Community Music Academy Faculty

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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.

Jered May is a senior music performance major at UT-Martin. Originally from Arkansas, he played in All-Region Band every year of high school and in All-State Band once. He has also played in several honor bands at the college level, including the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band and the CBDNA regional honor band. Jered says: "I am very familiar with horn repertoire and would like to help anyone achieve their own personal goals on horn!"

 

 

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.

 

Brent Hopper is a junior music education major from Trenton, TN. Although his primary instrument is trumpet, he also plays guitar, banjo, and bass. He has performed in numerous ensembles at UTM, including the wind ensemble, brass quintet, jazz band, jazz combo, Skyhawk Marching Band, and pep band. Brent is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi, and the National Association for Music Education. In his downtime, he enjoys songwriting and performing with his folk-rock band, The Whippersnappers

 

 

Michael Larkin is a sophomore music education major from Waverly, TN. He graduated from Waverly Central High School in 2013 after seven years of playing trumpet. His hobbies include reading, doing an outrageous amount of music theory homework, and occasionally binge-watching entire seasons of his favorite TV shows.

 

 

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.

Jake Hunt is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he is currently studying Music Education. He is a graduate of Bolton High School in Arlington, Tennessee. While attending UTM, Jake has participated in the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Trombone Choir, Brass Quintet, Trombone Quartet, and Skyhawk Marching Band. After he graduates, Jake plans to either perform or teach.

 

 

 

Kevin Freyler is a senior at UT-Martin, where he's majoring in music pedagogy with an emphasis in bass trombone. He is a graduate of Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee. As a student at UTM, Kevin has performed in the wind ensemble, concert band, Skyhawk Marching Band, pep band, jazz band, trombone choir, brass quintet, and trombone quartet. He has participated in master classes with Jon Whitaker, Craig Watson, and the Mirari Brass Quintet. After graduating from UTM, Kevin plans on pursuing a Master's degree in bass trombone performance.

 

 

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.

Kevin Freyler is a senior at UT-Martin, where he's majoring in music pedagogy with an emphasis in bass trombone. He is a graduate of Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee. As a student at UTM, Kevin has performed in the wind ensemble, concert band, Skyhawk Marching Band, pep band, jazz band, trombone choir, brass quintet, and trombone quartet. He has participated in master classes with Jon Whitaker, Craig Watson, and the Mirari Brass Quintet. After graduating from UTM, Kevin plans on pursuing a Master's degree in bass trombone performance.

 

 

Stephen Courtney is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee-Martin, where he plays both tuba and euphonium. He has played in many ensembles, including the Kentucky First District Symphonic Honors Ensemble and Concert Ensemble, Murray State University's Quad State Symphonic Ensemble, Music for All's Honor Band of America, and two chamber ensembles for UTM’s Honors Chamber Music Festival. Stephen is currently the principal tubist with the UTM wind ensemble. He aspires to one day be a professional tubist in an orchestra, a private lesson instructor for low brass, and an instrument repair technician.

Dr. Dan Piccolo is an American drummer, percussionist, and composer. He has performed, taught, and studied internationally during his twenty-year professional career. Dan holds both a DMA and BM in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and during his Masters studies in U of M’s Jazz Department he focused on improvisation. Since 2005 he has studied tabla in intermittent trips to Varansi, India as a disciple of Pandit Kuber Nath Mishra. Dan performs regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad in a wide variety of settings. He is also an active educator, teaching a broad range of percussion instruments in private and classroom settings. In 2015 Dr. Piccolo was appointed a member of the percussion faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s College of Fine Arts. Please visit www.danpiccolo.com for more information.

 

Andie Fisher is a second-year music education major at UT-Martin. She performed with the 2014 Music City Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the front ensemble. Andie graduated from Franklin High School, where she was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, and percussion ensemble, under the direction of David Aydelott and Michael Holland. In high school, she also participated in the Cool Springs Youth Orchestra and Williamson County Honor Band. Andie currently studies percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.

