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 23-25, 2020

 

Director Letter - Click to Download

 

Dear Colleague,

 

The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music is proud to announce the 41st 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 23 through Saturday, January 25, 2020. Please read this entire letter carefully for more details.

Application Process

The application will be online again this year. With over 800 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 29, 2019 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.

Audition Process

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 totheir 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. 23rd. 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.

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 2020. 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 10, 2020. 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, 2020.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 20, 2020.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  6. 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
Steve Barnett The University of Tennessee at Martin Symphonic Band
Dr. Susan Creasap Associate Director of Bands Emeritus Morehead State University
Gary Fite Munford 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 17, 2020. 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 29, 2019. Based on your recommendations, UTM faculty will make decisions in early December and notifications will be sent by Friday, December 13, 2019. 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. 29 Application & Director Recommendations due

Dec. 13 Email and mail notification of selected students

Jan. 10 Solo Competition Videos due (links emailed to Dr. Oelrich)

Jan. 17 Payment due

Jan. 17 Accompaniments Due (Solo Competition Invitees Only)

Jan. 23 Registration, Audition, Rehearsal

Jan. 24 Rehearsal, Solo Competition, Director's sessions, UTM Montage Concert

Jan. 25 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 | Associate Professor of Music
The University of Tennessee at Martin
731-881-7403  |  joelrich@utm.edu

 

The 2020 results will be available after December 13, 2019.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 23

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   Opening Convocation – All students meet in the Harriet 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, Mr. Steve Barnett – Recital Hall, FA 122
Concert Band, Dr. Susan Creasap – Harriet Fulton Theatre (HFT)
Junior High, Mr. Gary Fite – UC Ballroom

Friday, January 24

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
Director Session: TBA

 

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: TBA

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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, Harriet Fulton Theatre, Fine Arts, Free admission.
Honor Band Student Attendance Required.

Saturday, January 25

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 HFT, 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 243 – Dr. Jessie Thoman
Trombone – FA 122 Recital Hall – Dr. Joseph Frye
Tuba/Euphonium – FA 142 – Dr. Bill Waterman
Percussion – Percussion Studio – Dr. Shane Jones

 

9:00-9:50 am Directors’ Session: “In a Band Room Far, Far Away: Lessons Learned Along the Way,” Dr. Susan Creasap, UC 111

 

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

 

11:45 pm Lunch on or off campus

 

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

 

1:00 pm   Junior Honor Band Concert, Concert Band reports to Band Rehearsal Hall, FA 136

 

1:45 pm Concert Band Concert, Symphonic Band reports to Band Rehearsal Hall

 

2:30 pm  Symphonic Band Concert, Wind Ensemble reports to Band Rehearsal Hall

 

3:15 pm Solo Competition Winner Performance

 

3:30 pm  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

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Dr. John Oelrich - Wind Ensemble

John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and University/Community Orchestra, assisting with the Skyhawk Marching Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Oelrich is highly active in the area of recruiting and retention, visiting approximately thirty schools each year. He is also the supervisor of the Department of Music’s Living Learning Community, a residential and academic cohort designed to increase student success and retention.

 

His 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 and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band. Active as a trumpeter, Dr. Oelrich regularly performs with the UT Martin Faculty Brass Quintet and substitutes with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

 

Under Dr. Oelrich’s direction, the UT Martin Wind Ensemble has grown in quality and scope. In 2014, the ensemble was invited to perform a feature concert for the Tennessee Music Education Association’s State Conference for the first time. The ensemble has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for wind band, including a new symphony, Blue Marble, by Derek Jenkins in 2015 and a new work from Pennsylvania composer, Stephen Barr, in April of 2017. The Wind Ensemble is also active in artistic collaborations, most recently working with the UTM Dance Ensemble to present Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust in the Spring of 2015.

 

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Oelrich founded the Martin Community Band, the first standing community band in Martin since 1915. Performing 4-5 concerts each summer, the ensemble has grown in quality, scope and size, involving more than 100 musicians each summer.

 

Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich 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 Wisconsin and Iowa.

