The Division of Fine and Performing Arts offers many opportunities for participation in cultural activity. Most of these are open to students regardless of academic major; and credit is earned by successful participation, in many cases.
Vanguard Theatre presents three or four major theatrical productions and a series of one-act plays each 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 are presented in the spring. These performances are directed by students from directing classes. Thus, students work together as playwrights, d irectors, and actors, toward the realization of a script.
Vanguard Summer Theatre presents two productions during the summer term. This provides a'summer stock' environment in which students may work and receive up to six credit hours.
The UT Martin Dance Ensemble is an auditioned group which performs a variety of dance styles. Productions in the fall and spring semesters provide opportunities for dancing, choreography, stage-managing, lighting, and designing sets and costumes for dance . Two credit hours.
Instrumental Music: Pacer Bands
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 and is provided at no cost to the students. Marching band carries two credit hours and Band Camp one. 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 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.
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.
The 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.
The 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. One credit hour.
The 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.
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. Opportunities for applied study are available on a non-credit basis both individu al study and class instruction through the Division of Continuing Education.
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.
In addition to the concerts presented by the Division of Fine and Performing Arts each year, other cultural presentations are sponsored by the UT Martin Arts Council. These feature professional performances by outstanding musicians, dancers, and theatrica l groups. An admission charge is required for these performances.