Susanna Brown, from Savannah, Tennessee, is a junior vocal music education major. Since her freshman year, she has performed many times within the department and through her sorority. Susanna is a member of Alpha Delta Pi and has held both music and homecoming chair positions in the sorority. She also represents the music department as student ambassador and holds a position on the music council. After graduation, Susanna aspires to being an elementary school teacher. Until then, she continues to work hard toward receiving her bachelor's degree with the encouragement from her peers, professors, and family.
Meleah Gateley, from Humboldt, Tennessee, is a vocal performance major. During high school, she attended Jackson State Community College and received over forty college credit hours. Meleah has been involved in the performing arts since the age of six. Some of her favorite musical experiences include singing with the All-Northwest Honor Choir for four years, All-State Honor Choir for three years, and competing in vocal and piano competitions. Meleah studied voice and piano with Korn Studio for five years. In 2016, she won first place in Death by Voice Vocal Competition High School category at UTM. She also performed an aria on Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C and attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. Meleah has been in multiple choirs, including the Union University Youth Choir and the Innovation Vocal Ensemble at Jackson State Community College and currently performs with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers. Meleah’s other hobbies include playing the ukulele, listening to Indie music, and performing in musical theater. She has performed in nineteen plays and won the Best Youth Actress Award from Nite Lite Theatre for the past three years. She was also the 2017 recipient of the Home Life Academy Outstanding Student Award and the Nite Lite Theatre Arts Scholarship. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Meleah plans to get a master's in music education or music therapy. She dreams of being a music therapist or a collegiate choir director.
Alyssa Hopper, from Kenton, Tennessee, is a freshman vocal music education major. She currently studies under the direction of Dr. Amy Yeung. Alyssa is a 2017 graduate of Gibson County High School. During her high school career, she was a member of the All-Northwest Honor Choir for four years and attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. She was also a member of Gibson County’s marching, concert, and jazz band for four years. While in band, Alyssa received leadership roles as both section leader and band captain. After college, Alyssa’s goal is to teach high school choir.
Johna Jackson is a senior vocal music performance major from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a member of the University Singers, New Pacer Singers, and Voices of Harmony Gospel Choir. Johna has had leading roles in Too Many Sopranos, Bastien and Bastienne, the children's opera Little Red Riding Hood, and Amahl and the Night Visitors with UTM Lyric Opera Theater. She has traveled with her fellow students to local schools, hospitals, and elder-care facilities to perform in the Jackson Symphony’s abbreviated version of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Johna was the winner of UTM Death by Voice Vocal Competition College Aria category and College Art Song category in 2015 and 2017, respectively. She was placed third in the Senior Women category with the Memphis Chapter of NATS auditions in 2016. In the fall of 2016, she performed her junior recital and is currently preparing for her senior recital. After graduation, she plans to continue to perform while working in the field of arts administration, and continue her education in the near future. In her spare time, Johna likes to enjoy time with family and friends and learn new crafts.
Shelby Johnston is a freshman vocal performance major. She is from Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated with honors and distinction from Mount Juliet High School. She was first chair Alto 1 for the Tennessee All-State Honor Choir during her sophomore and junior year, and second chair during her senior year, when she also led a women’s a capella group, Here Comes Treble. Upon graduation, she received a full scholarship to Bethel University, but later decided that UTM better suited her desired academic path. While in Martin, she has performed with New Pacers Singers, University Singers, and the Jackson Symphony’s abbreviated version of Mozart's The Magic Flute as Lady Three. She is the worship intern at The Wesley Foundation at UTM, and plans to pursue this kind of ministry in the future. Shelby aspires to perform professionally, and eventually found a nonprofit that provides piano, voice, acting, and guitar lessons for talented children whose families cannot afford them.
Hannah Kent, from Humboldt, Tennessee, is a first year vocal music education major. She was a member of the Dyer Junior High School marching band for three consecutive years. During her high school career, she was a member of the Gibson County High School Choir for all four years. She won first place in several talent shows at school and in the community. She is currently involved in a country/gospel band which has been featured at several venues, including church picnics, nursing homes, local fundraisers, and county fairs. Her goal is to finish college with a Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education and fulfill her dream of becoming a music teacher.
