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Luigi ZaninelliLuigi Zaninelli

Zaninelli, composer-in-residence at the University of Southern Mississippi, won the 1997 Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for "Three American Hymns for Soprano and Wind  Ensemble." The New Jersey native, now living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was a student and an instructor at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pa., which sent him to Italy to study under the legendary Rosario Scalero. In addition to the Steinway Prize, he is a three-time Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters winner. The judge was David Ott of Destin, Fla.


Luigi Zaninelli (b. 1932)
A Lexicon of Beasties
Duration: 24'
Publisher: SHA
Text: Edward Lear (adapted by the composer)
Language: English
Narrator; Piano; 1111/1111/2perc/[str]
If any of the 26 animals are omitted, the title is 'A Bevy of Beasties'

Luigi Zaninelli (b. 1932)
The Steadfast Tin Soldier (original version)
Duration: 40'
Publisher: SHA
Text: Hans Christian Andersen
Language: En
Narrator; ob.cl.bn.pf

Luigi Zaninelli (b. 1932)
The Steadfast Tin Soldier (revised version) (rev 1990)
Duration: 19'
Publisher: SHA
Text: Hans Christian Andersen
Language: En
Narrator; 1111/1111/2perc/[str]

Luigi Zaninelli (b. 1932)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Duration: ca 40'
Publisher: SHA
Text: Beatrix Potter
Language: English
Narrator; Tuba; 1111/1110/2perc/hp/[str]

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Honors and Awards

Over the seventeen-year history of Pearl Singers, the group and other associated groups have received numerous awards.

  • Performances with the Mississippi Youth Chorale in New York's Carnegie Hall
  • A performance at the 1992 ACDA Southern Division Convention in Savannah, Georgia
  • Performances at the Mississippi ACDA and Mississippi Music Educators Association  Conventions
  • Consistent superior ratings in district and state choral festivals. Pearl Singers have been recognized for numerous years as a choir of distinction in the state of Mississippi for having received three consecutive years of superior ratings at the State Choral Festival.
  • Sweepstakes awards at the Gulf Coast Choral Festival, including Class III SATB Choir, TTBB Choir, SSA Choir, Freshman Choir, Quartet, Sextet, and Madrigals.
  • Consistent recognition of individual singers through membership in the Delta State
  • University Honor Choir and the Mississippi ACDA All-State Honor Choir
  • Features on Jackson television stations WJTV-12, WAPT-16, and WLBT-3
  • One of three choirs chosen to perform in the final concert of the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria
  • Selected as the performance choir for the Mississippi ETV coverage of the Music In Our Schools "Largest Concert" with guest conductor composer Luigi Zaninelli
  • Participation in the London Parade Festival in London, England, from December 27, 1997, to January 2, 1998.
  • Performed for a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore Pearl Singers, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers were recipients of the 1997 Gulf Coast Choral Festival Sweepstakes awards.



Born in Moss Point, Mississippi in 1953, Rouse began composing and improvising at age five, subsequently studying piano, bassoon, and saxophone. At thirteen he began four years as a bassoonist in the Gulf Coast Symphony and also began performing with his first rhythm and blues group. His principal composition teachers include Luigi Zaninelli at the University of Southern Mississippi (BM Theory/Composition) and, at the University of Michigan, where he received his Master of Music and Doctorate of Music in composition, Leslie Bassett and William Albright. While a graduate student, Rouse served for three years as Music Director and accompanist for the Dance Department of Eastern Michigan University, and started a successful jingle production company partnership in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. At the conclusion of his graduate studies, his "Hexachords and Their Trichordal Generators: An Introduction" was published in the music theory journal, In Theory Only, December 1985, Volume 8,Number 8, p.19-43.



A Celebration of American Tradition

On Monday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m. in Meek Hall Auditorium, pianist Stacy Rodgers and Carol Dale, flutist, will join the
Ole Miss voice faculty in a recital focusing on the music of American composers. Cynthia Linton will perform solos by
Mississippi composer James Sclater; Julia Aubrey will present two songs by women composers, Emma Lou Diemer and
Amy Beach; Jean Jordan has selected two songs by Ricky Gordon; Thomas Gregg will sing three of his original songs; and
Lothar Bergeest will end the first half with "Music of the Night" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera.
Because musical theatre is a uniquely American tradition, the program includes a duet by this adopted British composer and a
quintet from Romance, Romance. The second half of the program highlights two American operas, Vanessa and The Consul.


Oxford Piano Trio to Give Concert

Violinist and Acting Department Chair Robert Riggs, cellist Tian-sheng Li, and pianist Stacy Rodgers will perform on Thursday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Meek Hall Auditorium. This recital will feature works of three composers: Ludwig van Beethoven's Kakadu Variations, Luigi Zaninelli's Trio Concertante, and the well-known Dumky Trio by Antonin Dvorák.



I don't recall ever bieng handed a job that I didn't feel that I had somehow earned or had created myself. I think that this 'Tale of Nicholas' serves to point out the need, to be creative and to actively promote the services that we, as flute players, do have to offer. I have limited sympathy when it comes to tales of woe and much respect for pro-active and creative actions when attempting to encourage the arts. Luigi Zaninelli once told me that there was no reason for a musician to be unable to find some type of musical activity that would result in some degree of income. I heeded his words and have never gone without a loaf of bread.


Larry Krantz



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Released April 29, 1998

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Two University of Southern Mississippi professors were honored during the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters annual awards ceremony April 18 in Jackson.

Dr. Angela Ball, professor of English, was awarded for a selection of published poetry. A faculty member in the USM Center for Writers since 1979, she received a doctorate at the University of Denver and is a Sotheby's International Poetry Prize winner.

Luigi Zaninelli, professor in the USM School of Music, was awarded for "Three American Hymns for Soprano and Wind Ensemble." The selections included "His Eye is On the Sparrow," "Old Time Religion" and "Amazing Grace."

A USM composer in residence since 1973, Zaninelli is a graduate of  the Curtis Institute of Music and is the 1953 winner of the Steinway Prize. He also was honored in 1980, 1985 and 1992 by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

The three music composition division nominees were judged by David Ott, a composer in residence at DePauw University in Indiana. The four poetry division nominees were judged by Lucie Brock-Broido, director of poetry at the Columbia University School of Arts in New York. Both prizes carry a $1,000 honorarium from MIAL and its patrons and sponsors. Mississippi ETV will broadcast highlights of the awards ceremony on June 5.
Office of Public Relations at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Released Oct. 7, 1997                           USMGC PRESENTING ARTISTIC EVENTS

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and the USM College of the Arts will present a season of artistic events in celebration of the 25th anniversary of USM Gulf Coast.

The USM Arts on the Coast series continues throughout the 1997-98 academic year. It includes a wide variety of artistic events, including: -- Nov. 2, Trio Mississippi Concert, 2:30 p.m., Hardy Hall Auditorium. A trio of Stephen Redfield, violin, Paul York, cello and Lois Leventhal, piano, will perform an afternoon of chamber music by Mozart, Brahms and USM Professor Luigi Zaninelli.


Luigi Zaninelli

     Luigi Zaninelli. Good Friday (Opera). 1998.


lists him as professor of composition


The Nov. 2 performance will include trios by Mozart, Brahms and Zaninelli. The Brahms was chosen in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer's death and is part of the centennial celebration of his achievement. Luigi Zaninelli is composer in residence at USM-Hattiesburg.




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