School Department News

Winters School of Music

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 7:54am
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry will host the fourth annual “My First String Camp at Carey” from June 13-17 at the Hattiesburg campus.
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, Gladys Gonzales and Rebecca Zou, violins; camp director Daniela Pardo, viola; Elizabeth Weaver, cello; and Samuel Dahmer, bass.
The registration deadline for the camp is June 6. The cost is $150. No prior experience is necessary. Students can bring their own instruments or rent instruments for $10.
For more information or to register, visit Pardo can be contacted at (414) 737-4620 or by email at
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:49pm
William Carey University music therapy students assisted with Camp Rocky Creek, a one-day camp for clients of Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, on Feb. 6 in Marion County.
Students under the direction of Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy, were paired with clients to participate in various activity groups, including arts and crafts, music and movement, music self-expression activities and music games.
According to Pierce, the activities harnessed the intrinsic nature of music to fully engage clients and provide cognitive, social and psychological stimulation.
“These goal-oriented sessions targeted physical exercise, memory recall and opportunities for social skills and self-expression,” said Pierce. “Everyone also eats together, which allows the students to understand people beyond the client’s diagnosis.”
At the conclusion of the camp, participants received a client-produced T-shirt printed by Pine Belt Graphics in Hattiesburg, which employs several of the clients.
“This camp is filled with much excitement for everyone involved,” said Pierce. “Students walk away with a better understanding of how to work and relate to individuals with intellectual disabilities … and clients have fun while learning important social skills.”
The camp, now in its 24th year, was originally hosted on the property of Ellisville State School until the campsite was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Camp activities were organized for years by Dr. Paul Cotten, a music professor at Carey who retired in 2014. Garland King, a clinician with PBMHR, has worked with the camp since 1993.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:46am
The William Carey University Winters School of Music and Ministry will host the 2016 Honor Band Clinic Concert Series from March 3-5 at the Hattiesburg campus.
The band includes nearly 200 students selected from high schools in Alabama and Mississippi. More than 300 students were nominated for the band by their local band directors. Students were selected for the band based on individual achievement and merit. 
The Honor Band is divided into the Red Band, conducted by retired educator and band director Joe Hooten, and the White Band, conducted by Carey music professors Wes Dykes and Jeremy Morgan.
The opening concert for the series, featuring the Carey Symphonic Winds, will be held at 7 p.m. on March 3 in Smith Auditorium in the Thomas Fine Arts Center.
Three concerts will be held on March 4. The Carey Concert Band and Jazz Band I will present concert and jazz standards with new literature at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. Traveling instrumental ensembles Grace Notes, Spirit of Carey and Tuscan Reeds will perform at 6:45 p.m. in Clinton Gymnasium. The Biloxi High School Wind Ensemble will perform at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.
The series will conclude with a concert featuring the Red and White Honor Bands at 1 p.m. on March 5 in the auditorium.
All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call (601) 318-6175.