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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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Double Reed Day 2014

Double Reed Day ProfesssorsCome to a fun-filled Saturday workshop, on February 22 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.,  for oboe and bassoon players in grades 7-12. Missouri State Professor Cynthia Green Libby (oboe) and Leigh Miller Muñoz (bassoon) will provide students with  informative advice on playing oboe and bassoon, and coach district contest solos. The workshop will be held in Ellis Recital Hall.

  • Double reed ensemble performances will be held at 2PM.
  • Lunch will be supervised in the Plaster Student Union.
    • Bring at least $6 for lunch.
  • All parents and the public are invited.

To reserve a place for your student, please complete and submit the registration form by February 14.

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Clarinet Day 2014

Gregory RadenThe music department invites students, faculty and staff  to Clarinet Day 2014 on Feb. 2. The Missouri State University Clarinet Society will present renowned clarinetist and teacher, Gregory Raden, principal clarinet of the Dallas Symphony.

About Raden

Gregory Raden’s playing has been hailed as “exquisitely phrased, his playing was of amazing  half-lights and subtle shadings of pastels…” by the Dallas Morning News; “with flawless intonation and liquescent tone, Raden’s playing was enormously artful, adding subtle hints of color and dynamic shading to the music making,” as described by The Fort Worth Star Telegram of his performance of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet

About the performance

The performance will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 in Ellis Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and is preceded by a master class starting at 1 p.m. in Ellis Hall, Room 226.

For more information, download the event flyer.


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