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President’s concert features Guy Webb’s last performance

The President’s Concert will be held Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.Performance

The annual Masterworks concert tradition continues with the popular and well-received choral masterpiece “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms.

The concert features the Missouri State University Combined Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb – with guest soloists Carol Chapman, soprano and Chris Thompson, baritone  – and the MSU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Robert Quebbeman.

The music departments welcomes students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come out and see Dr. Guy Webb’s last performance. The event is free and open to the public.

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Flute Day 2014

The MSU Flute Society and the MSU Music Department along with Springfield Music and Hoover Music Store invite you to the thirteenth annual MSU Flute Day, Saturday, May 3, on the campus of Missouri State University. This event is free and open to the public. Join us in Ellis Recital Hall beginning at 10 a.m.

Mark SparksGuest artist Mark Sparks, performs an unforgettable recital of flute music including the Franck Sonata in D, his own transcription of Bruch’s Romanze and other standards of the flute repertoire. Accompanied by MSU’s own Hye-Jung Hong and Wei-Han Su, this performance will be both entertaining and impressive!

An open flute choir reading session will begin the day. All flutists are invited to participate! We will be sight-reading lots of fun flute choir pieces and some will even get to experience playing the “big” alto and bass flutes. If you are interested in having access to the parts before flute day, please contact Dr. Jill Heyboer by phone or email and we will get them to you!

Following the reading session is a Flute Ensembles Recital, featuring the MSU Community Flute Choir, the MSU Flute Quartet, and other exciting chamber music groups.

To finish off the day, Mark Sparks teaches MSU flute students in a flute masterclass. Listen and learn from this artist as he explains and demonstrates what you can do to be a better flute player.

Since we are not including any time for lunch this year, there will be bake sale items for sale in the lobby to munch on between events, as well as pizza slices and soft drinks.

All day long Haynes Flutes will have flutes available to try and purchase.


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COAL faculty honored during recognition reception

The Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (COAL) is proud to list the following faculty honored at Missouri State’s All-Faculty Recognition Reception held April 21, 2014:

Faculty Recognition Awards

Stephanie Norander, CommunicationProvost Fellow for Faculty Development – Writing

Stephanie Norander, Communication


Steve Willis, Art and Design

Provost Fellow for Diversity

Steve Willis, Art and Design


Provost Fellows is a program designed to recognize outstanding faculty who have a special area of interest that is related to the mission, priorities and goals of the Office of the Provost. The position provides faculty with the opportunity and support to become engaged in an administrative, research or outreach activity. The term of the appointment varies with the type of assignment.


Excellence in Study Away Programming

Gwen Walstrand, Art and DesignGwen Walstrand, Art and Design

In 2014 the Study Away Advisory Committee created the Excellence in Study Away Programming award to recognize Missouri State faculty members who demonstrate excellence in developing and leading short-term study away programs. The recipient will receive $1,500 in professional development funds and an award.



Honors College Awards for Teaching, Research and Service

Larry George, Modern and Classical LanguagesMarcia Morriset Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education

Larry George, Modern and Classical Languages

The Marcia Morriset Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education recognizes the exceptional service, mentoring and advising accomplishments of MSU’s Honors College faculty and affiliated staff. The award was created in recognition of Marcia Morriset’s many years of service to the Honors College. The award is presented to a faculty or staff member who had contributed broadly to the advancement of Honors education at Missouri State University and has excelled at undergraduate mentorship and advising of Honors College students.



Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL) Faculty Awards

Emanuelle Wessels, Media, Journalism and Film2013-2014 Research Stipend Award

Emanuelle Wessels, Media, Journalism and Film

The Research Stipend Awards recognizes faculty who have been awarded CASL Research Stipend Funds for direct service to the community, including community-based research involving students. Faculty selected for the CASL Research Stipend Award will present their findings at the FCTL Showcase in August.



Additional Recognitions

Margaret Weaver, EnglishA 2014 Mentoring, Support and Partnerships Program Mentor

Margaret Weaver, English

The University-based Mentoring, Support and Partnerships Program was created to increase the recruitment and retention rates of junior faculty/staff. Overall objectives of the program are for exceptional mentors to provide on-going support for outstanding faculty/staff from historically underrepresented groups to advance their success in the trilogy of scholarship, heighten their professional development and help them establish a sound identity and amiable sense of well-being at Missouri State University and in the Springfield community. Dr. Sabrina Brinson is the program coordinator and Dr. Julie Masterson is the program administrator.


