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Department of Music

Music Notes

May 2013
Volume 10, Issue 5
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Mr. George Hays

Alumni Awards 2013 

Please join us in congratulating our award winners!

Each year, the Department of Music recognizes special friends and alumni of the department in three separate categories: Service, Philanthropy, and Alumnus/a of the Year. Nominations are submitted both from within the department and from the DSU alumni community at large.
We are proud to announce the 2013 award winners. Mr. George Hays (pictured above) received the 2013 Service Award in recognition of his decades-long relationship with the department as piano technician. A music department cannot operate effectively without pianos being kept in tip-top condition. We are grateful for his service.

Two recipients, Mrs. Nan Sanders and Mr. Ray Gibson, shared the 2013 Philanthropy Award. Mrs. Sanders, a DSU alumna and local arts patron, was recognized for her continuous financial support to our department. Her recent generosity has been directed toward supporting travel opportunities for the DSU choir program, as well as our on-going piano capital campaign. Mr. Gibson (BME '69) graciously donated funds this year, with specific instructions that the funding be used to help “students in need.” His gift will help ease the financial burden our students experience.
Our 2013 Alumnus of the Year was Mr. Tom Carson (BME '81). For nearly 30 years, Mr. Carson served as Director of Bands at East Central Community College, in Decatur, MS. He transformed a fledgling band program of 17 students into a vibrant ensemble of more than 120 musicians by the time he retired last year. ECCC alumni revered him as a caring and devoted mentor. Former colleagues described him as being “…all about the students.” Mr. Carson’s accomplishments as an educator and mentor serve as an extraordinary example of achievement for our students and alumni to follow.

We were saddened to learn that Tom Carson passed away on May 6, 2013. The Department of Music wishes to express our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and students. [Link to obituary]
Nominations are now open for the 2014 awards, and will be accepted until March 15, 2014. More information can be found on the Alumni News page.

Summer Course Offerings

The Department of Music is pleased to offer two online courses during the summer months. These courses satisfy the General Education requirements in Fine Arts for nonmajors and are open to all students as electives. 

MUS 114: Music in American Culture (3 credits) - An exploration of the history and culture of American life through music and other art forms. While drawing on Western elements, this course will be inclusive of a variety of ethnic musical traditions which are significant in the development of American folk, popular, and art music. Taught by Dr. Karen Fosheim, this course will be offered online during both Summer I (June - CRN 23710) and Summer II (July - CRN 32156) sessions. 

MUS 116: History of Rock and Roll (3 credits) - The History of Rock and Roll is a survey of major trends, styles, and genres of rock music from 1945 to the present day. Taught by Dr. Shelley Collins, this course will be offered online during the Summer I (June) session. CRN 23656.

Applied Music lessons are available by some faculty. Contact the Music Office at 662-846-4615 for more information. 


If you live too far away to attend concerts regularly, you can still enjoy hearing DSU performances on our USTREAM channel during the academic year. Concerts remain online for a period of time following each performance. Visit our channel at

Music Students Receive Endowed Scholarships

Endowed music scholarships were presented by the Department of Music at the annual Honors Recital on April 15, 2013 and acknowledged at the Arts and Sciences Scholarship Reception on April 17. The Department of Music is very grateful to the donors who support our program.

Capwell Scholarship Students 2013
Jeff Ross Capwell Scholarship Recipients
L-R: Courtney Wier, Tirzah Simmons, Robyn Rouse, and Jessica Egdorf
The Jeff Ross Capwell Music Scholarships were established by DSU alumnus Mr. Jeff Ross Capwell of Memphis to promote instrumental music education by providing financial assistance and incentives to promising undergraduate instrumental music education majors. 

