• 12/03/15- MSU Music Faculty Member Tapped by Irish Music Society

    Contact: Paige Watson

    STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State music department faculty member is a new international representative to Ireland’s Society of Musicology.

    Associate professor James W. Sobaskie recently was invited to serve on the organization’s grants committee. In the university department, he coordinates the music theory emphasis area.

    A widely recognized scholar on, among others, the works of European composers Franz Schubert and Gabriel Fauré, Sobaskie regularly is invited to share his research with other professionals at conferences throughout North America and Europe.

    SMI was founded in 2003 to serve Emerald Isle’s growing community of musicologists. With a current membership of more than 200, it supports worldwide research through awards to doctoral students and other emerging scholars. For more, visit

    A University of Wisconsin doctoral graduate, Sobaskie joined the MSU faculty in 2008. He teaches courses in music theory, ear training, orchestration, form and composition.

    Last year, he was honored with the College of Education’s Herb Handley Research Award.

    Sobaskie said accepting the invitation to join the Irish society, as well as attending other international gatherings, would not be possible without support from the College of Education’s senior administration, in general, and, in particular, departmental colleague Roseangela Sebba, who “has kindly assumed my teaching responsibilities so I could be away.”

    Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, MSU’s music department offers a bachelor’s degree in four areas of music education, as well as a bachelor of arts in music. Learn more at, and

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