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Released April 14, 2005


Hattiesburg- University of Southern Mississippi faculty clarinetist and music educator Wilbur Moreland will give his preretirement faculty recital April 20 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium.

Joining the then Department of Music Education in 1972 to teach saxophone, clarinet, and music theory, Moreland was assigned as full time clarinet professor in 1975 in the School of Music.

Among his many performance and teaching credits, he has been a member of several faculty chamber ensembles, including the Southern Arts Woodwind Quintet and the Southerly Winds. These groups have performed in many venues in the Southeast as well as at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on two occasions.

"As a teacher, Wilbur sets the example of the quality education we are trying to provide to our students here at Southern Miss," said Dr. Charles Elliott, director of the School of Music. "He has devoted his talents to teaching hundreds of students over the years and is an integral part of our program. In addition to his teaching, Wilbur also serves as an example of what a performing artist-teacher should be."

The recital program will include Trios for double reeds and clarinet by Ibert, Francaix Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Milhaud; B.A.B.B.IT.T for Clarinet with extensions by Donald Martino, and Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by Carl Maria von Weber.

Performing with Moreland are many of his friends who "have been such an important part of my career here at Southern Miss," he said. "Faculty oboist Patricia Malone and bassoonist John Bivins and I were the founding members of the Southerly Winds," Moreland said. "Pianist Lois Leventhal and I have performed together many times as a duo and as part of the Contemporary Arts Trio during the 1980s.

"Violinist Stephen Redfield, cellist Alexander Russakovsky, and I have also performed together in a variety of settings. It was my desire to celebrate my 33 years at Southern Miss by having one more performance with these wonderful musicians and friends."

Recently retired professor of music, Sharon Lebsack, has known Moreland since sixth grade. "We went through junior high and high school at neighboring towns and then were in college at the same time," she explained. "We played in orchestra, wind ensemble, and woodwind quintets together all through college. Wilbur is an excellent musician and colleague--someone you could always count on."

The recital begins at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Moreland at (601) 266-6948.


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April 21, 2005 12:44 PM