Maggie Flowers Ewing Voice Scholarship 2013
Maggie Flowers Ewing Voice Scholarship Recipient
Andrew Carlton, left, with Dr. Paul Hankins, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Lacy Langford Piano Scholarship 2013
Lacy Langford Piano Scholarship Recipients
Minji Kim, left, with Dr. Hankins (not pictured: Jaireus McClain)
For 34 years, Mrs. Lucy Langford (1909-2012) played the organ at Cleveland's First Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member, and was long-time organist for Calvary Episcopal Church in Cleveland. She endowed scholarships at Delta State University in journalism and music. 
Choir rehearsal

Choral Ensembles News

The Choral Ensembles at Delta State University have had a busy and fantastic year.  We began a new tradition with the Candlelight Concert at the BPAC in December. The goal of this concert was to invite guest choirs to join the DSU Choral Ensembles in presenting a holiday concert together. It was a huge success for our first year and we hope to continue its success in future years. DSU Chorale and Chamber Singers also went on tour this spring at six high schools in Memphis and Desoto County, Mississippi. They also presented an evening concert in Germantown, TN at Kingsway Christian Church to a large audience of high school students, parents, and area choral directors. The final concert of the year was Gabriel Faure’s Requiem in D minor and Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs with Dr. Nicholaus Cummins (conductor), Dr. Mark Butler (organ), Dr. Kumiko Shimizu (piano), and Ms. Anne-Gaelle Ravetto (violin). 
We are preparing an exciting and educational year for our students in 2013-2014. Plans are underway for our students to perform in France in May 2014. We have been invited to sing a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in addition to concerts at other famous venues in the city. Additionally, Chorale and Chamber Singers will be going on tour to Jackson, the MS Gulf Coast, and New Orleans to recruit for the next year. We will also host the 2nd annual DSU Candlelight Concert with Holmes Community College Choirs and Lewisburg High School Choirs on December 7th. We will host the 37th annual Delta State University Honor Choir February 7-9, 2014 with guest clinician Dr. Brady Allred from Salt Lake City, UT. 
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Nicholaus Cummins at 662-846-4115 or  Thanks for your continued support of DSU Choral Activities. 

Faculty Headlines

Performances, service, and innovative teaching

  • Joe Moore, Director of Bands, received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Kentucky on March 6, 2013. His dissertation topic was "A Conductor’s Guide to David Del Tredici’s In Wartime.
  • Shelley Collins (flute and music history) and Andrea Cheeseman (former DSU faculty) have arranged one of Cesar Cui's most beloved works, Five Short Pieces, Op. 56, which has been published by ALRY Publications. Originally for flute, violin and piano, Collins and Cheeseman arranged it for flute, clarinet, and piano, and along with Dr. Kumiko Shimizu (collaborative piano), they will perform it at the National Flute Association convention in August 2013. 
Dr. Joe Moore

Cui cover page

Alumni News

  • Alice Keelin (BME '01) is embarking on a new business, Music Noodling, a music consultant service geared toward homeschool families to study instrumental music privately or in groups as a small ensemble. She hopes to develop a north MS homeschool band. [Website] and [Facebook link]
  • Timothy Powell (BME '10) married Elizabeth Dees on May 19, 2012. They live in Taylorsville, MS.

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Pi Kappa Lambda Inducts New Members

Pi Kappa Lambda crest 
The Pi Kappa Lambda honor society is dedicated to furthering music in education and education in music at schools, colleges, and universities that offer music degree programs. The Zeta Rho Chapter at Delta State University inducts those students who distinguish themselves in the department each year at a special ceremony. The newest members of Pi Kappa Lambda are:
  • Dr. Joe Moore, Director of Bands
  • Dr. Nicholas Cummins, Director of Choral Activities
  • Josiah Andrews - Senior music education major from Summit 
  • Sarah Green - Senior music education major from Vicksburg
  • Robyn Rouse - Senior music education/music performance major from Gulfport
  • Courtney Wier - Junior music education major from Olive Branch

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The Department of Music at Delta State University offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, music education, and music performance. The department accepts donations through the Delta State University Foundation to support scholarships, student events and projects, and purchase of instructional materials. For more information on degrees or making a contribution, call the Music Office at 662-846-4615, or send email to
Copyright © 2013 Delta State University Department of Music. All rights reserved.
Dr. Shelley Collins, editor. Department of Music: 662-846-4615
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