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Social Justice Series

Social Justice Series

April 19 - April 22, 2022

USM's Symphony Orchestra will host a series of events to raise awareness of social justice issues and drawing special attention to the challenges of diversity, inclusion and equity in the fine arts. The series of events will feature musical performances, guest lecturers, master classes and more. Most are free and the public is encouraged to be involved in this special opportunity for our community.

The Symphony Orchestra is very pleased to be partnering with our Honors College, Office of Inclusion& Multicultural Engagement, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as School of Music partners, University Bands and the Trombone Studio in this important project. 

Special Guests

Xavier Foley

Xavier Foley

Composer and double bass artist; winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition; and 2016 Young Artists International Auditions

Weston Sprott

Weston Sprott­

Dean of the Preparatory Division of the Julliard School of Music and Trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


Anthony Wellington

Anthony Wellington

Commercial bass artist and founder of “Bassology,” 

Joyce McCall

Dr. Joyce McCall

Southern Miss alumna and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Arizona State University



Tuesday, April 19

  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. – Masterclass with Xavier Foley.  
    Location: Intermezzo Gallery
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. University Forum with guest speaker Xavier Foley – The Use of Social Justice Issues in Classical Composition.  
    Location:  Bennett Auditorium | Livestream

Thursday, April 21

  • 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion Challenges in Diversity and Inclusion in the Music Industry.  Panelists: Xavier Foley, Weston Sprott, Joyce McCall, and Anthony Wellington.
    Location: Intermezzo Gallery
  • 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Lecture and Q & A with Weston Sprott.
    Location: The Hub, Room 100
  • 7:30 p.m. – The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents …and Justice for All with guest artists Xavier Foley and John Uzodinma.  Also featuring Shostakovich Symphony No. 10.
    Location: Bennett Auditorium

Friday, April 22:

  • 10 a.m. – Noon – Masterclass with Xavier Foley.  
    Location: Intermezzo Gallery
  • 7:30 p.m. – The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble with guest artist Weston Sprott.
    Location: Manonni Performing Arts Center


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