Junior Rebekah Mansfield is a music education major and studies voice under the direction of Dr. Amy Yeung. She is from White House, Tennessee, and graduated from White House High School in 2015. Rebekah is the president of UTM’s chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association, Vice President of Ritual for Sigma Alpha Iota- Epsilon Iota chapter, secretary of UTM’s chapter of CNAfME, and the chair of the Student Music Council in the music department. She is also a member of both Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Rebekah enjoys being the PEP Leader for the music department through the university’s First Year Initiative program. Within the department, Rebekah sings with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers, as well as the Contemporary Music Group. She was the winner of 2017 UTM Death by Voice Vocal Competition College Aria category. She also performed in the title role in Lyric Opera Theater's production of the children's opera Little Red Riding Hood. Outside of college, Rebekah serves as a worship leader at First Baptist Church of Martin for the youth and adult services. During summers, Rebekah works as an educational assistant for Littlestone Summer Music Festivals, where she helps young students build their musicianship. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys playing guitar and writing music. She looks forward to the rest of her career at Martin under the guidance of the wonderful faculty at the university.
Magdalena Isabel Martinez, from Medina, Tennessee, is a freshman music education major. She was a 6-year member of the All Northwest Honor Choir and a 1-year member of the Tennessee All-State Honor Choir. Magdalena was a Senior Voice winner at the TMTA Vocal Competition at Vanderbilt University. She sang as part of the Honors Performance Vocal Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. In high school, Magdalena was a 4-year member of the Marching Hornet band, marching 3 years as drum major. She is currently a member of the New Pacer Singers and the University Singers. Magdalena plans to continue her music studies and one day become a collegiate choir director.
Sophomore McKenzie Milburn is a vocal music education major, studying under Dr. Yeung. She is from Dyersburg, Tennessee and graduated with honors from Dyersburg High School in 2016. McKenzie is a representative of the American Choral Director’s Association, as well as CNAfME. In the Music Department, McKenzie performs with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers, as well as the small Jazz Ensemble. She also performs as Papagana/Pamina in the Jackson Symphony’s abbreviated version of Mozart's The Magic Flute. McKenzie has also been involved with the theater department, gaining lead roles in the productions of Zombies from the Beyond and Bite Me. Outside of school activities, she enjoys diving into different musical and cultural settings, writing music, and spending time with loved ones. McKenzie looks forward to her remaining school career at Martin, and plans to attend graduate school in the future.
Wesley Aaron Sliger, from Martin, Tennessee, is a senior music major who is attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in voice. During his time at UTM, he has performed with the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Basketball Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, University Singers, New Pacer Singers, Piano Ensemble, in the University/Community Orchestra, and in the Lyric Opera Theater. During a summer internship at Amro Music in Memphis, Tennessee, Wesley has acquired skills in piano tuning and repair work. He plans to use his degree and skills in church work in the future.
John-Alex Warner is a senior voice and piano music education major. His hometown is Union City, Tennessee, where he studied classical singing with Rita Winter and was an avid performer in productions at the Masquerade Theater. In addition to being a music major, John-Alex is a University Scholar and active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He performs frequently. Representing the vocal studio, he has competed three times in the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions, placing multiple times in both classical and musical theater categories. John-Alex is also a frequent performer in UTM's Lyric Opera Theater, where his favorite roles include Edwin in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury and the Wolf in Seymour Barab's Little Red Riding Hood. John-Alex's non-vocal work includes collaborative piano performances, music directing for Vanguard Theater productions, and multiple composing projects. His first original musical, The Second Time Around, received its first reading on April 29, 2017 at UTM's Little Theater, and he is currently submitting the piece for professional consideration.
Allison Webb, from Ripley, Tennessee, began her studies in the fall of 2016. While at UTM, Allison has been involved with several choirs on and off campus, has been a student ambassador, is part of Jackson Symphony’s abbreviated version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Her hobbies include singing, reading, watching old movies, and playing with her dogs. Allison is currently pursuing a degree in music. Her goal is to work with children, using music therapy to help identify and assist with each individual child’s needs.