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Mid-South Honor Band Clinic

Mid-South Honor Band Clinic Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Students to observe and participate in performances at Ford Center FEBRUARY 15, 2024 Some 250 top high school musicians from across the Southeast will converge on the University of Mississippi campus beginning today (Feb. 15) for the Mid-South Honor Band Clinic. The immersive three-day clinic is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Founded in 1978, […]

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum

Grammy Winner Kirk Whalum Coming to UM

Memphian jazz saxophonist among artists, speakers scheduled for Black History Month events FEBRUARY 5, 2024 Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum is coming to the University of Mississippi as part of Black History Month events scheduled during February. The Memphis jazz and gospel performer is the guest artist for the annual BHM concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. […]

music major Sarah Harmon

Sweet Treats Raise Awareness of Blindness and Vision Impairment

Music major partners with Ole Miss Dining to write on cookies in braille NOVEMBER 27, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Uniformed in a chef’s hat and jacket, University of Mississippi freshman Sarah Harmon sat at a special table in the Rebel Market on Nov. 10 decorating cookies. She adorned the treats with words such as “dream,” […]

new practice field

The Pride of Their Parents

For first time in history, all UM band directors have children in the band NOVEMBER 7, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT As University of Mississippi band directors, Tim Oliver, Randy Dale and Mel Morse have a lot in common: their mastery of music, love of sports and, now, the title of “band dad.” For the first […]


In Support of Singing

Former Music Professors Hope Gift Will Attract Top Vocal Performers and Future Choral Music Educators to Ole Miss OCTOBER 30, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION Debra and Alan Spurgeon of Oxford, Mississippi, met in their college choir, and ever since choral music has been the focus of their life together. The retired University of Mississippi […]

Mary Haskell

Ole Miss Alumni Association Names Distinguished Alumni for 2023

Eight honored at Homecoming for achievement, service OCTOBER 30, 2023 BY JIM URBANEK The Ole Miss Alumni Association recognized eight distinguished alumni with its highest annual awards as part of Homecoming 2023. University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame inductees for 2023 are: Charles C. Clark (BBA 72), of Birmingham, Alabama; Carlyle “Smitty” Harris (JD […]

Assembly Quartet in front of Ventress Hall on the University of Mississippi campus.

Assembly Quartet Releases (Re)Mix

New album features musicians and scholars OCTOBER 17, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT Assembly Quartet founding member Adam Estes is associate professor at the University of Mississippi Department of Music where he teaches saxophone, bassoon, woodwinds methods courses, and coaches woodwind chamber ensembles. His quartet’s (Re)Mix album was released by Amp Recordings in September. “Dr. Estes […]

Authors Ethel Morgan Smith (left) and Jane Smiley are set to discuss their work during a conversation with pianist Bruce Levingston on Oct. 25 in Nutt Auditorium at the University of Mississippi. The event is free and open to the public. Submitted photos

Award-Winning Authors to Discuss New Works

Ethel Morgan Smith and Jane Smiley to talk about their books Oct. 25 at UM OCTOBER 12, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Eudora Welty Prize winner Ethel Morgan Smith and Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley will discuss their latest books at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Nutt Auditorium at the University of Mississippi. The event is […]

Bruce Levingston (left), the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence and holder of the Lester Glenn Fant Chair at the University of Mississippi, was recently honored with a generous gift by Harriet (center) and Warren Stephens (right) of Little Rock, Arkansas. The gift will support the arts and humanities at Ole Miss.

Supporting the Arts and Humanities at UM

Harriet and Warren Stephens Honor UM Artist-in-Residence Bruce Levingston with Gift SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT A generous gift from Warren and Harriet Stephens through the Warren A. Stephens Trust of Little Rock, Arkansas, honors Bruce Levingston, the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence and holder of the Lester Glenn Fant Chair at the University of Mississippi. […]

new practice field

Band Gets Its Field of Dreams

New practice facility promises to elevate performances AUGUST 31, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi’s Pride of the South band is marching with renewed enthusiasm on its new $5.4 million practice field – a replica of Hollingsworth Field, the playing surface at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The practice field features drainage structures and lights, a […]