HATTIESBURG - Paula
Crider, professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin,
returns to her alma mater to guest conduct during a concert Oct.
14 at Bennett Auditorium by the top concert bands at The University
of Southern Mississippi.
The internationally renowned Wind Ensemble, under
the direction of Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands at Southern
Miss, and the Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. Steven
Moser, associate professor of music, will present a combined fall
concert at 7:30 p.m. Crider has selected a favorite piece that she
performed when she was a student at Southern Miss in the 1960s.
"Professor Crider has had an illustrious career
as a conductor/music educator and has served as a model for many
young women in the music profession," Fraschillo said. "Many
firsts were attained for women by her accomplishments, probably
the most significant was (her) being named the director of the University
of Texas Longhorn Marching Band, a post held only by men in the
125-year history of the organization."
The distinguished 1967 Southern Miss graduate began
her career more than 37 years ago at Purvis High School, when she
replaced Joe Berryman as band director after Berryman became ill.
Following her tenure at Purvis, she moved to Texas,
and from there her music career included a long string of amazing
successes. Most recently, Crider served as president of the National
Band Association, the world's largest organization for bands, and
now serves on the board of directors of the prestigious American
Prior to her appearance as conductor, Crider will
serve as guest lecturer for all instrumental music education and
conducting classes during the week.
The Symphonic Winds will open the 7:30 p.m. concert,
performing William Bolcom's "Machine" from Symphony No.
5 and Walter Hartley's "Concerto for 23 Winds."
For the second portion of the evening's program, Crider
will conduct the Wind Ensemble in a Gilbert and Sullivan favorite,
"Pineapple Poll, Movement 1." Other Wind Ensemble program
highlights will include a landmark 20th-century work by Arnold Schoenberg
titled "Theme and Variations, op. 43a," a piece that Fraschillo
described as "probably one of the most important and difficult
works written for winds in the 20th century and performed by only
the nation's finest ensembles."
Carson Vermillion, one of Fraschillo's doctoral conducting
students, will lead the Wind Ensemble in Percy Grainger's beautiful
"Colonial Song." Concluding the program will be Johannes
Hansen's Swedish march "Valdres," featuring trumpet soloist,
Michael Ellzey, a doctoral student in trumpet performance and a
student of Dr. Joel Treybig.
Tickets are $6 for general admission and $3 for Southern
Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens, and children under 12.
Southern Miss students will be admitted free with identification.
Call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425
for tickets, or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
For more information on the Southern Miss band program, call (601)