Ensembles

The University of Tennessee at Martin has many ensemble opportunities for student musicians of all ability levels. Use the tabs above to explore the ensemble offerings on campus. We hope to see you in one of our ensembles very soon!

 

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Concert Band

Wind Ensemble

jazz bandThe Wind Ensemble meets each semester and consists of the finest wind, brass and percussion musicians on campus and utilizes a flexible instrumentation to accommodate the wind band's large and varied repertoire. Including both standard and contemporary works, the Wind Ensemble performs compositions representing the vast history of the wind band and cultures worldwide. The Wind Ensemble works closely with composers, both individually and in consortiums, in the commissioning of new works, and joins other collegiate and professional wind bands in furthering the development of Western music. The UT-Martin Wind Ensemble performs two concerts per semester, tours regionally and nationally and is open to all UT-Martin students by audition. See repertoire for the current year, past programs, listen or read about recent and upcoming events of the UT-Martin Wind Ensemble.

 

Concert Band

The Concert Band provides a musical environment that challenges individual players as well as focuses on developing skills as an ensemble musician. Meeting in both Fall and Spring, the Concert band performs two concerts each semester. The ensemble studies and performs works representing the vast scope of the large wind band tradition and is open to all UT-Martin students. Additionally, the Concert Band provides opportunities for music education majors to gain performance experience on secondary instruments. Community musicians are also welcome to participate in the ensemble. See past programs or listen to the Concert Band.

Marching & Athletic Bands

The Skyhawk Marching Band is offered in the fall. The band band consists of roughly one-hundred and sixty members. Performing spots are available for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, baritone/euphonium, sousaphone, battery(snare/tenor/bass) percussion, front ensemble percussion, and guard. Each halftime production is custom designed for the band to reach excellence in performance and to deliver entertainment that will bring the audience to its feet. The band performs in Hardy Graham Stadium for home football games and at select exhibition performances throughout the region.

 

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The Skyhawk Basketball Band

 

The Skyhawk Basketball Band begins at the end of the fall semester and continues through March of the spring semester. Comprised of roughly thirty members, the band plays from a rotating selection of sixty diverse and outstanding charts during home basketball games in the Kathleen and Tom Elam center. Skyhawk athletic teams belong to the OVC conference. Each spring the band travels to Nashville for the OVC tournament and also travels with the team to any appearance earned in the NCAA tournament. Recent NCAA trips include Duke University in Chapel Hill, NC. and the United Center in Chicago. IL

 

Should you need further information or have questions, please direct inquiries for Marching and Athletic Bands to John Oelrich at joelrich@utm.edu or 731.881.7403.

 

The Skyhawk Basketbell Band

 

The Skyhawk Basketball Band begins at the end of the fall semester and continues through March of the spring semester. Comprised of roughly thirty members, the band plays from a rotating selection of sixty diverse and outstanding charts during home basketball games in the Kathleen and Tom Elam center. Skyhawk athletic teams belong to the OVC conference. Each spring the band travels to Nashville for the OVC tournament and also travels with the team to any appearance earned in the NCAA tournament. Recent NCAA trips include Duke University in Chapel Hill, NC. and the United Center in Chicago. IL

 

Should you need further information or have questions, please direct inquiries for marching and athletic bands to John Oelrich at joelrich@utm.edu

Jazz Band

The UTM Big Band, directed by Dr. Kurt Gorman, displays the diversity, vibrancy and artistry of jazz, America's greatest art form through the medium of the traditional big band. A UTM Big Band performance features Swing Era charts by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as a wide array contemporary compositions, Latin jazz, and funk charts. The group presents the repertoire of jazz standards, from songs by Gershwin or Rodgers and Hart, to the compositions of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. The UTM Big Band performs one full-length concert oncampus each semester, as well as other appearances at various community events.

