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Winters School of Music

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 3:14pm
Three William Carey University guitar majors placed in the annual Mississippi Guitar Festival held Nov. 11 and 12 at Belhaven University. Each year the festival offers competitions, lectures, master classes and concerts for the enrichment of enthusiasts, professionals and students of the classical guitar.
Brewer Arnoult of Pass Christian placed first in the intermediate artist category, Tyler Holden of Madison placed second in the beginning artist category, and Danny Torres of Jacksonville, Florida, placed third in the intermediate artist category.
The festival is the state’s only collegiate conference on the art of classical guitar. The festival also has a guest artist who performs a concert and gives a masterclass where the students get an opportunity to work one-on-one in front of an audience. This year’s guest artist was virtuoso, Ivan Rijos. “It is a highly inspirational event for the guitarists who attend,” said David Bryan, assistant professor of music at Carey.
posted 11/15/2016
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 1:43pm
The Board of Ministerial Education of the Mississippi Baptist Convention recently awarded two scholarships to William Carey University students for excellence in biblical studies. 
Josh Britt received the Carpenter-Gandy Scholarship. Britt is a senior religion major and English minor. He currently serves as student pastor at New Sight Baptist Church in Brookhaven. The Carpenter-Gandy Scholarship was established in 2000 by Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Gandy for the purpose of providing financial assistance to ministerial students at Mississippi Baptist colleges. It was founded in memory of their mothers, Mrs. Nora Gandy, who attended Blue Mountain College, and Mrs. Ruth Carpenter, who attended William Carey College. It also reflects their commitment to the education of Southern Baptist Convention ministers.
Caleb Rawls received the Dr. William Clawson Scholarship. Caleb is a senior religion major and history minor. He currently serves as student pastor at Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Laurel. The Board of Ministerial Education established the Clawson scholarships in 1987 to honor Dr. William Clawson upon his retirement. He served for many years as chairman of the religion department at William Carey College and as campus representative to the Board of Ministerial Education. Prior to coming to William Carey, Dr. Clawson served as a Southern Baptist missionary in Mexico. Dr. Clawson passed away in 2013. 
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 8:40am

A donation of playground equipment was a “true blessing,” said Janet Baldwin, director of the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center. William Carey University donated the swing set and see-saw that were used during the recent production of “How to Eat Like a Child.” Music professor Connie Roberts said rather than take the set apart at the end of the show, she contacted Baldwin to see if the center could use it for its playground. “We have been trying to get the playground into shape,” said Baldwin. “It was right on time and what we needed.” The center, located on McSwain Street, serves 30-50 children in its after-school program and up to 90 children during the summer. Volunteers provide tutoring and the children receive a warm meal before going home in the evenings.

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 9:09am

Spirit of Carey has been invited to perform at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida on November 12. During the trip, November 11-15, the band also will perform at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, in churches, and in schools.  

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:31pm
The Mississippi Arts Commission has named Dr. Mark Malone, professor of music and coordinator of music education at William Carey University, as the project director for the “Two Hundred Years of Arts in Mississippi: A History” initiative.
“Two Hundred Years” focuses on the development of the arts in the state from its earliest days as a territory to the present, including achievements in music, dance, visual art, theatre, media art and folk art. The initiative started in August 2015 by seeking artifacts and information from the time period of 1699-1817. Ten project associates from the state’s five geographical regions were engaged to assist with the initiative.
The initiative is currently centered on early Native American activity and the first European settlers who established forts and villages along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River. Fort Maurepas, near what is now Ocean Springs, and Fort Rosalie in Natchez have received particular attention. Future segments for investigation include the time periods of 1817 to the Civil War, Reconstruction to 1900, 1900-1950, 1950-2000 and the 21st century.
The initiative is Malone’s third project with the arts commission. He previously directed a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce concerts of music by William Grant Still, a native Mississippian known as the dean of African-American composers. Malone was also the co-author of the “Mississippi Blues Trail and Beyond” curriculum for teaching the history of the blues to elementary students.
Malone has served on the Carey faculty since 2006. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Rollins College. He served as a national officer for the American Choral Directors Association from 2000-2006 and was presented with the Ernestine Ferrell Award for Excellence in Choral Music by the Mississippi chapter in 2008. In 2013, Malone was recognized as one of the top 20 arts and humanities professors in Mississippi.
He is a frequent judge for choral assessment evaluations and show choir contests throughout the South and has acted in lead roles in “Oliver,” “Camelot,” “White Christmas” and “The Magic Flute.”