opportunity Meet in the Music Department

Graduate assistants gain valuable professional skills while developing as musicians October 17, 2020 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Among the faculty, staff and students at the University of Mississippi Department of Music is a cohort of musicians and music educators who fall into more than one of those categories. They are graduate assistants, and while they’re […]

This area of the Circle will be transformed into an outdoor ‘concert hall’ at lunchtime Tuesday (Oct. 13) for a recital by the UM Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Photo by Lynn Adams Wilkins/UM Department of Music

Outdoor Performance Features ‘Music for Breathing’

Faculty Woodwind Quintet set for a live music experience in the UM Circle October 12, 2020 by Lynn Adams Wilkins With precautions and protocols in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a live music experience may feel like a thing of the past. But five music professors at the University of Mississippi are […]

New Podcast Shares Music from Faculty and Students

Department of Music celebrates relationship with its audiences SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS During a time when performing arts organizations everywhere have hit the pause button on their seasons because of the coronavirus, the University of Mississippi Department of Music is looking for new ways to connect with audiences through music. From this […]

Members of chamber ensemble All of the Above pause for a photo during the recording of the ‘Double Portrait’ album. The group uncludes (from left) Scott Jackson, violin; Yijia Fang, cello; Edward Smaldone and Douglas Knehas, composers; Hu Jianging, sheng; Matthew Umphreys, piano; Nave Graham, flute; Mikey Arbulu, clarinet; David Abraham, percussion; and Adam Abeshouse, producer. Submitted photo

New Recordings Show Strengths, Interests of Music Faculty

Albums offer varied takes on collaboration September 6, 2020 by Lynn Adams Wilkins For faculty members at the University of Mississippi‘s Department of Music, balancing teaching, research, and advising with professional music careers is a way of life. Many professors travel to perform and teach, and quite a few are standing members of ensembles around […]

Adam Estes (back, right center) hosts a holiday dinner in 2019 for students in his saxophone studio. Submitted photo

Music Professor Garners Honors for Performance and Service

Adam Estes passes benefits and experience on to students AUGUST 13, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Music professor Adam Estes recently garnered two honors that he knows will do more than just add to his resume – they also will bring opportunities for his students. Estes, an associate professor of music in saxophone and bassoon […]

Music Professor Sings in Operation Bach

Nationwide remote recording project takes listeners to the 18th century takes listeners to the 18th century JULY 23, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS After gathering each summer for years to perform works by Bach and other great composers at the Carmel Bach Festival, a group of musicians decided to continue that tradition in the face […]

Music instructor Austin Smith works on double-reed methods with Ole Miss music student Michael Ivy. Photo courtesy Adam Estes

Oboist Finds Additional Success as Sought-after Reed-Maker

Austin Smith passing on a variety of skills to Ole Miss music students JULY 9, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS When Austin Smith whittled wood as a child, little did he know that it would turn into a passion that would complement his journey as a professional musician. “When I was a kid, I was […]

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 […]