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Winters School of Music

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 8:15am
The William Carey University School of Music and Ministry is hosting the third annual “My First String Camp at Carey” from June 15-19 at the Hattiesburg campus.
 
The camp, a part of the FestivalSouth activities conducted 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. No prior experience is necessary. Students can bring their own instruments or rent one for $10.
 
Small and large group classes, enrichment activities and beginner music theory courses will be offered. Faculty members involved are Blanca Berdion and Rebecca Zou, violins; Daniela Pardo, viola; and Andrea Beltran Landers, cello/bass.
 
The registration deadline for the camp is June 5. The cost is $150. A $75 scholarship is available for students in the Hattiesburg Public School District.
 
For more information or to register, call the School of Music and Ministry at (601) 318-6175 or email Pardo at pardokolesch@hotmail.com.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 11:29am
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry Studies hosted two performances of “Walk With Me: The Sixteenth Street Bombing” in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus on February 5.
 
“Walk With Me,” presented by the Walk With Me Foundation of Florence, Ala., is a musical narrative commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, which occurred on September 15, 1963. The bombing resulted in the death of four girls and injured 22 others.
 
The musical is based on the book “While the World Watched” by Carolyn Maull McKinstry, a survivor of the bombing. The book and the adapted musical tell a story of God’s love and protection and feature themes of reconciliation and forgiveness.
 
Prior to the performance for general audiences, a special presentation of the musical was delivered to nearly 250 middle school, junior high and high school students from the Pine Belt area. Schools attending the performance included Mt. Olive Attendance Center and East Marion High, Laurel Middle, N.R. Burger Middle and Runnelstown Junior High schools.
 
The performances also recognized the 50th anniversary of Carey being the first college in Mississippi, and the first Baptist college in the tri-state area, to voluntarily desegregate. On March 5, 1965, the Carey Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of then-President J. Ralph Noonkester to open enrollment to all races. The first African-American students to enroll at Carey were Rowan High School graduates Vermester Jackson and Linda Williams.
 
Prior to the musical, Dr. Myron Noonkester, professor of history, dean of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters and son of the former Carey president, discussed living through the difficult times of the 1960s and specifically the situation at Carey upon the integration of the school. He also discussed Civil Rights Movement-era events in the Pine Belt.
 
Performers in the musical included Walk With Me Foundation members and Alabama natives Karen Cantrell, piano; Eleanor McClellan, narrator; Kevin Thomas, tenor; Dr. Terrance Brown, baritone; and Dr. Tiffany Bostic-Brown, soprano.
 
For more information on “Walk With Me,” visit www.walkwithmefoundation.org.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 9:38am
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:57pm
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry Studies will host Keyboards and Canapes, an opportunity to sample assorted refreshments while listening to familiar works set for multiple pianos, in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3.
 
Faculty members and students from the School of Music and Ministry Studies will play piano while guests enjoy the refreshments on stage in the auditorium. Seating is limited for the event. Tickets are $20 per person, $5 for college students with valid identification, $5 for children 10 and under and $10 for military. A group discount of $10 per ticket will be offered for groups of 10 or more.
 
Ticket sales will benefit the All-Steinway School project. Carey is working to become a member of the elite All-Steinway Schools roster by pursuing the purchase of pianos designed by Steinway & Sons, widely viewed as the maker of the world’s finest pianos. Schools in the All-Steinway roster are viewed as having the highest commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculty members with the best equipment possible.
 
Tickets are available online at www.wmcarey.edu/indigoproductions or can be purchased by visiting the School of Music and Ministry Studies, located in Thomas Fine Arts Center, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. The office will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19. 
 
For more information, call (601) 318-6175.
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 3:55pm
The William Carey University Winters School of Music/Indigo Productions will present “Walk With Me: The 16th Street Bombing,” a musical retelling the story of the September 1963 Birmingham, Ala., bombing, on February 5 at Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
The first production will be at 10 a.m. and will be a collaborative presentation from the School of Music and the history and English departments for area high school students. The presentation at 7 p.m. is open to the general public.
 
The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed by members of a local Ku Klux Klan group on September 15, 1963. The bombing, which killed four school-age girls and injured an additional 20 people, marked an important turn in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and solidified support for civil rights legislation passed the following year.
 
The musical will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of Carey being the first college in Mississippi, and the first Baptist college in the tri-state area, to voluntarily desegregate. On March 5, 1965, the Carey Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of then-President J. Ralph Noonkester to open enrollment to all races. The first African-American students to enroll at Carey were Rowan High School graduates Vermester Jackson and Linda Williams.
 
Tickets for the musical are available online at www.wmcarey.edu/indigoproductions or can be purchased by visiting the School of Music, located in Thomas Fine Arts Center, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. The School of Music office will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19. 
 
Tickets are $20 per person, $5 for college students with valid identification, $5 for children 10 and under and $10 for military. A group discount of $10 per ticket will be offered for groups of 10 or more.
 
For more information, contact the School of Music at (601) 318-6175.