Community Music Academy Faculty

108 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

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communitymusic@utm.edu


Community Music Academy Faculty

French Horn

Dr. Jessie Thoman, Assistant Professor of Horn and Music History, earned her degrees at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (BM), The Ohio State University (MM, MA) and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music (DM). Along with winning principal and section positions in professional orchestras, freelancing, performing diverse artists, Dr. Thoman is the co-founder of the Mirari Brass Quintet, which maintains a busy performing and touring schedule presenting masterclasses and recitals in public schools, colleges, universities, and performance halls all over the United States. Her teaching career includes private teaching, coaching individuals and chamber groups, public school and university teaching, and sharing Jeff Nelsen's Fearless concepts in lectures and masterclasses with others at schools, colleges, and universities all over the United States. Every summer she assists Jeff at his Fearless Performance for Musicians Seminar, empowering performers of all ages and disciplines to replace fear with trust and the belief that their best is possible at every opportunity.

 

Cheyenne McMullen is a music education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She plays horn and is a member of several of the university’s ensembles, including wind ensemble, brass choir, horn ensemble, and the Skyhawk Marching Band, where she is currently the drum major. When not enjoying playing or teaching, she works frequently as a graphic designer and illustrator, with her favorite media being markers. After she graduates, Cheyenne can’t wait to share her love of both music and visual art with her future students!

 

 

Will Latham

Will Latham is a fourth year Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. He graduated from McNairy Central High School in Selmer, Tennessee where he was under the direction of Ryan Foret. At UTM, he has been an active member in the marching band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet and Horn Choir. He is now the mellophone section leader for Skyhawk Marching Band. Outside of the university, he is a member of the First Baptist Church Orchestra in Martin, Tennessee. Will has also had the privilege to perform with the Corinth Symphony Orchestra in Corinth, Mississippi. His private teachers include Jennifer Cupples and Jessie Thoman. In his spare time Will enjoys swimming, reading, and knowing all things Harry Potter.

 

 

 

Trumpet

Dr. 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. 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.

 

Michaela Johnson is a senior music education major at UTM. Her primary instrument is the trumpet, but she started learning music on piano and voice. She attended Westview High School and participated in All-West and the UTM Honor Band. At UTM, she has been a member of the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Big Band, University Singers, Marching Band, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Choir and Martin Community Band. In addition to trumpet, Michaela has studied composition with Dr. Michael Mathenia and the critical editing of music with Dr. John Oelrich. Michaela loves to travel, and some of her favorite places she has been are the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa; Salzburg, Austria; and Interlochen, Michigan

 

 

Trombone

Dr. Joseph W. Frye joined the music faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2011. In addition to instructing the trombone studio, he also teaches courses in Music Technology, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Brass Methods, and Aural Skills. Prior to his appointment at UTM, Dr. Frye freelanced, toured around the globe with Princess Cruise Lines, and served as trombonist with several orchestras, performing alongside artists including Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Bell, Marcus Belgrave, Rich Ridenour, and the Four Freshmen. Dr. Frye is also very proud to have used his musical talents to in service of our country, serving for ten years in the 572nd Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains. With the 572nd, he held the rank of Staff Sergeant and played euphonium, tenor and bass trombone, and frequently appeared as trombone soloist. Dr. Frye holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from The Florida State University. His primary trombone instructors and mentors are John Drew, Don Hough, Lawrence Borden, and Brad Kinney.

 

Ebonee Woodland is a senior music education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She graduated from Covington High School in Covington, TN. At UT-Martin, she has participated in Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Trombone Choir, Trombone Quartet, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Brass Ensemble. After graduation, she plans on either going to graduate school or teaching music in a public school system.

 

 

Tuba/Euphonium

Dr. Bill Waterman joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2014, where he serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and teaches applied Tuba and Euphonium. Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Waterman served on the faculty at the University of Michigan at Flint (MI), the Flint Institute of Music (MI), and Jackson College (MI). Additionally, he has been the instructor of record for classes at both Michigan State University and Texas Tech University. During the summers, Dr. Waterman serves on the faculty for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI. As a soloist, Dr. Waterman's career is highlighted by a 2011 recital performance in Carnegie Hall. As an orchestral musician, he served as Principal Tuba with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (Topeka, KS) for nine seasons. He has also performed with the Lansing Symphony (MI), Mason Symphony (MI), Celtic Woman Orchestra (MI), Big Spring Symphony (TX), and the Lubbock Symphony (TX). Dr. Waterman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas and Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University. He has completed all required coursework toward his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. His primary tuba instructors are Phil Sinder, Kevin Wass, Scott Watson, and Tom Stein. Additionally, he has studied jazz with Stephen Jones and voice with Kathy McNeil.

