John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands.
Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University, where he conducted the Collegiate Winds and taught courses in the undergraduate conducting sequence. Dr. Oelrich taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Director of Instrumental Music. At Loras, he taught courses in music history, music education, conducting, orchestration, conducted the Wind and Jazz Ensembles and coached chamber ensembles. Prior to his time at Loras, Dr. Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school music education in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Dr. Oelrich is the founder and former conductor of the Dubuque Chamber Winds, a semi-professional chamber wind ensemble. Under Oelrich's leadership, the ensemble performed a wide variety of literature, including standard, lesser-known and newly edited historical works. The ensemble was selected to perform at the 2004 Iowa Bandmaster's Association Convention as well as numerous performances in the Dubuque area.
Classical period chamber wind literature and conducting pedagogy, specifically the use of Laban Movement Theory and Mime in the collegiate conducting class curriculum, are Dr. Oelrich's primary areas of research. His critical edition of Ignace Pleyel's Parthia in Dis has been accepted for publication by Fountayne Editions of London. Critical editions of unpublished works by Hoffmeister, Pleyel, Kurzweil and Winter are in progress.
After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, Dr. Oelrich earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The Ohio State University. When not involved in music or teaching related activities, Dr. Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and amateur astronomy. He, his wife Ruth, children Owen and Lucy, and yellow Labrador Maia, reside in Martin, TN.
Matthew Stratton joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2010. He serves as instructor of the Tuba/Euphonium studio and Director of Athletic Bands. Prior to his appointment, Stratton was a music teacher in the Monroe County Community School Corporation of Bloomington, IN. His teaching duties there included choir, orchestra, and band, from elementary through high school. During this tenure, he received the nomination of three students to the Who's Who Among Americas Teachers publication.
Stratton has played his tuba in forty eight states, and throughout Canada. He has performed at the Opening Ceremonies of The World Cup Soccer Tournament , The Major League Baseball All Star Game, and the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He was a founding member and principal tuba of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, as well as, a regular performer with TUBASANTAS AND TUBACOMPANY under the direction of Harvey Phillips. He has performed as principal tuba with the Columbus, Evansville, Owensboro, and Jackson Symphony Orchestra's. Stratton has commissioned several works for solo tuba and tuba ensembles.
Stratton earned the Bachelor of Music Education and Performers Certificate from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He holds the MM Tuba Performance and is ABD towards the DM Brass Pedagogy Tuba with minor areas of Jazz Studies and Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is a member of Music Educators National Conference, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. His primary teachers are Don Burke, C. Rudolph Emilson, Russel Mikkelson, Harvey Phillips and Daniel Perantoni.
Kurt Gorman, D.M.A., joined the music faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2004, where he teaches studio trumpet and directs the jazz ensemble. Prior to his appointment at UTM, he served for two seasons as the Principal Trumpet of Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes, a chamber orchestra in Culiacan, Mexico. Before that, he worked as a freelance trumpet player in the Dallas- Fort Worth area for several years.
Gorman currently performs with the Jackson Symphony and with Bravada, a chamber ensemble of UTM music faculty. His primary interest is chamber music. Currently, he is expanding and revising his doctoral dissertation, The Trumpet in Mixed Chamber Music of the Twentieth Century, for publication.
Gorman holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and graduate degrees in performance from the University of North Texas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has studied privately with Keith Johnson, Keith Benjamin, Jeff Curnow, John Holt, and Guy Victor Bordo.