With an interest in using art to build and shape community,Wilcoxon’s work has not just been limited to stage settings: she creates performances that blend research and choreography into participatory workshops for festivals, community events and schools.
Wilcoxon’s choreography has been featured in musicals, commercial work and on concert dance stages throughout Central Illinois, Chicago and Northern Florida.
Her research and creative interests include jazz dance history, dance as rhetoric, cross-disciplinary collaboration and dance conditioning/injury prevention.
Degree focus in dance as rhetoric
Wilcoxon holds a master’s degree in communication from Illinois State University, where she focused on dance as rhetoric, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from Florida State University.
She has taught jazz and musical theatre dance master classes at the Suzanne Farrell Workshop for Young Dancers, the American College Dance Association’s Southeastern Conference, the Peoria Ballet Academy Summer Intensive and the Florida State University Summer Intensive.
Broadway actress Lisa Brescia will be the theatre and dance department’s next assistant professor in acting. She will begin in the fall 2016 semester.
Brescia as teacher, acting coach
Brescia has been teaching and coaching actors for several years, frequently leading master classes at universities, and as head teacher and founder of The Actor’s Playgroup in New York City. She has a master of fine arts in classical acting from the Academy for Classical Acting, and has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Dr. Heidi Backes will join modern and classical language’s Spanish faculty in the fall. Most recently, she was an assistant professor of Spanish at Drury University. Degree in modern peninsular literature Backes received her Ph.D. in modern peninsular literature from the …
Ellis Hall will be closed for construction during the 2016-17 school year, and will reopen in fall 2017. The equipment, classes and offices have been relocated to the Glen Isle Shopping Center on South Glenstone Avenue.
More about the relocation
Classes, as well as music’s administrative and faculty offices, will temporarily move to the Glen Isle Shopping Center, located at 1514 S. Glenstone Avenue. The 35,000-square-foot space includes offices, practice rooms and a few classrooms.
Reach us by phone
Phone numbers for music’s faculty and staff will remain the same. You can find those in the music phone directory.
If you’ve ever been to a football game — or been put on hold while on a Missouri State call — you’ve heard the university’s fight song.
Creating the tune that has inspired generations of Bears is just one of Jerry Hoover’s many achievements in his 31-year career as the MSU Pride Band’s director.
On May 10, 2016, the Foundation celebrated that legacy with a retirement reception.
Hoover’s lessons ‘too great to measure’
Longtime colleagues, band alumni, family and friends affectionately shared stories about the 80-year-old at the reception.
Dr. Belva Prather, associate band director and emeritus music professor, met Hoover for the first time at her job interview in 1986: “He flew in on a golf cart wearing a Mickey Mouse tie.”
She offered a behind-the-scenes view of the ensuing 30 years, like the time Hoover lost the Dinner Bell Trophy.
Fearing it ended up in the Dumpster, they set out quickly to find it.
“He said, ‘I’ll explain this to you: one of us will get in the Dumpster; the other will stay on the golf cart to be the lookout,’” she said. “Let’s just say I was known as the Dumpster Diver ever since.”
Hoover’s son, Doug Hoover, spoke of a dedicated and passionate teacher and father who always remembers to write Thank You cards. And alumnus Brian Burlingame characterized the lessons he learned from Hoover as “too great to measure.”
‘What a ride!’
Hoover recounted his own amusing stories during the event, like the time he and other staff smuggled band uniforms across the U.S.-Mexico border, and when they became the first American band to play at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
“Touching people’s hearts with music is a tremendous opportunity and tremendous responsibility,” he said.
The night would not have been complete without the Pride Band themselves. The fight song filled Wehr Band Hall just before a large cake with sparklers was wheeled in and confetti burst out over the crowd.
Listen to “The Scotsman,” Missouri State’s fight song:
It was a fitting farewell to this intrepid leader whose ending remarks of the evening — a Hunter S. Thompson quote — will forever remind us of why he is so beloved by Missouri State:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”
Help fund the Jerry Hoover Band Endowment
The Missouri State University Foundation created the Jerry Hoover Band Endowment to support the needs of the MSU Pride Band. Pay tribute to the founding band director by contributing to the fund online.
In eighth grade, Spanish major Jessica Garcia watched a documentary film that would change the course of her career. Since she could remember, she wanted to be a teacher: “I was always the little kid forcing my friends to play …