Music Department News

Composers’ Orchestral Reading Concert

Describe Image HereBelhaven seniors Wil Murphy and Trailand Eltzroth will have their work featured at the Composers’ Orchestral Reading Session on Monday, April 27 at the Mississippi Museum of Art. ... | Read More

Best of Belhaven III Features Top Performances

Describe Image HereThe third and final installment of the 2015 Best of Belhaven performance is Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Belhaven Music Department will ... | Read More

Concert Features Life and Music of William Billings

Describe Image HereThe choral drama, William Billings of Boston is on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. This free concert will portray the life of William Billings, an early American composer ... | Read More

Concert Features Compositions of Belhaven Students

Describe Image HereThe Student Composer Concert XIV is a special performance showcasing several arrangements of music from Belhaven student composers. ... | Read More

Instrumental Arts Concert to Feature Variety of Ensembles

Describe Image HereThe Instrumental Arts Concert on April 18 will feature Belhaven’s Wind, Jazz and  Jazz Guitar Ensembles. Dr. Paxton Girtmon, Associate Professor of Music, said, “With a variety of ensembles ... | Read More

Belhaven Strings and Orchestras Concert 2015

Describe Image HereFaculty and student instrumentalists from Belhaven’s Music Department will perform during the 2015 Belhaven Strings and Orchestras Concert on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. ... | Read More

Belhaven Presents Night of Percussion and Classical Guitar

Describe Image HereThe Belhaven University Percussion Ensemble is proud to present Night of Percussion and Classical Guitar on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Concert Features Professor's Musical Works

Describe Image HereBelhaven’s resident composer Dr. Andrew Sauerwein will take the stage with faculty, alumni and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra players to perform some of his original musical works. ... | Read More

Best of Belhaven Features Musical Variety

The second installment of the 2015 Best of Belhaven performance is Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Belhaven Music Department will showcase ... | Read More

An Evening of Diamonds: Messiaen Quartet

The Preston Chamber Music Series is proud to present An Evening of Diamonds II: Messiaen Quartet on February 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall ... | Read More

Belhaven’s Opera for Children Presents The Maker of Illusions

Desribe Image HereDr. Christopher Shelt and Belhaven Vocal Arts students will present an opera the whole family can enjoy called The Maker of Illusions. This free, one act performance on January 23, 24 is the fifth installment ... | Read More

America's Oldest Singing Christmas Tree Is At Belhaven

Desribe Image HereBelhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree began in 1933 and is the first and oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree event in the country. This year will mark the 82nd anniversary of the tree. ... | Read More

Gloria in Excelsis: A Christmas Celebration

Desribe Image Here Belhaven Choral and Vocal Arts will present Gloria in Excelsis: A Christmas Celebration at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, November 22. This free performance at 7:30 p.m. will feature ... | Read More

Ensembles Present 2014 Instrumental Arts Concert

Desribe Image HereThe 2014 Instrumental Arts Concert on Tuesday, November 18 will feature Belhaven’s Wind, Percussion Jazz, Jazz and Classical Guitar Ensembles. This free concert in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts ... | Read More

2014 Symphony Orchestra Concert 

Desribe Image HereBelhaven’s 2014 Symphony Orchestra Concert on Friday, November 14 will present Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Symphony No. 5. This free concert will have a wealth of original themes, warm and colorful harmonies ... | Read More

Student Composer Concert XIII

Desribe Image HereThe Student Composer Concert XIII will be a special performance showcasing several arrangements of music from Belhaven student composers. This free and musically interactive performance  ... | Read More

Arts Discover Day 2014

Desribe Image HereArts Discover Day on November 14 will give future students a sneak peek into Belhaven University's thriving School of the Arts. This day is an important step for students deciding on a career in the arts  ... | Read More

Evening of Diamonds To Feature Music from Claude Bolling 

Desribe Image HereJazz meets classical at Belhaven’s next Preston Chamber Music Series. An Evening of Diamonds I - Claude Bolling Extravaganza takes place on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts  ... | Read More

Advance Registration: October 27 - 31

Before you know it Belhaven’s 2015 Spring Semester will be here. Advance Registration will be held October 27 - 31 and will help you plan your spring, summer or fall 2015 semester at Belhaven University. ... | Read More

