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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Welcome from Dr. John Oelrich, Director of Bands

Welcome to the UTM Bands homepage! Here at UTM, we provide a comprehensive wind band program, including all facets of wind and percussion music. The UTM Bands are open to UTM students of all majors, and we offer a variety of opportunities in wind chamber music, as well. Our excellent ensembles are visible and active, premiering new compositions and touring the state and region.


Music majors will find the UTM Bands to be a place to develop and refine musical and teaching skills and experience exciting opportunities to collaborate with guest artists and composers. The UTM Department of Music maintains two full-time concert bands, two performing jazz ensembles, and the Marching and Athletic Bands. Performing with the UTM Bands will propel you on to a successful career in both performance and music education.


The UTM Bands include many students who are not music majors. Participation as a non-music major is an excellent way to continue the development of fine musicianship and artistic expression. In addition to an incredible music-making experience, being involved with the UTM Bands is a great way to meet people. Many a lifelong friendship has been forged amongst the members of our ensembles. The Wind Ensemble and UTM Big Band are open to all UTM students by audition.


Whether it is performing world premieres in the Wind Ensemble, swinging with the UTM Big Band or supporting your athletic teams in the Marching and Pep Bands, there is a place for you in the UTM Bands!

Go Skyhawks!

Dr John Oelrich

Director of Bands

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.


TUEU Ensemble - directed by Mr. Bill Waterman
The TUEU ensemble is a performance-based group designed to build a sense of community and pride among tuba and euphonium players. The group is designed to improve an understanding of good ensemble skills. The UTM TUEU performs a wide range of music including: original compositions, classical music arrangements, jazz/funk arrangements, and others. Membership in this group is traditionally held by music majors, but is open to non-music majors by permission of the instructor. For information about joining the UTM TUEU ensemble please contact Bill Waterman at wwaterma@utm.edu or 731-881-7401


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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