Daeshuana Aldridge, from Paris, TN, is a freshman vocal performance major. She graduated from Henry County High School with distinction. She has been involved in performing arts since the age of eight, beginning with viola and switching to voice at age eleven. Some of her favorite musical experiences involve participating in the All Northwest Honor Choir for three years, and the All State Woman’s Chorale Choir for two years. She is participating in the New Pacer Singers and the University Singers at UTM. After graduation, DaeShuana plans to continue her music studies and aspires to perform professionally.
Kathryn Allen, from Murfreesboro, TN, is a freshman vocal education major. She graduated with honors from Blackman High School, and was in the school’s advanced choir along with the Women's Chorale. She participates in the New Pacer Singers and the University Singers at UTM. She is also a worship leader for the Wesley Foundation on campus. Outside of singing, Kathryn enjoys reading, writing, and Martial arts, and is a member of the UTM Women's Student Alliance. She has a special interest in studying mythology, and is passionate about the promotion of gender equality is in professional and domestic environments. She is incredibly excited to start her journey at UTM as she works towards becoming a music educator.
Susanna Brown, from Savannah, TN, is a senior 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 has held a position on the music council. Susanna performs with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers 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, TN, is a sophomore vocal performance major. She has attended Jackson State Community College and performed with the Innovation Vocal Ensemble. Some of Meleah's favorite musical experiences include singing with the All-Northwest Honor Choir and the All-State Honor Choir. Meleah studied voice and piano with the Korn Studio for five years and competed in many competitions. In 2016, she won the first place in the Death by Voice Vocal Competition at UTM, High School category. 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 currently performs with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers. In 2017, she won first place Freshman Women division in the Memphis Chapter of NATS auditions. In 2018, Meleah served as an assistant to director for the Lyric Opera Theatre's production of The Medium and as music director and choreographer for Nite Lite Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk. She currently teaches voice lessons through the Community Music Academy at UTM. Meleah’s hobbies include playing the ukulele, writing original songs and poetry, and performing in musical theater. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Meleah plans to get a Master's in music therapy. She dreams of becoming a music therapist.
Shelby Johnston from Nashville, TN, is a sophomore vocal performance major. She 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 Pacer Singers, the University Singers, and the Jackson Symphony’s abbreviated version of Mozart's The Magic Flute as Lady Three. She won first place Sophomore Women division in the Memphis Chapter of NATS auditions in 2017. She is a figure model for the Visual Arts department. She is the worship intern at The Wesley Foundation at UTM, and plans to pursue this kind of ministry in the future. She has traveled to the D.R. of Congo as a fully-funded United Methodist missionary. Shelby aspires to perform professionally, and eventually fund a nonprofit that provides piano, voice, acting, songwriting, and guitar lessons for talented children whose families cannot afford them.
Hannah Kent, from Humboldt, TN, is a sophomore 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. At UTM, Hannah performs with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers. She is also 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.
Senior Rebekah Mansfield from White House, TN, is a music education major. During her time in the Department of Music, Rebekah has given back in several ways, such as being a PEP leader for the freshman music majors through the UTM First Year Initiative Program, serving as the Vice President of Ritual for the international music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, teaching voice lessons through the Community Music Academy, and representing the music majors as a student council member. Rebekah has participated in the University Singers, the New Pacer Singers, the Sigma Alpha Iota choir, the University Steel Band, and the Contemporary Music Group. She also performed in the title role in Lyric Opera Theater's production of the children's opera Little Red Riding Hood and a supporting role in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. Outside of the music department, Rebekah finds ways to give back by using her talents at First Baptist Church of Martin on Sundays and Wednesdays through singing with the worship team. She is also involved in a community outreach program with the Jackson Symphony that tours local schools, hospitals, and elderly-care facilities with an abbreviated version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She is also a member of two academic honors societies on campus, Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. During summers, Rebekah works as an educational assistant for Littlestone Summer Music Festivals, where she helps young students build their musicianship through classes and ensembles provided at the non-profit’s various camps. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys playing guitar and writing music. After graduation, Rebekah plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in Vocal Performance.
Magdalena Isabel Martinez, from Medina, TN, is a sophomore music education major. She was a graduate of South Gibson County High School in 2017. During middle school and high school, she took private voice lessons from Mrs. Heather Korn at Korn Studios and 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 four-year member of the Marching Hornet band, marching three years as drum major. She is currently a member of the New Pacer Singers and the University Singers. Magdalena’s goal in life is to become a Collegiate Choir Teacher. This would allow her to sustain or build an amazing choir, and give her the opportunity to conduct in programs outside of a school setting. Besides singing, she enjoys spending time with her family and laying around with her dog, Eva.
Junior McKenzie Milburn from Dyersburg, TN, is a vocal music education major. She 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 performed as Papagana/Pamina in the Jackson Symphony’s abbreviated version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, and had lead roles in the Theater department’s 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.
Victoria Sims, from Dyer, TN, is a freshman music education major. She is a 2018 Gibson County High School graduate. Tori has been a part of her school's theatre since the fifth grade and choir since the eighth grade. She was an active member of Gibson County's FBLA, Glee, and Dare clubs. Her senior year, she had the chance to take part in teaching the local elementary and middle schools' music classes alongside her choir director, Mrs. Denise Coleman. At UTM, Tori performs with the University Singers and the New Pacer Singers. Her goal is to become a K-12 Vocal Music Educator and help out at local theatres.
Allison Webb, from Ripley, TN, 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.