Belhaven Named College of Distinction

Desribe Image HereBelhaven University was honored for the fifth consecutive year as a College of Distinction. The 2014-2015 College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor  ... | Read More

Belhaven Music Presents Guest Piano Recital  

Desribe Image HereThe Belhaven University Department of Music is pleased to present a special guest piano recital by Mr. Tim Dail on Saturday, August 30.  Dail will be playing selected pieces from composers including Franz Liszt, Aaron Copland ... | Read More

Music Faculty Lead Mission Trip to Austria

Desribe Image HereDr. Stephen and Mrs. Carolyn Sachs led Belhaven music students and alumni on a choir mission trip to Austria over the summer. The team worked with House of Hope, an outreach  ... | Read More

Ben Burge Named Director of Marching Band

Ben BurgeBelhaven University announced that Ben Burge has been named the Director of Marching Band.  Burge comes to Belhaven after successful ... | Read More

2014 Belhaven University Honors Convocation

The Belhaven University Honors Convocation awarded some of the highest academic honors to the year's top performing students on April 15, 2014 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Composers' Orchestral Reading to Feature Student's Work

Belhaven Senior and music major Ellen Wise will have her work featured at the Composers’ Orchestral Reading Session on Tuesday, April 15 at the Mississippi Museum of Art. ... | Read More

Best of Belhaven II Features Top Performances

The second installment of the 2014 Best of Belhaven performance is Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Bright Lights on Broadway

The concert Bright Lights on Broadway will feature some of the best music from Broadway on April 12. Dr. Christopher Shelt, Belhaven University Concert Choir and Chorale, soloists and instrumentalists ... | Read More

Belhaven Violinists Accepted to Juilliard and Rice University

Senior Jocelyn Zhu and graduate Shellie Brown (‘12) have been accepted with scholarships to two of the most elite master degree programs for violinists in America. Zhu was accepted to Juilliard ... | Read More

Belhaven Students Take Top Honors in Singing Competition

Eighteen Belhaven University Vocal Arts students competed successfully at the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition hosted on campus, March 21 and 22. ... | Read More

Belhaven Faculty Percussion Recital

The Faculty Percussion Recital on April 3 will feature Mr. Owen Rockwell, Adjunct Professor of Music, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Solo percussion music’s presence in the concert and academic setting ... | Read More

Instrumental Arts Concert To Feature Belhaven Ensembles

The Instrumental Arts Concert on April 5 will feature Belhaven’s Wind, Percussion Jazz, Jazz and Classical Guitar Ensembles. Dr. Paxton Girtmon, Associate Professor of Music ... | Read More

2014 Strings and Orchestras Concert

Faculty and student instrumentalists from Belhaven’s Music Department will gather for the 2014 Strings and Orchestras Concert on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Amy Houghton To Perform for Faculty Guitar Recital

Ms. Amy Houghton, Classical Guitar Professor, will showcase her guitar talent and perform on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belhaven University Concert Hall. This free concert will feature ... | Read More

Advance Registration for May and Summer Classes

A new academic term is quickly approaching and that means advance registration for May and summer classes will open on the week of March 24-28. Get an early start on planning your next term ... | Read More

Belhaven Hosts National Association of Teachers of Singing

The Belhaven University Music Department is proud to host this year’s National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition on March 20-22 in the Belhaven Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Faculty Concert Features Dr. Shelt with Students

Past and present Belhaven music students will join together with Dr. Christopher Shelt, Professor of Music, on March 4 for a special concert celebrating the teacher-student relationship. ... | Read More

Student Composers Concert

The Belhaven Composers Forum invites you to an interactive showcase of engaging new works by Belhaven's student composers on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Room. ... | Read More

Best of Belhaven Showcases Top Music Performances

Best of Belhaven will feature a wide variety of musical performances from the gifted students in Belhaven’s Music Department. This free performance on Thursday, Febuary 27 will highlight the finest concerts ... | Read More

2014 Belhaven University Career Fair

The 2014 Belhaven Career Fair is this Thursday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center. This career fair draws top employers in the Jackson area and statewide ... | Read More

