School Department News

Winters School of Music

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 9:24am
William Carey University sophomore Kyle Dykes has been named as the principal trombonist and brass section leader for the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Based in Muskegon, Michigan, the orchestra is comprised of talented and inspired young musicians from across the United States performing a full range of orchestral literature. Under the direction of Michael Klaue, conductor of the Ahrensburg Youth Symphony in Ahrensburg, Germany, the orchestra’s 2016 repertoire will include “New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. The orchestra will also join with the Blue Lake International Choir to perform Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater.”
Dykes, a music education major from Purvis, was selected for the orchestra following a rigorous recommendation, audition and interview process. He will travel to Muskegon in June for an intense week of rehearsal before flying to Europe for the orchestra’s five-week tour to several destination cities on the continent.
The son of Wes and Michelle Dykes, Dykes is the student of Zach James, an adjunct professor of trombone at Carey and an alumnus of the orchestra.
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 2:47pm
Four William Carey University students recently qualified for finals during a competition held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region from November 12-14 in Monroe, Louisiana.
Ryan Thomas, a junior music major from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was awarded first place in the student adult category. Ben Salters, a senior music performance major from Ocean Springs, won second place in the categories of senior men and men’s musical theater. Nick Joslin, a freshman music performance major from Minden, Louisiana, won third place in the freshmen men category. Elena Gage, a senior music major from Catonsville, Maryland, was awarded fourth place in the women’s musical theater category.
Thomas is the student of Dr. Susan Ruggiero, an adjunct professor of music. The other finalists are students of Dr. Connie Roberts, a professor of music. An additional six Carey music students qualified for the semifinals.
“Not only did the competition showcase our talent, but it also allows the students – and the teachers – to go to master classes and very informative lectures,” said Roberts. “Students can also qualify for the national competition.”
More than 350 singers from schools in the region, which includes Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas, participated in the annual competition. The national association is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States and nearly 30 other countries.
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 8:20am
Theodore “Ted” Lane Jr., a junior music performance major at William Carey University, was awarded the Hub Award Leadership and Service Scholarship during the annual award dinner and program on November 17 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.
A native of Lake Providence, Louisiana, Lane has lived in Hattiesburg for 15 years and worked as a music teacher at P.A.C.E. Head Start before enrolling at Carey. He is a member of Carey’s Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, the Knights of Jazz and the Jazztet. He is married to Sherry Lane and has five children.
“It’s a great honor to be considered for the scholarship,” said Lane. “It will help not only with school costs but also with marketing myself for future job opportunities.”
The Hub Award Endowment at the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation awards a scholarship each year to a student from Carey and to a student from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jeffrey George was this year’s Southern Miss recipient.
The Hub Award dinner funds the endowment while also recognizing individuals for their contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service. This year’s recipients were Charles J. Brown, a 1973 Carey graduate, and the late Bernice Linton.
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 10:55am
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:38pm
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry will present Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” at 7 p.m. on October 16 in Smith Auditorium at the Hattiesburg campus and at 2 p.m. on October 18 at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs.
“Annie Get Your Gun” is based on the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The musical details Annie’s life, her romance and competition with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler, her career in Buffalo Bill’s show and her involvement with the Sioux tribe and Sitting Bull, its chief. “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do” are examples of songs featured in the musical.
The main cast includes junior music therapy major Faith Westberry of Conehatta as Annie; junior church music major Kyle Conn of Porter, Texas, as Frank; junior church music major Bailey Hill of Thomasville, Alabama, as Buffalo Bill; junior vocal performance major Lauren Clear of Hattiesburg as Dolly Tate, a conniving seductress; and senior theatre major Ben Salters of Ocean Springs as Chief Sitting Bull. Students from Lamar Christian School in Purvis play Annie’s brother and sisters and comprise part of the “Wild West Audience.”
The musical is under the direction of Dr. Don Odom, dean of the Winters School. The assistant director is Dr. Kimberle Moon, artist-in-residence and instructor for voice and vocal arts. Brian Murphy, assistant professor of music, serves as musical director. Andrew Gilstrap, adjunct instructor of percussion, is conductor and Katie Ginn, adjunct instructor of dance, is choreographer.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for military and senior adults and $5 for students with a school identification card. Tickets for the Hattiesburg performance may be purchased at the door or online at Tickets for the Ocean Springs performance may be purchased at the door or online at For more information, call the Winters School at (601) 318-6175 or email