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Summer breeze: Enjoy classical music the best way possible

Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series returns to Missouri State July 10

The Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series, an outdoor concert on the lawn of Duane G. Meyer Library, will resume July 10 with the second concert of the 2016 season.


More about the concerts

The free concerts, which begin at 7 p.m., are held the second Sunday of each month from June to September. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Free ice cream will be served, courtesy Hiland Dairy, and carillon tours are offered after every concert.

July 10 concert features Jeremy Chesman

Dr. Jeremy Chesman, Missouri State carillonneur and interim department head in theatre and dance, will perform the July 10 concert, featuring music from American composers. .

Highlights include an arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and the Stars and Stripes forever. He will also perform folk songs from Appalachia and jazz standards.


Carillon series schedule

July 10, 7 p.m.
Jeremy Chesman

Aug. 14, 7 p.m.
Joey Brink

Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Jeremy Chesman

Visit the carillon series website for concert programs and schedule.

Name that tune

Is there a song you’d like to hear played on the carillon? Message your requests online.

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Music department moves out of Ellis Hall

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

Workers had to open up walls to removing some of the practice pianos and organs out of Ellis Hall.
Workers had to open up walls to move pianos and organs out of Ellis Hall’s practice rooms.

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.

Location, parking and shuttle information

Map to Glen Isle Shopping Center

MSU’s Bear Line shuttle will provide transportation to and from the shopping center, with buses running every half hour. The location also has a large parking lot for commuters.

Ellis Hall renovation information

More information on the renovation and expansion of Ellis Hall can be found on the University Planning, Design, and Construction office website.

Glen Isle Shopping Center on South Glenstone Avenue
Glen Isle Shopping Center on South Glenstone Avenue
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University sends band director off with a bang


“B – E – A – R – S!”

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 a band 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.

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Top 3 reasons to see the President’s Concert this year

With two performances scheduled, the Missouri State President’s Concert is shaping up to be one of the top university events of the year.


The concert will be hosted for free at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

An encore performance will be held at 6 p.m. the following evening at the prestigious Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. Tickets range between $15 and $35.

Here are three reasons to attend at least one of the concerts.

We are bringing the talent

Missouri State Chorale

PresidentsConcert_soloists-250x641The university’s Grand Chorus and Symphony Orchestra — more than 275 students! — will perform at this year’s event.

They will be joined by two accomplished guest soloists, Brandon Nase and MSU alumna Sarah Tannehill Anderson, along with several of MSU’s finest faculty musicians: Dr. Carol Chapman, soprano, Dr. Ann Marie Daehn, mezzo-soprano, and Dr. Chris Thompson, baritone.

The concerts will feature Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D Minor.”

Dr. Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies and the concert’s conductor, said the works each offer something different for audiences.

“With these two contrasting works, the audience will experience freshness and modern musical ideas in the ‘Gloria’ — a gem of the 20th century — paired with the historical and dramatic, yet classical setting of the ‘Requiem,’ which is one of the most well-known works of the entire choral-orchestral canon.”

Director of Orchestral Studies Dr. Christopher Kelts will prepare the orchestra for the concerts.

Dinner and reception with the Alumni Association

Story_MarooNation_KC_620If you’re worried about being hungry before or after the Kansas City for the May 1 concert, don’t be! The Alumni Association has you covered.

You can join other concert-goers for dinner at Kansas City’s premiere Italian restaurant, Lidia’s when you register with MarooNation.

In addition, there will be a reception at the Kauffman following the concert. Concert tickets should be purchased separately online.


Two words: Helzberg Hall


The Kauffman Center is a beautifully designed arts center in downtown Kansas City. Since celebrating its grand opened in 2011, it has hosted hundreds of performances and thousands of guests. 

The prestigious venue’s 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall hosts a variety of local, regional, national and international artists and performance groups, including serving as the performance home of the Kansas City Symphony.

The Hall’s visual centerpiece of is the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875,  one of the finest concert hall organs in the country.

Are you convinced yet?

The concert schedule is as follows:

Springfield performance

Date: April 30
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public, tickets not required

Kansas City performance

Date: May 1
 6 p.m.
Location: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, Missouri)
Admission: Tickets available online ($15-$35); The dinner registration is available on the MarooNation website.