Belhaven Named One of 33 Schools in the Nation Accredited in Four Arts

Belhaven University is one of only 33 institutions in the nation accredited in all four areas of the arts - visual art, music, theater, and dance. ... | Read More

Curtains - A Musical Debuts at Belhaven University

Curtains - A Musical will debut at Belhaven’s Blackbox Theatre on February 13-22. Based on the book by Rupert Holmes and set in 1959, this musical is a backstage murder mystery ... | Read More

2014 Belhaven Career Boot Camp

Career Services is hosting its annual Belhaven Career Boot Camp for our traditional students on February 13 in the Student Center. This year’s boot camp will host ... | Read More

Opera for Grown-Ups: A Game of Chance

Dr. Christopher Shelt and Belhaven Vocal Arts will present a hilarious opera for grown-ups; A Game of Chance will premiere on January 18, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Belhaven Concert Hall. Admission is complimentary. ... | Read More

Little Opera for Children: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Belhaven is proud to present the Little Opera for Children: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on January 17-18 at the Belhaven Concert Hall. There will be three opportunities to see this wonderful opera for children ... | Read More

Belhaven Awarded America’s 100 Best College Buys Title

Belhaven University is one of only a 100 universities in the country that received the distinction of America’s 100 Best College Buys. This is the eleventh consecutive year Belhaven was recognized for its ... | Read More

Best of Belhaven Features Top Music Performances

Best of Belhaven, an end of the year performance, will feature a wide variety of musical performances from the gifted students in Belhaven’s Music Department. This free performance on ... | Read More

An Evening of Diamonds: Belhaven Piano Trio

The Belhaven Music Department will present its second installation of An Evening of Diamonds as part of the Preston Chamber Music Series on Monday, November 18. The Belhaven Piano Trio is a concert based ... | Read More

81st Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree

Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree began in 1933 and is the first and oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree event in the country. This year will mark the 81st anniversary of the tree. Both performances on ... | Read More

Arts Discover Day 2013

Arts Discover Day on November 15 is for potential students who want an introduction into Belhaven University's thriving School of the Arts. Sign up to get a full access pass and to learn more about the arts at Belhaven: ... | Read More

Belhaven Orchestra, Strings and Choir Concert 2013

The Belhaven Orchestra, Strings and Choir Concert on Tuesday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. will present music from Beethoven’s Fantasy In C Minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra (“The Choral Fantasy”). ... | Read More

Belhaven Ranked A Top Regional University in the South

U.S. News & World Report ranked Belhaven University a top regional university in the South on the 2014 Best Colleges list. Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, said, “We are ... | Read More

Graduate School Fair and Majors Fair 2013

Belhaven’s annual Graduate School Fair on Thursday, October 24 is an opportunity for students to learn more and connect with graduate programs. The Majors Fair is the newest addition ... | Read More

Piano Duo To Perform at Belhaven

On October 19 at 7:30 p.m. the Belhaven Music Department will present an Evening of Diamonds as part of the Preston Chambers Music Series. This concert will feature Hillary Mauler and Tiffany Delgado ... | Read More

Sylvia Hong Piano Recital

Sylvia Hong, Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Music, will showcase her artistry on the piano at the Belhaven University Concert Hall on September 24 at 7:30 p.m. ... | Read More

Renowned Guitarist Andrew Stroud Will Perform at Belhaven

For one night only, renowned classical guitarist Andrew Stroud will be performing at the Belhaven University Concert Hall on September 20 at 7:30 p.m. ... | Read More

Arts Ablaze 2013-2014

The arts are thriving at Belhaven University and every year our students and faculty showcase their talents in plays, dances, music, poetry, gallery exhibits and more. ... | Read More

Belhaven University Named a College of Distinction

For a fourth year, Belhaven University was honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor ... | Read More

Music Student Performs in Tour Across Canada and England

Michael Adkins is only a junior at Belhaven, studying for his Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition, and is already showcasing his musical talent around the world. ... | Read More

2013 Student Music Awards

Belhaven University’s Music Department honored several students with music awards at the 2013 Best of Belhaven II Concert on April 15, 2013 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Faculty's Composition Debuts for Concert Series

