Darcie Bishop, has held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Mississippi Symphony since 1988. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she holds the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from The University of Mississippi, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance from The Juilliard School in New York.
Darcie has performed as a soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her solo performances have been met with standing ovations and favorable reviews. SHe is an active chamber musician and enjoys performing with the Mississippi Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and MSO’s Brass Quintet. She can often be heard throughout the area performing chamber music for special events and has participated in music festivals including the Eastern Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival and the New York Renaissance Festival.
As an educator and clinician, Darcie taught trumpeters, young and old, many of whom have had successful careers as performers and music educators. Darcie studied with Mark Gould (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Richared Gianguilio (Dallas Sympony Orchestra), and Edward Carroll (International Soloist and Clinician), and has played in orchestras conducted by Zubin Mehta, Gunter Schuller, and Gerard Schwartz.
Dr. Bishop recently retired after 30 years as an Associate Professor of Music and interim Dean of the Graduate School at Jackson State University.
Stuart C. Irby, Jr. Chair*