School of Music Ambassadors
The School of Music Student Ambassadors are a small group of students majoring in music that assist the School of Music by:
- Meeting with prospective students, taking them on tours of the School of Music and talking to them about our programs.
- Representing the School of Music at various recruitment fairs and activities on campus.
- Assisting with auditions and the annual School of Music Open House.
Our School of Music Ambassadors for the 2013-14 academic year are:
Class of 2015; BM Music Education, Flute
Olivia Anderson is a senior music education major from Johnson City, Tennessee. She is currently a Black Suit for The Pride of the Southland Band, and a member of the UT Wind Ensemble. Other activities include C-NAfME (of which she was the 2012-2013 president), Phi Eta Sigma honor society, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and UT Men's Basketball Pep Band. She is presently teaching flute sectionals and lessons at South Doyle High School. Olivia has recently completed her second year as an apprentice with Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. Olivia is a student of Dr. Shelley Binder.
Elizabeth “Liza” Cooper
Class of 2015; BM Performance, Violin
Liza Cooper is from Rock Hill, SC. She graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Liza enjoys playing chamber music and has performed as part of the Amici String Sextet at the Greensboro Music Festival and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and she has performed at many events for the SCGSAH foundation. She is also a founding member of the Cascata Piano Trio. As part of a larger ensemble, she has played in week-long concert tour in Germany. Along with music, Liza enjoys riding horses and studying medicine.
Class of 2015; BM Music Education, Clarinet
As a native of Memphis, TN, Marissa was inspired by the rich music culture of her hometown. She is a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Clarinet Choir. Marissa is also a member of the Student Advisory Council, in which she had the opportunity to select and present the School of Music Distinguished Teacher Award. Her talent as a musician has also helped her to gain success through the Miss America Organization. Marissa served as Miss UT Knoxville 2011, a preliminary to the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant. Upon being crowned she also received the best talent award for her clarinet performance. She will continue to share her passion with others as a volunteer teacher at the Joy of Music School and West High School. In addition to her love for music, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Marissa loves being active by playing basketball, dancing and running.
Class of 2017; BM Music Education, Cello
Erin Murphy is a Knoxville, TN native and currently a sophomore cellist at the University of Tennessee. Her major is Music Education with a minor in Music Theory. Erin went to Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts in 2011, which helped her decide that she wanted to pursue a career in music. She has been played with the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2013 and now works with them every week. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, binge watching TV shows online, and taking long naps on couches.
Class of 2016; BM Music Education, Flute
Jasmeen Pantleay is originally from Loudoun County, Virginia, located in the DC Metropolitan area. She is currently a Junior at The University of Tennessee as a Music Education major. Jasmeen is in the flute studio of Dr. Shelley Binder and principal flutist in the UT Symphonic Band. She is a piccolo squad leader in The Pride of the Southland Marching Band. She also participates in UT Men's Basketball Pep Band, Orange Pep Band, and Flute Choir. Jasmeen also serves as the President of UT's chapter of C-NAfME. This is Jasmeen's second year as a School of Music Student Ambassador. Jasmeen hopes to pursue a career in music, as a middle or high school band director and receive a Master's degree, after she graduates from UT.
Class of 2016; BM Music Education, Trumpet
Noah Tuten is a Junior Music Education Major from Cleveland, Tennessee. He is a trumpet squad leader in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. He has also been a part of the Men's Basketball Pep Band, Volleyball Pep Band, the Orange Football Pep Band, the UT Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Trumpet Ensemble. He is a member of the Trumpet Studio, and has studied under Tina Erickson and Dr. Cathy Leach. Other campus involvement includes C-NAFME and Vols For Christ. Noah is a student worker in the UT Band Office, a librarian for the marching and concert bands, and serves as a Summer Missionary with Ocoee Outreach in his hometown of Cleveland. He's a passionate sports fan, and an obnoxious Tennessee Vols Fan. He bleeds orange, and he's thrilled to serve the School of Music as an Ambassador!
More information about being a School of Music Ambassador can be found here.