Dr. Andrew Sauerwein, composer and Associate Professor of Music, recently had the privilege of hearing his newest arrangement performed by a world-class pianist and Julliard-trained musicians ... | Read More

Music Students and Alumni Compete Nationally

This past semester, alumni and students in the Belhaven Music Department applied their learned skills and successfully competed on a national level ... | Read More

Belhaven Honors Convocation 2013

Belhaven University's Honors Convocation awarded some of the highest academic honors to the year's top performing students on April 9, 2013 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Music Department Presents Jazz Vibrations

Try not tapping your feet during Belhaven’s Choral and Vocal Arts performance of Jazz Vibrations. This free concert on Saturday, April 13 will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Belhaven Orchestra Will Perform the Classics

Chamber music from famous composers like Beethoven and Tchaikovsky will fill the night at Belhaven’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, April 6. ... | Read More

MS Symphony Orchestra Performs Student Compositions

Students from Belhaven’s Music Composition Emphasis will have their works of music played by professional players from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) on Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. ... | Read More

Soprano, Dr. Rebecca Geihsler, Performs in Voice Recital

Dr. Rebecca Geihsler, Adjunct Professor of Voice, Music History and Music Appreciation, will perform her solo voice recital on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belhaven Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Belhaven Ensembles Showcase Music with Jackson Symphonic Band

Members of the Jackson community will combine their musical talents with musicians from Belhaven’s Music Department for a collaborative concert on March 23,2013. ... | Read More

Belhaven Strings Concert 2013

The upcoming Belhaven Strings Concert will showcase some of the top Belhaven string players on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Piano Recital Showcases Music Faculty

The Belhaven faculty piano recital entitled “The Sachs Piano Duo” will be on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Dr. Steven Sachs, Professor of Piano and Chair of the Belhaven Music Department ... | Read More

Faculty's Music Gets Published

Dr. Paxton Girtmon, Associate Professor of Music at Belhaven, recently had four pieces of music published by Duma Music in Woodbridge, NJ and Wehr’s Music House in Winter Park, Fla. ... | Read More

Faculty Voice Recital - Dr. Christopher Shelt

Belhaven’s Music Department will present the faculty voice recital of Dr. Christopher Shelt entitled A Teacher with His Students. Dr. Shelt, Professor of Voice, Church Music and Choral Activities, will take the stage ... | Read More

Musical, The Drunkard, Debuts at Belhaven

The Drunkard is a musical that will debut February 21 – March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belhaven Blackbox Theatre. The musical, presented by the Belhaven Theatre Department, is based on ... | Read More

Belhaven Presents Little Opera for Children

The Pied Piper of Hamlin will premiere at Belhaven’s Concert Hall on January 18 and 19, 2013. Students in Belhaven’s Vocal Arts will present this colorful one-act opera for children. ... | Read More

Concert Showcases Best of Belhaven

The first installment of the 2012-2013 Best of Belhaven performance is on Monday, November 19. Students from the Belhaven Music Department will present the most outstanding performances of the semester in one powerful concert. ... | Read More

Belhaven University Presents Handel's Messiah

To start the Christmas season off with a celebration, students and faculty from Belhaven’s Choral and Vocal Arts will present the Handel’s timeless classic, Messiah, at Belhaven’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Belhaven Wind, Percussion, Guitar and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Students from Belhaven’s Music Department will be performing in the Wind, Percussion, Jazz Guitar and Jazz Ensemble Concert on Thursday, November 15 in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Student Composers Concert X

The Student Composers Concert X will be a special performance showcasing several arrangements of music from Belhaven student composers. ... | Read More

80th Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree

Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree began in 1933 and is considered the first and oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree event in the country. It was named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society ... | Read More

Stardust Duo Will Perform for Belhaven Chamber Series

Amanda Smith Roberts and Jonathan Roberts of The Stardust Duo will perform in the third installment of the Preston Chamber Music Series at Belhaven University. ... | Read More

Tenor, Richard Heard, Performs at Guest Artist Recital

As part of the 2012 Mississippi Music Teachers Association Fall Conference being held at Belhaven this year, American tenor, Richard Heard will perform for the Guest Artist Recital on November 2. ... | Read More