Faculty Service Awards

10 Years of Service

Andrew Cline, Media, Journalism and Film
Marcus Howell, Art and Design
Timothy White, Media, Journalism and Film

15 Years of Service

Tracy Dalton, English
David Hays, Music
Michael Stowe, English
Steve Willis, Art and Design

20 Years of Service

Randy Dillon, Communication
Mary Harges, Modern and Classical Languages
Sarah Perkins, Art and Design
Margaret Weaver, English

25 Years of Service

James Baumlin, English
Mary Baumlin, English
Joel Chaston, English
Randy Hamm, Music
Jane Hoogestraat, English
Vonda Yarberry, Art and Design

35 Years of Service

Kristene Sutliff, English

40 Years of Service

Jerry Hatch, Art and Design

Service Awards honor faculty members who have reached a five-year longevity milestone in their years of service to Missouri State University. To qualify for a service award, employees must have worked full-time at Missouri State and reached a five-year milestone (10, 15, 20, etc.) within the 2013-2014 academic year to be honored at the April 2014 reception.


- Information courtesy Missouri State University’s 2014 All-Faculty Recognition Reception program

Additional faculty/staff/student accomplishments are featured throughout the year in COAL and departmental blogs.

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String Fling offers intense study for middle school, high school string students

2012 String Fling

String Fling, marking its thirteenth year, returns in late July to offer intensive string instrument study to talented students in middle school and high school. Students in private lessons who have completed grade 7 or higher are invited to study on the Missouri State University campus from July 27-30.

Students will be coached by the University’s full-time string faculty, which includes Dr. David Hays, Dr. Amy Muchnick and Dr. Michael A. Murray, and also benefit from guest faculty instruction. They receive chamber music and string orchestra assignments, rehearse with different coaches, and perform a concert at the end of the program.

“Students gain valuable musicianship skills like teamwork, focus, practice techniques, injury prevention, and advice from our faculty as well as great masters (on video) and more,” Hays, professor of violin and concertmaster for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, says. “Chamber music, in which the participants are often alone or nearly alone on their individual parts, emphasizes listening and independence in execution.  Missouri State’s is one of only a few string camps in the U.S. using chamber music at the middle-school level.” Hays adds that many String Fling alumni attend the University and comprise some of the music department’s finest students.

The program fee is $300 per student for tuition and lodging. Students are encouraged to apply and pay online. A nonrefundable $25 application fee is due with the application by June 16. The application fee is not included in the program fee. A teacher’s recommendation should be emailed to Muchnick at StringFling@MissouriState.edu. Students will live on campus in a University residence hall for the duration of the program; they will also be served three meals daily from one of the residential dining halls. A staff of counselors supervise residential life.

Contact the department of music at (417) 836-6958 for more information or email stringfling@missouristate.edu.

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Beethoven Revolution! A new summer intersession class for 2014

MUS241-701-NewSummerIntersessionClassThe Department of Music is offering a new summer intersession class this year. The Language of Music: Beethoven Revolution (MUS 241, Section 701) will be in session 8-11:45a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Cheek Hall, Room 102. Professor Michael A. Murray brings impressive experience to the class as a member of Honors College faculty and principal cellist of the Springfield Symphony.

Students can spend their summer mornings with Wolfgang, Ludwig and the Romantic Generation and witness how the class changes the way they listen to music on their own playlists. The class offers students a great way to fulfill a 3-credit hour GenEd requirement in just three weeks.

For more information, email MichaelAMurray@MissouriState.edu.

Share this announcement with prospective students. A class flyer is also available to download, print and post.

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Dr. Todd Payne travels back to alma mater

Todd PayneTodd Payne, associate professor of music, traveled back to his alma mater, Munford High School, in Munford, Tenn. He joins Ebony Preston Woods and high school chorus members for an upcoming homecoming concert to be held at their high school.

Payne and Preston Woods will be performing 10 songs with the high school’s chorus. Payne looks at this opportunity as a way of telling teachers, friends and his mom thank you.

Read the full story from WCMTV.


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Creative works of students, faculty take center stage during the 2014 Composition Festival

The annual Composition Festival brings acclaimed composers to the campus of Missouri State University to inspire, teach and interact with students from across the music department and the larger campus community. These interactions include concerts and rehearsals of the guest composer’s works by department ensembles, students, faculty, and guest performers; performances of student and faculty compositions; presentations to classes and to the general public; one-on-one lessons with composition majors; and master classes with small groups of students. Events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of events

Sunday, March 2

Concert I – 7:30 p.m. Ellis Recital Hall
Concert to feature finalists of the 72-hour Composition Challenge

Monday, March 3

Concert II – 7:30 p.m. Ellis Recital Hall
Music of Michael Daugherty performance of his “Dead Elvis” for solo bassoon and chamber ensemble.

Tuesday, March 4

Concert III – 7:30 p.m. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Music of MSU wind ensemble by guest composer Michael Daugherty directed by Belva Worthen Prather

MSU-Music-CompositionFestivalWednesday, March 5

Concert IV – 7:30 p.m. Ellis Recital Hall
World premiere performance of “Neutral Tones” for baritone and viola by Michael F. Murray performed by Chris Thompson and Kathy Murray

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