School Department News

Winters School of Music

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 8:40am
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:58am
Wes Cameron, an instructor of music at William Carey University, recently received a contract from Hope Publishing Company to publish one of his original compositions.
Cameron's piece, "Entrance to Jerusalem," is a choral anthem celebrating the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It begins with a unison choir singing "Hosanna to the Son of David!" with a unison melody building to two parts and then to soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The piece then builds to the final statement of "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, most High," with an optional timpani.
The text of the anthem is based on Matthew 21:9-11. The anthem is slated to appear in the publishing company's catalogs beginning in next year's Lent and Easter seasons.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 1:45pm
Chase Crocker of Ocean Springs, a senior music education major at William Carey University, was recently selected as the first recipient of the Michael Iler Memorial Music Scholarship.
The scholarship was established by an anonymous donor in memory of Michael Iler of Vancleave, a Carey music student who died in March 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident caused by an alleged drunk driver. Michael Iler's wife and fellow Carey student Annissa Iler survived the crash but suffered serious injuries.
The Ilers enrolled at Carey in August 2013. During Michael Iler's short time at the university, he proved to be an outstanding student who participated in activities including the Spirit of Carey marching band and who acted as a role model for his fellow students, said Wes Dykes, assistant professor of music and coordinator of instrumental music.
Scholarship recipient Crocker was one of the students affected by Michael Iler during his short time as a Carey student.
"He was a really great guy and a big help to me in a lot of ways," said Crocker, who has remained friends with Annissa Iler during her healing process and her return to Carey following her husband's death. "I like to think that I was also a help to him and Annissa when they were new students at Carey, too."
Dykes said that Crocker was the unanimous choice to be the first scholarship recipient.
"Chase is dedicated to his major of music education, displays the jovial spirit Michael had and is a pleasure to teach," said Dykes.
The Iler Scholarship will be 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. For more information on the scholarship or to contribute, visit or call the Office for Advancement at (601) 318-6542.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 8:48am
Ben Salters of Ocean Springs, a senior music performance major at William Carey University, recently won the Governors' Award given by the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Salters also won the top prize in his division, senior men, during the chapter's annual meeting at the University of Southern Mississippi from March 20-21.
The Governors' Award is given by the current state governor and past state governors of the chapter. The governors assess the performances of the division first place winners. The award is only given in years when the governors hear a student exhibiting strong potential for a professional career in performance.
During the competition, Salters performed an aria from "The Barber of Seville" by Gioachino Rossini. He was accompanied by Brian Murphy, an adjunct instructor of piano at Carey, and was under the direction of Dr. Connie Roberts, professor of music.
"Competitors at the conference range from high school students all the way to doctoral candidates … usually, a more advanced singer wins the Governors' Award," said Dr. Roberts. "This particular Governors' Award is quite a prestigious prize as Ben is still an undergraduate student singer."
In addition to his studies, Salters is also involved with the Winters School of Music and Ministry's onstage productions, including the recent performance of "The Magic Flute." Salters is a theatre minor and has also been active in Carey Theatre's regular theatre schedule as well as Carey Dinner Theatre in the summer.