Missouri State University Music Department

Music tells a story. It is a narrative that inspires and moves many. 

Daniel Ketter and Emlyn Johnson, faculty from the department of music at Missouri State University, share about their work with Music in the American Wild and how they are celebrating the Centennial of the women's suffrage movement.

They began Music in the America Wild in 2016 as a celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

Inspiration can come from anything: an object of affection, heartbreak, world events, poetry. The list goes on.  Dr. John Prescott, composer and professor of music at Missouri State University, was asked to create a memorial piece of music to be performed on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and he obliged.

(Photo courtesy Cuarteto Q-Arte)

There's a strong connection between the two interviews that we conducted this morning on KSMU's Arts News, according to MSU music professor Dr. Amy Muchnick.  One of her student string quartets almost made it all the way to the top of the Music Teachers National Association competition four years ago. "The White String Quartet, which was the student string quartet, in 2012 made the finals of the MTNA competition.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

The Missouri State University Music Department's Director of Choral Studies Dr. Cameron LaBarr invited tenor and musical theatre specialist Brandon Nase to come to campus for a week's worth of master classes for music education and vocal performance students.  His week in Springfield culminates Monday Sept. 21st with a free public concert in the Juanita K.