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STARKVILLE, Miss.âA Mississippi State University faculty member with more than 36 years of experience in piano performance was honored Tuesday [Sept. 15] with a reception celebrating her prestigious Steinway Artist designation.
RosĂ˘ngela Yazbec âRoseâ Sebba, the music departmentâs professor of piano, theory and ear training, is among 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.
During the Tuesday evening program at The Mill at MSU, President Mark E. Keenum expressed pleasure in having the opportunity to âhonor one of the most distinguished members of our Mississippi State University family.â
âFor us to have one of very own, Dr. Rose Sebba, recognized as a Steinway Artist exemplifies the quality that we are achieving and going to achieve at Mississippi State,â Keenum said.
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 legends Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein.
Last spring, MSU formally announced its commitment to make the universityâs music department an All-Steinway School with the acquisition of a baby-grand and four vertical Steinway pianos. With the All-Steinway School designation, MSU would join a select group of more than 160 institutions of higher learning and conservatories around the world and become the only Mississippi school holding the prestigious honor.
Alumni and friends of the university may assist with gifts toward the All-Steinway Initiative, To contribute, contact Trish Cunetto at 662-325-6762 or email@example.com.
âWe are working hard to become an All-Steinway School, and in working at the university level with our Foundation and with our leaders in Jackson and the legislature, I am very confident that weâll have a new music department building for all of our faculty and students to enjoy,â Keenum added.
Others sharing words of praise for Sebba during the celebration included:
âRichard Blackbourn, MSU dean of the College of Education, who described Sebba as an accomplished pianist and a great person. âRose has God-given talent, but she has worked hard to perfect her craft. She loves her students and colleagues and is a true team player, and she is the kind of role model we need for all of our faculty at Mississippi State,â he said.
âBarry E. Kopetz, MSU professor and music department head, echoed those sentiments, adding, âDedication, character, integrity, and nothing short of accepting perfectionâRose has all of these traits, yet she is humble about being a recipient of this fine award.â
âRobert Klingbeil, director of institutional sales at Amro Music Stores Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, said after meeting Sebba three years ago, âIt didnât take long for me to recognize her as being a sweet, genuine and exceptionally talented person. It also didnât take long for me to see her enthusiasm for her students and doing what is best for her department at Mississippi State. Roseâs passion for Steinway pianos is nothing short of infectious.â
A self-proclaimed Bulldog, Sebba said her goal always is âto do what is best for my students and faculty friends.â
âIn our department, we are family, and above all, we help each other, so we can help improve the lives of our students. I really want Mississippi State to be an All-Steinway School, and Iâm sure that will happen,â she emphasized.
In addition to a certificate officially distinguishing her as a Steinway Artist, Klingbeil presented Sebba with two framed pieces. One was an image depicting a grand piano on which Sebbaâs name and those of other Steinway Artists are listed; the other was a portrait taken of Sebba.
Musical entertainment for the program was provided by Sebba and her fellow colleagues and students. They included professor Jackie Edwards-Henry, on piano; junior civil engineering major and music minor Gabrielle Tran of Pass Christian, piano; senior computer science and music double-major Candace B. Moreau of Florence, South Carolina, piano; junior music and foreign language/Spanish major Sarah E. Jenkins of Brandon, piano; senior music education major Tyler J. Stallings of Pontotoc, alto saxophone; lecturer Jeanette Fontaine, voice; instructor Karen Murphy, piano; magna cum laude music graduate Trent Smith of Noxapater, piano; assistant professor Anthony Kirkland, trumpet; and instructor Sheri Falcone, alto saxophone.
Founder and coordinator of the MSU piano pre-college program and retreat, Sebba currently serves as the Mississippi Music Teachers Associationâs vice president for collegiate and national competitions. She also is featured on the Mississippi Arts Commissionâs Artist Roster, and has given recitals, master classes and lectures in the United States, Mexico, Portugal, Costa Rica, England, Spain and her native Brazil.
This past summer, Sebba served as an examiner for the Taiwan-based International Piano Performance Examination Committee (http://www.iecmusic.org/English/). The six-week, all-expenses-paid trip to nine cities afforded her the opportunity to speak with more than 100 private piano teachers, as well as instruct more than 1,300 students on technique, style, literature, music history and theory.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, MSUâs music department offers a bachelorâs degree in four areas of music education, as well as a bachelor of arts in music. Learn more at www.music.msstate.edu, bit.ly/MSUMusicFB and twitter.com/mstatemusic.
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