Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7402


Dr. Julie Hill, Chair

  • youth orchestra
  • violin sheet music
  • cello being played


Chancellor's Orchestra - May 11, 2019

Director's Letter Download


children's orchestra

It is my extreme pleasure to announce the Inaugural UT Martin Chancellor’s Orchestra! The UT Martin Chancellor’s Orchestra is an Honor Orchestra for high school string players. We are thrilled to invite string players from all over to come to UT Martin for two days of rehearsal followed by a performance. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in the conducting debut of our very own UT Martin Chancellor: Dr. Keith Carver! During the performance, two very special awards will be presented:


  • Orchestra Director of the Year Award (presented to a string teacher of the highest caliber, nominated by students, parents, administration, and/or peers (see page 3 for nominations and details))
  • The Chancellor’s Award for Orchestral Advocacy (presented to an administrator or community member who goes above and beyond in supporting orchestra programs and string presence for young musicians (see page 3 for details))


This event will occur on May 11 in the Fine Arts Building at UT Martin, culminating with a concert at 3 pm in Fulton Theatre.  Please see below for additional pieces of information regarding the application process, preparation, and scholarship opportunities!




Application & Selection:

In order to apply, we ask that students (or directors) input information into the online form.  Once the application is submitted, the director will be emailed a link to a short recommendation form.  Students will be selected for admission into the ensemble based upon director recommendations.  There will be no formal auditions for admission into the Chancellor’s Orchestra, however, there will be seating auditions at the beginning of the event. Please note that while we would love to accept all students into this event, not all are at the point in their development where they can be successful in an event such as this, thus we are relying on your expertise in order to vet students. We would like to avoid putting students, festival staff, and conductors into a difficult situation. Students will be notified of acceptance on March 2nd, 2019.


  • The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 16th, 2019. Please submit applications at:




All communication for the Chancellor’s Orchestra will be sent directly to directors/private teachers.  Please relay information to your students, orchestra parents, and school administration.



Repertoire will be made available to directors via a password protected link.  Links will be sent out in February along with acceptance emails.  Students who apply on their own should ask directors/private teachers for links and passwords. Directors are asked to ensure that students print off music and prepare tricky passages for seating auditions. 


Seating Auditions:

Students will audition for chair placements on excerpts from the Chancellor’s Orchestra repertoire (sent to directors in February along with acceptance emails). Seating auditions will occur in the morning on April 27th at UT Martin.  Students will not know which excerpts will be selected and are advised to practice difficult passages and solos.


Solo Competition:

Graduating seniors accepted into the Chancellor’s Orchestra are welcome to audition for the Solo Competition. The winner will perform at the final concert on Saturday afternoon and receive an offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $4,000.00 (over a four-year period). This award is restricted to graduating seniors who wish to pursue a music degree at UT Martin beginning Fall of 2019. To apply for the competition, students must complete the steps below:


  1. Indicate intent to audition on Chancellor’s Orchestra online application.
  2. Upload a video audition of the intended audition piece and send the web link to Dr. Ammerman (aammerm1@utm.edu) for screening purposes.
    • Submissions must be emailed by Monday, March 12th, 2019.
    • No more than 3 students will be accepted for an on campus solo competition audition.
    • Non-acceptance into the on-campus solo audition WILL NOT affect participation in the Chancellor’s Orchestra, nor will it affect chair seating.
  3. Students receiving an invitation to audition on campus will be notified by Monday, March 19th, 2019.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Ammerman by Friday, March 23rd, 2019.
  5. On Campus Solo Competition Auditions will take place on Friday, April 27th during the event.
  6. Repertoire should be of a similar rigor to that of a college audition.


Director’s Sessions:

We will offer a variety of director’s sessions for optional professional development.  A detailed schedule will be provided with acceptance paperwork on March 2nd.


Dr. Carver conducting with a lightsaber


Dr. Angela Ammerman          The University of Tennessee at Martin                      Visit link below for bio

  • angelaammerman.com

*Cameo Conducting Appearance by: The University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor: Keith Carver



The fee for the UT Martin Chancellor’s Orchestra is $45.00 per student and includes the cost of all music, conductor’s honorarium, and a UT Martin Chancellor’s Orchestra medal.

  • Total payment must be received by Friday, April 6th, 2019.
  • Please make checks payable to UTM Music.

If students have not paid by April 6th, alternate students will be selected to replace students. Refunds will not be made available for any circumstances. Meals will be the responsibility of the students and directors. All hotel reservations are to be made by directors directly with the hotel. Housing is available in Martin and Union City.

Information Coming Soon!

Information Coming Soon!

Repertoire is available by visiting www.tinyurl.com/chancellorsorchrep. Directors will have the username and password. If you do not have your information, feel free to contact Dr. Ammerman at aammerm1@utm.edu

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Dr. Andrew Palmer

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Andrew Palmer of White Station High School on his selection as the 2018 Orchestra Director of the Year! Dr. Palmer was nominated by Cellist: Mikyhia Worsham who said this about her director:


"Dr. Palmer creates an environment that makes all of his students feel welcomed and appreciated. He does not tolerate idle fingers or instruments during class and he always encourages everyone to participate. He makes it his mission to understand his students so that they receive the best experience in his orchestra class."


Thank you for your work and dedication to String Music Education Dr. Palmer!

Dr. Richard Robinson

CONGRATULATIONS to UTM'S Dr. Richard Robinson on his selection as 2018 Orchestral Advocate of the Year. We thank you for always promoting string orchestras in so many of the things that you do!

Dr. Ammerneman

Angela Ammerman, referred to by the Washington Post as the first “music teacher prodigy,” is the Director of Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she also conducts the UTM Orchestra and hosts the podcast: #MusicEdLove. Ammerman earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM); and Boston University. Most recently, Dr. Ammerman completed her PhD in Music Education at George Mason University. Ammerman is known for her passionate, energetic, and innovative style of teaching and attributes much of her success to her musical upbringing.

Recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates in 2016 for her dedication to instilling a life-long passion for music in all of her students, Ammerman diligently works to now pass along these teaching and mentorship qualities to her own Music Education students. Dr. Ammerman has been named the Virginia Orchestra Director of the Year in 2016, has been a finalist for the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Washington Post Teacher of the Year, and was recognized as FCPS’ Top Teacher in 2017. Ammerman recently completed a chapter for the upcoming book: Rehearsing the Middle School Orchestra compiled by Sandie Barnes Goldie, and is hard at work on what she hopes to be her next publication: The Hook Book: Mindset Mapping from Minute 1.

Ammerman is a passionate and dedicated music education professor and music educator and is in high demand as a guest conductor, speaker, and clinician for sessions and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences and in-services. Her research has been published in Teaching Music, American String Teachers Journal, Stringendo Publication, and the Fingerboard Publication. Dr. Ammerman is known for an emphasis on play-based learning, humor, a unique style, and for the creation of the first ever Future Music Educators Camp as well as her Music Education Podcast: #MusicEdLove.

Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7402


Dr. Julie Hill, Chair