‘Light in the Piazza’ Gives Students ‘Full Professional Experience’

Rehearsals are in full swing and tickets on sale for highly anticipated UM Opera Theatre production

OXFORD, Miss. – The upcoming University of Mississippi Opera Theatre production of “The Light in the Piazza” does not take the stage at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts until mid-November, but it’s already full steam ahead for the cast and production team. “We are right in the middle of the excitement at theRead the story …

Folklorist Bill Ferris Joins ‘LMR Live’ on Monday Afternoon

Shardé Thomas and Scott Baretta talk music and Mississippi with Ferris and host Balach

OXFORD, Miss. – Folklorist William Ferris; musician and tradition-bearer Shardé Thomas, of the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band; and blues scholar and sociologist Scott Barretta are guests for a special edition of “LMR Live,” streaming live at 1 p.m. Monday (Sept. 13). The guests will talk with host Nancy Maria Balach, chair and professorRead the story …

‘Voices of Mississippi’ Debuts Sept. 14 at Ford Center

World premiere of multimedia event features historian Bill Ferris, area blues and gospel musicians

OXFORD, Miss. – The world premiere of “Voices of Mississippi,” a multimedia production chronicling some of Mississippi’s most iconic people and art, will kick off the 2021-22 performance season at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi. The multimedia event, set for Sept. 14, celebrates the people andRead the story …

Symposium Refreshes Renaissance Music Performance

Online series include performances of the period's music

OXFORD, Miss. – When art lovers consider the visual art of the Renaissance, they may think of elevated expression, vibrant color, innovation and perspective. When they consider the music of the period, however, it can be a very different story, noted choral director and scholar Dennis Shrock says. “The Renaissance music we hear today, composedRead the story …

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 …