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Delta Music Institute music industry workshops to be offered at the Mary C. OKeefe Cultural Center

By October 15, 2009General

Music Industry instructors from the Delta Music Institute (DMI) at Delta State University will be offering free workshops on several industry topics on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 -5 p.m. at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.

The workshops will be held in conjunction with the 5th Annual Ocean Springs Music Festival, taking place that same weekend. There is no charge for the workshops and pre-registration is not necessary. Interested students need only go to the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center’s Scharr-Ello Music Recording Studio, on the second floor.
Instructors for the workshops include DMI Director Tricia Walker and DMI Instructors Mike Iacopelli and Barry Bays. 
Walker is a 30-year veteran of the music industry, having spent the majority of her career based in Nashville as a singer/songwriter, producer, and music publisher. She has written award-winning songs, evidenced by Alison Krauss receiving a Grammy™ for her recording of Walker’s song, Looking In The Eyes Of Love. She returned to Delta State to lead the Delta Music Institute in 2006. Walker will be leading a workshop entitled, “Songwriting 101: It All Begins With A Song.”
Iacopelli is the chief audio engineer at the DMI and serves as the coordinator of sound recording technology for the institute. He has worked as a recording and mastering engineer in studios in Detroit, Nashville, and Memphis, and has worked with a range of artists, including Aretha Franklin, Parliament Funkadelic, and Bishop G. E. Patterson. He will be presenting a workshop entitled, “Basics of Studio Recording: The Good Rule.”
Bays has performed with nationally and internationally known artists, including Shawn Lane, Kenny Brown, “Big” George Brock, and more. Bays directs DMI’s two performing bands, Ol’ Skool Revue (R&B/Soul/Blues/Funk) and DeltaRoX (Classic Rock). He will be leading the workshop, “The Working Musician: How To Survive.”
The DMI Workshops are scheduled at the following times:
2-2:45 p.m.       “The Working Musician: How To Survive”             Barry Bays       
3-3:45 p.m.       “Basics of Studio Recording: The Good Rule”     Mike Iacopelli
4-4:45 p.m.       “Songwriting 101: It All Begins With A Song”       Tricia Walker
For more information, contact the DMI at (662) 846- 4579 or the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center at (228) 818-2878.