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Music Notes

April 2013
Volume 10, Issue 4

The Delta State University Department of Music will celebrate excellence in performance, scholarship, alumni achievement and program support at its annual Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013 in the Delta and Pine Land Theatre of the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the DSU campus.

The five outstanding students performing in the recital are Jessica Egdorf, flute, from Hernando; Josh Reeves, baritone, from Southaven; Robyn Rouse, flute, from Gulfport; Dominique Smith, soprano, from Greenville; and Brian Thomson, trombone, from Greenwood. All performers have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in music courses and are chosen by the music faculty through an audition process.

In addition, three annual awards for the Music Alumnus/a of the Year, for Service and for Philanthropy are announced and presented. New faculty and student members of the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society are also recognized. The event is one of the highlights of the Calendar of Events sponsored and presented by Department of Music each year.

The campus and public are cordially invited to attend. There is no charge for admission, although donations to the Department of Music fund through the Delta State foundation are warmly accepted. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Butler, interim chair of the Music Department, at 662-846-4615.

Pictured above, L-R: Jessica Egdorf, Robyn Rouse, Dominique Smith, Brian Thomson, Josh Reeves

DSU Music Scholarship Day

Instrumental, voice, and piano scholarships

Do you know anyone who is interested in joining the DSU Band or Choir, or majoring in music? Let them know they can audition for a music scholarship during our final DSU Music Audition Day: 
Friday, April 12, 2013
(9 am – 4 pm)
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Calendar of Events   

Visit our Concerts & Events page for more performances. All events are in the BPAC Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.

"Blues Flutes: Otha Turner and Northern Mississippi Cane Fife Tradition"

Presented by Dr. Bret Pimentel
Tuesday, April 2, 12:15-1:00 pm
Holcombe Norwood 151 (Art Building)
Sponsored by the Art Department

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30pm - Jobe Auditorium


Wednesday, April 3, 7:30pm

Monday, April 8, 6pm – 9pm
Presented by Dr. Chad Payton
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30pm CANCELED

Thursday, April 11, 1:40pm

Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, piano

Thursday, April 11, 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church

Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, piano

Saturday, April 13, 8am - 6pm

Monday, April 15, 7:30pm - D&PL Theatre

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30pm - D&PL Theatre

Thursday, April 18, 7:30pm  

Sunday, April 21, 3:00pm - D&PL Theatre

Monday, April 22, 7:30pm  
Tuesday, April 23, 7:30pm - D&PL Theatre

Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church

The Recital Hall and the Delta & Pine Land Theatre (D&PL) are in the Bologna Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Delta State University. Programs are subject to change. To verify, please call 662-846-4615.

Freshman Wins Piano Competition

Minji Kim
Delta State freshman Minji Kim, a music major from Seoul, South Korea, recently won First Prize at the college division of the sixth annual Alcorn State University Piano Competition hosted by the music department of Alcorn State University in Natchez, Mississippi. She competed with students from Mississippi and Louisiana.

Kim started piano study at the age of five and graduated from Deokwon Arts High School in Seoul, Korea. She has presented solo and duo recitals as well as performances with orchestras. She has performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 with the Gwacheon Youth Orchestra and the Deokwon Arts High School Orchestra respectively in Korea. She performed in master classes with prestigious teachers and the Delta State annual Art of the Piano event in Cleveland, MS. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program at Delta State University, studying piano with Dr. Jung-Won Shin.

Faculty Headlines

Performances, service, and innovative teaching

  • Dr. Bret Pimentel (woodwinds and jazz band) gave a presentation at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region VII conference at Middle Tennessee State University, on the topic “Woodwind Doubling for the 21st-century Saxophonist: Increasing versatility without sacrificing virtuosity.” He also presented at the Mid-South Flute Festival at the University of Memphis, on the topic “Blues Flutes: Otha Turner and the Northern Mississippi cane fife tradition.” He will give a version of this presentation on the DSU campus on Tuesday, April 2, from 12:15-1:00pm in Holcombe Norwood 151.
  • Dr. Shelley Collins (flute and music history) chaired the Mid-South Flute Festival in Memphis in March. Ending her term as President of the Mid-South Flute Society, she will serve the Mid-South Flute Society board of directors for two more years as Immediate Past President. 



