The UTM woodwind area will be hosting its 4th Annual Woodwind Day on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The event will feature like-instrument choirs, master classes, competitions, performances, presentations, and repair people.
Preregistration (by Nov 1) is available for $15 and guarantees a t-shirt & a spot in the like-instrument choir. Registration after Nov 1 or on the day of the event is $25; a shirt & a spot in the choir will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration link coming soon
*All minors must bring a completed Medical & Photo Release.
For more information, please contact Dr. Liz Aleksander at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731.881.7413
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Click here to register for UTM Woodwind Day 2018!
Experience the hands-on learning that goes on here in UTM Music by registering to perform in our master class for high school students. Dr. Aleksander, Professor Lewis and Dr. Owens take turns working with each performer to provide a wide variety of expert feedback that will be beneficial to every participant and attendee, regardless of your instrument!
Application materials must be submitted before 11:59 PM on November 1st. Click here to register.
This year, Woodwind Day will highlight the scholarly activity of area college students with the UTM Woodwind Day College Research Competition. Three winners will be chosen to give 15-minute presentations as part of Woodwind Day.
Deadline for Submission: Application materials must be submitted before 11:59 PM on November 1st.
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The winner of the High School Woodwind Solo Competition will perform at Woodwind Day and receive a scholarship of up to $4000 (over 4 years) to attend UTM as a music major. To be eligible, students must be in 9th-12th grade, complete the application, and submit a recording of a solo work by 11:59 PM on November 1 (the recording does not need to include piano).
If you are a college student at another institution, were hoping that you will consider submitting a proposal for a chamber ensemble performance at Woodwind Day! Click here to apply.
Deadline for Submission: Application materials must be submitted before 11:59 PM on November 1st.
Registration & visit exhibits (lobby)
Host Recital (Recital Hall)
Alex Singleton and Jonathan Cathell (Consistent-C Winds) presentation (244)
Gary Nash presentation (136)
Jessica Dunavant presentation (142)
Ryan Bright presentation (246)
College Chamber Recital (Recital Hall)
Lunch & visit exhibits (lobby)
UTM Entrance Auditions (235)
Potpourri Recital (Recital Hall)
High School Master Class with LCD Trio (Recital Hall)
Clarinet Master Class with Gabrielle Baffoni (136)
Saxophone Master Class with Ryan Bright (142)
Flute Master Class with Jessica Dunavant (246)
Double Reed Master Class with Amy Gillick (224)
Double Reed Ensemble Rehearsal (122)
Art Edmaiston's presentation (136)
Angela Ammerman's presentation (142)
Gabrielle Baffoni's presentation (246)
Amy Gillick's Presentation (142)
Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal (Recital Hall)
Clarinet Ensemble Rehearsal (136)
Flute Ensemble Rehearsal (246)
Adult Mixed Woodwind Ensemble Rehearsal (224)
College Research Competition Winner's Presentation (142)
Woodwind Ensembles Concert (Recital Hall)
Referred to by the Washington Post as the first “music teacher prodigy,” Angela Ammerman 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, Dr. Ammerman diligently works to now pass along these teaching and mentorship qualities to her own Music Education students. 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 recently recognized as Fairfax County Public School’s Top Teacher in 2017. Ammerman was also a finalist for the University of Tennessee at Martin Advisor of the Year in 2018. Dr. Ammerman recently completed a chapter for the upcoming book: Effective Teaching Strategies for the Middle School Orchestra and is hard at work on what she hopes to be her next publication: The Hook Book: Mindset Mapping from Minute 1. Ammerman 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. 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.
INSTABAND: Building a Digital Toolbox for a Digital Generation
Geared with an endless supply of electronic devices, our students are often more interested in seeing Beyoncé’s latest Instagram battle than with their very own future. This session will provide a wealth of systems for encouraging regular individual and partner practice and motivating students to be more active members of the band program. Return to school on Monday armed with a digital toolbox to lead you and your students to a whole new level of performance and ensemble cohesion!
Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni is Assistant Professor of Single Reeds at Southeast Missouri State University, where she has been on faculty since her appointment in 2012. She previously held teaching positions at Tabor College, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Dr. Baffoni earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where her final doctoral project was a lecture-recital presenting works for clarinet and percussion duo.
At Southeast Dr. Baffoni is an active chamber musician, and directs Chamber Music Sundays at Three, a concert series that features faculty and guest chamber ensembles at the University's River Campus. Dr. Baffoni currently performs as principal clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky, and has appeared often with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.
Her presentation will be about audition success and managing performance anxiety. She will discuss preparation strategies and take participants through interactive exercises designed to manage anxious thoughts and harness nervous energy.
Ryan Bright is one of the prominent saxophone teachers in the East Tennessee area and has been described as "one of the rare rising stars in the profession" by his peers. Under Mr. Bright's tutelage students have been selected to participate in East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Junior and Senior Clinic events, All State Bands, the National Association for Music Education All National Band, as well as the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and Young Artist Competition Finals. His students have gone on to universities with music scholarships as majors, minors, and non-majors to schools such as Indiana, Clemson, the University of Tennessee, Carson Newman, and Maryville College.
