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Kayla Jackson, a music education major, presents her senior recital April 23 at 1:40 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Jackson to perform senior recital

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The Delta State University Department of Music announces the senior recital of Kayla Jackson, a music education major. The recital will take place April 23 beginning at 1:40 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Jackson will be accompanied by members of the percussion studio. The recital is free and open to the public.

Jackson is the daughter of Chris and Rhonda Jackson of Ripley, Miss. and is a percussion student under Dr. Josh Armstrong. She is a transfer to Delta State coming from Northeast Community College.

Since arriving at Delta State, Jackson has performed with the DSU Wind Ensemble, DSU Symphonic Band, Pride of the Delta Marching Band and Drumline, DSU Steel Bands, DSU Percussion Ensemble, and the Community Drumming and Dance Ensemble. She is an active member of Mu Phi Epsilon. 

Jackson will be performing works by Nathan Daughtrey, Casey Cangelosi, Alice Gomez, L.V. Beethoven and The Beatles.

Pianist Dr. Ellen Elder will perform a guest piano duo recital April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Elder to perform piano recital

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Delta State University’s Department of Music presents a guest piano duo recital by pianist Dr. Ellen Elder on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The recital will feature works by Bach and Copland and transcriptions by Liszt.

Elder will also present a master class for Delta State piano majors on the same day at 3 p.m., also in the Recital Hall.

Elder is an assistant professor of piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is the coordinator of the piano accompanying program, teaches applied piano and class piano, and collaborates with faculty and guest artists.

In 2011, she founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute, which offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults in the community. Her college and pre-college students receive numerous awards and honors for their performances.

Elder holds the D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance and the M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Michigan. Her primary instructors included Louis Nagel, John Ellis and Joanne Smith. She did additional study in vocal accompanying with Martin Katz and fortepiano with Penelope Crawford.

She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi as a student of Stanley Waldoff. She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft College and William Carey University. Additionally, she has taught on the summer piano faculties of the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen and the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute.

Elder is the winner of many competitions and awards, both for solo performance and teaching. She was the first place winner of the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition and the Lansing Matinee Musicale Competition, and second place winner of the Memphis International Beethoven Sonata Competition. In March 2010, she was selected to compete in the 7th International J. S. Bach Competition in Würzburg, Germany, and was one of 37 pianists chosen to compete in the 2006 Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany — one of three chosen from the U.S.

She was the recipient of the MTNA Star Award, as well as the Joanne A. Smith Piano Pedagogy Award for class piano teaching for two consecutive years. In 2009, Elder was selected to receive the Higher Education Appreciation Day/Working for Academic Excellence Award established in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to honor faculty who have contributed to the promotion of academic excellence at each of the state’s public and private institutions.

Elder has been featured as soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra as winner of the concerto competitions at those institutions. She has performed as soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the Hattiesburg City Band.

Elder is also a reviewer for the American Music Teacher Magazine. She recently edited “Three Pieces for the Young Pianist” by Luigi Zaninelli, published by C. Alan Publications. A collaborative CD with Dr. Jason Bergman (trumpet) “On the Horizon” was released in the fall of 2013 and is available for purchase through msrcd.com, Amazon.com and iTunes.

She is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States, and she is an active member of the local and state music teacher organizations. Currently, Elder serves as president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association and vice president for Membership and Web Management of the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League.

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

Minji Kim (left) and Alanna Burns will present recitals April 16, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Recital hall at the BPAC.

Burns and Kim to present recitals at BPAC

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Alanna Burns in her senior voice recital, and Minji Kim in her junior piano recital, April 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Burns, a voice major from Tishomingo, is the daughter of John and Toni Burns. She studies with Dr. Chad Payton, voice faculty at Delta State.

Since entering the university in 2012, she has been involved with DSU Chorale, Delta Singers, Pride of the Delta Marching Band, and has served as secretary and vice president of Mu Phi Epsilon. Burns will be performing compositions by Bellini, Cesti, Schumann, Fauré, Hahn, Quilter, Fraser-Simson and Bernstein.

Kim, who graduated from Deokwon Arts High School in Seoul, Korea, is currently pursuing a music degree at Delta State, where she studies piano with Dr. Jung-Won Shin.

She has performed in many recitals and concerts in Korea and the United States. She performed “Liszt piano concerto No. 1” with the Gwacheon Youth Orchestra and “Tchaikovsky concerto No. 1” with the Deokwon Arts High School Orchestra in Korea. Recently, she performed in the winner’s recital of the 2015 Beethoven Club Competition and performed two movements from Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos with a string quartet at the University of Southern Mississippi Summer Piano Concerto camp in 2014.

Kim has won several piano competitions, such as the senior division of the 2015 Beethoven Club Competition in Memphis, Tenn.; the 2014 and 2015 Mississippi Music Teachers Association College Competitions; the 2013 Mississippi state competition of the Music Teachers National Association; and the sixth annual Alcorn State University Piano Competition in Natchez, Miss. She has been selected to perform in the Delta State Honors Recitals in 2014 and 2015.

Her recital will feature works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

Both recitals are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

The Delta State University Department of Music presents Monica Michelle Ely in her junior voice recital April 2 at 1:40 p.m. in the Recital hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Department of Music presents Ely

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Monica Michelle Ely in her junior voice recital April 2 at 1:40 p.m. in the Recital hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. This recital is free and open to the public. 

Ely, a junior vocal performance major from Mobile, Ala., is the daughter of Rick and Vertice Ely. She studies with Dr. Chad Payton, assistant professor of music at Delta State.

Since entering Delta State in the fall of 2012, she has been involved with DSU Chorale, Chamber Singers, Opera Theater and Color Guard, and she is a section leader in DSU Chorale. She has held an executive position in the professional music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, where she is currently the chorister. Additionally, she was one of five selected performers in the 2014 Delta State Honors Recital.

In the summer of 2014, Ely worked at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she served as section leader for the Staff Chamber Choir and Chorale, music director for the acapella group, Bluecapella, and soprano soloist with the faculty orchestra in Ludolf Arens’s Mass. In 2012, she placed at the southern regional NATS competition and received the Outstanding Vocal Award from the Faulkner Division of Fine Arts.

Ely will be performing compositions by Gluck, Donaudy, Schubert, Schumann, Massenet and Arlen.