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 …

Opera Theatre Offers a Duet of Duet Programs

Actors use safety protocols for dramatic effect in two live performances

OXFORD, Miss. – How do you safely present singers in a live performance during a pandemic? “The old joke would be, ‘very carefully,’” said Julia Aubrey, director of the University of Mississippi Opera Theatre and associate professor of music. The UM Opera Theatre presents a live performance of “It Takes Two: Duets from Opera, OperettaRead the story …

Pride of the South Night Set for Thursday in Vaught-Hemingway

Ole Miss marching band appears for the first time on the field this season

OXFORD, Miss. – Playing on field is the dream of many marching band musicians. The crowd, the music, the spirit, the energy – it’s all part of the experience. Like many beloved public experiences, unfortunately, the on-field halftime show was a casualty of 2020, but the University of Mississippi marching band has made other plans,Read the story …

New Podcast Considers Trouser Roles

UM music faculty and students use opera as a lens to think about gender

OXFORD, Miss. – What does music have to do with women’s suffrage, feminism, gender and queer culture? Two University of Mississippi online events this week offer chances to experience music as a way of thinking about some of these larger issues. A new edition of “LMR Live” streamed via http://www.livingmusicresource.com on Monday (Oct. 19), andRead the story …

Experience and Opportunity Meet in the Music Department

Graduate assistants gain valuable professional skills while developing as musicians

OXFORD, Miss. – Among the faculty, staff and students at the University of Mississippi Department of Music is a cohort of musicians and music educators who fall into more than one of those categories. They are graduate assistants, and while they’re pursuing advanced degrees, they also perform important work that pushes the department forward andRead the story …

Outdoor Performance Features ‘Music for Breathing’

Faculty Woodwind Quintet set for a live music experience in the UM Circle

OXFORD – With precautions and protocols in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a live music experience may feel like a thing of the past. But five music professors at the University of Mississippi are going out of their way to present music in a safe, outdoor setting on Tuesday (Oct. 13). TheRead the story …

Music Department Resumes Student Recitals

With mask requirements and no audience, this milestone still carries real weight

OXFORD, Miss. – Recitals are both the bane and the glory of every musician’s experience. And they’re especially important to the formation of a performing musician, said Jos Milton, an associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi. “A recital is a big milestone in a young performer’s development,” he observed, speaking from hisRead the story …

New Podcast Shares Music from Faculty and Students

Department of Music celebrates relationship with its audiences

OXFORD, Miss. – During a time when performing arts organizations everywhere have hit the pause button on their seasons because of the coronavirus, the University of Mississippi Department of Music is looking for new ways to connect with audiences through music. From this exploration, a podcast was born. The “yoU Me Music Hour” is aRead the story …

New Recordings Show Strengths, Interests of Music Faculty

Albums offer varied takes on collaboration

OXFORD, Miss. – For faculty members at the University of Mississippi‘s Department of Music, balancing teaching, research, and advising with professional music careers is a way of life. Many professors travel to perform and teach, and quite a few are standing members of ensembles around the country. Two of these faculty members – flutist NaveRead the story …

Music Professor Garners Honors for Performance and Service

Adam Estes passes benefits and experience on to students

OXFORD, Miss. – Music professor Adam Estes recently garnered two honors that he knows will do more than just add to his resume – they also will bring opportunities for his students. Estes, an associate professor of music in saxophone and bassoon at the University of Mississippi, has been named a regional director of theRead the story …