School Department News

Winters School of Music

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.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 2:46pm

William Carey University student Jacob Malone is the 2017 recipient of the Michael Iler Memorial Music Scholarship. Malone is a sophomore music education major from Wilmer, Alabama. The Iler Scholarship is given on an annual basis to a worthy instrumental music student. The recipient is selected by the coordinator of instrumental activities and the other instrumental professors. The Iler Scholarship was established in memory of Carey student Michael Iler of Vancleave who died in March 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident caused by an alleged drunk driver. 

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 3:44pm
The William Carey University Honor Band Clinic will present a concert series March 2-4 at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg. 
“We are blessed to have this opportunity to perform at the Saenger Theater and grateful to the leadership of Main Street Methodist Church and the historic Saenger Theatre for making this a reality,” said Wes Dykes, coordinator of instrumental activities. One of the bands will rehearse at Main Street Methodist Church.
WCU’s Thomas Fine Arts Center was one of the buildings severely damaged during the tornado that hit campus on Jan. 21. The Winters School of Music is conducting classes at Hardy Street Baptist Church until the repairs on Thomas Hall are complete. Dykes said the Carey Honor Band Clinic, celebrating its fifth year, has become an event anticipated by students and directors all across the region.
“With the damage to our campus, I couldn’t think of a better venue to allow this event to happen this year. Having the clinic at the Saenger sends a strong message to the Carey family and community that Carey is back and back better than ever.” 
The WCU Symphonic Winds will open the concert series with a 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 2. This group is the premiere instrumental ensemble of the Winters School of Music.
On Friday, March 3, the Spirit of Carey will present an afternoon of music beginning at 1 p.m. The Gulfport High School Symphonic Band will perform at 6 p.m. followed by the WCU Jazz Band 1 concert at 6:45 p.m.
The series will conclude on Saturday, March 4 with a 1 p.m. concert by the 2017 Honor Bands.
Admission is free to all concerts.