Alumni News

  • Lindsey Roy (BM ’11) is in her second year of a MM program at Louisiana State University, where she studies voice with Dr. Loraine Sims. In 2012, she won second place at the regional NATS competition. She performed in the LSU Opera Lagniappe production, "Kings, Queens and Fairytales,” singing the roles of Hänsel from Hänsel and Gretel and Prince Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo. She has sung in the chorus for La Bohemé,  Into the Woods, and The New Moon by Rohmburg. She later performed for a BRAVO luncheon for special patrons. She has sung for the Mahalia Jackson Theatre's show of "A Night of Queen" featuring the band Jeans 'n' Classics as well as the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. She will be singing the role of Genevieve in LSU’s production of Impressions de Pélleas by Debussy and will present a graduate recital on April 26th. She has been selected by the Bay Area Summer Opera Institute (BASOTI) in San Francisco, CA, where she will be singing the roles of Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mrs. Ford in Vaughn-Williams' Sir John in Love, and the Third Spirit in Die Zauberflöte.
  • Katie (Renacker) Foxworthy (BME '05) had a baby girl, Chloe Anna-Louise Foxworthy, in September. Katie is still teaching choir at Tupelo Middle School. There are 160 students in the choir program. 
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DSU Shares Concerts with Live Streaming

The Department of Music at Delta State University inaugurated a new era of presenting departmental events recently with a live Internet broadcast of the Delta State Wind Ensemble concert, led by Director of Bands Joe Moore, on Veteran’s Day. Over 80 people watched the wind ensemble concert in real time through the department’s dedicated UStream “station” (, while others viewed the archived performance later in the evening.
Percussion Instructor Josh Armstrong, who set up the live streaming technology, commented, “We have received some great feedback from people that watched it online…What a great way to reach high school students and community college students without having to leave [our campus]!”
The Department of Music plans to make live streaming a part of its regular community outreach. The music faculty wants potential new majors to have easy access to campus events, and maintain a strong connection with music alumni, patrons, and friends of the department. Through technology, these goals can be accomplished in an up-to-date and cost-effective way. The service is free of charge to both broadcaster and viewer.
Dr. Mark Butler, interim department chair and professor of music, feels the use of technology such as “streaming” provides a lot of potential for increasing the department’s public relations efforts. “This avenue really enhances our ability to highlight the department’s dynamic music instructors, talented students, and varied performances and activities. Not only can we transmit live concerts, but also lectures, interviews with students and faculty, informational ads, and even private lessons and ensemble rehearsals,” he said.
Boy playing djembe

PDS Class Visits DSU

On February 8 the Department of Music hosted a group of students from the 3K class at the Presbyterian Day School located across Highway 8. The students had spent the entire week learning about music. Along with listening to a variety of different music they got to make shakers and drums as craft projects. Mrs. Katy Crump contacted Josh Armstrong, Assistant Director of Bands, and organized a time for the PDS students to come over and experience some different musical instruments as the culmination of their music week.
The students were exposed to a variety of instruments including the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. Some of our faculty and students were on hand to help with the event including Dr. Shelley Collins (flute), Mr. Joe Moore (trumpet), Kyle Adair (freshmen BME, clarinet), Colby Kee (freshmen BME, saxophone), and Josh Mims (freshmen BME, trombone). We would like to thank these students for their involvement with this event. The feedback from the day school was excellent, and everyone had a blast teaching these future musicians about all the different instruments. 

Delta State Flutists Win State Music Competition

MMTA Winners
Several Delta State University Department of Music students successfully competed in the Mississippi Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition at Bellhaven University in Jackson on February 23, 2013. Senior Robyn Rouse, from Gulfport, was awarded First Place, and senior Jessica Egdorf, from Hernando, won Honorable Mention. They were accompanied by collaborative pianist Dr. Jung-Won Shin, Associate Professor of Music. Rouse and Egdorf are flute students of Dr. Shelley Collins, Associate Professor of Music. “MMTA’s collegiate competition is open to university students from across the state. I am proud of my students for working so hard to represent DSU at the state level,” said Collins. The students are pictured here with the adjudicator, Dr. Scot Humes, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. 

Picture: L-R: Robyn Rouse, Dr. Scot Humes, Jessica Egdorf
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