 

Dr. Oelrich is the founder and former conductor of the Dubuque Chamber Winds, a semi-professional chamber wind ensemble. Under Oelrich's leadership, the ensemble performed a wide variety of literature, including standard, lesser-known and newly edited historical works. The ensemble was selected to perform at the 2004 Iowa Bandmaster's Association Convention.

 

After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, Dr. Oelrich earned his Bachelor of Science degree 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, Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, motorcycling and amateur astronomy. He, his wife Ruth, children Owen and Lucy, and black Lab, Luna, reside in Martin, TN.

 

Steve Barnett - Symphonic Band

More information coming soon.

 

Dr. Susan Creasap - Honor Band

Susan D. Creasap is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Associate Director of Bands and Interim Director of Bands at Morehead State University. Dr. Creasap earned her Doctor of Arts in Wind Band Conducting/Horn Performance from Ball State University, Master of Arts in Music Education/Music History from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Creasap’s career included teaching band/orchestra in the public schools of Meadville, Pennsylvania and Memphis, Tennessee; horn instructor at Allegheny College (PA); freelance horn player; and Director of Bands/Horn Professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Creasap is a Research Associate for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Her dissertation, American Women Composers of Band Music, 1865-1996, was named the Ball State University School of Music “Outstanding Dissertation” and her Master’s thesis, Johannes Brahms and the Horn, earned the University of Minnesota School of Music “Excellence in Scholarship” award. Her clinic presentations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, Kansas State Honor Band Clinic, Women Band Directors International Summer Conferences, College Band Directors National Association Athletic Bands Symposium, and The Midwest Clinic. She has been presented the Women Band Directors International Silver Baton, Kentucky Music Educators Association University Teacher of the Year, and Bandmaster of the Year (2017) by the Kentucky Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Her Colonial Junior High Symphonic Band (Memphis) performed at the Tennessee State Music Educators Conference and earned superior ratings at both the regional and national levels. Dr. Creasap is the “Need a Mentor” coordinator for the National Band Association, Chair of the National Band Association Foundation, Treasurer of the Women Band Directors International Foundation, and has held numerous other national, regional, state, and district leadership positions. She is a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the country. Dr. Creasap and her husband, Dr. John Hennen, reside in Virginia with their rescue dog, Cody; Bernese Mountain Dog, Crash; and a grey senior kitty, Aunt Bea. Aside from music, animal rescue is her other passion.

 

Gary Fite - Junior High

Gary Fite is the director of the Munford Middle School Band where he teaches 200 students grades 6-8 in concert band and middle school winter drumline. Gary received his bachelor's in music education from the University of Tennessee-Martin. He is a member of TMEA, WTSBOA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His bands have previously earned superior ratings at concert festival, and his students regularly place in regional honor bands. At MMS, he is the founder, host, and co-director of the Tipton County Summer Instrumental Camp for middle school musicians.

 

Gary is also assistant director of the Munford High School Band, where he directs the concert band, jazz band, and is assistant director to the MHS Marching Band, whose accolades include appearing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade, a USBands National Championship, a USBands Percussion Championship, two USBands Southern States Championships, two USBands Tennessee State Championships, and twenty University of Memphis Bandmasters Championships. Additionally, the Munford Band was recognized as a 2019 Merit Award winner by the NAMM Foundation.

 

Gary has taught thousands of students in West Tennessee, many of whom now have careers as professional musicians, music educators, studio producers, and audio engineers. He has been recognized as an Outstanding Teacher by the Governor's School for the Arts and is a past Munford Middle School Teacher of the Year. Gary has also been a peer evaluator for fine arts teachers for the Tennessee Department of Education. Gary has judged the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge and is in demand as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator across the southeast.

 

 

Program 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 a scholarship offer up to $1,000 if they decide to attend UTM as a music major. 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 10, 2020. 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, 2020.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 20, 2020.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  6. Repertoire should be congruent with the musical quality and difficulty of a music department entrance audition.

Download Final Information

 

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 strongly 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.

Director's Reception

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

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.

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

Times and assignments will be provided after the application process closes.

Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7402

Em:

Dr. Julie Hill, Chair