School Department News

Winters School of Music

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:17am

Hattiesburg, MS, June 17, 2014 - William Carey University Winters School of Music is hosting “My First String Camp at Carey” June 16-20 on the Hattiesburg Campus. The camp, which offers Suzuki and elementary strings classes for first to sixth graders, is from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. each day.

For the camp finale, the children will perform a concert on Friday, June 20, at 11:15 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.

For more information on the camp or WCU’s School of Music, call 601-318-6175.

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 3:51pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 25, 2014 - William Carey University’s Carey Strings Program will present the Sinfonietta String Ensemble Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 29, at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Conducted by Daniela Pardo and Dr. Sasha Ferreira, both adjunct music instructors at WCU, this free concert will feature soloists Rebekah Stark Johnson, adjunct instructor of music, and Zachary Smith on the cellos. For more information, contact Daniela Pardo at



Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:12am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 25, 2014 - Dr. Sasha Ferreira, violin instructor on William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus and a member of the Trio Indigo, will present “The Art of the Fugue” violin recital on May 1 in the main lobby of the Tradition Campus  at 5:30 p.m.  The recital is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ferreira began his violin studies in Havana, Cuba, and continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, graduating with honors in 1997. He has recorded two solo albums; “Con su Toque de Violin,” a selection of Peruvian popular songs, and “Cuban Music...with a Violin Touch,” featuring Cuban works for violin and piano includes a wide range of genres. As a soloist, Dr. Ferreira has performed both with piano accompaniment and with orchestras throughout Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and the U.S. He also played with the Lima String Quartet, the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra’s Soloists, served as concertmaster of the Prolírica Symphony Orchestra, and as assistant concertmaster of the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with his performance career, he taught for many years at Markham College and the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Ferreira moved to the United States in 2007, where he obtained his Master of Music degree in violin performance at The University of Southern Mississippi and his Doctoral degree in violin and viola performance from The University of Georgia. He played as the concertmaster of the USM Symphony Orchestra, belonged to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra in Mobile, Ala., and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra in Pensacola, Fla. In addition to serving on the faculty for the WCU Winters School of Music, he also teaches the Gulfport School District and serves as artist director for the Oaklawn Concert Society in Pass Christian, which he established along with Don and Peggy Sprabery.

For more information about the violin recital, please call (228) 702-1775.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:22am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 22, 2014 - The Winters School of Music will present the musical Camelot during Homecoming 2014. Performances will be held for the general public on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in Smith Auditorium in the Thomas Fine Arts Center.

There will also be a performance on Thursday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. for local middle school and high school students. Over 700 students will attend, and 638 of those students will arrive at 10 a.m. to take part in the “King Arthur and The Legends” lecture followed by lunch before viewing the production. Participating schools include Jefferson Middle School, Magee High School, North East Jones High School, North Forrest High School, N.R. Burger Middle School, Petal Middle School, Poplarville Middle School, Sacred Heart High School, Seminary High School, and Sumrall High School.

For ticket information, call 601-318-6175 or e-mail Jackie Godshaw at

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:10am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 15, 2014 - The William Carey University Winters School of Music will host World Voice Day on April 16 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Fail-Asbury Hall Auditorium (School of Nursing building) on the Hattiesburg campus. This conference/workshop will cover vocal health, vocal disease, vocal science and other related issues. The sessions will feature one of the nation’s leading pedagogical and voice experts Dr. Thomas Cleveland, director of vocology at the Vanderbilt Voice Center and professor of otolaryngology in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, as well as Dr. John Schweinfurth, otolaryngologist at University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Anthony Bertelli, a product specialist from PENTAX Medical.

World Voice Day is a global event, celebrated on April 16 annually, involving otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeons, speech-language pathologists, voice teachers and other voice professionals promoting awareness of the importance of having a healthy voice. This recognition allows professionals to educate others on actions they can take to improve or maintain good vocal health.  

Registration will be from 8-10 a.m., and includes a meet and greet with refreshments provided. From 8:15-9:45 a.m., a physicians only session will be held in Room 167 of the Medical Arts Building of the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine medical complex. Dr. Cleveland, Dr. Schweinfurth, and Bertelli will present an introduction to the capabilities of video stroboscopy equipment, including hands-on work with the equipment and strobe volunteers.

The main session will take place in the Fail-Asbury Auditorium, and will include presentations by Dr. Cleveland, Dr. Schweinfurth, and Bertelli, with demonstrations of the practical use of the equipment in medicine, speech, pathology, and music. A Q&A session will follow before participants break for lunch. The afternoon sessions include a review and discussion of the vocal scans taken with the equipment, as well as discussions of the anatomy and physiology of the voice, interdisciplinary evaluation of voice problems, and an overview of voice disorders from different professional’s prospective.

The final session of the day from 3-5 p.m., which is part of WCU’s University Lecture Series, will cover care of the voice, and how to recognize, avoid, and correct vocal misuse.

Keynote speaker Dr. Cleveland is widely known for his research and teaching/coaching in the care of the singing voice. He has lectured in Australia, Brazil, England, Frank, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and all over the U.S. Dr. Cleveland also served as an expert coach for a master session of American Voices, a performance and performance-coaching event, alongside country star Alison Krauss at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and conducted postgraduate research with Dr. Johan Sundberg at the Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden, as a Fulbright Scholar.

For more information contact Dr. Kimberle Moon, associate professor of voice, at or call (601) 318-6182.

Also, check out Dr. Moon's interview on WDAM's Midday at