School Department News

Winters School of Music

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:40am

A donation of playground equipment was a “true blessing,” said Janet Baldwin, director of the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center. William Carey University donated the swing set and see-saw that were used during the recent production of “How to Eat Like a Child.” Music professor Connie Roberts said rather than take the set apart at the end of the show, she contacted Baldwin to see if the center could use it for its playground. “We have been trying to get the playground into shape,” said Baldwin. “It was right on time and what we needed.” The center, located on McSwain Street, serves 30-50 children in its after-school program and up to 90 children during the summer. Volunteers provide tutoring and the children receive a warm meal before going home in the evenings.

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 9:09am

Spirit of Carey has been invited to perform at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida on November 12. During the trip, November 11-15, the band also will perform at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, in churches, and in schools.  

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:31pm
The Mississippi Arts Commission has named Dr. Mark Malone, professor of music and coordinator of music education at William Carey University, as the project director for the “Two Hundred Years of Arts in Mississippi: A History” initiative.
“Two Hundred Years” focuses on the development of the arts in the state from its earliest days as a territory to the present, including achievements in music, dance, visual art, theatre, media art and folk art. The initiative started in August 2015 by seeking artifacts and information from the time period of 1699-1817. Ten project associates from the state’s five geographical regions were engaged to assist with the initiative.
The initiative is currently centered on early Native American activity and the first European settlers who established forts and villages along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River. Fort Maurepas, near what is now Ocean Springs, and Fort Rosalie in Natchez have received particular attention. Future segments for investigation include the time periods of 1817 to the Civil War, Reconstruction to 1900, 1900-1950, 1950-2000 and the 21st century.
The initiative is Malone’s third project with the arts commission. He previously directed a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce concerts of music by William Grant Still, a native Mississippian known as the dean of African-American composers. Malone was also the co-author of the “Mississippi Blues Trail and Beyond” curriculum for teaching the history of the blues to elementary students.
Malone has served on the Carey faculty since 2006. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Rollins College. He served as a national officer for the American Choral Directors Association from 2000-2006 and was presented with the Ernestine Ferrell Award for Excellence in Choral Music by the Mississippi chapter in 2008. In 2013, Malone was recognized as one of the top 20 arts and humanities professors in Mississippi.
He is a frequent judge for choral assessment evaluations and show choir contests throughout the South and has acted in lead roles in “Oliver,” “Camelot,” “White Christmas” and “The Magic Flute.”
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 7:54am
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry will host the fourth annual “My First String Camp at Carey” from June 13-17 at the Hattiesburg campus.
The camp, a part of the FestivalSouth activities in the Pine Belt area, offers Suzuki and elementary string classes for children from first to sixth grades in instruments including the violin, viola, cello and bass. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. until noon daily.
Small and large group classes, enrichment activities and beginner music theory classes will be offered. Camp faculty members include Blanca Berdion, Gladys Gonzales and Rebecca Zou, violins; camp director Daniela Pardo, viola; Elizabeth Weaver, cello; and Samuel Dahmer, bass.
The registration deadline for the camp is June 6. The cost is $150. No prior experience is necessary. Students can bring their own instruments or rent instruments for $10.
For more information or to register, visit Pardo can be contacted at (414) 737-4620 or by email at
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:49pm
William Carey University music therapy students assisted with Camp Rocky Creek, a one-day camp for clients of Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, on Feb. 6 in Marion County.
Students under the direction of Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy, were paired with clients to participate in various activity groups, including arts and crafts, music and movement, music self-expression activities and music games.
According to Pierce, the activities harnessed the intrinsic nature of music to fully engage clients and provide cognitive, social and psychological stimulation.
“These goal-oriented sessions targeted physical exercise, memory recall and opportunities for social skills and self-expression,” said Pierce. “Everyone also eats together, which allows the students to understand people beyond the client’s diagnosis.”
At the conclusion of the camp, participants received a client-produced T-shirt printed by Pine Belt Graphics in Hattiesburg, which employs several of the clients.
“This camp is filled with much excitement for everyone involved,” said Pierce. “Students walk away with a better understanding of how to work and relate to individuals with intellectual disabilities … and clients have fun while learning important social skills.”
The camp, now in its 24th year, was originally hosted on the property of Ellisville State School until the campsite was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Camp activities were organized for years by Dr. Paul Cotten, a music professor at Carey who retired in 2014. Garland King, a clinician with PBMHR, has worked with the camp since 1993.