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E10 – Ezekiel Andrew McCall Shares Insight as a Performing Artist

A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, Ezekiel McCall is rising in the ranks as a theater star. A graduate of Mississippi School of the Arts, Mississippi College and the University of Southern Mississippi, McCall has performed in numerous events all over the country. He is also a past recipient of the MSA Alumni Hall of Fame. The Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera,” the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Coalhouse Porter in “Ragtime” are just a few performances in his portfolio. Ezekiel...


E9 – Shaw Furlow: An Educator and a Musician’s Friend

Shaw Furlow recently joined us in the podcast studio. When he’s not behind a microphone or musical instrument, he’s out promoting the local music scene in Brookhaven. A 1969 graduate of Brookhaven High School, Shaw left his hometown to obtain his degree and pursue a career in music. After teaching music in education from middle school to high school, he returned to Brookhaven and finished his day-to-day career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where he was an instructor and band director...


E8 – Commencement 2019 for the Mississippi School of the Arts

Listen to the Mississippi School of the Arts’ Commencement 2019. Speakers include Dr. Sebrina Palmer, director of professional development and state special schools at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Dr. Nathan Oakley, Chief Academic Officer at MDE, Lydia Taylor (salutatorian), Zoe Holley (valedictorian), and Alysia Steele, the author of Delta Jewels. The commencement ends with a special composition by Patton Rice (Vocal Music instructor) entitled “To This We’ve Come,” sung by...


E7 – Michael Roy: An MSA Graduate and International Muralist

Mural painted in 2018 by Michael Roy at Mississippi School of the Arts. Mississippi School of the Arts welcomes Michael Roy, a first-year graduate of the visual arts program. After graduating from MSA in 2005, Michael attended the Memphis College of Art. He is an international muralist, having painted murals in cities all across America and countries such as Korea. In 2018, Michael came back home to MSA to paint a large mural on campus. Michael is the 2019 recipient of the MSA Alumni Hall...


E6 – Rob Cooper: A Glass Artist from Jackson, Mississippi

In Episode 6 of the Creative Expression podcast, Emily Bishop, a senior visual artist at Mississippi School of the Arts, chats with Rob Cooper, a glass artist from his home city of Jackson, Mississippi. As a native of Jackson, Rob has seen many changes in the mid-town city arts scene. Emily gets into the grit about Rob’s job at Pearl River Glass Studio and how it has affected his artistic career. According to the Mississippi Arts Commission, while he has spent the last several years making...


E5 – Telling Stories With Alysia Burton Steele

Alysia Burton Steele was invited to Mississippi School of the Arts as a 3-day artist-in-residence (Guest Artist Residency Program). During her stay, Steele interacted with students in the Literary department, Visual Arts photography class, and school-wide Diversity Club. Alysia is author of the book “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom,” which is a collection of formal portraits and oral histories from elder African American church women, including civil rights activist Mrs....


E4 – Post-Workshop Talk With Eric Booth, The Father of Teaching Artists.

Teachers at Mississippi School of the Arts joined in a book study over the past several weeks. The book, entitled “The Everyday Work of Art,” introduces its readers to the real concept of art as a human being. Culminating the study was a workshop with the author of the book, Eric Booth. In this podcast, Suzanne Hirsch (executive director) engages in conversation to find out Eric’s thoughts on the work of art and everyday expression over the course of 22 years the book has been in existence....


E3 – 2018 MSA Chorale Fall Concert (LIVE RECORDING)

The award-winning, Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Chorale presents the 2018 Fall Concert, featuring select pieces of music and holiday classics. Listen to Episode 3 of the Creative Expression podcast as MSA chorale members bring to you a beautiful rendition of select vocal pieces and arrangements from several composing artists. This event was recorded live in concert on December 14th, 2018 in Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium concert hall, located on the campus of Mississippi School of the...


E2 – Mississippi School of the Arts: An Opportunity

The Mississippi School of the Arts celebrates 15 years of existence. In Episode 2 of this Creative Expression podcast, Suzanne Hirsch (Executive Director) gives insight of MSA’s purpose and achievements. We go inside the walls of the historic campus to give potential students and parents some clues why Mississippi School of the Arts is an opportunity for many throughout our state. Apply to Mississippi School of the ArtsAvailable Programs of StudyMississippi School of the Arts Scores Second...


E1 – A Conversation With Clinnesha Sibley

In this inaugural episode of the Creative Expression podcast, we invited Clinnesha Sibley, the Literary Arts instructor at Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA), into the podcast studio. The conversation started with sharing her story of how she entered the arts scene as a child, her college years, the beginning of her career and the eventual transition to MSA. Clinnesha gave her insights of the literary world and offered some guidance. To end the show, we included a few clips of senior...