MSU music student receives Dosher Award

Staff Writer

Mississippi State University senior Catherine Patriquin was chosen to receive the Keyone Docher Award by the MSU Department of Music and will be honored Friday night during the Charles H. Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival.

"Keyone was a former MSU student who has exemplary talent and love of music," Associate Dean of MSU Libraries Stephen Cunneto said. "He died of cancer the same year we featured him in the festival. He was a great guy and wonderful spirit so we wanted to honor him each year with this award we give to an MSU Music student and allow them to perform as a part of the festival."

Patriquin is a music education major and tenor saxophonist at MSU. She graduated from Ocean Springs High School in 2014 and was a four-year member of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. Patriquin attended the University of Alabama’s Moody School of Music, where she was a member of the Million Dollar Band, Jazz and Wind Ensembles, and had the opportunity to play with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Patriquin transferred to Mississippi State University her sophomore year and is currently a member of the Famous Maroon Band, Wind Ensemble, and Saxophone Ensemble. This past year, she was awarded honorable mention at the MTNA Woodwind Young Artist Competition in Jackson.

Patriquin will student teach on the Gulf Coast this coming fall and intends to better the lives of children through music for the foreseeable future.

"When I found out I had just completed my senior recital, which is a big deal in the music world," Patriquin said. "It is basically the final performance of your undergraduate studies. I had just completed this huge solo concert, and I had done a performance with the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra two days prior to that."

Patriquin said when she returned to school on Monday, she was told that she would get the opportunity to perform again as a result of winning the award.

"I was very excited for another performance pinned onto my exciting weekend," she said. "It's very neat and very honorable, and I'm very humbled by it."

Patriquin will be performing on soprano saxophone "Histoire du Tango" by Astor Piazzolla, which, Patriquin said, is a three movement run-down of the history of Tango. She said she will be playing the first movement, "Bordel 1900", which is an example of what tango was like in 1900 in Bordel.

"It is an opportunity to showcase really cool music on saxophone, while also boosting the awareness and knowledge of ragtime in general which is really cool for the Ragtime Festival," Patriquin said. "But also to play for the family and be giving that family memories in honor of who the award is for. That's really cool for me to be able to do as well."

Charles H. Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival and the Gatsby Gala, is a three-day festival celebrating blues, jazz and ragtime taking place March 22 through March 24. This year's festival will feature 1920s and 30s-style blues aficionado Steve Cheseborough, in-demand jazz pianist Kris Tokarski, respected banjo and guitar player "Fast Eddie" Erickson, and Ivory & Gold, the talented husband and wife duo of internationally renowned pianist Jeff Barnhart and flutist Anne Barnhart.

The festival will kick off with the Gatsby Gala fashion show Thursday night, followed by all-day events Friday at Saturday at Mitchell Memorial Library. Concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at McComas Hall Theatre.