STARKVILLE, Miss.--Starkville native Quincy Hilliard is the Mississippi State music department's 2013 alumnus of the year.
A 1975 music education graduate, he received a masterʼs degree in music education from Arkansas State University and a doctorate in music theory and composition from the University of Florida.
An internationally renowned conductor and composer, Hilliard currently serves as composer-in-residence and Heymann Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
While at MSU Nov. 4-7, he will teach classes, meet with music majors and serve as guest conductor for the departmentʼs fall wind ensemble concert.
Hilliardʼs compositions have been featured in major publications and events, including the 2008 Library of Congress celebration of the bicentennial birth of Abraham Lincoln and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.
Hilliard also is an accomplished author and scholar of music theory and education. He has received numerous recognitions by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Hilliard back to campus to work with our students," said Craig Aarhus, MSU associate director of bands. "We are very proud he is a graduate of our music department."
The departmentʼs alumni recognition program now is in its fourth year. For more information on the department, visit www.music.msstate.edu.