School Department News

Winters School of Music

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 10:55am
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:38pm
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry will present Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” at 7 p.m. on October 16 in Smith Auditorium at the Hattiesburg campus and at 2 p.m. on October 18 at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.
“Annie Get Your Gun” is based on the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The musical details Annie’s life, her romance and competition with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler, her career in Buffalo Bill’s show and her involvement with the Sioux tribe and Sitting Bull, its chief. “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do” are examples of songs featured in the musical.
The main cast includes junior music therapy major Faith Westberry of Conehatta as Annie; junior church music major Kyle Conn of Porter, Texas, as Frank; junior church music major Bailey Hill of Thomasville, Alabama, as Buffalo Bill; junior vocal performance major Lauren Clear of Hattiesburg as Dolly Tate, a conniving seductress; and senior theatre major Ben Salters of Ocean Springs as Chief Sitting Bull. Students from Lamar Christian School in Purvis play Annie’s brother and sisters and comprise part of the “Wild West Audience.”
The musical is under the direction of Dr. Don Odom, dean of the Winters School. The assistant director is Dr. Kimberle Moon, artist-in-residence and instructor for voice and vocal arts. Brian Murphy, assistant professor of music, serves as musical director. Andrew Gilstrap, adjunct instructor of percussion, is conductor and Katie Ginn, adjunct instructor of dance, is choreographer.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for military and senior adults and $5 for students with a school identification card. Tickets for the Hattiesburg performance may be purchased at the door or online at Tickets for the Ocean Springs performance may be purchased at the door or online at For more information, call the Winters School at (601) 318-6175 or email
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 1:36pm
William Carey University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation to fund university programs assisting adults with intellectual disabilities.
The grant is divided into two $10,000 gifts. One gift will benefit the “Harnessing Adults’ Full Potential through Music Therapy” program, which provides music therapy services to adults with disabilities at day rehabilitation centers. The goal of the program is to increase acquisition of skill-building and to promote activities for daily living, said Jim Pierce, an assistant professor of music therapy at Carey and the program’s director.
“Music therapy students help individuals with developmental disabilities gain social skills and independence,” said Pierce. “The funding personifies the good local communities can do when they work together.”
The second gift will go to the Quality of Life Project, which pairs intellectually-disabled adults with Carey students for recreational and educational activities. Activities include trips to local concerts and movies and one out-of-town trip per year to sights such as Graceland Mansion in Memphis or the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans. The project is now in its fifth year and allows for new experiences for both client and student, said Dr. Paul Cotten, project director.
“Not only do our students become better prepared to work with individuals with disabilities, but they also become aware of the special nature of their clients,” said Cotten. “An interdependent relationship is developed thanks to the opportunities provided by the funding.”
The gifts are awarded from the foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund, which assists area nonprofit organizations with missions of enriching the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities. The foundation, established in 1997, seeks to strengthen the local community by connecting charitably-minded people to causes that matter most to them.
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 7:50am
Virtuoso finger-style guitarist Doyle Dykes will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.
Dykes, considered by many to be the world’s greatest Christian guitarist, draws influence from the country of Chet Atkins to the rock ‘n’ roll of the Beatles. His appreciation for various styles of music is reflected in his albums through signature compositions like “Jazz in the Box,” “Martha’s Kitchen” and “How Great Thou Art.” His album, “Gitarre 2000,” was released by Windham Hill Records. His music has appeared on several of the label’s compilation albums.
Dykes has toured the world with The Stamps Quartet and later with Grandpa Jones, a Grand Ole Opry star. Dykes has performed at the Grand Ole Opry on numerous occasions, including many that were televised nationally, and now performs in venues around the United States and Germany. He has twice been named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the International Country Gospel Music Association and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Doyle’s clever use of dynamics, the warm tone he achieves with an acoustic guitar and his exceptional skill with the instrument are wonderful to hear,” said world-famous guitarist Duane Eddy. “He is one of the most fantastic players I have heard in years.”
Tickets are available for $15 per person, $10 for groups of 10 or more and military, or $5 for students with ID. Tickets are available for purchase at or by visiting the Winters School of Music and Ministry’s office in Thomas Fine Arts Center.
For more information, contact David Bryan, assistant professor of music, at (601) 318-6056 or by email at
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 2:26pm
Spirit of Carey, the William Carey University marching band, will be featured during “10 Years and 10,000 Reasons,” a celebration of recovery following Hurricane Katrina, at the Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport’s Jones Park on Saturday, August 29.
The celebration and remembrance service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and several other speakers. A love offering will be collected for Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian organization. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic basket or visit food vendors on the grounds for lunch in the park.
For more information, contact Dr. John Kelly, chief administrative officer for the City of Gulfport, at (228) 868-5770.