 

Chelsea Tinsler Jones is Instructor of Music at UTM, where she teaches percussion methods, piano, and music theory. She is a percussion performer and educator with a wide variety of interests and skill-sets, including classical and contemporary music, drum-set, musical theater, percussion ensemble, and world music. She has appeared as a soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Percussion Ensemble, Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Hartt Contemporary Players. She is a member and ensemble manager of Khemia, a contemporary mixed chamber ensemble, co-founder of Steelworks Steelband and percussion duo Chained Tones, and in 2016, took second place in the Black Swamp Solo Percussion Competition. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

 

Dr. Shane Jones is the Co-Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Percussion in 2017. He has studied and performed around the globe, including in Brazil, China, Trinidad/Tobago, Puerto Rico, West Africa, and across the United States. Currently, Dr. Jones co-directs and performs in Stratus Ensemble, an Ann Arbor based flute/percussion duo dedicated to promoting diversity through the creation of new repertoire and community outreach. He is also percussionist and logistics coordinator for Khemia Ensemble, a mixed chamber group that has performed and held residencies across the United States and internationally. He is also a founding member and director of steelworks, a steel drum band that he and his wife Chelsea Jones started in 2014 that plays popular and folkloric music from the Caribbean. As an experienced musical theater pit-musician, Dr. Jones has performed on Broadway as drummer/percussionist for the musical 1776; he was also the percussionist for the off-broadway premiere of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning show Next to Normal and the 2013 regional tour of Cabaret. He has performed nationally and internationally, including in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Ghana, and Trinidad/Tobago. Dr. Jones holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and Remo.

 

Jacob Hargrove is a fourth-year music performance major at UT-Martin. He graduated from Gateway Christian School in Memphis, where he was a member of the Germantown Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, Memphis Youth Symphony, All-West Wind Ensemble, and All-West Orchestra. Jacob was a student at the Academy of Percussive Arts in Memphis for seven years, where studied percussion under Stan Head, Mike Carcz, and Robert Kessling; he currently with Dr. Shane Jones and Dr. Julie Hill. At UT-Martin, Jacob is a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Contemporary Music Group, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and the student-run steel band, Jamaica Me Happy. He is also Treasurer, Assistant Fraternal Education Officer, and Choir Member in the Sigma Psi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. Jacob plans to pursue a career as a collegiate percussion teacher.

 

 

Logan Hays is a senior music education major with an emphasis in percussion. He has already earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion degree from Eastern New Mexico University in May 2016. While obtaining his first degree, Logan was a member of the ENMU Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Steel Band, and other ensembles. At UT-Martin, he is a part of the World Percussion Ensemble and the Jamaica Me Happy Steel Band Ensemble. Logan also teaches private lessons to students ranging from sixth grade to High School, and he is the Front Ensemble Tech for the Westview High School Marching Band.

 

Nathaniel O’Neal is a fourth-year music education. Prior to his time at UT-Martin, he graduated from Stewarts Creek High School, participated in MTSBOA All Mid-State Honor Bands from 2012-2015, and was accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2014. At UT-Martin, he has taken advantage of numerous opportunities, including performing at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) World Showcase Concert and participating in a cultural exchange trip with the University of Trinidad and Tobago, where he studied the culture, history, and contemporary performance practice of steel drums. Nathaniel is involved in the UTM Wind Ensemble, Martin Community Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble. He has also been teaching private percussion and bass guitar lessons since 2016. He is the recipient of the Emmons PASIC scholarship and the UT-Martin Chancellor’s Music Scholarship. Upon graduating, Nathaniel plans to pursue a career as a music educator and performer. He has studied with Dr. Andy Smith, Tim Hale, Dr. Dan Piccolo, and Dr. Josh Smith; he currently studies with Dr. Shane Jones and Dr. Julie Hill.

