Honor Band

January 25 - 27

 

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 25 through Saturday, January 27, 2018. Please read this entire letter carefully for more details – note that some parts of the process have changed.

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, December 1, 2017. 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. This was particularly problematic last year with respect to percussion. If your 11th-12th grade students are not prepared to perform the music for the Symphonic Band, they may be placed into the 9th-10th grade Concert Band. 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.

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 2018. 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 12. 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 16.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 13.
  5. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 19.
  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. Jonathan Helmick Slippery Rock University Symphonic Band
Gregory Snyder Belmont University/Antioch HS Concert Band
Mr. George Pokorski Retired Band Director 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 12, 2018. 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, December 1, 2017. Based on your recommendations, UTM faculty will make decisions in early December and notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 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 – https://www.utm.edu/departments/music/specialevents.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:

Dec. 1                        Application & Director Recommendations due
Ded. 13                          Email and mail notification of selected students
Jan. 12                           Solo Competition Videos due (YouTube links emailed to Dr. Oelrich)
Jan. 19                         Payment due
Jan. 19                         Accompaniments Due (Solo Competition Invitees Only)
Jan. 25                         Registration, Audition, Rehearsal
Jan. 26                         Rehearsal, Solo Competition, Director's sessions, UTM Montage Concert
Jan. 27                         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

 

Will be Announced December 13

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 – Mr. 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

 

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    The University of Tennessee at Martin    Wind Ensemble
Dr. Jonathan Helmick Slippery Rock University Symphonic Band
Gregory Snyder Belmont University/Antioch HS Concert Band
Mr. George Pokorski Retired Band Director Junior High

 

 

George Pokorski – Junior High Band

George Pokorski held the position of band director at Marion Middle School from 1995-2010. George retired from his teaching position in June of 2014. His previous teaching positions have been at Marion Jr. and Sr. High, East Jr. High in West Memphis, Sherwood Jr. High in Memphis, Indianola Academy in MS, and Central High School in Savannah, TN. George spent 37 years as a band director, 27 of which were in the Marion School System. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Memphis.

 

George has served as a clinician or adjudicator in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Missouri, Idaho, New Jersey, Alabama, Ohio, and Louisiana. He is a member of ASBOA, ABA, Phi Beta Mu, and is a past secretary/treasurer for Arkansas ASBOA Region Nine. George has presented professional development workshops for the Memphis City Schools, Amro Music Company, ABA, Arkansas Tech University, Henderson State University, the Shelby County Schools, The University of Arkansas at Monticello, and WTSBOA.

 

George is a horn player and held the position of Assistant Principal Horn with the Memphis Symphony for 30 years before resigning his position in 2005. He continues to perform with the North Mississippi Symphony in Tupelo.

 

George has played recording sessions with the late Isaac Hayes, and he has had the opportunity to perform with several major artists, including Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Rod Stewart, Isaac Stern, and many others. George was the first recipient of the “Memphis Youth Symphony Distinguished Alumni Award”. In Dec. of 2003, George was inducted into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in the field of “Sports Officiating”. He received the Memphis Christian Brothers High School 2010 “Man of Music Award”. In 2004, George was selected as the “Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year” at the ABA Convention in Fort Smith, AR.

 

This past summer, George was inducted into the “Amro Music Educator Walk of Fame”.

 

In 2015, George relocated to Olive Branch, MS along with his wife, Kenleta, a retired elementary music specialist in the Shelby County Schools (TN). Keyta Bassham, their oldest child, teaches elementary school in Eagleville, TN. Another daughter, Marie Millikin, is as an elementary music teacher in the Collierville (TN) Municipal School District. Daughter Laura Pollard is an elementary music instructor in the Little Rock School System. George and Kenleta enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.

 

Gregory Snyder – Concert Band

Gregory Snyder is an adjunct music professor for Belmont University; a Side-by-Side Director for Metro Nashville Public Schools’ band program, coaching and advising band directors, and assistant director at Antioch High School, Nashville. For 27 years prior, Mr. Snyder was Lakota and Lakota West High School director of bands, West Chester, Ohio, following 8 years as a band director in Clyde, Ohio.

 

During his tenure, Lakota West Symphonic Winds performed at the world-renowned Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2000, 2006 and 2011. The Marching Thunderbirds and Firebirds earned more than 70 grand champion awards. The Marching Firebirds performed at the iconic Tournament of Roses Parade in 2008 and 2015 and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013.

