Chamber Ensembles

University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7403


John Oelrich, Director of Bands

Chamber Ensembles

Instrumentalists in the Department of Music will find many opportunities to participate in chamber ensembles coached or directed by faculty members. In addition to smaller mixed chamber ensembles, students can participate in Flute Choir, Clarinet choir and quartets, Saxophone choir and quartets, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Quintet, UTM Undersound (Large Tuba/Euphonium ensemble) Tuba and Euphonium Quartets, and Percussion Ensemble. Please contact us for more information.


Clarinet Choir

Clarinet choir is a group ranging in size from 15-30 clarinets that performs both on and off campus. This ensemble performs standard literature for clarinet ensembles of varying sizes, with instruments ranging from Eb soprano clarinet to Eb Contralto clarinet, and is open to any student on campus, regardless of major. No audition is required and the group rehearses 1 hour each week. Contact Dr. Amy Parks Simmons for information about joining at or (731) 881-7413.


Clarinet Quartets/Saxophone Quartets

These single-reed quartets rehearse works from the standard literature and work with living composers to premiere new works written specifically for them. Membership in the ensembles is by audition, and the groups tour nationally and internationally each year. Contact Dr. Amy Parks Simmons for information about joining at or (731) 881-7413.


Percussion Ensemble - directed by Dr. Julie Hill

The UTM percussion ensemble is designed with a comprehensive approach to the study and performance of literature in all styles and idioms of music. The philosophy of "total" percussion develops musicianship, technical proficiency, and cultural awareness in traditional and global musical styles. In additional to "concert" style percussion, the ensemble also takes the form of Steel Drum Band, African Ensemble, and Brazilian Ensemble to name a few. For more information, visit the UT Martin Percussion Website or Contact Dr. Julie Hill.


UTM Piano Ensemble - directed by Dr. Elaine Harriss

The UTM Piano Ensemble is one of the strongest in the country. it was founded in the 1970s by Dr. Allison Nelson, UTM Professor Emerita, who performed around the world with Harry Neal as the Nelson and Neal Piano Duo. The ensemble is currently directed by Dr. Elaine Harriss who for many years performed as a duo partner with Dr. Nelson. The UTM Piano Ensemble is the major ensemble for piano students. Regular rehearsals are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. and the class is offered for credit. The ensemble performs a full program once per semester. The group plays a wide variety of literature including music for one piano four hands, two pianos four hands, two pianos eight hands, etc., up to five pianos. The UTM piano ensemble library includes a large repertoire of works originally written for multiple players as well as selected arrangements. The ensemble is made up of UTM piano majors and minors. Non-majors with a good piano background are welcomed and strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Elaine Harriss regarding joining the ensemble.


Saxophone Choir

Saxophone choir is a group ranging in size from 15-25 saxophones, utilizing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. This ensemble performs on and off campus and is open to all student on campus, regardless of major. No audition is required and the ensemble rehearses 1 hour each week. Contact Dr. Amy Parks Simmons for information about joining at or (731) 881-7413.


Trombone - directed by Dr. Joseph W. Frye

The Undersound is the flagship large tuba and euphonium ensemble at UTM. The group consists of four euphoniums and four tubas. The Undersound performs music from every genre and actively seeks commissions of new works for the medium. We are always searching for ways to collaborate with fellow musicians and other artistic disciplines at UTM. The ensemble is open to all UTM students and is selected via process of audition at the beginning of each fall semester.


The tuba and euphonium studio offers two quartets. Members of the UTM Undersound are given priority selection for a quartet. Quartet I plays advanced literature and receives weekly coaching. The repertoire for Quartet II is selected with the purpose of mastering the fundamentals of playing in a tuba and euphonium quartet.


Double Reed Ensemble - directed by Dr. Doug Owens

The UTM Double Reed Ensemble provides a musical outlet for students who play oboe or bassoon in a small to medium like-instrument setting. The group has included music majors specializing in one of the double reeds, music majors who "double," students seeking degrees outside of music, and even local high school students and community members with an appropriate background on bassoon or oboe. If you are interested in obtaining more information on the Ensemble, please feel free to contact Dr. Douglas Owens at

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