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Winters School of Music

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 1:36pm
William Carey University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation to fund university programs assisting adults with intellectual disabilities.
The grant is divided into two $10,000 gifts. One gift will benefit the “Harnessing Adults’ Full Potential through Music Therapy” program, which provides music therapy services to adults with disabilities at day rehabilitation centers. The goal of the program is to increase acquisition of skill-building and to promote activities for daily living, said Jim Pierce, an assistant professor of music therapy at Carey and the program’s director.
“Music therapy students help individuals with developmental disabilities gain social skills and independence,” said Pierce. “The funding personifies the good local communities can do when they work together.”
The second gift will go to the Quality of Life Project, which pairs intellectually-disabled adults with Carey students for recreational and educational activities. Activities include trips to local concerts and movies and one out-of-town trip per year to sights such as Graceland Mansion in Memphis or the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans. The project is now in its fifth year and allows for new experiences for both client and student, said Dr. Paul Cotten, project director.
“Not only do our students become better prepared to work with individuals with disabilities, but they also become aware of the special nature of their clients,” said Cotten. “An interdependent relationship is developed thanks to the opportunities provided by the funding.”
The gifts are awarded from the foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund, which assists area nonprofit organizations with missions of enriching the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities. The foundation, established in 1997, seeks to strengthen the local community by connecting charitably-minded people to causes that matter most to them.
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 7:50am
Virtuoso finger-style guitarist Doyle Dykes will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.
Dykes, considered by many to be the world’s greatest Christian guitarist, draws influence from the country of Chet Atkins to the rock ‘n’ roll of the Beatles. His appreciation for various styles of music is reflected in his albums through signature compositions like “Jazz in the Box,” “Martha’s Kitchen” and “How Great Thou Art.” His album, “Gitarre 2000,” was released by Windham Hill Records. His music has appeared on several of the label’s compilation albums.
Dykes has toured the world with The Stamps Quartet and later with Grandpa Jones, a Grand Ole Opry star. Dykes has performed at the Grand Ole Opry on numerous occasions, including many that were televised nationally, and now performs in venues around the United States and Germany. He has twice been named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the International Country Gospel Music Association and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Doyle’s clever use of dynamics, the warm tone he achieves with an acoustic guitar and his exceptional skill with the instrument are wonderful to hear,” said world-famous guitarist Duane Eddy. “He is one of the most fantastic players I have heard in years.”
Tickets are available for $15 per person, $10 for groups of 10 or more and military, or $5 for students with ID. Tickets are available for purchase at or by visiting the Winters School of Music and Ministry’s office in Thomas Fine Arts Center.
For more information, contact David Bryan, assistant professor of music, at (601) 318-6056 or by email at
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 2:26pm
Spirit of Carey, the William Carey University marching band, will be featured during “10 Years and 10,000 Reasons,” a celebration of recovery following Hurricane Katrina, at the Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport’s Jones Park on Saturday, August 29.
The celebration and remembrance service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and several other speakers. A love offering will be collected for Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian organization. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic basket or visit food vendors on the grounds for lunch in the park.
For more information, contact Dr. John Kelly, chief administrative officer for the City of Gulfport, at (228) 868-5770.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 9:10am
The fall term for the William Carey University Suzuki Institute, which offers violin, viola and cello lessons for children ages 4 and up, will begin on August 17.
The term will last 12 weeks and will incorporate private lessons, group classes, recitals and parent-teacher conferences. Classes are offered in varying skill levels. The institute’s curriculum is based on the teaching philosophy of Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, who believed “musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability that can be developed.”
For more information on the program or to register, contact the Winters School of Music and Ministry at (601) 318-6175 or Daniela Pardo, institute director, at (414) 737-4620 or by email at
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:05am
William Carey University will hold commencement ceremonies on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
The Friday ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. for doctoral candidates from the School of Education and the Fail School of Nursing as well as Specialist in Education candidates from both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses. The speaker will be Dr. Chuck Benigno, superintendent of the Laurel School District.
Three ceremonies will be held on Saturday, beginning with the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for graduate students from the Hattiesburg campus. The speaker is Jermaine Brown, principal of Hattiesburg High School.
The second Saturday ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. for undergraduate students from the Hattiesburg campus. The speaker is Dr. Steven Bishop, president of Southwest Mississippi Community College in McComb.
The final Saturday ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. for graduate and undergraduate students from the Tradition campus. Dr. Argile Smith, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Biloxi and former interim president of Louisiana College, will be the speaker.
For more information on Carey’s commencement ceremonies, contact the registrar’s office at (601) 318-6051.