Student Opportunites

Fine & Performing Arts

Vanguard Theatre presents two or three major theatrical productions and a series of one-act plays during the academic year. These provide the opportunity for students to participate in acting, stage-managing, and lighting as well as designing and constructing stage sets and costumes. In addition, a series of original plays written by students in the playwriting classes is presented in the spring. These performances are directed by students from directing classes. Thus, students work together as playwrights, directors, and actors, toward the realization of a script.

The UTM Dance Ensemble is an auditioned group which performs a variety of dance styles. Student productions in the spring semester provide opportunities for dancing, choreography, stage-managing, lighting, and designing sets and costumes for dance. Two credit hours.

The Skyhawk Marching Band is organized fall semester and is open to all university students who have a background in marching band. The band performs for football games and presents exhibition performances at area marching band contests. Band camp is held for one week before fall semester. Marching band carries two credit hours, and band camp carries another credit hour. Pep bands are organized to perform for basketball games and pep rallies. Band scholarships are available by audition.

The Symphonic Band is also open to all students with instrumental music experience. The band performs a variety of wind band repertoire during the spring semester. Two credit hours. Band scholarships are available by audition.

The Concert Jazz Band rehearses throughout the academic year and is open to all students by audition. A variety of jazz, rock and popular music styles are performed for special events on- and off-campus, including concerts for area schools. Two credit hours.

Instrumental Ensembles - Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles are open to all students by audition. These groups perform in chamber music concerts and for other occasions. One credit hour each.

University Singers is an auditioned choir of about 40 to 50 voices which performs both sacred and secular music from all periods of history. The choir meets four times each week. Two credit hours.

Choral Society is open to men and women of the student body, faculty and area residents. The society performs both sacred and secular choral works and rehearses two hours per week during each semester.

New Pacer Singers is an auditioned show choir of students chosen for their singing and dancing ability. The group performs mostly show tunes and popular music for campus activities, civic groups and high schools. Two credit hours. New Pacer Singers scholarships are available by audition.

Lyric Opera Theatre presents at least one staged production during the year, usually in the spring semester. These performances include works from the standard operatic repertoire as well as contemporary operas. Scenes from operas are also presented. Two credit hours.

Piano Ensemble is open to qualified students by audition. The group specializes in the performance of four-hand and eight-hand piano music. One credit hour.

Accompanying offers opportunities for performance with vocal and instrumental soloists as well as with instrumental ensembles. One credit hour. Opportunity to accompany on a non-credit basis is also available.

Private Instruction in Music - Qualified students from all curricula may elect to take individual instruction in applied music in the Department of Music for credit on a "space available" basis.

Music Recitals - Faculty recitals are presented each year by the Department of Music. Junior and senior recitals are given by music majors, and students perform in weekly recitals on Wednesday afternoons. All recitals are open to the public.

R.O.T.C. Drill Team

The Department of Military Science supervises and coaches the ROTC Drill Team. The ROTC Drill Team is an elite, highly trained, precision drill and ceremony team. Dedication and hard work are required for membership to perfect the split-second timing and cohesive team work necessary to achieve the impressive performance admired by viewers, along with participation in the ROTC program. The ROTC Color Guard is derived from the Drill Team. The Color Guard participates at intercollegiate athletic, university and community events.

UT Martin Rangers

The Rangers are a highly trained, elite, and motivated organization under the direction of advanced-course ROTC students and are supervised by the Department of Military Science cadre. Membership in the Rangers is limited to students who are enrolled in military science and interested in developing skills associated with patrolling, mountaineering, survival training, weapons and similar activities. Members must meet medical standards required of contracted ROTC cadets and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Student Publications

The student newspaper, The Pacer, is published weekly during the academic year and distributed free to students. Students are encouraged to apply for staff positions, some of which carry stipends, at the beginning of each semester.

The UT Martin yearbook, the Spirit, is published (currently in CD form) in the spring of each year by a student staff under the advisorship of a designated faculty member. Reservations for copies can be made early in the spring semester, at registration, or through the Spirit office.

Bean Switch is a literary magazine which provides a selection of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art and photography from the university community. Work may be submitted to the Department of English for publication and for consideration for the Department of English writing awards of $100 each, which will be given for the most outstanding poetry, play, short story and essay.