 

 

CJ Barrow is a Music Education major specializing in percussion, so that he can strengthen his abilities as an educator, composer, and musician. Before attending UTM, he was involved in many different ensembles, including three years in the All-Middle Tennessee Bands and Orchestras, as well as many other university-hosted Honor Ensembles and one year with the Curb Youth Symphony in Nashville. CJ’s other interests include composing and arranging for various ensembles, scoring films, and learning other forms of technology in music. He has taught percussion for the past two years at Westview High School and also arranged their most recent field show. In addition, he is a founding member of ARC Percussion Trio, which completed a week-long tour of West Tennessee high schools in May 2014 and performed a full recital in March 2015. His teachers include Michael Holland and Dr. Julie Hill.

 

Della Coleman is currently a junior at UT-Martin, studying music education with an emphasis on percussion. In 2013, she participated in Music City Mystique drum corps and competed in the PASIC chamber group competition with the UTM Percussion Ensemble. Della graduated from Northwest High School in Clarksville, TN, and studied percussion with Carlos Johnson during her high school career. She has also worked with Eric Willie, Andy Harnsberger, The Caixa Trio, B. Michael Williams, Ji Hye Jung and Chris Romanowski; and has attended clinics by Third Coast Percussion, Line Upon Line, Blake Tyson, and Adam Blackstock. Della is currently studying percussion with Dr. Julie Hill.

 

Jerry Emmons is a senior music performance major at UT-Martin. He has performed with Gateway Indoor Percussion and has competed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Modern Snare Drum Competition and at the Percussive Arts Society’s Marching Percussion Festival, held during its international convention. On campus, Jerry performs regularly with many of UT-Martin’s ensembles and community ensembles, teaches private lessons through the Community Music Academy, and is a member of the Sigma Psi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a battery percussion tech at Union City High School and is a tenor tech at Clarksville Audio Theater. After graduating in fall 2016, Jerry plans to get his Master’s Degree in percussion performance and possibly ethnomusicology.

 

Stephen Downing is a second-year Music Performance major from Hendersonville, Tennessee. He is a versatile percussionist, specializing in the performance of contemporary solo and chamber works. He was recently honored to be a part of the nief-norf Summer Festival as a performance fellow. In the fall of 2015, Stephen became the first student artistic director of the Contemporary Music Group at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In addition to playing new works for percussion, he also has experience with orchestral percussion, world percussion, marching percussion, musical theatre, and jazz. Stephen is the front ensemble technician and arranger for the Station Camp High School marching band. His previous teachers include Timothy Fritz, Jim Riley (of Rascal Flatts), and Dr. Daniel Heagney. His current teachers are Dr. Julie Hill and Dr. Dan Piccolo.

 

Gian Garma is a freshman at the University of Tennessee at Martin, double-majoring in exercise science and music. He has been taking piano lessons for 14 years and was involved in the TMTA State Piano Competition for 10 years, with superior rankings most years. In 2015, the National Guild of Piano Teachers awarded Gian his high school diploma in music. As a teacher, his goal is to allow his students to appreciate the materials that help them learn, as well as to enjoy the music that they play.

 

Nathan Williamson is a freshman at UTM, where he is double-majoring in piano and mechanical engineering. He is from Martin and has lived here all of his life. He studies with Dr. Elaine Harriss and looks forward to finishing his education at UTM.

 

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.

Jered May is a senior music performance major at UT-Martin. Originally from Arkansas, he has played bass in jazz bands since his freshman year in high school. He's worked with several famous names in a jazz band setting, including the jazz trombonist Andy Martin. While in Arkansas, he was a freelance bass player who gigged quite often. Jered says: "I would love to help anyone achieve any goals they have on the bass!"

