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Released September 27, 2004


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 Bandmasters Association.

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 For more information on the Southern Miss band program, call (601) 266-4990.


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October 25, 2004 5:34 PM