 

Emily Campbell is a junior music education major from Trenton, TN. A 2016 graduate of Peabody High School, she was both a captain and field commander for the Peabody Band of Gold in her senior year. She discovered her love of music when she started taking piano lessons in fourth grade. Her love of music grew when she began playing clarinet in sixth grade band. Throughout her middle and high school years, she attended All-West Band, Murray Quad State, UTM Honor Band, and All-State Band. She was inspired by both her middle and high school band directors to pursue a degree in music education. Today, Emily’s primary instrument is clarinet, but she also takes minor lessons in piano. She is an active member of UTM’s Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Quartet, Clarinet Choir, Contemporary Music Group, and Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. She also serves as clarinet section leader for the Skyhawk Marching Band, secretary for the Woodwind Students’ Association, and a representative on the UTM Music Student Council. After graduation, she hopes to either become a middle school band director or pursue a master’s degree in music therapy.

 

Will Latham

Will Latham is a fourth year Music Education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. He graduated from McNairy Central High School in Selmer, Tennessee where he was under the direction of Ryan Foret. At UTM, he has been an active member in the marching band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet and Horn Choir. He is now the mellophone section leader for Skyhawk Marching Band. Outside of the university, he is a member of the First Baptist Church Orchestra in Martin, Tennessee. Will has also had the privilege to perform with the Corinth Symphony Orchestra in Corinth, Mississippi. His private teachers include Jennifer Cupples and Jessie Thoman. In his spare time Will enjoys swimming, reading, and knowing all things Harry Potter.

 

Bass

Micah Barnes, Electronics and Communications Specialist at the University of Tennessee at Martin, holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from UTM. Following his 1995 graduation he studied bass with Jack Budrow at Interlochen, where he also served on the production crew. Micah went on to start the world fusion jam band 27bstroke6 (along with UTM colleague Dr. Julie Hill) and relocated to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he remained until 2012. While in working in Murfreesboro, he carved out a niche as a utility musician, writing, performing, and recording with numerous groups in various genres on an array of instruments. In 2003, he started Girls & Boys Studios to work with independent artists in Middle Tennessee. Concurrently, he created Colossal Head, a folkadelic funkytonk group for which he wrote and produced original material, and began recording regional independent artists. In 2011, Micah wrote, performed, produced, and recorded "Musica Ostium Infernum: Liber Primus," which he followed by producing, directing, and performing in the live production by the same name later that year. In January 2012, he returned to West Tennessee to create 3D models for the Discovery Park of America and start a reclaimed wood furniture business. Soon thereafter, he began designing the facilities for Soleil Garden Center, which is home to his new recording studio—Bronze. A multifaceted musician, Micah coordinates audio and video recording needs for the UTM Department of Music; he also plans to offer classes on recording and music technology as well as applied lessons on bass and other string instruments.

 

Nathaniel O’Neal is a fourth-year music education. Prior to his time at UT-Martin, he graduated from Stewarts Creek High School, participated in MTSBOA All Mid-State Honor Bands from 2012-2015, and was accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2014. At UT-Martin, he has taken advantage of numerous opportunities, including performing at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) World Showcase Concert and participating in a cultural exchange trip with the University of Trinidad and Tobago, where he studied the culture, history, and contemporary performance practice of steel drums. Nathaniel is involved in the UTM Wind Ensemble, Martin Community Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble. He has also been teaching private percussion and bass guitar lessons since 2016. He is the recipient of the Emmons PASIC scholarship and the UT-Martin Chancellor’s Music Scholarship. Upon graduating, Nathaniel plans to pursue a career as a music educator and performer. He has studied with Dr. Andy Smith, Tim Hale, Dr. Dan Piccolo, and Dr. Josh Smith; he currently studies with Dr. Shane Jones and Dr. Julie Hill.

 

 

Guitar

Micah Barnes, Electronics and Communications Specialist at the University of Tennessee at Martin, holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from UTM. Following his 1995 graduation he studied bass with Jack Budrow at Interlochen, where he also served on the production crew. Micah went on to start the world fusion jam band 27bstroke6 (along with UTM colleague Dr. Julie Hill) and relocated to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he remained until 2012. While in working in Murfreesboro, he carved out a niche as a utility musician, writing, performing, and recording with numerous groups in various genres on an array of instruments. In 2003, he started Girls & Boys Studios to work with independent artists in Middle Tennessee. Concurrently, he created Colossal Head, a folkadelic funkytonk group for which he wrote and produced original material, and began recording regional independent artists. In 2011, Micah wrote, performed, produced, and recorded "Musica Ostium Infernum: Liber Primus," which he followed by producing, directing, and performing in the live production by the same name later that year. In January 2012, he returned to West Tennessee to create 3D models for the Discovery Park of America and start a reclaimed wood furniture business. Soon thereafter, he began designing the facilities for Soleil Garden Center, which is home to his new recording studio—Bronze. A multifaceted musician, Micah coordinates audio and video recording needs for the UTM Department of Music; he also plans to offer classes on recording and music technology as well as applied lessons on bass and other string instruments.

