College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bret Pimentel and Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, both associate professors in the Department of Music, present a free faculty recital on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Pimentel and Shimizu present recital

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Dr. Bret Pimentel and Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, both associate professors of music, in a free faculty recital on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The program will include works for woodwind instruments and piano by Carl Maria von Weber, John Corina and John Williams.

In 2009, Pimentel joined the music faculty of Delta State, where he teaches woodwind instruments. He is at home with the classical solo repertoire of all the woodwind instruments, as well as chamber and symphonic music, jazz, rock and pop.

In addition to the major modern woodwinds, he is skilled at a number of world, historical and electronic woodwinds. Pimentel’s varied career has included performances with Dave Brubeck, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the King’s Singers, the O’Jays and more. For more information visit his website at

As a collaborative pianist, Shimizu has played for several competitions, including the National Opera Association, District Metropolitan, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Mississippi Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. In addition, she has played for several opera companies, such as Eugene Opera, Lake George Opera, Rimrock Opera and more.

Her research interests include: performance of art songs that are not commonly heard in the U.S.; collaborative teaching in the voice area; and performance of world premiere.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

An exhibit by artist Shara Rowley Plough opens Thursday at the Fielding Wright Art Center on the campus of Delta State.

Art gallery opening with Shara Rowley Plough

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Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center begins its 2015-16 season on Thursday with an exhibition of Shara Rowley Plough’s “Pastoral Tableau.”An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m.

Plough is an installation and mixed media artist who has worked in Cleveland the last couple of years. Her work investigates social inequalities and consumer culture, often utilizing the materials of consumer culture itself.

Pastoral Tableau is a commentary on the pressures to consume. Advertisements hold up impossible promises on how purchasing a vast array of products will change our lives, make us more alluring, more fulfilled or more successful, and our social status is measured not by our accomplishments, but by our ability to consume. The chase for the latest must-have consumer items is represented by a life-size hunting scene consisting of a horse, pack of hunting dogs, slain fox and a fluffle of rabbits.

Horse and fox hunts are associated with the leisure activities of the affluent, and for Plough, become the ultimate symbol of success and aspirations. On the other hand, the cruelty of the hunt also stands for the cannibalistic nature of consumption.

The entire scene was painstakingly crochet from horsehair. Plough explained that the material used is an important aspect of her message, as she was interested in the contrast between an unattractive waste material – horse hair – and the beauty of the horse which comes to symbolize the different aspects of consumption.

Plough earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her work has been included in the Arizona Biennial, the Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts Invitational, the Meridian Museum Bi-State Art Competition, the E. E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, and has been shown at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis. The exhibit was created with the support of a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Pastoral Tableau will run from Aug. 20-Sept. 24. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information, visit the Department of Art’s website at, or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow the department on Facebook and join the email list.

Mary Peavey of Peavey Electronics, left, joined Miles Fulwider, DMI coordinator of Sound Recording Technology, for the announcement of a major sound equipment donation.

Peavy Electronics donates to DMI and Levitt AMP series

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Hartley and Mary Peavey of Peavey Electronics recently donated $4,500 of sound reinforcement equipment to support the DMI Entertainment Industry Studies program at Delta State University in preparation for the upcoming Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series.

“Music inspired my lifelong passion for making the tools that allow us to create music,” said Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation. “I hope that this donation of Peavey products will act as a bridge to link the rich musical legacy of the Delta region to the next generation of music professionals.”

Music industry veteran Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute, said the Peavey donation will augment the DMI’s live sound reinforcement capabilities and provide students with an additional opportunity to work with state-of-the-art audio technology.

“We are very grateful to receive this support from Peavey Electronics,” said Walker. “Peavey once again stepped up with their excellent products that will be instrumental in the success of the Levitt AMP Music Series here in Cleveland this fall.”

The donated equipment includes four Peavey QW-18 subwoofers and a Peavey IPR2 7500 watt power amp to boost the low end of any number of live sound applications.

“Building on the tradition of Mississippi’s undeniable musical history, gifts like this support the creative and entrepreneurial dreams of the next generation of young entertainment professionals,” added Walker. “The Delta Music Institute, with its entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to studying the music and entertainment industries, serves to advance the musical culture and creative economy that is alive and well in Mississippi.”

Founded by Hartley Peavey in 1965 as a one-man shop, today, Peavey Electronics Corporation is one of the largest makers and suppliers of musical instruments, amplifiers and professional audio systems in the world — distributing more than 2,000 products to more than 130 countries. To find out more, visit

The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. Its mission is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the entertainment industries. The DMI offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. For more information, visit

Members of the Delta Belles, Color Guard and Pride of the Delta Marching Band have returned to campus to prepare for upcoming performances.

Music students prepping for football season

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While most students are enjoying the last couple weeks of summer, a number of Delta State music majors have returned to campus prepping for the exciting football season, which kicks off with a home game against Fort Valley State University on Sept. 3.

The Delta Belles and Color Guard are already back on campus practicing at this year’s camp gearing up for the season. Delta State’s very own Pride of the Delta Marching Band percussion section is also in full swing at Drumline Camp.

The Delta Belles and Color Guard can be seen dancing with the marching band at every home football game. The groups also perform fun routines at student pep rallies, DSU and community parades, and several marching band festivals throughout the year.

The Delta Belles are under the leadership of captain Abigail Myers, and captain Elizabeth Long leads the Color Guard. The marching band is under the direction of Dr. Erik Richards, director of bands and Dr. Joshua Armstrong, assistant director of bands. Armstrong also leads the percussion section.

Armstrong said he has big plans for the percussion program this year, including appearances throughout the community this fall.

The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music that offers Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees, with emphasis on vocal performance, instrumental and keyboard. For more information on music programs at Delta State, visit, or contact 662-846-4615 or

Mary Claire Rackley of Gulfport, Evan Lindsey of Minter City (left), and Landry Bullock (right) from Crystal Springs, rehearse for the upcoming DMI Summer Showcase on July 18 at 6 p.m. at the BPAC on the campus of Delta State University.

Delta Music Institute summer campers present showcase

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Students attending the ninth annual Delta Music Institute Summer Camp will present a showcase of original songs and commercial music on July 18 at 6 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University. The concert, free and open to the public, will include material from various commercial music genres, along with several original songs created by the camp’s songwriting students.

Eighteen students ages 15-18 from Mississippi, Alabama, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and California are participating in the 2015 DMI Summer Camp. The intensive six-day residential camp experience explores three music industry tracks, including audio engineering, band performance, and songwriting that are integrated together, culminating in a recording session at the DMI studios and a showcase performance at the BPAC.

Instructors for the camp are DMI faculty members along with entertainment industry professionals.

“It’s always amazing to see these talented young people put together such a great show in only a week’s time,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “It’s also fun to watch them form friendships with other like-minded campers from all over the state.”

Supporters of these talented young musicians are encouraged to attend and enjoy Saturday’s show.

The Delta Music Institute offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies at Delta State University. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business and creative areas of the entertainment industry. For more information, call the DMI office at 662-846-4579 or visit