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:
This event will occur on April 27th and 28th in the Fine Arts Building at UT Martin, culminating with a concert at 3 pm on Saturday, April 28th 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, 2018.
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.
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.
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 2018. To apply for the competition, students must complete the steps below:
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. Angela Ammerman The University of Tennessee at Martin Visit link below for bio
*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.
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.
The Schedule will be posted no later than March 2nd, 2018
Orchestra Director of the Year Nominations:
Nominations for the Orchestra Director of the Year must be submitted no later than Monday, March 12th. Students, parents, administrators, peers, and/or colleagues, and community members may nominate string teachers who meet the following requirements:
Visit: tinyurl.com/UTMOrchTOY for the nomination portal.
Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Orchestral Advocacy must be submitted no later than Monday, March 12th. Orchestra teachers, students, parents, administrators, peers, and/or colleagues, and community members may nominate administrators, supervisors, or community members who meet the following requirements:
Visit: tinyurl.com/OrchAdvAward for the nomination portal.
All Chancellor’s Orchestra applications must be received no later than Friday, February 16th, 2018 for consideration. Based upon director/private teacher recommendations, UTM Faculty will make decisions in late February and will notify directors no later than March 2nd. Selection into the UT Martin Chancellor’s Orchestra will be competitive and based upon your recommendation. It is imperative that you complete the recommendation.
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