 

Emma Foret is a junior music education major from Selmer, TN. While her primary instrument is trumpet, she also plays the guitar and bass. In high school, she was featured as soloist on vocals, trumpet, guitar, and bass in various ensembles. She was also a founding member of the First Baptist Church youth worship band and began playing bass guitar for the band at age 14; she later became the band leader, serving as vocalist and guitarist. Emma has served as a volunteer music tutor for several years and began giving formal guitar lessons during her senior year of high school, focusing on worship and popular music. At UT-Martin, she is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Skyhawk Marching Band, and brass choir; she also assists in leading worship on Wednesday nights for the Surge Praise Band at FBC-Martin. She is a student leader in the marching band and an active member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and making music with friends.

 

Orchestral Strings

Micah Barnes (bass), Electronics and Communications Specialist at the University of Tennessee at Martin, holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from UTM. Following his 1995 graduation he studied bass with Jack Budrow at Interlochen, where he also served on the production crew. Micah went on to start the world fusion jam band 27bstroke6 (along with UTM colleague Dr. Julie Hill) and relocated to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he remained until 2012. While in working in Murfreesboro, he carved out a niche as a utility musician, writing, performing, and recording with numerous groups in various genres on an array of instruments. In 2003, he started Girls & Boys Studios to work with independent artists in Middle Tennessee. Concurrently, he created Colossal Head, a folkadelic funkytonk group for which he wrote and produced original material, and began recording regional independent artists. In 2011, Micah wrote, performed, produced, and recorded "Musica Ostium Infernum: Liber Primus," which he followed by producing, directing, and performing in the live production by the same name later that year. In January 2012, he returned to West Tennessee to create 3D models for the Discovery Park of America and start a reclaimed wood furniture business. Soon thereafter, he began designing the facilities for Soleil Garden Center, which is home to his new recording studio—Bronze. A multifaceted musician, Micah coordinates audio and video recording needs for the UTM Department of Music; he also plans to offer classes on recording and music technology as well as applied lessons on bass and other string instruments.

 

Dr. Amy Yeung is currently professor of music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she teaches applied voice, diction, and directs lyric opera theatre. A native of Hong Kong, Amy Yeung has performed extensively in recitals and concerts throughout the world, including Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, United States, Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Austria. Yeung was awarded the 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship in music by the Tennessee Arts Commission, which helped sponsor the production of her debut CD with pianist Jung-Won Shin, released in March 2010. Yeung is active on the oratorio concert stage, where she has performed as a soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass in C, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Te Deum, Mendelssohn's Christus, Rutter's Magnificat, and Faure's Requiem. She has also performed in Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel, Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Sergeto, Puccini's Turandot, Lehár's The Merry Widow, and Nelson's A Room with a View. Yeung holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance and a Master of Music in music theory from Michigan State University, a Master of Music in voice performance from Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in voice performance from Hong Kong Baptist University. Her mentors include Meredith Zara, Richard Fracker, Leonore Sergi, and John Belisle.

 

Dr. Roberto Mancusi is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he has taught since 2008. Prior to his arrival in Tennessee, he was an assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, New Mexico) and an adjunct professor at Avila College (Kansas City, Missouri), Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas), and Graceland College (Lamoni, Iowa). As a singer, Dr. Mancusi has performed across the country and in England. He has performed in over 20 different operas and musicals ranging from Sarastro (Die Zauberflote) and Falstaff (Falstaff) to Prologus/Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). On the concert stage, Dr. Mancusi has been heard as the bass soloist in such works as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9, Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, and Mendelssohn's Elijah, among others. Most recently, Dr. Mancusi made his international debut in concert at London's prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields church. Dr. Mancusi holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) where he studied with Dr. Wayne Crannell. He holds both a Master of Music in Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City- Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Dr. Anne Delaunay.