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Musicians of all ages invited to annual Flute Day

Missouri State’s 15th Annual Flute Day is here! World-renowned flutist and guest artist Philip Dikeman will headline this event on Friday, April 22, as flutists of all ages come to campus for a variety of activities.


Free Flute Day open to flutists of all ages

Now on a Friday, the event will include activities for those interested in flute education, including band directors. Events will take place in Ellis Recital Hall, unless noted otherwise on the schedule.

MSU’s Flute Societymusic department and Student Organization Funding Allocation Council will join Springfield Music, Hoover Music Store and Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. to sponsor the event. Flute Perfection will have flutes available to try and purchase all day.

This free event is one that no flutist will want to miss!

philip-dikeman-flute-dayWant to come to the event?

Each event in the following schedule will take place in Ellis Recital Hall unless noted otherwise below.

April 22

9 a.m.

Young High School Artist Competition
High school flutists from all over the area perform a movement of a piece to compete to be the Young High School Artist of the year. The top three players will win cash prizes. To enter, email name and repertoire information to Dr. Jill Heyboer.

Competition rules can be found on the Flute Day website

10 a.m.

“Flute Teaching Myths” by Dr. Heyboer
If you are a band director who isn’t a flutist, this is the class for you.

“What’s New” with David Samperi
Ellis 203
If you are a flutist, David Samperi from Flute Perfection will offer this session to try out flutes and piccolos.

11:15 a.m.

Flute Ensembles Recital/Convo
This session will feature our new contrabass flute and two world premieres of pieces written exclusively for the Community Flute Choir. At the end of the recital, competition winners will be announced.


MSU’s Plaster Student Union is a short walk away for a sub, pizza, sandwich or Chinese food.

1 p.m.

Recital by guest artist Philip Dikeman
Following lunch, Dikeman will perform an unforgettable recital of flute music.

2 p.m.

Master class with Philip Dikeman
To finish off the day, the public will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from Dikeman as he explains and demonstrates how to become a better flute player.

Visit our website for more information about Dikeman.

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Renowned pianist takes stage for Patricia Pierce recital

Award-winning pianist Brian Hsu will be performing a free concert on April 14 for the Patricia Pierce Guest Artist Piano Recital.

HsuMugMore about Brian Hsu

Hsu is an assistant professor and keyboard department coordinator at Loyola University in New Orleans. Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, he has gone on to establish himself as pianist of great energy and has performed throughout the world.

Hsu studied at Yale University, The Juilliard School and the University of Michigan, where he earned numerous scholarships and fellowships.

Want to attend the event?

April 14
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Ellis Hall 217B
Free and open to the public

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Grammy Award-winning saxophonist to teach young musicians at next week’s Jazz Festival

Young musicians from across the Ozarks will be on campus April 23 learning from renowned saxophonist Dick Oatts at this year’s Jazz Festival, to be held at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.


Area students get training, feedback at annual event

Festival registration is open to school bands and ensembles interested in participating in the annual event. Divisions include:

  • Big Band
  • 2nd Bands
  • Jr Hi/Mid School Bands
  • Combos


April 23

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (HHPA)

8:30 a.m.-noon

School bands perform
Warm-up: Loading dock
Performance: HHPA main stage
Feedback clinic: HHPA 305


MSU Jazz Studies Ensemble II performs
HHPA main stage

12:45-1:15 p.m.

Master classes

Saxophone (with Oatts): HHPA Fuldner Lounge
Brass (with MSU jazz studies faculty): HHPA loading dock
Rhythm (with MSU jazz studies faculty): HHPA 305

1:30-3:30 p.m.

School bands perform
Warm-up: HHPA loading dock
Performance: HHPA main stage
Feedback clinic: HHPA 305

4:15 p.m.

Improv clinic with Dick Oatts
HHPA main stage

5 p.m.

Awards ceremony and closing performance
(featuring Oatts and the MSU Jazz Studies Ensemble I)
HHPA main stage

All performances are open to the public. Visit the jazz festival website for more details.

More about Dick Oatts

Oatts is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist. For 30 years, Oatts has appeared at college jazz festivals as a soloist and clinician throughout the world. He has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki.

Oatts has accompanied such vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme, and has recorded solos for pop artists like Luther Vandross and James Taylor.

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