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Opera Workshop students to perform Nov. 22

MSU_Music_-Magic-Flute_3Missouri State’s Opera Workshop students will conduct a fall performance comprised of scenes from rarely heard works such as Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges; comedic romps by Victor Herbert, Jacques Offenbach and Donizetti; and the classic power of scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Copland’s The Tender Land.

Event details

Location: Ellis Hall

Date: Nov. 22

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact music professor Dr. Ann Marie Daehn by email or at 417-836-6011.

About Opera Theatre

Missouri State’s Opera Theater provides extensive performance opportunities in collaboration with the University’s department of theatre and dance and the Springfield Regional Opera. Opera students receive individual training as an acting singer to build confidence in audition situations and prepare for a career onstage, behind the scenes, or in an educational environment.

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Bands to host free concert series at Hammons Hall

Missouri State band students will perform in a series of free concerts at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in the coming weeks, wrapping up the University’s fall semester.

Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Concert

Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

The University Wind Ensemble and University Wind Symphony will present their fall concert. Membership to the University Wind Ensemble is extended only by audition to the most advanced musicians. The band has a tradition of musical excellence and is committed to playing the finest new works along with the traditional masterpieces from the past. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact band events coordinator Amy Perkins by email or at 417-836-5454.

Jazz Bands Concert

Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Missouri State’s Jazz and Stage bands will perform in a free event that is also open to the public. These bands maintain an active performance calendar, hosting guest artists and participating in major festivals and conventions such as the Midwest Clinic, Mexico Invitational Jazz Festival, Disney World Showcase of Jazz at EPCOT and Missouri Music Educator’s Convention. For more information, contact band events coordinator Amy Perkins by email or at 417-836-5454.

‘Sounds of Christmas’ Concert

Dec. 7, 2 p.m.

The Missouri State Pride Bands‘ annual holiday concert will feature a variety of musical ensembles, dance groups and the entire marching band, combining to present an exciting introduction to the Christmas season. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the MSU band office at 417-836-5454.

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MSU’s Chorale to perform this weekend

Join the Missouri State University Concert Chorale for a night full of English music with the English Voices; Old and New – Chorale Concert! Chorale will be singing pieces by Byrd, Tallis, Whitbourn, Britten and others. This concert features faculty members Randy Hamm on the soprano saxophone and Jeremy Chesman on the organ. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Details

Date: Nov. 16

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: First Baptist Church, 525 South Ave

Contact: Tammy Stanton, 417-836-5648

About the MSU Concert Chorale

Chorale is the flagship touring choir of Missouri State’s department of music. This select choir of approximately 48 voices performs regularly at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education and has toured throughout the United States and Europe.

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Symphony Orchestra to join Kansas City-area high school group in Hammons Hall concert

University Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Robert Quebbeman directs the University Symphony Orchestra.

The Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature a special guest string orchestra from the Kansas City-area Olathe South High School. Each group will perform selections of their own, and then combine to play the final works of the concert. For more information on the event, contact music department professor Robert Quebbeman at 417-836-5729.

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Music across Berlin Wall

In 1994, Missouri State University sponsored an initiative to bring western music composed by women into the former Soviet Union. During this initiative, in Kiev, Missouri State’s Dr. Cynthia Libby met Zhanna Kolodub. Kolodub, a composer from Ukraine, gave Libby manuscripts to be published in the West.

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MSU choral studies director to conduct abroad

Dr. Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies at Missouri State University, was invited by Dr. Gene Peterson, director of choirs for Perform International, to be the artistic director and conductor of the Prague Mozart Festival. Student musicians from across the United States are being given an opportunity to join the chorus and be directed by LaBarr in June 2015.

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Music students to perform in Veterans Day events

Missouri State University’s Alliance for Veterans has several Veterans Day events planned that will feature students, faculty and groups from the music department.

Nov. 9

“A Musical Salute To Our Veterans” concert

4 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

The Missouri State University Bands will be presenting its annual “A Musical Salute To Our Veterans” concert on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. University entertainment ensembles, Jazz Band and Pride Marching Band will combine forces to present an afternoon of inspiration, appreciation and entertainment. Featured speaker this year will be noted television personality Jerry JacobThis event is free and open to the public.

Nov. 11

Veterans Recognition Breakfast

8 – 9:30 a.m. at Plaster Student Union

Breakfast will be served to community and campus veterans and their guests at Plaster Student Union. This year’s theme is “Honor Sacrifice – The Purple Heart” and a speaker from the Springfield Military Order of the Purple Heart will provide commentary on the history and significance of the medal. Reserve seats online or by calling 417-836-5636 before Nov. 4.

Veterans Day MSU Canteen

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. at Plaster Student Union food court

Missouri State’s Hibernotes will perform a musical salute to veterans, their contributions and their sacrifice. This event is free and open to the public.

MSU “Taps” Project

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. at McDonald Arena

The Missouri State University Bands will be presenting “The TAPS Project” in front of McDonald Arena, where 60 to 80 trumpet players will sound TAPS in a cascading fashion throughout the entire Missouri State campus. Prior to that, Springfield’s 135th Army Band, directed by Robert Springer, will present a 10:15 a.m. concert of patriotic music followed by other musical ensembles. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Jim AndersonThis event is free and open to the public.

Parking and Special Accommodations

Veterans attending campus events are invited to park in Lots 14 and 16 along Florence Avenue. Turn West off of National Avenue onto Bear Boulevard (Monroe) and follow the signage. Transportation to the Plaster Student Union from the parking lots will be provided from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.  Return transportation will be available at 11:20 a.m. following “Taps.”

Attendees needing assistance, a drop-off location, or personal assistance, please call 417-836-4825. Other special accommodations can be provided by contacting MSU Disability Services at 417-836-4192.

Contact Information

Alliance for Veterans


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Music education alumna emcees World Series

10171667_10152485404143716_4820130660364495248_nMissouri State alumna Danaya (Atkinson) Roller, ’10, has spent the last week watching history unfold before her.

The Kansas City Royals‘ official in-game emcee for the last four years, Roller works at all 80-plus home games and has become a face and voice associated with the game-day experience at Kauffman Stadium, including this historic season.

Royals last World Series run in 1985

Roller pumps up the crowd, runs promotions and contests, chooses people to participate in activities and more, and this year the crowd is much larger as the Royals head into Game 6 of the 2014 World Series tonight at Kauffman.

“I was part of the All-Star Game in 2012, and thought that would be the pinnacle of my cool experiences. But then this postseason push started, and I thought: I am going to get to be a part of history with the K.C. Royals!”

With a degree in music education, Roller is also a choir/music teacher in the Blue Springs School District.

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