 

 

Guitar

Matt Adams began playing guitar at the age of 12 and formed his first band two years later, to play for high school activities and local contests; he also started teaching his friends popular songs. After graduating high school, Matt went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Music Performance at UT-Martin, where he studied jazz and classical guitar with Andy Gurley. In 1995, he started a group called 27B Stroke 6 with fellow classmates Micah Barnes and Dr. Julie Hill. Since then he has played with local bands Mixing up the Medicine, The Gurley Show, Never on Sunday, and a group at his church. He also started studying jazz again with Sheryl Bailey and Derryl Gabel. Matt is currently recording a new album with 27B Stroke 6, which will include some of his own compositions.

 

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.

 

Brent Hopper is a junior music education major from Trenton, TN. Although his primary instrument is trumpet, he also plays guitar, banjo, and bass. He plays in numerous ensembles at UTM, including the wind ensemble, brass quintet, jazz band, jazz combo, Skyhawk Marching Band, and pep band. Brent is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity and serves as treasurer of Sigma Psi chapter. In his downtime, he enjoys songwriting and performing with his folk-rock band, The Whippersnappers.

 

 

Trevor Mayhall is a junior music education major from Kenton, TN. His primary instrument is saxophone, and he has also plays bassoon and flute. He performs in various ensembles at UTM, including jazz band, Skyhawk Marching Band, saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet, and wind ensemble, where he is the principal bassoon. He has been in marching band for seven years, four of which were at his alma mater, Obion County Central High School, and three in the UTM Skyhawk Marching Band. He is one of the drum majors for the 2015 marching season. Trevor is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and serves as the Community Service Officer for Sigma Psi chapter. His hobbies include video games, computer coding, and reading.

 

Orchestral Strings

Micah Barnes (bass) is an Electronics and Communications Specialist at the University of Tennessee at Martin and 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 Fieser (viola & violin) is a homeschooled high school senior who is attending UT-Martin as a dual-enrollment student. She has been playing the violin since age 7 and viola since age 14. She has been a member of the UT-Martin String Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra, The Jackson Symphony's Sinfonia Strings, and The Fieser Family Band, which has performed at weddings and festivals throughout West Tennessee. Emma enjoys performing all kinds of music, from classical to bluegrass to rock.

 

 

Michelle Fieser (violin) is a high school student taking dual-enrollment courses at UTM. When she was seven years old, she and her sister, Emma, started playing fiddle music with their father in a family band. They performed on stage and in fiddle competitions for several years. When she was eleven, Michelle turned to classical music and joined the Jackson Symphony youth ensemble, Symphonia; at fourteen, she joined the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra. She continues to perform with her family at weddings and other special events. Michelle has taught art lessons for two years, participates in her youth group, and volunteers in the summer reading program at Weldon Public Library. She is planning to attend UTM in fall 2016 as a full time student.

 

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.

 

Asha Moody is a senior music education major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is a mezzo-soprano in Dr. Roberto Mancusi's studio. While at UTM, she has sung in University Singers and the New Pacer Singers, and she has performed in the operas Gianni Schicci and Too Many Sopranos. Asha has also won UTM's Aria/Concerto competition and the Senior Women's Division of NATS. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and has served the department as a Music Ambassador.

 

 

Darius Taylor a student of Roberto Mancusi, is getting his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Vocal Emphasis. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men's music fraternity, and multiple vocal ensembles on campus, including an all-male a cappella group, University Singers (the large choir on campus), and the New Pacer Singers (the auditioned choir). Darius has performed with the UTM Lyric Opera Theatre as Saint Peter in last year's production of Too Many Sopranos and has won the UTM Friends of Music Concerto and Aria Competition.

 

 

 

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.

Trevor Mayhall is a junior music education major from Kenton, TN. His primary instrument is saxophone, and he has also plays bassoon and flute. He performs in various ensembles at UTM, including jazz band, Skyhawk Marching Band, saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet, and wind ensemble, where he is the principal bassoon. He has been in marching band for seven years, four of which were at his alma mater, Obion County Central High School, and three in the UTM Skyhawk Marching Band. He is one of the drum majors for the 2015 marching season. Trevor is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and serves as the Community Service Officer for Sigma Psi chapter. His hobbies include video games, computer coding, and reading.