In 2017, Mr. Bright founded the Knoxville Youth Saxophone Ensemble, comprised of high school students throughout East Tennessee. In their inaugural season, the KYSE performed at the University of Tennessee's Single Reed Day, Knoxville's Rossini Festival, and other venues throughout the southeast. Mr. Bright resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his dog General.
His presentation will be how to start building a private studio and providing the best musical experience for your students.
Dr. Jessica Dunnavant is Adjunct Artist/Teacher of Flute at the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, where she teaches flute and coaches chamber music in the pre-college division. She maintains a large private studio in metro Nashville. She is a member of both the Jackson Symphony and Music City Baroque, and she is a sub/extra with the Nashville Symphony. Previous academic appointments include Florida State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University pre-college, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the country. Dr. Dunnavant serves as Editor of the Flute Examiner newsletter, and she has been on the board of the Mid-South Flute Society since 2005. She studied with Charles DeLaney at Florida State University, with William Montgomery at the University of Maryland, and with Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough at MTSU.
Death and Taxes
In a culture where full-time jobs with benefits are far from thick on the ground, it is of critical importance that musicians understand that a freelance life can be a life of abundance. This presentation will cover practices for saving, borrowing and managing money, all while creating a vibrant career.
Art was raised in Troy, TN but has called Memphis his home since 1990. He began playing tenor saxophone at the age of 11 and his continued passion for music led him to Memphis in pursuit of a Jazz Performance degree. As time went on, Art began spending less time in class and more time learning from blues and soul greats on legendary Beale Street. Soon he was playing and recording with many of the Bluff City’s top musicians and bands while logging many hours performing as a member of the house band at B.B. King’s Blues Club. His talents have led him around the world providing opportunities to perform, record and jam with a wide variety of well-known musicians, producers and music legends. The short list includes Bobby “Blue” Bland, Levon Helm, Wayne Newton, Justin Timberlake, Jonny Lang, JJ Grey and MOFRO, Galactic, the Memphis Horns, the Allman Brothers Band, Will Bernard, Robert Walter, Jim Dickinson, Mason Ruffner, the Coasters, Leslie Gore, Mable John, Dr. John, Snoop Dogg, Lucero, The Mighty Souls Brass Band, the Bo-Keys, John Nemeth, William Bell, Otis Clay, Hi Rhythm Section, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, St. Paul and the Broken Bones as well as many others.
He will present an overview of professional musicianship techniques with an eye on establishing a career in music and how to grow as a pro. I will include tune knowledge, improvisation techniques, musicality and style concerns, as well as sharing lessons I have learned along my journey as a professional saxophonist.
Dr. Amy Gillick leads the double reeds studio at Austin Peay State University. She additionally teaches doubles reeds methods and music appreciation. Dr. Gillick is committed to commissioning new works for double reed instruments, the art and science of reed making, innovations in music pedagogy, and exploring concepts lying on the intersection of arts and technology.
Dr. Gillick's presentation will be Reed Rescue: 12 Easy Steps to Improve Your Bassoon & Oboe Reeds.
Gary Powell Nash, a native of Flint, Michigan is Professor of Music at Fisk University in Nashville, TN where he teaches courses in music theory, technology, composition, applied woodwinds and conducts the Fisk Jazz Ensemble. Nash’s compositions has been performed in all major regions of the United States and abroad on the continents of Europe and Asia. Nash has received numerous grants, commissions and awards for his compositions including Delta State University, Cleveland, MS to compose Southern Grandparents (2017) soprano, tenor and piano trio for Delta State University’s Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Concert. 11 of his compositions are featured on compact disc with four of those appearing on Albany, Centaur and Citadel Records labels.
River City Promenade/The Music of Gary Powell Nash
Dr. Gary Powell Nash will do a lecture/presentation of his compositions, emphasizing his woodwind chamber works. The presentation will culminate with a performance of River City Promenade (2018) saxophone sextet.
Alex Singleton is a professional saxophonist, educator, and repair technician in the Southeast region of the United States. He maintains a saxophone and general music studio, teaching players of all ages in a range of different styles. He is in demand to present saxophone and woodwind clinics to middle and high school band and orchestra programs throughout Tennessee and Georgia. As a performer, Alex has been active as a classical and jazz saxophonist. As a classical saxophonist, Alex was the 2016 winner of the University of West Georgia’s Concerto Competition and performed as soloist on the University of West Georgia Wind Ensemble’s Spring 2016 tour. He has also been featured as a soloist with Haralson County High School’s Wind Ensemble and the Haralson County’s Community Wind Ensemble. He plays seasonal gigs with the ‘Carrollton Swingsation’ Big Band and has performed with the University of West Georgia Jazz Ensemble.
Woodwind Day is also a UTM audition day. If you're interested in auditioning for a music scholarship, or for acceptance as a music major or minor, please email Dr. Aleksander BEFORE Woodwind Day to arrange an audition time. You'll also need to complete the UTM Audition Form before you audition.
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
Alto Sax 3
Alto Sax 4
Baritone Sax 1
Baritone Sax 2
Soprano Sax 1
Soprano Sax 2
Soprano Sax 3
Tenor Sax 1
Tenor Sax 2
Tenor Sax 3
alt. Bassoon (part to come soon)
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