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Special Event Celebrates Legacy of Southern Miss Pianist George Imbragulio

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Former Southern Miss pianist and teacher George Imbragulio

A special event celebrating the legacy of pianist and teacher George Imbragulio (1923-2015) will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Commemorative remarks about the renowned musician and instructor will be given by those who knew him, as well as performances of repertoire that Imbragulio himself had featured in his recitals throughout the Southeast by members of the Southern Miss piano faculty.

“We look forward to this special day of honor and remembrance of our inspiring teacher” said Dr. Theresa Sanchez, faculty pianist at JCJC and former student of Imbragulio. “By launching the piano scholarship fund in his name, we invite others to contribute to the goal of bringing more high quality pianists to the School of Music.”

Imbragulio was born in Richton, Miss., of Italian immigrant parents, and grew up in Ellisville, Miss. He graduated from Jones County Junior College and immediately afterward enrolled in the Army, later shipping out to the Asian theater, spending time in India and China.

Upon his return, he pursued further piano studies, receiving both the Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University where he studied with Ernst Victor Wolff. He was later a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for a year’s study in Italy, and he spent summers studying with Claudio Arrau and Rudolf Firkusny.

He was an active member of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, also serving a term as President. A frequent adjudicator for many piano competitions, he was a supportive influence in events sponsored by MMTA, the National Piano Guild Auditions, and the Federation of Music Clubs.

An enthusiastic and effective teacher who trained generations of pianists, he served on the music faculty at USM for over 30 years. The combination of outstanding teaching ability and exciting concert appearances resulted in generations of devoted students.

Imbragulio’s former student Dale Hudson has spearheaded a piano scholarship fund in his honor and memory. Contributions to the George Imbragulio Piano Memorial Scholarship Endowment (Southern Miss Scholarship Fund 2240) can be made online at www.usmfoundation.com or by contacting the Southern Miss Foundation at 601.266.5210, or fax 601.266.5735, or by mail at USM Foundation, 118 College Drive #5210, Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001.