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Professor Ciraldo to Give Print Music Collection to USM University Libraries

Tue, 12/05/2023 - 04:06pm | By: David Tisdale


A University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music faculty member will be making a significant contribution of print material related to his work as a musician and educator to USM University Libraries.

Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, professor of music, will donate his entire library of print music for guitar, including solo music, chamber music, concertos, and method books. A member of the USM faculty since 2005, Dr. Ciraldo’s expertise includes classical guitar; he teaches courses in applied guitar, chamber music, music theory for non-music majors, instrumental literature, string pedagogy, and music appreciation.

Dr. Ciraldo says that as he can now read music from a tablet, he no longer needs print music for his work.

“My hope is that this donation will greatly increase students’ access to important repertoire for their training and also inspire other faculty and members of the community who learn of this donation to consider doing the same,” Dr. Ciraldo explained.

Dr. Ciraldo earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his teaching duties at USM, Dr. Ciraldo has provided invaluable service to the University, including through committee work to include the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research, American Association of University Professors, and the Faculty Senate.

He has earned multiple awards at USM, including the College of Arts and Sciences’ Creative Activity award. His work has also been supported through grant funding from the USM Partners for the Arts, Mississippi Arts Commission, and the D’Addario Foundation.

Dr. Ciraldo considers it a privilege to work with aspiring musicians, pursue creative projects, and serve the USM campus and community, and says it is “inspiring every day to hear of my students’ progress and success in the field.”

Learn more about Dr. Ciraldo and his work at USM.