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 …

Music Professor Sings in Operation Bach

Nationwide remote recording project takes listeners to the 18th century

OXFORD, Miss. – After gathering each summer for years to perform works by Bach and other great composers at the Carmel Bach Festival, a group of musicians decided to continue that tradition in the face of COVID-19, and a remote recording project including people from across the country was born. Jos Milton, associate professor ofRead the story …

Oboist Finds Additional Success as Sought-after Reed-maker

Austin Smith passing on a variety of skills to Ole Miss music students

OXFORD, Miss. – When Austin Smith whittled wood as a child, little did he know that it would turn into a passion that would complement his journey as a professional musician. “When I was a kid, I was obsessed with working with wood and whittling sticks, so I think some of that obsession transferred toRead the story …

Old-Time Piano Champions Set for Livestreamed Performance

Virtual 'Parade of Champions' available free Friday evening

OXFORD, Miss. – Seven champion old-time piano players will perform gems from early American music in a free online concert, slated for 7 p.m. Friday (July 10). “Old-time piano” includes ragtime, blues and early jazz – all American forms of piano playing that were present in the early 20th century. This is the form ofRead the story …

Musical Team Shares Experience, Solutions with National Audience

Duo behind Living Music Resource tackles tough questions

OXFORD, Miss. – Voice teachers, singers, music educators and others around the country will tune in later this month to hear two University of Mississippi professionals discuss thinking differently – and more effectively – about training young musicians for a full, varied career that is increasingly the norm. The days of preparing students for twoRead the story …

Musicologist Named to Prestigious Mahler Research Center

Thomas Peattie is the only North American scholar appointed

OXFORD, Miss. – A longtime fascination with composer Gustav Mahler was rewarded recently when University of Mississippi music professor Thomas Peattie was among 10 scholars from seven countries invited to serve on the board of the new Gustav Mahler Research Center in Dobbiaco (known as Toblach in German), Italy. The center – established by theRead the story …

Trott Puts Years of Experience into Book

Director of UM Choirs creates essential guide for choral conductors

OXFORD, Miss. – Donald Trott’s new book is full of information and resources, and his ability to curate and share it results from his long career directing choirs of all kinds. It’s wisdom he wishes he’d had in his early years. “The idea for this book has been there awhile,” said Trott, professor of musicRead the story …

Music Department Embraces Mission in New Ways

Online series and events continue to deliver music experiences

OXFORD, Miss. – The Department of Music at the University of Mississippi is finding new ways to advance its mission to teach and share music. “In the days of COVID-19, we’re developing new strategies to connect with our students and our community,” said Nancy Maria Balach, the department’s interim chair. “We’re moving our Honors ConvocationRead the story …