 

Jazz Combo

The UTM Small Jazz Group is comprised of select players from the UTM Big Band to practice and cultivate the fine art of jazz improvisation. The ensemble holds jam sessions open to the community of UTM students and to the general public. For more information about information about performing with jazz ensembles at UTM or for information about upcoming events, please contact Dr. Kurt Gorman, (731) 881-7404

University Singers - conducted by Dr. Mark Simmons

University Singers is the largest ensemble on campus, made up of between 100-120 singers from across campus. This ensemble is non-auditioned and students from majors all across UTM participate. Generally most singers have some choral singing experience, but everyone is welcome to join regardless of previous experience.

 

The ensemble performs one concert each semester on campus and frequently performs with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances with the JSO include Beethoven's 9thSymphony and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. For concerts on campus, the ensemble focuses on collegiate literature from all major compositional periods.

 

To join the University Singers, simply register for the ensemble. If you have questions, contact Dr. Mark Simmons at marks@utm.edu. We look forward to you becoming part of this exciting choir!

 

The New Pacer Singers - conducted by Dr. Mark Simmons

This ensemble is an auditioned choir of 40 evenly-balanced voices that performs challenging and sophisticated repertoire from all major musical time periods. As well as performing on concerts on campus each semester, this choir frequently travels to nearby communities to provide performances for audiences throughout western Tennessee. Additionally, the New Pacer Singers tour annually. Past tours have taken the ensemble to important performance halls in Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Nevada, and Arizona. These concert tours play an important role in the mission of the ensemble, which is to represent the high standard of musical excellence that is maintained at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

 

The audition for the ensemble consists of demonstration of vocal excellence, pitch memory, sight-reading, and a personal commitment to the choral art form. Members are expected to serve as ambassadors for the University as part of their extensive performing schedule. Everyone in New Pacers is expected to also sing in the University Singers.

 

If you have questions about this chamber choir or would like to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Mark Simmons at marks@utm.edu.

 

Lyric Opera Theatre - directed by Dr. Amy Yeung and Dr. Roberto Mancusi
Each spring semester, the Department of Music presents scenes from the standard opera repertoire. Lyric Opera Theatre (MUEN 367) is open to all vocal majors as well as instrumental majors. Other UT Martin students who posses adequate vocal skills are welcome to audition.

The goal of the course is to provide the opportunity for the students to gain knowledge and experience in operatic repertoire for the stage and development of techniques for role preparation and performance. After successful completion of the course, the students will be able to think in character, to move on stage and to function as a singing actor.

 

Lyric Opera Theatre meets two days each week: Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-6:00. Extra rehearsals may be scheduled the month before the production.

 

For more information about auditioning for the upcoming production, please contact: Dr. Amy Yeung and Dr. Roberto Mancusi.

 

Collegiate Gospel Choir - conducted by Alvin Summers and Mykia Campbell

 

Gospel music is a viable expression of American folk lore with endless possibilities for human expression.

 

The Collegiate Gospel Choir is an ensemble offered for a diversity of students who desire to sing and learn about gospel music. The class meets weekly on Monday, 3:00-4:50pm. Unlike many gospel choirs, this class is being offered for one credit hour. Students interested in the choir are not required to have any musical background or to audition. We just ask that you come with a love and appreciation for music.

The choir presents a concert in the fall and spring semesters and opening music for the University of Tennessee-Martin Annual Civil Rights Conference.

 

If you have any questions please contact Mykia Campbell mthoma16@utm.edu.

The UTM Piano Ensemble is one of the strongest in the country. it was founded in the 1970s by Dr. Allison Nelson, UTM Professor Emerita, who performed around the world with Harry Neal as the Nelson and Neal Piano Duo. The ensemble is currently directed by Dr. Elaine Harriss who for many years performed as a duo partner with Dr. Nelson. The UTM Piano Ensemble is the major ensemble for piano students. Regular rehearsals are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. and the class is offered for credit. The ensemble performs a full program once per semester. The group plays a wide variety of literature including music for one piano four hands, two pianos four hands, two pianos eight hands, etc., up to five pianos. The UTM piano ensemble library includes a large repertoire of works originally written for multiple players as well as selected arrangements. The ensemble is made up of UTM piano majors and minors. Non-majors with a good piano background are welcomed and strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Elaine Harriss regarding joining the ensemble.

