Miss Mississippi Raising Organ Donation Awareness Across State

Mary Margaret Hyer, a 2018 UM graduate, represents the state for 2019

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumna Mary Margaret Hyer is using the spotlight as Miss Mississippi 2019 to draw attention to her social change initiative, “Advocate, Celebrate, Donate: Diminishing the Donor Organ Deficit.” Hyer, a Hattiesburg native and 2018 graduate with a degree in English, plans to enroll in the UM School of Law onceRead the story …

Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival Returns this Weekend

Event's 45th season set for May 23-26 at UM, Oxford venues

OXFORD, Miss. – The 45th annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival opens Thursday (May 23) and runs through Sunday in Nutt Auditorium at the University of Mississippi. This is the festival’s fourth season in Oxford, following a 41-year run in Illinois. “It’s a four-day celebration of ragtime, jazz, blues, honky-tonk, boogie andRead the story …

Things Are Seldom What They Seem: Ship’s Crew Features Familiar Faces

Community members bring energy and diverse experience to comic 'H.M.S. Pinafore'

OXFORD, Miss. – In this weekend’s production of the classic musical comedy “H.M.S. Pinafore,” don’t be surprised if you spot people you’re more used to seeing at the grocery or around town – even in the halls of the Lyceum – than on the stage. The University of Mississippi Opera Theatre presents “H.M.S. Pinafore” atRead the story …

Music Major Blends Experiences of International and Hometown Student

South Korean native Jiwon Lee grew up on Ole Miss campus

OXFORD, Miss. – Jiwon Lee is not your typical international student at the University of Mississippi. Born in Daejeon, South Korea, Lee arrived in Oxford as an infant. Her father, Jongbok Lee, and mother, Aeran Moon Lee, were attending UM in the late ’90s, so the family moved to Oxford. Jiwon Lee learned to speak English –Read the story …

‘LMR Live’ to Broadcast from Chancellor’s House Hotel Library

Artists also to perform free weekend concert at Nutt Auditorium

OXFORD, Miss. – When “LMR Live” host Nancy Maria Balach sits down with a guest, she creates an instant rapport and an energy that delights viewers of the live-streamed talk show. Her guests are typically professional musicians, and the conversation ranges from their ideas about music and current projects to their experiences as working professionalRead the story …

Cantata Celebrates Sojourner Truth

Nicholls State soprano and chamber ensemble to perform Sunday afternoon at UM

OXFORD, Miss. – Stanley Friedman didn’t learn about Sojourner Truth growing up. “It just wasn’t taught in segregated white schools in Memphis in the ’50s and ’60s,” said the composer, who teaches composition in the University of Mississippi Department of Music. Upon later discovering this fiery abolitionist and early proponent of women’s rights, Friedman knewRead the story …

Acclaimed Mezzo-soprano to Perform and Coach Young Singers at UM

'LMR Live' program, aria matinee and evening recital open to public

OXFORD, Miss. – International opera singer Sandra Piques Eddy will join music faculty members at the University of Mississippi to teach emerging singers at the Living Music Institute, coming up this weekend on campus. LMI is an aria-intensive workshop that brings emerging artists from across the U.S. and Canada to work with UM professors NancyRead the story …

Music Professor Receives Prestigious International Fellowship

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship supports George Dor's work with Nigerian university

OXFORD, Miss. – George Worlasi Kwasi Dor, a music professor at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to work with professors at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Dor, a native of Ghana who holds the McDonnell-Barksdale Chair of Ethnomusicology at UM, will travelRead the story …