Belhaven Hosts MS Music Teachers Association Conference

The annual Mississippi Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Fall Conference will be hosted this year by Belhaven University. This gathering of music teaching professionals from around the state will be held on November 2-3 in Belhaven’s Center for the Arts. ... | Read More

Preston Chamber Series Continue with MSO Cellist

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) leading cellist, Mr. Bennett Randman, will join with faculty from Belhaven’s Music Department for the second installation of the Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds. ... | Read More

Arts Discover Day 2012

Arts Discover Day is October 26 and will give future students a sneak peek into Belhaven University's thriving School of the Arts. Learn more about the arts and get a full access pass ... | Read More

Historic Gathering of Singing Christmas Tree Singers

Have you ever participated in the Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree? If so, this is an open invitation for you, and we need your help to make this year’s performance extra special. ... | Read More

Music Series, An Evening of Diamonds, Begins at Belhaven

Belhaven’s Music Department will host its first installment of the Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds to wrap up Belhaven's Alumni and Family Homecoming Weekend. ... | Read More

Belhaven Welcomes World Renowned Children’s Choir

The Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC)-Korea Children’s Choir and Dr. Billy Kim will visit Jackson for two special performances on October 2 in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts. ... | Read More

Arts Ablaze 2012-2013

This year will be another exciting year in the arts at Belhaven University and the Arts Ablaze Calendar has a complete listing of the many art events and show you where and when they are happening. ... | Read More

Dance, Music and President Visit South Korea

Over the summer a group of Belhaven University students, staff and faculty traveled into the country of South Korea. Each trip had a separate mission, but together had the same goal ... | Read More

Belhaven Records Highest Enrollment in Its History

Belhaven University’s fall enrollment shattered all previous records with a total of 3,725 students across all seven campuses. This is an increase of 433 students over last year, and a one-year jump over 13%. ... | Read More

Music Major, Jocelyn Zhu, is a Finalist in National Competition

Belhaven violin performance major, Jocelyn Zhu, competed and performed at the Masterworks Festival in Indiana. ... | Read More

Music Department's Mission Trip to Peru

Two Belhaven music professors, Dr.Christopher Shelt and Dr. Andrew Sauerwein, traveled to Trujillo, Peru and taught at the second largest national conservatory of music, the Conservatorio Carlos Valderrama. ... | Read More

Honors Convocation Award Winners

Belhaven University's Annual Honors Convocation awarded some of the highest academic honors to the year's top performing students on April 10. ... | Read More

Best of Belhaven II

The second installment of the 2012 Best of Belhaven performance is Monday, April 16 at 7:30 pm in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Choral and Vocal Arts Concert, The Beauty of Bernstein

The best of Bernstein is coming to the stage at Belhaven University. The choral and vocal arts concert, The Beauty of Bernstein, will premiere on April 14 at 7:30 P.M. in the Belhaven Center for the Arts Concert Hall. ... | Read More

Music Students are Winning Top Honors

Students in the Belhaven Music Department are winning many top honors in competitions around the state. Nine Belhaven University Vocal Arts students competed successfully at the National Association of the Teachers of Singing Competition (NATS). ... | Read More

Guitar Virtuoso, Pablo Garibay, Will Perform at MS Guitar Festival

The Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds continues to present wonderfully stirring concerts, and the Pablo Garibay Guitar Recital is no exception. ... | Read More

10th Annual Mississippi Guitar Festival Comes to Belhaven

The 10th Annual Mississippi Guitar Festival is coming to Belhaven University this year. The guitar festival is the state’s only collegiate conference on the art of classical guitar and it attracts guitar students, professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts statewide ... | Read More

Piano Trio Concert

The Preston Chamber Music Series An Evening of Diamonds will feature its next performance on February 7 with Belhaven’s Piano Trio concert. ... | Read More

2012 Collaborative Arts Concert

The Collaborative Arts Concert on Saturday, February 4, 2012 is the only time when several departments from the Belhaven School of the Arts combine their efforts to collaboratively create works of art in paint, music and dance. ... | Read More

Belhaven Music Department Presents Opera Concerts

The Belhaven University Music Department and the Mississippi Opera present Little Operas for Children: Little Red Riding Hood and The Toy Shop ... | Read More