 

Meleah Gateley, from Humboldt, Tennessee, is a sophomore at UTM and a vocal performance major, studying under the tutelage of Dr. Amy Yeung. She also attended Jackson State Community College and performed with the Innovation Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Esther Gray-Lemus. Some of Meleah's favorite musical experiences include singing with the All-Northwest Honor Choir and the All-State Honor Choir. Meleah studied voice and piano with Korn Studio for five years and competed in many competitions. In 2016, she won first place in the Death by Voice Vocal Competition High School category at UTM. She also performed an aria on Nashville Public Radio's Live in Studio C and attended the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Meleah currently performs with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers. In 2017, she won 1st place in the Memphis Area NATS classical competiton in her division. In 2018, Meleah served as Assistant Director for Lyric Opera Theatre's production of The Medium. She also served as Music Director and Choreographer for Nite Lite Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk. Meleah's hobbies include playing the ukulele, writing original songs, and performing in musical theater. After receiving her Bachelor's degree, Meleah plans to get a Master's in music therapy. She dreams of becoming a music therapist.

 

 

Bassoon

Dr. Douglas Owens is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee-Martin where he teaches applied double reeds and saxophone. He holds the BME from Furman University, the MM in Performance from the University of South Carolina and the DMA in Performance from the University of Georgia. As a woodwind specialist, Dr. Owens has performed extensively on all five members of the woodwind family. Owens performed the premiere of Alta Graham's Modal Suite for Baritone Saxophone and Piano at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Athens, GA. He has performed with the Georgia Double Reed Ensemble at International Double Reed Society conferences in Muncie, IN and in Provo, UT. He has been involved in recent commissioning projects for the composers Daniel Baldwin and Bill Douglas. As a freelance musician, Owens has regularly performed with symphony orchestras and theaters throughout the Southeast. He has recently performed on oboe, bassoon and saxophone with the San Juan (CO/NM) and Paducah (KY) Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Owens is the featured artist on the oboe and bassoon volumes of the Sound Innovations method book series.

Taylor Pannell is a third-year music education major at UTM. Bassoon is his main instrument, but he is also well versed in other instruments. He started band playing trombone but has played bassoon for three years under the guidance of Dr. Douglas Owens. Taylor has attended many honor bands, including All-West and All-State. He wants to be a music teacher because music is an art form that is made from pure emotion, and he wishes to convey this idea to others.

 

 

Clarinet & Bass Clarinet

Dr. Liz Aleksander is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she teaches clarinet and music theory. She is a passionate teacher who strives to provide valuable learning experiences for her students. Since arriving at UTM in 2013, Dr. Aleksander has brought in visiting artists from across the country. She has also started a clarinet choir and established a clarinet studio recital to provide additional performance opportunities for her students. In addition to her work at UTM, she has worked with clarinetists in Brazil, Mexico, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Nebraska, and Arizona. Dr. Aleksander is clarinetist with the LCD Woodwind Trio and bass clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed at a number of international conferences, including the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and Andover Educators International Conference; Dr. Aleksander has also performed at regional conferences for the ICA (southeast region), the College Music Society (southern region), and the Music by Women Festival. She has also been published in the ICA’s national journal (The Clarinet) and blog (BuzzReed). Dr. Aleksander holds a D.M.A. from the University of Nebraska, a M.Mus. with distinction from Northern Arizona University, and a B.Mus. summa cum laude from Ohio University. Her teachers include Diane Barger, Michael Sullivan, Rebecca Rischin, and Kevin Schempf.

 

Emily Campbell is a junior music education major from Trenton, TN. A 2016 graduate of Peabody High School, she was both a captain and field commander for the Peabody Band of Gold in her senior year. She discovered her love of music when she started taking piano lessons in fourth grade. Her love of music grew when she began playing clarinet in sixth grade band. Throughout her middle and high school years, she attended All-West Band, Murray Quad State, UTM Honor Band, and All-State Band. She was inspired by both her middle and high school band directors to pursue a degree in music education. Today, Emily’s primary instrument is clarinet, but she also takes minor lessons in piano. She is an active member of UTM’s Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Quartet, Clarinet Choir, Contemporary Music Group, and Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. She also serves as clarinet section leader for the Skyhawk Marching Band, secretary for the Woodwind Students’ Association, and a representative on the UTM Music Student Council. After graduation, she hopes to either become a middle school band director or pursue a master’s degree in music therapy.

