MISS HANDBELLS RING IN HOME CONCERT
- Following a successful tour across Mississippi and Louisiana,
the Carillon Handbell Choir at The University of Southern Mississippi
will perform at home April 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing
Arts Center Auditorium. The concert also serves as a warm-up for
the group's May tour that culminates with a performance at Princeton
University for its 1958 alumni reunion.
1985 by Dr. Larry Smith, professor of music in the School of Music
at Southern Miss, Carillon has developed a regional, national, and
international reputation and has garnered high praise and respect
in the handbell world. The group performs a wide range of handbell
literature including familiar church hymns, traditional classical
arrangements and original compositions for handbells.
For the home
concert, Carillon will perform works by Fred Gramann, Donald Allured,
Arnold Sherman, Michael Helman and Karen Buckwalter. Other arrangements
by Cathy Moklebust, John Behnke and William Griffin will be featured
Smith, a noteworthy piece on the program is an original composition
for handbells by his own choir member, J.D. Frizzell. A sophomore
composition major from Lawrenceville, Ga., Frizzell has written
a piece he titled "Midnight Blessings."
I came to Southern Miss, I was aware that a handbell choir existed
on campus," Frizzell said. "However, I had no idea that
it would be one of the best choirs in the country. Carillon has
become an integral part of my college experience, and I look forward
to the next two years in the group with great anticipation. Carillon
is Southern Miss's best kept secret."
For the other
13 members of the group, their sentiments about the choir are similar
into my sixth year in Carillon as a master's student, I realize
I could never get tired of playing handbells or being a part of
an ensemble like this," said Mary Thrash, a choral music education
student from Collierville, Tenn. "I marvel at all the wonderful
travel and performance opportunities I've shared with Carillon."
is an operative word for this ensemble. The group performs 20-25
concerts annually. In June 2000, they performed in Europe; in May
2001, they performed in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia;
and in July 2002, they performed for a national handbell event,
Handbell Exploration, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Other previous tours
include performances in England, Germany, Bermuda and Japan.
In March, the
group presented concerts in Vicksburg and Bossier City and Shreveport,
La., and now anticipates its upcoming Princeton tour. And, like
all of their other tours, Smith and the students raised their own
the choir include: Frizzell; Thrash; Jason Barfield of Guntersville,
Ala.; Amy Cross of McKenzie, Tenn.; Elizabeth Dennis, of Mobile,
Ala.; Trey Goff of Pascagoula; Bobby Griffin of Pensacola, Fla.;
Lauren Hatty of New Orleans, La.; Geoffrey Philabaum of Brookhaven;
Katie Robyn of Atlanta, Ga.; Jennifer Rowe of Fairhope, Ala.; Michael
Sneed of Marietta, Ga.; Amy Stagg of Vicksburg; and Laurie Starek
of Long Beach.
the home concert is free and open to the public, although donations
will be accepted. For more information, call Smith at (601) 266-5826.
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.