 

Mr. Snyder was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Bowling Green State University in 2014. He has been guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for many high school bands and honor bands across the country. His most recent engagements include: Conducting the MTSBOA 11-12 Silver Honor Band; the Idaho High School Music Festival; the East Tennessee All-State Band; the Sutherland Wind Festival at Fresno State University; the Northern Kentucky Select Band; Jackson High School (Ohio) Conservatory Day and Thompson High School (Alabama) Band Clinic. Mr. Snyder presented a clinic: Bringing Your Students Out of the Audible Shadow: The Importance of Chamber Music at OMEA and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

 

Following his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1980, Mr. Snyder earned his master’s degree from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. He is an adjudicator for Central States Judging Association. Mr. Snyder is an elected member of the exclusive American Bandmasters Association and a member of Phi Beta Mu, TMEA, and National Association for Music Education.

 

Dr. Jonathan Helmick – Symphonic Band

Dr. Jonathan Helmick serves as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University. Part of his responsibilities include directing the Slippery Rock University “Marching Pride”, the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, and teaching assigned courses in Instrumental Conducting, Brass Methods, Marching Band Field Charting, Secondary Methods, and Applied Euphonium.

 

Dr. Helmick holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi. Jonathan earned a Master in Music degree in Euphonium Performance with a cognate area in Music Theory from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Both his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Communications degrees were received from the University of Akron with honors. Prior to his college teaching career, Dr. Helmick taught in the public schools of Ohio and Mississippi, most recently the All-Superior Sweepstakes Award Winning Oak Grove Band program. He has also served as Assistant Conductor and member of the Board of Trustees for the Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio and performed as a member of the Brass Band of the Western Reserve on both euphonium and baritone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the competitive, Michigan-based Mountain Top Brass Band.

 

Prior to his position at Slippery Rock University, Dr. Helmick served as the Director of Bands and Low Brass Instructor at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS. At Jones, he conducted the Jones County Junior College Symphonic Band and was the Director of the “Maroon Typhoon” Marching Band. Courses he taught included Applied Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba in addition to Music Fundamentals and Music Appreciation. During his time at Jones, the marching band gained national attention when invited to perform in the 2015 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, IL. Under his direction, students have had the opportunity to work in both performance and masterclass settings with national and international performing artists such as Tucker Jolly, Dr. Richard Perry, the Maniacal 4 Quartet, and Travis Scott. Most recently, he served as co-founder and site coordinator of the “Roger Bobo Festival of Brass,” a summer brass symposium featuring international brass pedagogue and tubist Roger Bobo as clinician.

 

Active as a musician and educator, Dr. Helmick has served as a guest clinician, artist, and adjudicator in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Sicily, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Dr. Helmick continues to pursue research and creative interests in wind band pedagogy. This research, applied to his work with Slippery Rock University Bands, has twice earned him the nomination for Slippery Rock University’s Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2015 and 2016 years.

 

Primary teachers of conducting and music education include Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, Dr. Mohamad Schuman, Professor Robert D. Jorgensen, Dr. Galen S. Karriker, and Dr. Jody Besse. Principal euphonium teachers include Dr. Richard Perry and Professor Tucker Jolly.

 

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 yellow Labrador, Maia, reside in Martin, TN.

 

 

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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 2018. 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 12. 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 16.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 13.
  5. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 19.
  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.

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 Sherry Adams in FA 108 for other receipt needs.

Rehearsal Breaks/UTM Student Chamber Ensemble Performances

There are IS-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.

Director's Reception

Please join us for a reception sponsored by Amro Music after the UTM Montage Concert on Friday night at the Opera House in Historic Downtown Martin. This has become quite the classy event and we encourage you to attend, if possible! Light snacks and beverages will be served. Many thanks to Reece King for setting this up again 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

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 – Mr. 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

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High Schools

Early (Registration and auditions completed by no later than 3pm) i.e. between 1 and 3pm

 

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Middle (Registration and auditions beginning at 2pm and completed by 4:30pm)

 

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Late (Registration between 3:30pm and 4:30 pm, with auditions completed by 6pm)

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Early (Registration and auditions completed by no later than 3pm) i.e. between 1 and 3pm

 

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Middle (Registration and auditions beginning at 2pm and completed by 4:30pm)

 

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Late (Registration between 3:30pm and 4:30 pm, with auditions completed by 6pm)

 

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