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MSU's Rosângela Yazbec Sebba honored as Steinway Artist- October 7, 2014 -

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A music faculty member at Mississippi State University with more than 36 years of experience in piano performance is receiving national recognition for dedication to her craft.

Rosângela Yazbec Sebba has been named a Steinway Artist, joining the select ranks of some 1,600 highly esteemed musicians from around the world who have chosen to play exclusively on pianos produced by internationally renowned piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons.

"Professor Sebba's selection as a Steinway Artist is a tremendous honor for her as an individual musician and it's a tremendous honor for the university," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. "Being able to have our music students train with an internationally recognized artist as a member of our faculty will assure the continued growth and sophistication of our music department."

Barry E. Kopetz, head of the university's music department, praised Sebba, a professor of piano, theory and ear training, for being "a fine person and fine musician."

"The Steinway Artist designation is considered to be one of the finest honors that a pianist can achieve," Kopetz said of the sought-after chamber musician who has accompanied master classes and concerts of artists including Simon Este, Wynton Marsalis, The Emerson String Quartet, Joseph Robinson and Leontyne Price.

"Not many musicians receive this kind of recognition, so for the professional world to acknowledge her talent and musicianship in this way is not only very special for Rose, but also for our department and the university as a whole," he added.

Founder and coordinator of the MSU piano pre-college program and retreat, Sebba currently serves as the Mississippi Music Teachers Association's vice president for collegiate and national competitions. She is featured on the Mississippi Arts Commission's Artist Roster, with a CD titled "Eight Sonatinas and the Sonata for Piano Solo by M. Camargo Guarnieri" released in 2010.

Prior to joining MSU in 2000, the Brazilian native held positions at Gustav Ritter State Conservatory-Brazil, University of Southern Mississippi and Pearl River Community College.

Additionally, she is the founder and coordinator of the Brazilian Music Festival and has given recitals, master classes and lectures in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Costa Rica, England and Spain.

Others featured on the prestigious Steinway Artist roster include classical pianist Lang Lang, jazz stars Diane Krall and Harry Connick Jr., pop icon Billy Joel, and immortal legends Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Vladimir Horowitz, and Arthur Rubinstein.

"I am thankful to Steinway & Sons for giving me the opportunity to be featured in their prestigious roster," said Sebba about her new designation as a Steinway Artist. "This is a huge honor not only for myself as a musician, but also for our university and state," added the music graduate of the Universidade Federal de Goias and the University of Wyoming who completed additional studies at the prestigious Julliard School in New York City.

Since its inception in 1853, Queens Borough-based Steinway & Sons has designed what widely are considered the world's finest pianos, those which "set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty and investment value." The company has been honored with numerous awards and granted more than 100 patents over its long history. For more, visit

"Whether on the stages of the most prestigious concert halls, or at one of the more than 160 All-Steinway Schools, Steinway pianos remain the pre-eminent choice for notable institutions and artists around the world," said Robert Klingbeil, director of institutional sales at Amro Music Stores, Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee.

The All-Steinway School designation is bestowed upon a select group of institutions of higher learning and conservatories who "demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music."

Formally announcing its commitment to make the university's music department an All-Steinway School, MSU's College of Education provided the Starkville campus with the opportunity to view its newly acquired baby-grand and four vertical Steinway pianos this past spring.

In addition to joining the more than 160 institutions of higher learning and conservatories throughout the world with this distinction, the university seeks to become the only Mississippi school holding the prestigious honor.

"We're also starting a new campaign to have a state-of-the-art music building, where the majority of concerts will be hosted," Sebba said. "I'm hoping this distinction will help bring more attention to the music department at Mississippi State University and will show donors that we are very serious about and committed to our role of enhancing culture and music education in our region and the state of Mississippi."

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Dr. Bracey Recipient of Mississippi Business Education Association University Teacher of the Year Award- September 23, 2014 - Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Bracey, who is the 2014 recipient of the Mississippi Business Education Association University Teacher of the Year Award. Debbie Burnham, chair of the Professional Awards Committee, presented the prestigious award to Dr. Bracey at the MBEA Fall Conference held in Gulfport on September 19.

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COE Embedded Librarian begins regular office hours- September 15, 2014 - Rachel Cannady, the College of Education's Embedded Librarian, will have regular hours in Allen Hall, each Wednesday, from 3:30 to 5:30, and will be located in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education lobby.

She will be there to assist with research questions, and this service is open to everyone in the College of Education.

College of Engineering and College of Education Faculty Awarded a Grant from the National Science Foundation- September 2, 2014 - Two Mississippi State University faculty members, Dr. Lakiesha Williams and Dr. Linda T. Coats have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in engineering who enter graduate school and pursue careers in academia. Dr. Lakiesha Williams (Project Investigator), an associate professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department and Dr. Linda T. Coats (Co-Project Investigator), a professor in the Leadership and Foundations Department will collaborate with researchers from the University of Akron and the University of Houston to address issues faced by underrepresented minorities that impede them for persisting in academia.

The Career Development: From Senior Undergraduates to Navigating Assistant Professorship project will convene two-day workshops at each of the three institutions, the University of Akron, University of Houston, and Mississippi State University, designed to enhanced participants’ knowledge, awareness, and interest about strategies and techniques that might be used to aid retention and success in academia. Workshops will held in October at the University of Akron, in January at Mississippi State University, and in May at the University of Houston. Workshops will include sessions about future faculty roles and responsibilities; time management; college teaching; culturally responsive teaching; mentoring/career coaching; and the ins and outs of graduate school. Workshops are designed to attract and accommodate up to 200 participants will be open to engineering college students from colleges and universities that surround each of the three institution.

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Upcoming Events

Digital Dawg Byte High School Competition at MSU on November 6

November 6, 2014

Digital Dawg Byte High School Competition

High school students are invited to join the Digital Dawg Byte High School Competition hosted at Mississippi State University on Thursday, November 6, 2014, starting at 9:00 a.m.

High school students can compete in three events which include the following: Creating an App, The Amazing Chase, and the Quiz Bowl.

The event is co-sponsored by The Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development student organizations, Phi Beta Lambda and Pi Omega Pi.

Registration must be postmarked by Friday, October 24, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. Registration Fee is only $15, and lunch will be provided.

For competition information, please contact: Ms. Vicki Keel at 662.325.2281 or We hope to see you there.

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Future students, family members invited to MSU Music Discovery Day

November 10, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State's music department will welcome prospective music and music education majors and their families to campus Nov. 10 for the university's 2014 Music Discovery Day.

Nov. 5 is the sign-up deadline for the eighth annual event. Online registration may be completed at

During the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. open house, high school juniors and seniors, as well as community college students, will have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with faculty members and current students to learn more about the department's academic majors and programs and music-related career opportunities. Participants also will observe music classes and attend faculty and student performances during their campus visit.

"Music Discovery Day provides a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to come see what life is like at Mississippi State and learn about all the exciting things that are happening in our department," said event coordinator Tara Warfield.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the MSU music department currently offers a bachelor's degree in music education, with specific majors in instrumental music, vocal music, piano and guitar, and a bachelor of arts in music. Developing quality music educators for Mississippi and the Southeast region, and providing an advanced study of music in the liberal arts tradition are its primary missions.

With more than 100 concerts, recitals and other programs held annually, the department also regularly contributes to the cultural atmosphere of Starkville and the Golden Triangle region.

For additional information about 2014 Music Discovery Day, contact Warfield at 662-325-4753 or

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