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Rushing offers senior recital

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Joshua Mathew Rushing in his senior music recital April 2 at 1:40 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Rushing, a music education major, is the son of John and Karen Rushing of Saucier, Miss. He is a euphonium student under Dr. Douglas Mark, associate professor of music. Rushing transferred to Delta State from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and since coming to Delta State, he has performed with the DSU Wind Ensemble, the DSU Symphonic Band, the Pride of the Delta Marching Band, the DSU Pep Band, the DSU Low Brass Ensemble, the Delta Singers and the African Community Drumming Experience. He is an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Rushing will be performing works by Franz Shubert, Kevin McKee and Walter Ross and will be accompanied by Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, faculty collaborative pianist and associate professor of music. The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call (662) 846-4615.


Collins and Armstrong to Present Faculty Recital

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents a flute and percussion recital on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church of Cleveland. Performers include Dr. Shelley Collins, Associate Professor of Flute and Dr. Josh Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Percussion.

The duo will be playing a wide variety of works inspired by Appalachian folk songs, Japanese haiku, Hindustani instruments, gypsy dance, American film music, and a selection of fife and drum works from the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

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

Delta State University Choirs to hold holiday concert

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Delta State University Choirs will be performing its annual “Deck the Halls” concert Dec. 7. The event will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m.

For the third straight year, guest choirs have been invited to perform. This year, Delta State University Choirs will be hosting the Delta Youth Chorale, Lewisburg High School Capriccio and Bolton High School Concert Choirs.

All of the Delta State University Choirs and guest choirs will perform.

“This is a huge recruitment event for the Department of Music as around 80 high school students from Mississippi and Tennessee will perform,” said Dr. Nicholaus Cummins, director of Choral Activities. “Each year has been a huge success.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cummins at 662-846-4115 or ncummins@deltastate.edu.



Director of bands appointed at Delta State

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The Delta State University Department of Music is pleased to announce Erik Richards as the new director of bands, effective July 1.

Richards holds a doctorate in music education with a concentration in instrumental conducting and a graduate certificate in college teaching from Florida State University, a Master of Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He spent 10 years of his professional career teaching instrumental music at all levels, marching band and AP music theory in Virginia public schools. He has also been active as a guest clinician and conductor.

At Iowa State University, Richards worked with the marching and athletic bands, concert bands and supervised student teachers in music education degrees, among other duties. As a graduate instructor at Florida State, he assisted with the band program and taught courses in conducting, instrumental music and music education. His research interests include the development of effective music teaching characteristics, instrumental music pedagogy and wind band literature.

“Dr. Richards is well-qualified for this important position in our department and on campus,” said Mark Butler, retiring interim chair of the Delta State music department. “He comes to Delta State full of energy, with great credentials and strong musicianship on the podium. His charisma will be effective recruiting and teaching Delta State music students and working among the state’s instrumental music educators. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Delta.”

The Department of Music offers undergraduate degrees in music education, performance and liberal arts, taught by 12 full time faculty members. The programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information or to make charitable contributions to the department, contact the music office at 662-846-4615.