The UTM percussion ensemble is designed with a comprehensive approach to the study and performance of literature in all styles and idioms of music. The philosophy of "total" percussion develops musicianship, technical proficiency, and cultural awareness in traditional and global musical styles. In additional to "concert" style percussion, the ensemble also takes the form of Steel Drum Band, African Ensemble, and Brazilian Ensemble to name a few. For more information, visit the UT Martin Percussion Website or Contact Dr. Julie Hill.

 

Instrumentalists in the Department of Music will find many opportunities to participate in chamber ensembles coached or directed by faculty members. In addition to smaller mixed chamber ensembles, students can participate in Flute Choir, Clarinet choir and quartets, Saxophone choir and quartets, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Quintet, UTM Undersound (Large Tuba/Euphonium ensemble) Tuba and Euphonium Quartets, and Percussion Ensemble. Please contact us for more information.

 

Clarinet Choir
Clarinet choir is a group ranging in size from 15-30 clarinets that performs both on and off campus. This ensemble performs standard literature for clarinet ensembles of varying sizes, with instruments ranging from Eb soprano clarinet to Eb Contralto clarinet, and is open to any student on campus, regardless of major. No audition is required and the group rehearses 1 hour each week. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander for information about joining at ealeksan@utm.edu or 731.881.7413.

 

Clarinet Quartets
These ensembles rehearse works from the standard literature and work with living composers to premiere new works written specifically for them. Membership in the ensembles is by audition, and the groups tour nationally and internationally each year. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander for information about joining at ealeksan@utm.edu or 731.881.7413.

 

Saxophone Choir
Saxophone choir is a group ranging in size from 15-25 saxophones, utilizing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. This ensemble performs on and off campus and is open to all student on campus, regardless of major. No audition is required and the ensemble rehearses 1 hour each week. Contact Dr. Douglas Owens for information about joining at dowens14@utm.edu or 731.881.7414.

 

Saxophone Quartets
These ensembles rehearse works from the standard literature and work with living composers to premiere new works written specifically for them. Membership in the ensembles is by audition, and the groups tour nationally and internationally each year. Contact Dr. Douglas Owens for information about joining at dowens14@utm.edu or 731.881.7414.

 

Trombone Choir - directed by Dr. Joseph W. Frye
The UTM Trombone Choir is designed to serve as a pedagogical extension of the Trombone Studio, giving students the opportunity to apply skills learned in lessons in a musical setting. The choir is a very active part of the Department of Music at UT Martin, performing regular concerts on campus as well as several outreach concerts a year including performing at UTM athletic events and other community venues. Membership in the Trombone Choir is open to all trombone-playing students currently enrolled at UT Martin.

 

UTM Undersound - directed by Matthew Stratton
The Undersound is the flagship large tuba and euphonium ensemble at UTM. The group consists of four euphoniums and four tubas. The Undersound performs music from every genre and actively seeks commissions of new works for the medium. We are always searching for ways to collaborate with fellow musicians and other artistic disciplines at UTM. The ensemble is open to all UTM students and is selected via process of audition at the beginning of each fall semester.

 

The tuba and euphonium studio offers two quartets. Members of the UTM Undersound are given priority selection for a quartet. Quartet I plays advanced literature and receives weekly coaching. The repertoire for Quartet II is selected with the purpose of mastering the fundamentals of playing in a tuba and euphonium quartet.

 

Double Reed Ensemble - directed by Dr. Doug Owens

The UTM Double Reed Ensemble provides a musical outlet for students who play oboe or bassoon in a small to medium like-instrument setting. The group has included music majors specializing in one of the double reeds, music majors who "double," students seeking degrees outside of music, and even local high school students and community members with an appropriate background on bassoon or oboe. If you are interested in obtaining more information on the Ensemble, please feel free to contact Dr. Douglas Owens at dowens14@utm.edu

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