Honor Band

Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7402

Em:

Dr. Julie Hill, Chair


Honor Band

January 24-26, 2019

 

Director Letter - Click to Download

 

Dear Colleague,

 

The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music is proud to announce the 39th Annual Honor Band Festival! We are excited to welcome over 350 students to our beautiful campus for two days of music learning and performing! This year’s festival will be held Thursday, January 24 through Saturday, January 26, 2019. Please read this entire letter carefully for more details.

Application Process

The application will be online again this year. With nearly 900 applications each year, this allows us to more efficiently and accurately process all of the information. Students (or directors) will be able to input their information into the online form. Once the application is submitted, two emails will be generated – one to the parent/guardian with a link to a publicity release form and one to the director with a link to a short recommendation form, which will also be submitted electronically. The deadline to submit applications by will be Friday, November 30, 2018 at midnight. Please submit applications at:

http://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=Z65CggYp

Preparation

Directors: please be sure your accepted students are prepared on their repertoire before attending the festival. Doing so helps them, the rest of the musicians and guest conductors to have the most positive and musical experience possible. We have experienced issues in recent years with students attending the festival who were unprepared or otherwise not ready for the experience. We ask your cooperation and assistance in this process from application through performance in order to ensure success for all students.

Communication

All communication for the festival, including, but not limited to, notification of acceptance, login and password information, audition times and final information will be sent to directors. Please relay this information to your students, band parents and school administration.

Ensembles

Please see below for a listing and description of each the festival’s ensembles and audition requirements. Please note that some of this process has changed.

 

CHANGE: While students will audition on parts again this year, all pieces from each ensembles program will not be included. Students should start by preparing the entirety of their default ensemble’s repertoire (9-10 Concert Band; 11-12 Symphonic Band). Students who intend to audition for the Wind Ensemble should prepare that repertoire in addition to their default ensemble’s repertoire. Again, the number of pieces included in each ensemble’s audition material has been lowered, making this relatively low impact for those students.

 

The primary reason for this audition process is to increase the amount of individual preparation and decrease the amount of sight-reading, thereby increasing the overall educational and performance outcomes of the festival. Audition excerpts will be posted outside the audition rooms on Jan. 25th. Please read all of the descriptions below for complete details as some audition procedures have changed.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble will consist of students in 9th through 12th grades. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. CHANGE: Students should start by preparing the entirety of their default ensemble’s repertoire (9-10 Concert Band; 11-12 Symphonic Band). Students who intend to audition for Wind Ensemble should prepare that repertoire in addition to their default ensemble’s repertoire. Again, the number of pieces included in each ensemble’s audition material has been lowered, making this relatively low impact. The number of pieces will be limited for each ensemble. Students who audition for the Wind Ensemble and are not accepted will be placed in a seat appropriate to their ability in their default ensemble. If there are not enough students who audition for the Wind Ensemble, students will be pulled from the top of the Symphonic Band’s roster.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band will consist of high school students in 11th and 12th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 11th and 12th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire, in addition to the Symphonic Band’s, for their placement audition.

Concert Band

The Concert Band will consist of high school students in 9th and 10th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 9th and 10th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire, in addition to the Concert Band’s, for their placement audition.

Junior High

The Junior High Honor Band will consist of students in 7th and 8th grade only. There will be no 9th graders in the Junior High Honor Band. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials.

Repertoire

The repertoire for each ensemble will serve as the prepared material for chair placement auditions. PDFs of parts will be posted on the UT Martin Department of Music Website and only accessible to musicians via a password protected login. This information will be sent to Directors. For students who apply on their own, please contact your director for this information.

Premieres

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this event, we have commissioned new pieces from four composers. Each of the Festival’s bands will premiere a new piece this year. Junior High - Dr. Derek Jenkins (ASU), Concert Band – Josh Spaulding, Symphonic Band – CJ Barrow, and Wind Ensemble – Dr. Aaron Perrine (Cornell College)

Auditions

We ask directors to be sure their students are able to successfully perform the repertoire for the ensemble for which they are auditioning. Percussionists should be able to read treble and percussion clefs and be competent to perform on all instruments required by the repertoire. While we would love to accept all of your students into the festival, not all are at the point in their development where they can be successful in an event like this. We are relying on you to provide accurate references and vet your students to avoid putting students, festival staff and guest conductors in difficult situations.

 

SCALES: First parts of the repertoire for each student’s band will serve as the source for the audition excerpts. Students should prepare all parts to the best of their ability. Students should also plan to perform two major scales (Junior High – up to three sharps and flats; HS – up to five sharps and flats). Percussionists should plan to play two major scales on marimba and two of the standard PAS rudiments (slow-fast-slow) in addition to the excerpts from the repertoire. A rudiment sheet will be provided with the percussion materials on the Honor Band website.

Location

The high school ensembles will rehearse in the Fine Arts Building and the junior high will rehearse in the Ballroom of the University Center. All performances will take place in the Fine Arts Building.

Solo Competition

Graduating seniors accepted into festival bands are welcome to audition for the Solo Competition. The winner will perform at the final festival concert on Saturday afternoon and receive and an offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $4000.00 (over a four year period). This competition and award is restricted to graduating seniors who wish to pursue a music degree at the UT Martin beginning in the Fall of 2019. Please see the schedule for audition times. To apply for the competition, students must do the following:

  1. Indicate their intent to audition on their application.
  2. Upload a video audition of the intended audition piece and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. Deadline for video submission is Friday, January 11, 2019. No more than 10 students will accepted for the on campus auditions. Non-acceptance into the on-campus solo competition will not effect participation in the honor band.
  3. Students receiving an invitation to audition on campus will be notified by Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 18, 2019.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  6. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  7. Repertoire should be congruent with the musical quality and difficulty of a music department entrance audition.

Directors’ Sessions

We will offer Directors’ Sessions again this year. Please check the Honor Band website for more information as it becomes available.

Conductors

Dr. John Oelrich    The University of Tennessee at Martin    Wind Ensemble
Dr. Scott Jones The Ohio State University Symphonic Band
Joel Denton Retired Band Director Concert Band
Lindsey Williams Paducah Middle School Junior High

Fees

The fee for the UT Martin Honor Band Festival is $45.00 per student and includes the cost of all music, conductor’s honorarium and travel, and a UTM Honor Band patch. Total payment must be received by Friday, January 11, 2019. Please make checks payable to UTM Bands. Alternate students will be selected to replace students who have not paid by this date. In the event of inclement weather, 50% of the fees paid will be refunded. Refunds will not be available for any other circumstance. Meals will be the responsibility of the students and directors. All hotel reservations are to be made by the director directly with the hotel. Housing is available in Martin and Union City.

 

Days Inn-Martin (731) 587-9577    
Hampton Inn-Martin (731) 587-5800
Econo Lodge-Martin (731) 587-4241
Hospitality House-Union City (731) 885-6610
Hampton Inn-Union City (731) 885-8850
Super 8 – Union City (731) 885-4444
Country Hearth-Union City (731) 885-7774

 

Applications must be received at The UT Martin Band Office no later than Friday, November 30, 2018. Based on your recommendations, UTM faculty will make decisions in early December and notifications will be sent by Friday, December 14, 2018. Selection of the honor band participants is competitive and based on your recommendation that will also be completed electronically. It is imperative that you complete the recommendation.

 

Audition times will be included with the acceptance packet. We ask that your students register one hour before their assigned audition times. Due to the volume of students auditioning, plan to audition shortly after registering to avoid a bottle neck near the end of the audition window. A complete festival schedule will be found on the Honor Band website – http://www.utm.edu/departments/band/honorbandsevents.php and a hard copy will be included in the acceptance packet.

 

We sincerely believe the UT Martin Honor Band Festival to be an excellent musical experience for you and your students. Thank you for enhancing your students’ musical experiences by supporting this activity.

Dates to Remember:

Nov. 30 Application & Director Recommendations due
Dec. 14 Email and mail notification of selected students
Jan. 11 Solo Competition Videos due (links emailed to Dr. Oelrich)
Jan. 18 Payment due
Jan. 18 Accompaniments Due (Solo Competition Invitees Only)
Jan. 24 Registration, Audition, Rehearsal
Jan. 25 Rehearsal, Solo Competition, Director's sessions, UTM Montage Concert
Jan. 26 Rehearsal, Solo Competition Winner & Honor Band performances in afternoon

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email and thank you for your involvement and support of our festival!

 

Sincerely,


John Oelrich, D.M.A.
Director of Bands
The University of Tennessee at Martin
731-881-7403  |  joelrich@utm.edu

 

Information available on December 14, 2018

Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 24

1:00-5:00 pm Registration (Auditions will begin at approximately 1:15 and continue until completed. All students and directors must register by 4:00 pm.)

 

6:15 pm   All students meet in the Fulton Theatre (Fine Arts) for placement of ensembles.

 

7:00-9:00 pm   Rehearsals:
Wind Ensemble, Dr. John Oelrich – Band Rehearsal Hall FA 136
Symphonic Band, Dr. Scott Jones – Recital Hall FA 122
Concert Band, Mr. Joel Denton – UC 206
Junior High, Ms. Lindsey Williams – UC Ballroom

Friday, January 25

8:30 am Rehearsals begin. Students should arrive early to warm up.

 

8:30-Noon   Rehearsals for students and clinics for directors.
Directors’ Hospitality, all day, FA 170 (Green Room)

 

8:30-9:30 am  Rehearsals

 

9:30-9:45 am  Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

9:45-10:45 am  Rehearsals

 

10:00-11:30 am Solo Competition – Fine Arts 224, Chamber Music Room

 

10:45-11:00 am   Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

11:00 am-Noon  Rehearsals
Directors’ Session:

 

Noon-1:30 pm   Lunch in the UC Food Court or in the community

 

1:30-2:30 pm Rehearsals
Director’s Session:

 

2:30-2:45 pm  Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

2:45-3:45 pm  Rehearsals
Directors’ Session:

 

3:45-4:00 pm Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

4:00-5:30 pm   Rehearsals

 

5:30-7:30 pm  Dinner on or off campus

 

7:30 pm   Honor Band Montage Concert, Fulton Theatre, Free admission.
Honor Band Student Attendance Required.

Saturday, January 26

8:00 - 8:50 am Graduating Seniors may audition for the UTM Department of Music (both major and non-major participation only).
Auditions should be scheduled in advance through email with the faculty. www.utm.edu/departments/music/faculty.php

 

9:00 -11:30 am   Junior High Band rehearsal in Fulton Theatre, students should report in concert dress.

 

9:00-10:00 am  Senior High Bands Master classes with UTM Faculty.
Senior High Honor Bands, Student attendance required.
Flute – UC 230 – Mr. Charles Lewis
Double Reeds – FA 224 – Dr. Doug Owens
Saxophones – FA 246 - Dr. Doug Owens
Clarinet – UC 206 – Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander
Trumpets – FA 136 Band Room – Dr. Kurt Gorman
Horns – FA 244 – Dr. Jessie Thoman
Trombone – FA 122 Recital Hall – Dr. Joseph Frye
Tuba/Euphonium – FA 142 – Dr. Bill Waterman
Percussion – Percussion Studio – Dr. Julie Hill

 

9:00-9:50 am Directors’ Session:

 

10:10 - 11:45 am  Senior High Bands Rehearse (Concert Band in University Center Ballroom)

 

11:45 pm Lunch UC Cafeteria or in the community

 

12:45 pm   Junior High Honor Band warm up in Fulton Theatre, Junior Honor Band students should report in concert dress.

 

1:00 pm   UTM Junior Honor Band Concert, Concert Band reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

1:45 pm UTM Concert Band Concert, Symphonic Band reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

2:30 pm  UTM Symphonic Band Concert, Wind Ensemble reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

3:15 pm Solo Competition Winner Performance

 

3:30 pm  UTM Honor Band Wind Ensemble Concert

 

View Schedule

 

Audition Requirements

 

Parts

First parts of the repertoire for each student’s band will serve as the source for the audition excerpts. Find your band (by grade) and click your instrument to access your audition materials. Students should prepare all parts to the best of their ability. Your band director will supply you with the password to access the parts.

 

Scales

Students should also plan to perform two major scales: Junior High – up to three (3) sharps and flats; HS – up to five (5) sharps and flats.

 

Percussionists should plan to play two major scales and two of the standard PAS rudiments (slow-fast-slow). Clicking percussion in each ensemble provides a rudiment sheet.

Standard PAS Rudiments - Click to Download

 

HS Wind Ensemble – Grades 9-12 (if you choose to audition for)

 

The Wind Ensemble will consist of students in 9th through 12th grades. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. If there are not enough students who audition for the Wind Ensemble, students will be pulled from the top of the Symphonic Band’s roster. Students who audition for the Wind ensemble and are not accepted will be placed in a seat appropriate to their ability in their default ensemble.

 

HS Symphonic Band – Grades 11-12

 

The Symphonic Band will consist of high school students in 11th and 12th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 11th and 12th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire for their placement audition.

 

HS Concert Band – Grades 9-10

The Concert Band will consist of high school students in 9th and 10th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 9th and 10th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire for their placement audition.

 

Junior High Band – Grades 7-8

 

The Junior High Honor Band will consist of students in 7th and 8th grade only. There will be no 9th graders in the Junior High Honor Band. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials.

 

  • Days Inn - Martin (731) 587-9577
  • Econo Lodge - Martin (731) 587-4241
  • Hampton Inn - Union City (731) 885-8850
  • Hospitality House - Union City (731) 885-6610
  • Country Hearth - Union City (731) 885-7774
  • Super 8 - Union City (731) 885-4444

Dr. John Oelrich - Wind Ensemble

Dr. Scott Jones - Symphonic Band

Joel Denton - Concert Band

Lindsey Williams - Junior High

 

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Lindsey Williams – Junior High Band

Lindsey Williams earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2003, and Masters in Music Education in 2009, both from Murray State University. She teaches at Paducah Middle School and has been Director of Bands and Strings there since 2005. Her program flourishes there with great support for the Instrumental Music Department from all principals, superintendent and school board members. She teaches alongside instrumental colleagues Mr. Christopher Loe, Mr. Douglas Van Fleet & Mr. James Gregory. There are 250 students in the band and strings program at Paducah Middle. Her performing groups have consistently earned distinguished ratings at Ensemble Assessment Festivals since 2011. Ms. Williams plays trombone in the musical groups The Murr-Vegas All Stars, the Winds of Distinction and the Paducah Community Band. She is a part of the deaf ministry at Community Fellowship Church in Hickory, Kentucky. She has earned the Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award for First District KMEA in 2008, 2015 and 2017. She has been published in the Bluegrass Music News & the Vermont Music Educators Journal. When she is not teaching or playing trombone, Ms. Williams enjoys spending time with family and her 3 dogs, Mingus, Dolphy & Baby Biscuit.

 

Joel Denton – Concert Band

Mr. Joel L. Denton served as Director of Bands at Ooltewah High School for thirty-seven years. Mr. Denton is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has completed graduate studies at UT-Chattanooga. Mr. Denton was most recently recognized as a CMA Music Teacher of Excellence in 2018. Under his direction, the Ooltewah Band achieved a national reputation for musical excellence including performances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2007, as the only band in the 2011 Disney Christmas Parade on ABC, and in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Ooltewah Band was a consistent finalist at Bands of America Regional Championships being awarded multiple class championships and placements, and was a national semi-finalist on multiple occasions with several class placements. The Ooltewah concert bands most recently performed at the Music for All Regional Concert Festival in 2016, the TMEA (TN) State Music Conference in 2014 and 2010, the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in 2011(Grand Concert Division Champions), and multiple other state, regional and national events through the years. At the 2015 Midwest Clinic, Mr. Denton was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor for his contributions to band. He has served as Chairman of Fine Arts at Ooltewah since 1982 and has been selected five times as the Ooltewah Teacher of the Year. The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts has thrice honored him.

 

His professional affiliations include NAfME, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, American School Band Director Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association. Mr. Denton currently serves as the Tennessee State Chair for the National Band Association and as a Past President of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association. He has served as the State Legislative Delegate and Advocacy Chair for TMEA and served as a member of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Fine Arts Student Growth Committee. He is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and consultant working with Music for All/Bands of America, Drum Corps International, several universities and state organizations, as well as, many high school bands across the nation. Mr. Denton most recently presented a clinic session at the 2017 Midwest Clinic on “Why We Do What We Do”. Mr. Denton also works with band programs and other organizations on developing leadership and teambuilding skills. To further impact music programs with this training, Music for All invited Mr. Denton to coordinate and help create a Peer Teaching Division for the National Summer Symposium in the summer of 2017. Mr. Denton and Kerry, his wife of thirty-four years, reside in Chattanooga and have two adult children, Alex and Caroline.

 

Dr. Scott Jones – Symphonic Band

Scott A. Jones is associate professor of music and associate director of Bands in the School of Music at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to conducting the Symphonic Band, he also leads the undergraduate conducting curriculum and serves as director of the Ohio State Youth Summer Music Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Dr. Jones served as director of bands at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He also garnered 15 years of teaching experience in the public schools of Apple Valley, Minnesota and Ashville, Ohio.

 

An ardent supporter of the composers of today, Jones has commissioned more than 30 new compositions for wind band and chamber winds in the past decade. Commissioned composers include David R. Gillingham, Augusta Read Thomas, Libby Larsen, Clark McAlister, Michael Weinstein, Adam Gorb, Daniel Kallman, Scott McAllister, Timothy Mahr, Rolf Rudin, Lowell Liebermann, Elliott Schwartz, Shelley Hanson, Johan de Meij, Brian Balmages, and Martin Ellerby.

 

A firm believer in creating opportunities for students to interact with great artists of our time, the musicians under Jones’ leadership have collaborated with Frederick Fennell, Eiji Oue, Aaron Jay Kernis, Frank Battisti, Seiji Ozawa, David R. Gillingham, Augusta Read Thomas, Eddie Daniels, Frank Ticheli, Mark Camphouse, The Empire Brass Quintet, The American Brass Quintet and a host of other distinguished musical figures.

 

A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Jones received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Music Education from the Vander Cook College of Music (Chicago, Illinois), and a PhD in Music from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis).

 

Jones was recently honored with a 2015 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at Ohio State and was recipient of the 2013-14 Ohio State School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award. He was also named “Music Educator of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and was one of three school band conductors from the United States selected to participate in the National Band Association International Conducting Symposium in Rome, Italy. His guest engagements regularly include All-State Bands and Honor Bands, as well as international engagements throughout Asia.

 

His professional affiliations include The National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Iowa Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

 

Dr. John Oelrich – Wind Ensemble

Dr. John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) Department of Music in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, teaching instrumental conducting, instrumental methods, supervising student teachers, and the oversight and continued development of the university bands. In addition to his teaching duties, John is highly active in the area of recruiting and outreach, visiting and working with approximately thirty schools each year.

 

Under John’s direction, the UT Martin Wind Ensemble was invited to perform a feature concert for the Tennessee Music Education Association’s 2015 State Conference. The Wind Ensemble has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for wind band, including pieces by composers Viet Cuong, Steven Danyew, Adam Gorb, Derek Jenkins, Kenyon Wilson, Stephen Barr, and Ivan Trevino.

 

John’s recent engagements as a guest conductor and clinician include the UT Martin Honor Band Festival, Robertson County Honor Band, Gateway Music Association Honor Band, Kentucky All-District #1 Middle School Honor Band, Tennessee Mid-State 9-10 Gold Band, Tennessee All-West Middle School Blue Band, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band. Active as a trumpeter, John regularly performs with the UTM Faculty Brass Quintet, substitutes with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and teaches a small studio of high school students.

 

In the summer of 2018, John led a travel study to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic to research and perform Classical period chamber wind works, including performances at Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria and Emauzy Monastery, in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

In addition to his work on campus, John is also highly engaged in community service. In the summer of 2013, he founded the Martin Community Band, the first standing community band in the city since 1915. The ensemble performs 4-5 concerts each summer season and regularly involves more than 100 musicians. In addition, he founded, and leads the jazz band for, the After-School Arts Program, an arts-centered after school program for the county’s middle school students.

 

Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, John was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University. He taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Interim Director of Instrumental Music. Prior to his time at Loras, Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school band in Iowa and Wisconsin.

 

After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, John earned his Bachelor of Science in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The Ohio State University. When not involved in music or teaching related activities, John enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, motorcycling and amateur astronomy. He and his family reside in Martin, TN.

 

 

Information coming soon

Information coming soon

Solo Competition

Graduating seniors accepted into festival bands are welcome to audition for the Solo Competition. The winner will perform at the final festival concert on Saturday afternoon and receive and an offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $4000.00 (over a four year period). This competition and award is restricted to graduating seniors who wish to pursue a music degree at the UT Martin beginning in the Fall of 2019. Please see the schedule for audition times. To apply for the competition, students must do the following:

  1. Indicate their intent to audition on their application.
  2. Upload a video audition of the intended audition piece and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. Deadline for video submission is Friday, January 11, 2019. No more than 10 students will accepted for the on campus auditions. Non-acceptance into the on-campus solo competition will not effect participation in the honor band.
  3. Students receiving an invitation to audition on campus will be notified by Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 18, 2019.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  6. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  7. Repertoire should be congruent with the musical quality and difficulty of a music department entrance audition.

Parking

We have been assured by campus police that no tickets will be issued to vehicles without University Parking Permits during the Festival. Try to park close to the Fine Arts or the University Center, if possible. If you do receive a ticket, please bring it to headquarters in FA 132, and we will take care of it.

Registration

After arriving, please register and pick up your packet in the Fine Arts Band Work Room – FA 132.

Warm Up Rooms

The Warm-up Room for High School students will be the Band Room – FA133. The Warm-up Room for Junior High School students will be the Fulton Theatre in Fine Arts. Your school's packet will contain name badges for yourself and all participating students, maps, festival schedules, a list of area restaurants. Student name badges are to be worn at all times during Festival events.

Auditions

Auditions for both High School and Junior High School students will take place in the Fine Arts Building. After arriving, your students should warm up and then proceed to auditions as soon as possible to avoid a bottleneck later in the afternoon – we appreciate your help with this. A detailed list of room assignments will be in your packet. Results will be emailed to directors and be posted in several places throughout the building.

Additionally, be sure that high school students auditioning for the Wind Ensemble prepare the material for both the Wind Ensemble AND their default ensemble (Concert Band for grades 9-10, Symphonic Band for grades 11-12).

Wi-Fi

Free guest Wi-Fi service will be available. Choose the “UTM Guest” network. You will be asked to enter your email address for registration, accept the terms and you will be connected. This network will not be able to stream content.

Fees – Receipts

Receipts for fees mailed in will be in your school’s packet. See Tammy Owensby in FA 108 for other receipt needs.

Rehearsal Breaks/UTM Student Chamber Ensemble Performances

There are 15-minute breaks scheduled during the long rehearsal blocks. During these times UTM Student Chamber Ensembles will be presenting short performances in the main lobby of the Fine Arts Building and University Center. Please encourage your students to attend these. They will be short enough so students will still be able to have some time to chat, use the restroom, etc.

Director's Sessions and Rehearsal Observations

We encourage all directors to participate in the Director’s Sessions. Additionally, all rehearsals for all of the festival bands are open. We encourage any directors, parents, etc. to spend some time observing the students and guest conductors.

Hospitality Room

The Director's Hospitality Room will be in FA 170 (Green Room). Water and coffee will be available all day and light breakfast will be served in the morning until 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday. Amro Music will be sponsoring the Hospitality Room this year.

Director's Reception

Due to low attendance during the past few honor bands, there will not be a Director’s reception following the Montage concert.

Department of Music Auditions

If any of your students wish to schedule a UTM-Department of Music audition during the Festival, please have them sign up for a time during the initial registration on Thursday in FA 132. Sign-up sheets will be available for all instruments, including voice and piano. These auditions may serve as entrance auditions for music majors/minors and scholarship auditions for majors, minors and non-major participants only.

Instrument Storage & Considerations

Percussion - We have assembled enough percussion instruments to outfit each ensemble. Please bring sticks and mallets only.

 

Large Instruments – Tuba, Euphonium, Baritone & Tenor Saxophones may be left in the rehearsal spaces where they will be secured.

 

Flute/Piccolo – If you have a student who is interested in being considered for piccolo, please have them bring them along. The only audition requirement will be a scale of the adjudicator's choice.

Concert Dress

Concert Dress for each ensemble will be nice dress. Please keep the choices modest and refrain from jeans and printed apparel. Look classy and professional.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to having you on campus!

 

Dr. John Oelrich

Director of Bands

731.881.7403 | joelrich@utm.edu

Audition Times

Information coming soon

Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 25

1:00-5:00 pm Registration (Auditions will begin at approximately 1:15 and continue until completed. All students and directors must register by 4:00 pm.)

 

6:15 pm   All students meet in the Fulton Theatre (Fine Arts) for placement of ensembles.

 

7:00-9:00 pm   Rehearsals:
Wind Ensemble, Dr. John Oelrich – Band Rehearsal Hall FA 136
Symphonic Band, Dr. Jonathan Helmick – Recital Hall FA 122
Concert Band, Mr. Gregory Snyder – Fulton Theatre
Junior High, Mr. George Pokorski – UC Ballroom

Friday, January 26

8:30 am Rehearsals begin. Students should arrive early to warm up.

 

8:30-Noon   Rehearsals for students and clinics for directors.
Directors’ Hospitality, all day, FA 170 (Green Room)

 

8:30-9:30 am  Rehearsals

 

9:30-9:45 am  Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

9:45-10:45 am  Rehearsals

 

10:00-11:30 am Solo Competition – Fine Arts 224, Chamber Music Room

 

10:45-11:00 am   Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

11:00 am-Noon  Rehearsals

 

11:00-11:50 am  Directors’ Session

 

Noon-1:30 pm   Lunch in the UC Food Court or in the community

 

1:30-2:30 pm Rehearsals

 

1:30-2:20 pm   Directors’ Session

 

2:30-2:45 pm  Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

2:45-3:45 pm  Rehearsals

 

2:45-3:35 pm  Directors’ Session

 

3:45-4:00 pm Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

4:00-5:30 pm   Rehearsals

 

4:00-4:50 pm  Directors’ Session

 

5:30-7:30 pm  Dinner on or off campus

 

7:30 pm   Honor Band Montage Concert, Fulton Theatre, Free admission.
Honor Band Student Attendance Required.
Amro Music sponsors a reception at The Opera House after the concert for clinicians, directors and UTM Faculty.

Saturday, January 27

8:00 - 8:50 am Graduating Seniors may audition for the UTM Department of Music (both major and non-major participation only).
Auditions should be scheduled in advance through email with the facultywww.utm.edu/departments/music/faculty.php

 

9:00 -11:30 am   Junior High Band rehearsal in Fulton Theatre, students should report in concert dress.

 

9:00-10:00 am  Senior High Bands Master classes with UTM Faculty.
Flute – UC 230 – Mr. Charles Lewis
Double Reeds – FA 224 – Dr. Doug Owens
Saxophones – FA 246 - Dr. Doug Owens
Clarinet – UC 206 – Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander
Trumpets – FA 136 Band Room – Dr. Kurt Gorman
Horns – FA 244 – Dr. Jessie Thoman
Trombone – FA 122 Recital Hall – Dr. Joseph Frye
Tuba/Euphonium – FA 142 – Dr. Bill Waterman
Percussion – Percussion Studio – Dr. Julie Hill

 

9:00-9:50 am Directors’ Session: Jonathan Helmick

 

10:10 - 11:45 am  Senior High Bands Rehearse

 

11:45 pm Lunch UC Cafeteria or in the community

 

12:45 pm   Junior High Honor Band warm up in Fulton Theatre, Junior Honor Band students should report in concert dress.

 

1:00 pm   UTM Junior Honor Band Concert, Concert Band reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

1:45 pm UTM Concert Band Concert, Symphonic Band reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

2:30 pm  UTM Symphonic Band Concert, Wind Ensemble reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

3:15 pm Solo Competition Winner Performance

 

3:30 pm  UTM Honor Band Wind Ensemble Concert

 

Audition Room Assignments

High School- Faculty Offices

Flute- 231
Double Reeds- 234
Clarinet - 235
Saxophone- 234
Trumpet- 226
Horn-228
Trombone - 23 7
Euphonum - 225
Tuba-225
Percussion- 129

Junior High School

Flute- 222
Double Reeds - 221
Clarinet- 219
Saxophone - 220
Trumpet- 218
Horn-217
Trombone - 216
Euphonium - 215
Tuba- 214
Percussion - 118

Martin, TN Area Restaurants

Burger King 588-0350
Dragon Hibachi Buffet 587-8882
Domino's Pizza 587-3167
Hearth 587-9700
Hearth--Menu line 587-4200
Jack's Sports Bar & Grill 588-1234
KN 587-2551
La Cabana 587-2335
La Canasta 588-0298
Little Caesar's 261-1111
Los Portales 588-2822
McDonalds 587-3040
Opera House 587-8000
Pizza Hut 587-2508
Sammies 587-1992
Sassafraz 884-1877
Snappy Tomato Pizza 588-7627
Sonic 587-6717
Subway--inside Wai-Mart 587-0028
Zaxby's 261-1106

 

 

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