School Department News
Winters School of Music
Hattiesburg, Miss., November 5, 2013 - Three ensembles from William Carey University’s Winters School of Music – the Grace Notes, Spirit of Carey, and Tuscan Reeds - will be performing in a concert in Downtown Disney of Disney World on November 14 at 5 p.m. They will also be marching in a parade on November 15 at Epcot Center at 10:30 a.m. On their way to Disney World, the groups will make a stop on November 13 and perform at Niceville High School in Niceville, Fla., and at First Academy in Leesburg, Fla.
The Grace Notes is a traveling woodwind ensemble that plays a variety of classical, sacred, and contemporary woodwind literature, and Tuscan Reeds is a traveling saxophone ensemble that plays a variety of classical, sacred, and contemporary saxophone literature. Spirit of Carey is a high energy marching indoor brass and percussion group that serves as ambassadors for the university. These ensembles are led by Wes Dykes, assistant professor of music and coordinator of instrumental activities.
Hattiesburg, Miss., October 25, 2013 - The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund recently awarded $7,000 to the William Carey University Quality of Life Project, which pairs students with adults with intellectual developmental disabilities in activities designed to enrich their lives. The project has been in operation since August 2009. The foundation also awarded $6,901 to a program called “Harnessing Adults Full Potential through Music Therapy.” This program will provide music therapy services to adults with intellectual disabilities at day rehabilitation center to increase acquisition o skill building and activities for daily living.
“This project provides both WCU students and clients opportunities to learn from each other while enjoying educational and recreational outings,” said Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of psychology and director of the Quality of Life program. “Not only do the students become better prepared to work with individuals with disabilities, but they also become aware of the special nature of their clients. An interdependent relationship is developed thanks to the opportunities provided by the funding.
“The music therapy program is truly blessed as the funds will be used to engage WCU music therapy graduates and train future music therapists while bringing new programmatic services to PineBelt Mental Health Resources,” said Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy.
The Ann Morris Memorial Fund was set up to assist area organizations who work to enrich the quality of life of intellectually challenged adults.
“Our Grant Selection Committee is made up of individual reviewers who ensure that all funding is given to organizations who meet the criteria of the donor,” said Theresa Erickson, executive director of the Pinebelt Community Foundation.
The PineBelt Community Foundation exists to strengthen communities by connecting charitably minded people to causes that matter most to them. As a driving charitable force in our region, their mission is to build better communities through philanthropy.
Hattiesburg, Miss., October 8, 2013 - William Carey University’s Winters School of Music presented “Opera Lite,” directed by Kimberle Moon and accompanied by Timothy Dail, on October 3 and 4 in Smith Auditorium. The October 3 performance was a matinee attended by local elementary, middle and high schools. The October 4 performance was an evening production open to the public.
The program included four acts of opera comedy, featuring songs from Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Fifty Million Frenchman, Guys and Dolls, and Black Suits. Featured performers included Carlos Casilla of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, bass-baritone; Emma Grace Oberdick of Wadsworth, Ill., mezzo soprano; Carissa Read of Laurel, mezzo soprano; Ben Salters of Ocean Springs, baritone; Sarah Beth Sewell of Starkville, soprano, and Austin Williams of Carriere, tenor.
For more information about the Winters School of Music, contact Dr. Don Odom at (601) 318-6178 or email@example.com.