World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, Festival Returns

Annual event's 46th season May 26-29 at UM, Oxford venues

OXFORD, Miss. – 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 Old Armory Pavilion on University Avenue and in Nutt Auditorium onRead the story …

UM Band Getting Bigger, Better Practice Field

Chancellor Glenn Boyce announces $3.5 million commitment from the university, donors

OXFORD, Miss. – 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) afternoon at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the PerformingRead the story …

Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Team with UM Choirs for Concert

Ford Center production features Beethoven's Ninth, 'Ode to Joy'

OXFORD, Miss. – 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 Symphony Chorus to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9Read the story …

Jim Weatherly to Posthumously Receive Inaugural UM Medal for the Arts

Alumnus to be recognized for his songwriting contributions April 21 at Ford Center

OXFORD, Miss. – The late renowned songwriter and University of Mississippi alumnus Jim Weatherly will be honored with the university’s inaugural Medal for the Arts in an April 21 presentation on campus. In partnership with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the College of Liberal Arts, the UM Department of Music will recognize Weatherly’s legacyRead the story …

Overstreet Champions Band, Accountancy with Major Gift

Donation to help renovate Pride of the South practice facilities, build new home for Patterson School

OXFORD, Miss. – On a breezy Friday afternoon, the University of Mississippi‘s Pride of the South marching band members finished the day’s rehearsal and then gathered close to shout in unison: “Thank you, Helen!” Watching the students from a hill nearby, Helen Overstreet beamed in response. The 1981 UM alumna and avid band fan hasRead the story …

Holiday Concert Returns to the Ford Center

UM Chorus joined by Symphony, Jazz Ensemble and Steel Drums for Friday show

OXFORD, Miss. – For some, the holiday season doesn’t even begin until the University of Mississippi Department of Music hosts its annual Holiday Concert. Olivia Huey, a pianist from Pontotoc working toward her master’s degree in music education, said it’s one of her favorite concerts of the year. “The Holiday Concert is one I savorRead the story …

Alumni Return Home to Perform in ‘The Light in the Piazza’

Cast members give students an up-close look at the lives of professional performers

OXFORD, Miss. – Several University of Mississippi alumni have returned to campus to lend their expertise, talent and guidance to students by working with the Department of Music on the upcoming UM Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza.” Mary Donnelly Haskell and Calvin Ellis, who both earned degrees in music education, willRead the story …

‘The Light in the Piazza’ Subject of Nov. 3 SouthTalk

Several events celebrate Elizabeth Spencer's 100th birthday

OXFORD, Miss. – The beloved characters created by Mississippi author Elizabeth Spencer are returning to the South with a University of Mississippi Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza,” which is the focus of a SouthTalk sponsored by the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Composer Adam Guettel, director Blake McIverRead the story …

A Veterans Day Concert Salute

UM Chorus and Orchestra and Oxford Civic Chorus join forces to celebrate

OXFORD, Miss. – The musical forces of the University of Mississippi Chorus and the LOU Symphony Orchestra will join with the Oxford Civic Chorus for a musical salute to all veterans of the United States military Nov. 9 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free andRead the story …

Musical Duo Brings Experience and Energy to Campus

Ole Miss students to rehearse and perform with Jenny Conlee and Kelly Hogan

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Department of Music and Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies are welcoming professional musicians Jenny Conlee and Kelly Hogan to campus for a weeklong residency that includes master classes, an acoustic performance by the duo and a concert featuring UM students. Conlee, a member of theRead the story …