A Whole New Kind of Fight Song

Singer Haley Tyrrell puts music to work for healing and encouragement

OXFORD, Miss. – 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, where she grew up, and took her through a battle with cancer before leading herRead the story …

Music Faculty Widen the Musical Canon by Commissioning New Works

Projects bring female voices, ideas and compositions to audiences

OXFORD, Miss. – 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 when communicating the finished music to audiences in performance. Two projects in theRead the story …

UM Opera Theatre Presents Fresh Approaches to Two Classics

Each show includes a condensed opera and selected scenes

OXFORD, Miss. – “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 annual spring production will consist of condensed versions of two popular operas,Read the story …

Podcast Gets Inside the UM Music Studio Experience

Studios accelerate learning through skill development, performance and mentorship

OXFORD, Miss. – 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 as musicians, is the studio experience. The “studio” includes the professor and studentsRead the story …

Faculty, Staff Lauded for Innovation in Inclusion

Diversity Innovator Award given to those who prioritize equity

OXFORD, Miss. – The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi is recognizing four faculty and staff members who are leaders in making campus a more equitable environment for all. The 2021 recipients of the Diversity Innovator Award are Laura Antonow, George Dor, Katie McClendon and Arthur Doctor, who also receivedRead the story …

Music Department Partners with Orchestra for Remote Recording

North Mississippi Symphony, UM music faculty and students combine efforts to produce concert series

OXFORD, Miss. – Among the many benefits of being a music student at the University of Mississippi is a chance to learn from guest artists and performers. This semester, a collaboration between the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Department of Music is yielding master classes and exclusive access to recording sessions with the professionalRead the story …

Acclaimed Singer and Pianist Lend Expertise to Young Musicians

Fourth annual Living Music Institute develops skills in performance and the business of music

OXFORD, Miss. – What young musician wouldn’t welcome a weekend of training that includes feedback from seasoned music professionals and targeted coaching on how to build a career, connect with the community and develop an identity as an artist? That’s exactly what the Living Music Institute, an intensive training weekend produced by Living Music ResourceRead the story …

Faculty Team Reimagines Arts Elective Intro to Music

Course redesign emphasizes listening skills, critical thinking for invigorated student experience

OXFORD, Miss. – When Michael Rowlett put together a team of music faculty members at the University of Mississippi to rethink the basic arts elective MUS 103: Introduction to Music, he knew he wanted to find a way to connect the process of learning about music to his students’ experiences. “I’ve been teaching Introduction toRead the story …

Free Symphony Performance Streams Online

LOU Symphony celebrates Chickasaw composer in concert available to all via YouTube

OXFORD, Miss. – The LOU Symphony Orchestra performed Oct. 26 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts to a small audience of families and friends of the performers. The audience may have been limited, but the program offered beautiful, expansive music. The concert was recorded, and the University of Mississippi Department ofRead the story …

Mastering a Musical Balancing Act

UM instructor David Carlisle earns doctorate while teaching, performing

OXFORD – David Carlisle knows how to keep a lot of balls in the air. Carlisle teaches and performs as an adjunct instructor in the University of Mississippi Department of Music. He is also principal percussionist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, which carries responsibilities far beyond performing, and he recently completed his Doctor of MusicalRead the story …