Calendar of Events

  1. String Ensemble Concert
    December 6 @ 7:00 pm
  2. Annual Winter Choral Concert
    December 6 @ 7:00 pm
  3. String Ensemble Concert
    March 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. University Choir and Chorale Concert
    April 10, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Opera/Musical Theater Scenes
    April 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Music Dept. News

Alumnus Rodney Jordan

June 21st, 2015 by jsumusic


Click here to go to Alumnus Rodney Jordan's website.

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NATS 2015!!!

March 26th, 2015 by jsumusic

untitledThe Vocal Area faculty, Dr. Loretta Galbreath, Phyllis Lewis-Hale and Rodney Vaughn, along with Mr. Harlan Zackery (collaborative pianist) and five voice majors attended the Mississippi NATS Conference held at the University of Southern Mississippi on March 20-21, 2015. The students (listed from left to right on the picture below) Kayla Wilson, Aja Brimm, Kendrea Millbrooks, Keitra Wilson and Christie Hurley Beasley (not pictured) competed against students from across the state of Mississippi for the student audition awards. All of the students performed very well and received excellent feedback from the judges.

untitledWe are proud to announce that Kayla Wilson won First Place in the Freshman Women Category. This was a great experience for us all.

We look forward to attending the Southern Region NATS Conference which will be held at the University of Mississippi in November 2015.







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The JSU Department of Music family is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Willenham C. Castilla,Director of Choral Activities/ Instructor of Music. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Christ Temple Church of Church of Christ Holiness U.S. A, located at 845 N. Lamar St. Jackson, MS 39202. Services have been entrusted to Westhaven Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to:
Dr. Kathy Castilla
139 Inez Owens Dr
Jackson MS 39212

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RMPBB Brothers pressBrothers On The Battlefield 
A theatrically-staged production including a historically-informed narrative and a multi-media presentation in honor of the end of the 150th Anniversary of The American Civil War. Six virtuoso brass musicians (plus narrator and piano) perform a broad range of music from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement.
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is widely considered to be one of the world's leading brass ensembles. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world's youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. A veritable "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, associate artists of RMPBB have appeared on the world's most prominent stages and performed with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and Boston Brass. The group burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, "All Things Considered."
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Alumnus Kevin Jones Excels

February 1st, 2015 by jsumusic

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Patrick Jackson Earns Hall Of Fame Honors

November 7th, 2014 by jsumusic

Kirkwood School District educator honored by his high school alma mater



McComb School District Superintendent Cederick Ellis presents the Hall of Fame Award to Jackson. (click for larger version)
Kirkwood School District music education teacher Patrick Jackson was honored by his alma mater, McComb High School in McComb, Miss., and inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Jackson was recognized for his work as a music educator and orchestral conductor. McComb School District Superintendent Cederick Ellis presented the Hall of Fame Award to Jackson.

Jackson has taught music education for 28 years, and served the Kirkwood School District for 23 years. Prior to his joining the district, Jackson taught in the Normandy School District and St. Louis Public Schools.

Growing up in Mississippi, Jackson remembers always knowing that he wanted to be a professional musician. He was raised in a family of musicians and is a fifth-generation to play a stringed instrument.

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All About Jazz

November 7th, 2014 by jsumusic

The Department of Music will present the JSU Jazz Ensembles in concert Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00pm. Ensembles include the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Student Jazz Comb, Jazz Band Class I and Jazz Band Class II. The concert will take place in the F. D. Hall Music Center – Jimmie James Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information call (601) 979-2574

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Mr. Dowell Taylor 2014 Humanities Teacher Award

November 6th, 2014 by jsumusic

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