Student Bios

235 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7413

Em:

Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander

Student Bios

Adaisha Allen

Adaisha Allen is a freshman double-majoring in music (BA) and criminal justice. She graduated from Huntingdon High School in Huntingdon, Tennessee, in May 2013. She joined the band in sixth grade and has been playing the clarinet for about eight years; during that time, she has also played bells, cymbals, and bass drum. In her senior year, Adaisha was in the All-West Band and the UTM Honors Chamber Ensemble Festival. She recently became a fan of Richard Stoltzman, especially his version of “Maiden with the Flaxen Hair.” It’s a lovely and relaxing piece that she highly recommends to others! Adaisha plans to attend law school after she graduates from UTM. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing word searches, and watching vines.

 

Andrea Edwards

Andrea Edwards, a sophomore at UT Martin, is in her first year as a music education major. She performs on the clarinet and bass clarinet. She graduated for First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, Tennessee, in 2012. Throughout her high school career, Andrea attended Solo and Ensemble Festival and All-West Honor Band; she also performed in winter guard and as the drum major for her marching band. In her first year of college, Andrea was a civil engineering major, but after a semester, she changed her major to have a career worth having! Andrea is part of the UT Martin Skyhawk Marching Band and Wind Ensemble; she is also a proud member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. Upon graduation, she plans to either become a high school music teacher or continue her schooling to get her Master's degree. Some of her favorite composers are John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, and Robert Schumann. When not making music, Andrea enjoys theater, swimming, writing, and reading.

 

Holly Graves is a freshman music education major from Medina, Tennessee. A graduate of South Gibson County High School, she participated in her school’s jazz band, concert band, and marching band, as well as the UTM Honor Band and All-West Honor Band. Her favorite clarinet player is Benny Goodman, and in addition to her clarinet skills, Holly also plays saxophone and soccer. She wants to become a high school band director—and later, maybe a college director. Her proudest musical moments were playing at the Statue of Liberty and meeting the former director of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater in New York.

 

 

 

Brooke Howard

Brooke Howard is a freshman music education major from Clarksville, Tennessee. In the sixth grade, she was first introduced to the clarinet, which she chose because her mother had played it. In middle school, she learned to love low instruments, including the bass clarinet, bari sax, and tenor sax, and she began exploring jazz as well. Her love for music grew when she entered high school and joined her school’s marching band and wind ensemble. Brooke pursued many performing opportunities outside of school, including the Gateway Honor Band, Midstate Honor Band, Austin Peay State University Honor Band, Western Kentucky Honor Band, and UTM Honors Chamber Ensemble Festival. It was at this festival where she fell in love with the music program at UT Martin! She is very excited to show her passion for music in her my clarinet performances and everything she does.

 

Michaela Johnson is a Yankee from Rochester, Minnesota. She’s a freshman social work major and music minor who has been in band for nine years. For the past five years, Michaela has also been in marching band for five years as a member of the color guard. She is a very talented musician who plays flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and contra alto clarinet. Her favorite piece she has ever played is “Sonata in G minor” for bass clarinet by Henry Eccles. Overall, she says, “I just love music!”

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzie Lee is a senior instrumental music education major from Dyersburg, Tennessee. She is currently studying clarinet with Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander. Lizzie has performed as principal clarinetist for the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra and Dyersburg State Community Orchestra. She has also been in numerous ensembles at the University of Tennessee at Martin, including wind ensemble, marching band, University Singers, New Pacer Singers, clarinet choir, and clarinet quartet. She toured Thailand with the Four Stikx Clarinet Quartet and performed at local schools and universities in Bangkok and Chaing Mai. Lizzie has served as one of the woodwind instructors at Crocket County High School and Henry County High School. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and has served as recording secretary, community service chair, and ushering chair on the executive board of the Epsilon Iota chapter. Outside of school, Lizzie enjoys painting, reading and writing, learning how to play new instruments, traveling, taking care of her cat Monster, and drinking coffee. Upon graduating in Spring 2014, she plans on attending graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in music therapy.

 

Chasity Watson

Chasity Watson is a sophomore who’s double-majoring in music (BA) and biology. While attending Overton High School in Memphis, Tennessee, she participated in All West Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band, as well as All State Band. Chasity, who also plays saxophone, has performed at Carnegie Hall and in several jazz competitions in New Orleans. Her fondness for jazz is also reflected in her favorite clarinetist (Benny Goodman) and work (Rhapsody in Blue). Even though she is working toward a career in medicine, Chasity chose to pursue a major in music because she loves it! When not playing clarinet or studying biology, she enjoys singing, dancing, and shopping.

 

 

Molly Waxman is a senior music education major. Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, she attended Siegel High School. She began taking clarinet lessons at the end of fourth grade and began playing baritone saxophone in jazz band in eighth grade. During her high school career, Molly performed in the Tennessee All-State Band, as well as the Mid-State Band and Orchestra. She has also been a part of the UTM Clarinet Choir, Four Stikx Clarinet Quarteta, Tennessee Valley Winds, Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, and TNMEA All-Collegiate Band. Molly served as the clarinet staff member for Bolivar Central High School in 2011, as well as the Franklin High School Band in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has had the honor to study with Mr. Greg Lawson, Dr. Amy Yandell, Dr. Christa Frye, and Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander. After graduating from UTM, Molly plans to get her Master's in Clarinet Performance; she wants to teach clarinet lessons, perform clarinet in ensembles and orchestras, and possibly teach in a middle school or high school.

 

Events

Sunday
Aug. 03

LCD Trio at ICA ClarinetFest
9:00 AM

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Blankenship Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.

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235 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7413

Em:

Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander