School Department News

Winters School of Music

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:19pm

Miss William Carey University 2014 Sarah Beth Sewell won two awards during the Miss Mississippi Pageant held July 9-12 in Vicksburg.

Sewell won the Non-Finalist Talent Award and the Alpha Talent Award. The Alpha Talent Award is given to a first-year contestant with the highest score in talent who did not win the preliminary.

For her talent, Sewell performed “Sempre Libera,” an aria that concludes Act I of Giueseppe Verdi’s opera, “La Traviata.”

Sewell, 18, is a junior vocal performance major at WCU and a native of Starkville. She entered college when she was 16 years old and was crowned Miss WCU in February 2014.

“Sarah Beth represented William Carey University with grace, beauty and honor,” said Cindy Cofield, WCU director of alumni relations and Miss WCU pageant director. “Her talent is remarkable and the awards are well-deserved.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:17am

Hattiesburg, MS, June 17, 2014 - William Carey University Winters School of Music is hosting “My First String Camp at Carey” June 16-20 on the Hattiesburg Campus. The camp, which offers Suzuki and elementary strings classes for first to sixth graders, is from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. each day.

For the camp finale, the children will perform a concert on Friday, June 20, at 11:15 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.

For more information on the camp or WCU’s School of Music, call 601-318-6175.

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 3:51pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 25, 2014 - William Carey University’s Carey Strings Program will present the Sinfonietta String Ensemble Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 29, at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Conducted by Daniela Pardo and Dr. Sasha Ferreira, both adjunct music instructors at WCU, this free concert will feature soloists Rebekah Stark Johnson, adjunct instructor of music, and Zachary Smith on the cellos. For more information, contact Daniela Pardo at



Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:12am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 25, 2014 - Dr. Sasha Ferreira, violin instructor on William Carey University’s Hattiesburg campus and a member of the Trio Indigo, will present “The Art of the Fugue” violin recital on May 1 in the main lobby of the Tradition Campus  at 5:30 p.m.  The recital is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ferreira began his violin studies in Havana, Cuba, and continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, graduating with honors in 1997. He has recorded two solo albums; “Con su Toque de Violin,” a selection of Peruvian popular songs, and “Cuban Music...with a Violin Touch,” featuring Cuban works for violin and piano includes a wide range of genres. As a soloist, Dr. Ferreira has performed both with piano accompaniment and with orchestras throughout Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and the U.S. He also played with the Lima String Quartet, the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra’s Soloists, served as concertmaster of the Prolírica Symphony Orchestra, and as assistant concertmaster of the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with his performance career, he taught for many years at Markham College and the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Ferreira moved to the United States in 2007, where he obtained his Master of Music degree in violin performance at The University of Southern Mississippi and his Doctoral degree in violin and viola performance from The University of Georgia. He played as the concertmaster of the USM Symphony Orchestra, belonged to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra in Mobile, Ala., and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra in Pensacola, Fla. In addition to serving on the faculty for the WCU Winters School of Music, he also teaches the Gulfport School District and serves as artist director for the Oaklawn Concert Society in Pass Christian, which he established along with Don and Peggy Sprabery.

For more information about the violin recital, please call (228) 702-1775.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:22am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 22, 2014 - The Winters School of Music will present the musical Camelot during Homecoming 2014. Performances will be held for the general public on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in Smith Auditorium in the Thomas Fine Arts Center.

There will also be a performance on Thursday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. for local middle school and high school students. Over 700 students will attend, and 638 of those students will arrive at 10 a.m. to take part in the “King Arthur and The Legends” lecture followed by lunch before viewing the production. Participating schools include Jefferson Middle School, Magee High School, North East Jones High School, North Forrest High School, N.R. Burger Middle School, Petal Middle School, Poplarville Middle School, Sacred Heart High School, Seminary High School, and Sumrall High School.

For ticket information, call 601-318-6175 or e-mail Jackie Godshaw at