School Department News

Winters School of Music

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:46am
Brian Murphy, assistant professor of music at William Carey University, is a recipient of the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award for 2016. Christy Meyers of Steinway Piano Gallery in Mobile, Alabama, nominated Murphy for his outstanding instruction and leadership in piano education and performance. “His commitment to his students is also evident in his continued dedication to provide music students the finest of instruments for practice and performance,” said Meyers.
Murphy joined the WCU Winters School of Music faculty in January 2015. He currently teaches applied piano, class piano, sight-singing and ear training, literature and pedagogy courses; he also accompanies and coaches singers and instrumentalists and plays for Carey Opera. Prior to joining Carey, Murphy worked as a collaborative pianist on staff at Mercer University, Georgia College and State University, and Wesleyan College. He remains active as a soloist, collaborator, and church musician.
Murphy earned a double Master of Music in collaborative piano and choral conducting, as well as a concentration in church music from Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Mississippi College. Murphy is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi. 
"I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been selected to receive this award,” Murphy said. “Over the course of my life as a pianist, teacher, and collaborator, the name of Steinway & Sons has continued to mean more and more. The instrumental builders are truly partners with the pianists that play their instruments.  Our art would not be possible without theirs.”
All-Steinway School Campaign
William Carey University has launched a campaign to become the first All-Steinway School in the state of Mississippi. The goal of the $864,900 campaign is to purchase 20 Steinway and Steinway-made pianos for student practice rooms, faculty offices, recital and performance halls. During the past year, donations from faculty and School of Music supporters allowed the university to purchase pianos for three practice rooms, two voice teacher offices, and a seven-foot Steinway Model D that will be placed in the recital hall. Dr. Jaime Jimenez recently donated a Boston piano by Steinway that also has been installed in the recital hall.
“Since we at William Carey began our campaign to become an All-Steinway School, the quality of the instruments, dedication of the instrument builders, and kindness of the leadership has only increased my personal and musical admiration for the company,” said Murphy. “This honor is not mine alone, but belongs to the entire department of piano teachers and students in the Winters School of Music. This is where the work happens, and it is my hope that our school's dedication to musical excellence and giving back to the community will only be enhanced with our continued friendship with Steinway and Sons.”
For more information about the William Carey University Winters School of Music or the All-Steinway School campaign, please call (601) 318-6175. You may reach professor Brian Murphy by email at
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 4:37pm
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry will host the fifth annual “My First String Camp” from June 5-9 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. The camp is being held off-campus this year due to the tornado damage on the WCU campus.
The registration deadline for the camp is May 26. The cost is $160 or $80 for Hattiesburg Public School District students. All levels are welcome, no prior experience is necessary. Students can bring their own instruments or a limited number of instruments will be available to rent for $10 for the week. Students may also register for lunch Monday – Thursday for an additional $30.
The camp, a part of the FestivalSouth activities in the Pine Belt area, offers Suzuki and elementary string classes for children from first to sixth grades in instruments including the violin, viola, cello and bass. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. until noon daily.
Small and large group classes, enrichment activities and beginner music theory classes will be offered. Camp faculty members include Blanca Berdion, Ana Maria Diaz and Rebecca Hale, violins; camp director Daniela Pardo, viola; Andrea Beltran Landers, cello; and Samuel Dahmer, bass.
For more information or to register online, visit You may also register by calling Jackie Martin (601) 318-6175 or emailing Camp Director Daniela Pardo can be contacted at (414) 737-4620 or by email at
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 4:53pm

The William Carey University bands will present a Pops Concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. The concert will feature great band favorites including marches, patriotic selections, spirituals, movie titles and more. Free admission and a picnic will follow the performance. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:51pm
Winter's School of Music and Ministry Studies will present the 2017 Guitar Festival focusing on jazz guitar in three concerts.
This year's guest artist, guitar virtuoso Barry Greene, is a world-renowned player and professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Florida. He will present a concert of solos and duos with local bassist, David Pellow, on Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel at Hardy Street Baptist Church. Greene also will present a masterclass to work with the WCU guitarists on improvisation and accompanying from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on April 3 at Hardy Street Baptist.  
The William Carey University Jazz Guitar Quintet will present a fun night of jazz and blues standards on Tuesday, April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Square Café and Bakery. The quintet will be joined by music professors Andrew Gilstrap on drums and Jim Armstrong on bass, as well as other student instrumentals and vocalists for an exciting mix of styles and flavors.
The final event is the William Carey University Guitar Ensemble concert on Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Thirteen guitarists join together under the baton of guitar professor, David Bryan, to form a small guitar orchestra performing works from the Renaissance to the contemporary including pieces by Byrd, Haydn, Falla, Brouwer, and Hirsh. 
For more information, contact David Bryan at or call (601) 318-6056.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:39pm
The Carey Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah, Part Three: A Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, April 2 at First Baptist Church in Laurel. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. and feature William Carey University students as soloists. Dr. Don Odom will conduct with accompaniment by professor Kathy Vail. Admission is free.