 

 

Clarinet

Dr. Liz Aleksander is Assistant 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 Corey Mackey, Bret Pimentel, and Michael Rowlett. 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 performs in the LCD Faculty Woodwind Trio and is co-principal clarinet with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. She has performed or presented at a number of professional conferences, including for the International Clarinet Association, College Music Society, and Society of Composers, and she has been published in the ICA's national journal, The Clarinet. 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.

Andrea Edwards, a junior at UT Martin, is in her second year as a music education major. She performs on the clarinet and bass clarinet. She graduated for First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, TN, 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 the clarinet section leader for the UT Martin Skyhawk Marching Band and first chair in wind ensemble. She is also the Corresponding Secretary for Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity and a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. 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.

Brooke Howard is a sophomore music education major from Clarksville, TN. 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! Brooke has also become a member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. She loves to motivate, help, and inspire anyone she can. She is very excited to show her passion for music in her clarinet performances and everything she does.

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.

 

Hector Ramirez is a Flute Performance Major at the University of Tennessee at Martin and is principal flute and piccolo in the UTM Wind Ensemble. He is an active participant in the Skyhawk Marching Band Color Guard, Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, University Singers, New Pacer Singers, and UTM Lyric Opera Theatre. Hector attended Graves County High School in Mayfield, KY, where he participated in state-level solo and ensemble and received the Director’s Award from his symphony director; he also played principal in the symphony for three years, sat second chair in All-District Symphonic Band, and sang in All-State Choir. After UTM, Hector plans on going to graduate school for Flute Performance. His favorite quote is from Neal A. Maxwell: Never give up what you want most for what you want at the moment."

 

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.

Natalie King is a senior from Paducah, KY, who is double majoring in broadcasting and music. This Lone Oak High School alumna has been playing oboe for over 10 years. Throughout her musical journey, she has served as the principal oboe for the Discrict 1 All-District Honor Band (KY), Quad State Symphonic Band (KY), and the UT-Martin Honor Band (TN). After high school, she was principal oboe for the Bethel University Symphonic Band for three years before transferring to UT-Martin, where she is principal oboe in the Wind Ensemble. Natalie has also subbed with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and has been a part of several pit orchestras, including for Bethel University's 2015 production of LesMiserables. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the Skyhawk Color Guard, and Martin Community Band. Outside of the music building, you can find Natalie in the WUTM radio studio or in the UTM-TV studio, where she serves as an anchor for UTMinute News.

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.

 

Andy Austin is a senior saxophone pedagogy major from Martin, TN. He is an active participant in the UTM wind ensemble, jazz band, and saxophone quartet, as well as the clarinet choir. Prior to returning to UT-Martin, Andy received a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of Memphis, where he was initially a saxophone performance major and studied with Professor Allen Rippe. A current student of Dr. Douglas Owens, Andy has also studied with former Michigan professor Donald Sinta and Union University professor David McClune; he has also performed in masterclasses with James Houlik, John Sampen, Joe Lulloff, Dick Oatts, and the Capitol Saxophone Quartet. Andy was a member of the Memphis area band Transitt, which performed around Memphis and the Southeast from 2002-2012. Dr. Timothy McAllister (Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan and 2015 Grammy Award Winner) told Andy: “You inspired me, too... When I first heard you playing outside one of the practice room huts at Interlochen when I was that 17 yr old kid, I thought, "who is that with that beautiful sound!!" Did I never tell you that?? Well, if not, I just did."

 

Trevor Mayhall is a junior music education major from Kenton, TN. His primary instrument is saxophone, and he has also plays bassoon and flute. He performs in various ensembles at UTM, including jazz band, Skyhawk Marching Band, saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet, and wind ensemble, where he is the principal bassoon. He has been in marching band for seven years, four of which were at his alma mater, Obion County Central High School, and three in the UTM Skyhawk Marching Band. He is one of the drum majors for the 2015 marching season. Trevor is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and serves as the Community Service Officer for Sigma Psi chapter. His hobbies include video games, computer coding, and reading.

 

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