Go Fightin’ Okra

I am pleased to announce that this fall I will be joining the faculty of the Delta State University Department of Music. DSU is located in Cleveland, Mississippi, in the beautiful and historic Mississippi Delta region.

DSU Logo

I had the privilege of visiting the DSU campus last month, and fell in love with the charming campus, the outstanding music faculty, the state-of-the-art performance and recording facilities, and, of course, the bright and friendly students, for whom I got to present a performance and masterclass.

I’m looking forward to getting started at Delta State, where I will teach all of the reed instruments (oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone), woodwind methods, and other music courses. Classes start August 17th!

Delta State Performing Arts Center
Delta State University's Bologna Performing Arts Center
The Fightin' Okra—I kid you not
The Fightin' Okra—I kid you not


  1. Tereasa Payne


    Congrats on the post at Delta State! My very good friends Paul Hankins (trumpet) and Shelley Collins (flute) teach there. Very best of luck! And, thanks for the great resources on your website!

    Best wishes.

    Tereasa Payne
    Flutes/Ethnic Flutes/Reeds


  2. Shelley Collins

    Bret –
    We’re excited that you’ll be joining us this fall! Please let me know if I can be of assistance or answer any questions as you prepare to move to Cleveland.

    P.S. Hi, Tereasa!


  3. David Stafford

    Hello. I am a student. I sent you an e-mail regarding saxophone. I look forward to talking with you.


  4. Helen Kahlke

    Congrats on your new position Bret.

    Warmest regards,



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