 

Jack Mergen is a fourth-year music education major from Mayfield, Kentucky. At UTM, he has played in the Wind Ensemble, Skyhawk Marching Band, clarinet quartet, clarinet choir, jazz band, jazz combo, and Contemporary Music Group. He started playing clarinet in fourth grade; since then, he has added bass clarinet, alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone. Jack enjoys disc golfing and spending time with his friends in his spare time. After school, he plans to be a high school band director and perform in various professional ensembles.

 

Flute

Charles Lewis holds a BM in Flute Performance from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a MM in Flute Performance from the University of Memphis. He is currently the adjunct flute instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Mr. Lewis performs regularly with the Jackson TN Symphony and subs with the Memphis Symphony. He was a first prize winner in the Memphis Beethoven Club's Young Artist Competition and a winner in the Florida Flute Association Artist Masterclass Competition. He is a member of the Cooper Young Winds Quintet and UTM's LCD Woodwind Trio. Lewis previously served as principal flutist with the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Memphis Repertory Orchestra. Mr. Lewis maintains a private flute studio in Memphis. His teachers include Julius Baker, Bruce Erskine, and Phyllis Taylor Sparks.

 

Lilah Senibaldi is a third-year flute performance major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is currently principal flute in the Wind Ensemble and is part of several chamber ensembles, including flute choir and Contemporary Music Group; in past semesters, she has played with the wind quintet and the LCD Woodwind Trio. Lilah has also worked with the flute sections at Graves County High School, McNairy High School, and Goodpasture Christian School. She spent the past summer employed at Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she had the opportunity to work with professional flutists such as Paula Robison, Mark Sparks, and Nancy Stagnitta. Lilah is passionate about music and loves to share her knowledge with other young musicians, helping them develop their own love of performing and making music.

 

Oboe

Dr. Douglas Owens is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee-Martin where he teaches applied double reeds and saxophone. He holds the BME from Furman University, the MM in Performance from the University of South Carolina and the DMA in Performance from the University of Georgia. As a woodwind specialist, Dr. Owens has performed extensively on all five members of the woodwind family. Owens performed the premiere of Alta Graham's Modal Suite for Baritone Saxophone and Piano at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Athens, GA. He has performed with the Georgia Double Reed Ensemble at International Double Reed Society conferences in Muncie, IN and in Provo, UT. He has been involved in recent commissioning projects for the composers Daniel Baldwin and Bill Douglas. As a freelance musician, Owens has regularly performed with symphony orchestras and theaters throughout the Southeast. He has recently performed on oboe, bassoon and saxophone with the San Juan (CO/NM) and Paducah (KY) Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Owens is the featured artist on the oboe and bassoon volumes of the Sound Innovations method book series.

Matthew Wilson is a sophomore music education major. He takes lessons on saxophone, plays flute in marching band, and oboe in our wind ensemble. He is a graduate of Scotts Hill High School in Reagan, TN. He started band in the ninth grade on alto saxophone and went on to place second chair tenor saxophone at the UTM Honor Band, first chair tenor saxophone at the Austin Peay Honor Band, and was the principal clarinetist in the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra by his senior year. He plans to put focus into multi-woodwind performance after his time at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

 

 

Saxophone

Dr. Douglas Owens is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee-Martin where he teaches applied double reeds and saxophone. He holds the BME from Furman University, the MM in Performance from the University of South Carolina and the DMA in Performance from the University of Georgia. As a woodwind specialist, Dr. Owens has performed extensively on all five members of the woodwind family. Owens performed the premiere of Alta Graham's Modal Suite for Baritone Saxophone and Piano at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Athens, GA. He has performed with the Georgia Double Reed Ensemble at International Double Reed Society conferences in Muncie, IN and in Provo, UT. He has been involved in recent commissioning projects for the composers Daniel Baldwin and Bill Douglas. As a freelance musician, Owens has regularly performed with symphony orchestras and theaters throughout the Southeast. He has recently performed on oboe, bassoon and saxophone with the San Juan (CO/NM) and Paducah (KY) Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Owens is the featured artist on the oboe and bassoon volumes of the Sound Innovations method book series.

 

Nate Matthews is a sophomore Music Education major who graduated with Honor from DeSoto County High School Southaven, Mississippi. He plays Baritone Saxophone for Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. He made Mississippi all state in 2016 on Alto Saxophone and was the Woodwind Day Solo Contest winner at UTM in 2017. He plans to pursue his graduate degree in Music Performance.

 

108 Fine Arts

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7413

Em:

communitymusic@utm.edu