Category Archives: Faculty News

Longtime band director to pass baton this summer

In July 2016, Jerry Hoover, music professor and director of bands, will retire after more than 30 years at Missouri State. Saying farewell to a band era Hoover joined the university in 1985 and started the Pride Band program. In March, Hoover

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Payne snags lead in Brubeck’s ‘Real Ambassadors’

Dr. Richard Todd Payne, associate professor in music, has been selected to perform the role of Hero/Louis Armstrong in a Memphis, Tennessee, production of “The Real Ambassadors.” The performances will be 7 p.m. on April 8 and 2 p.m. on

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Artist raises $25,000 for jazz studies program

Emeritus Professor Bill Armstrong and his wife, Margo, have gifted $25,000 to the MSU jazz studies program after hosting two art gallery fundraising events in November. Armstrong, co-founder of the Watercolor USA Honor Society, donated more than 30 of his

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Saxophonist Dick Oatts to headline 2016 Jazz Festival

Grammy award-winning saxophonist Dick Oatts will headline Missouri State’s 2016 Jazz Festival in April. The festival is an opportunity for young musicians to perform at MSU and take master classes from jazz professionals. Register your band Registration is now open to school bands

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Award-winning actor to lead MSU’s musical theatre program

Missouri State’s College of Arts and Letters announced today that Robert Westenberg will join its faculty in the fall 2016 semester as musical theatre coordinator and associate professor in the theatre and dance department. MSU’s dedication to arts, student success attracts …

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Registration open for Double Reed Day

Oboe and bassoon players in grades 7-12 are invited to Missouri State’s 2016 Double Reed Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2016. Registration will be open until Feb. 1. Performances are open to

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Recital series celebrates work of German poet

Dr. Carol Chapman is coordinating a two-day festival on Oct. 23 and 25 at Ellis Recital Hall to pay tribute to 19th century German poet Heinrich Heine. The event, called “Heinrich Heine: German Poetry in Music,” is part of the

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New voice block class prepares students for academic, professional success

Incoming voice students now have the opportunity to focus on special topics within their field of study with a weekly voice block class. The music department introduced the Friday Foundations program this semester to help voice students in degree programs

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Music faculty gears up for year ahead

With new additions to the music department and interesting projects and concerts on the horizon, here is a preview for what to expect from the music faculty this year. This is only a partial list of the exciting news across

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