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Welcome to MC and the Music Department! In addition to my position as department chair, I teach applied piano and piano literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our piano students participate in master classes and competitions throughout the year and give an annual collaborative program with the Art and English departments called "MC Creates." Pianists can choose from a variety of degrees with piano emphasis, including the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Collaborative Piano, the Bachelor of Music Education with Keyboard Emphasis, and the Bachelor of Arts with Keyboard Emphasis. MC is a great place to start your career and see where it leads!
Angela Willoughby is a native of Rayville, Louisiana. In 1981 and 1983 respectively, Dr. Willoughby received the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees in piano performance at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. She studied piano with Ralph Taylor and held a graduate assistantship in teaching and accompanying. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Louisiana State University, studying piano with Milton Hallman and Jack Guerry. In addition to teaching at Mississippi College, she has taught on the faculty at Grambling University and Belhaven College.
Recently, Dr. Willoughby has conducted extensive research on the lives of two teachers in her pedagogical lineage, Ernst von Dohnanyi and Edward Kilenyi. She has presented three lecture-recitals about the two musicians and just completed a documentary on the subject, "Two Friends in Tallahassee: Ernst von Dohnanyi and Eddy Kilenyi."
In 2009, Dr. Willoughby was the recipient of the Humanities Teacher Award presented by the Humanities Council of Jackson. In that same year, she was also recognized as the Mississippi College Distinguished Lecture for Arts and Sciences. She is a long-time member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She is Past-President of that organization and served in various poisiton on the Executive Board for fourteen years. She continues to be active as a presenter and adjudicator for keyboard festivals such as MTNA and MMTA-sponsored events, the Sonata-Sonatina Festival of Jackson, the Bach Festival and the Mississippi Baptist State Keyboard Festival.
Along with fellow Mississippi College retired professor, composer and clarinetist James Sclater, she is part of the Lyricas chamber duo. Lyricas performs frequently in Mississippi and throughout the southeast. She has also recorded Sclater’s complete works for solo piano, including a major work composed for her, “Variations and Toccata on a Theme by Paganini,” which she premiered at the 2002 Annual Conference for the Mississippi Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Willoughby has served area churches as organist, organist-choirmaster, and choir director, and currently serves as organist at First Baptist Church in Clinton. Her hobbies include biking, gardening, and knitting.
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