Participation in the university ensembles is part of the curriculum of all music degrees. However, auditions are open to all university students; you do not need to be a music major or minor to participate in our ensembles.
A great variety of performance experience and training is available through ensemble courses offered by the School of Music. Enrollment in the School's ensembles is open to all students in the University. An audition is required for most of the organizations.
Website: Band Program Website
Directors: Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. Donald Ryder, Dr. Michael Stewart
Ensembles: Pride of the Southland Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band
The University of Tennessee Band Program is one of the most prestigious university band programs in the United States. Founded in 1869, the program is known for both its outstanding concert and athletic organizations. University of Tennessee Bands have performed across the country in a variety of venues. The UT Concert Bands have performed at conferences of the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and the American Bandmasters Association, as well as in major concert halls across the country.
Marching Band: Auditions for those music majors or minors wanting to be in the band take place in January of the year prior to admission (in conjunction with your School of Music Audition). Non-music majors audition in March of the year prior to admission. Drumline, Colorguard and Majorette auditions take place in April.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic: Auditions take place the weekend before the semester begins. Sign up at the band room for an audition time. Contact the band area in the summer to inform them of your interest.
Website: Orchestra Program Website
Directors: Mr. James Fellenbaum
The University of Tennessee Orchestra Program provides outstanding training and experience in concert performance, music education, ensemble pedagogy, and studio recording. The range of repertoire includes symphonic, chamber, operatic, choral-orchestral, educational literature and new compositions. The Orchestra Program also provides educational services, including an annual Audition Excerpt Workshop for high school students, and sponsors master classes with guest artists, often in collaboration with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The ensembles of the Orchestra Program perform concerts on-campus, as well as off-campus through special events and outreach. Membership is by audition, and is open to all students.
To audition: Auditions take place the weekend before the semester begins. Contact James Fellenbaum, Director of Orchestras, during the summer to inform him of your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Choral Program Website
Directors: Dr. Angela Batey, Dr. Gene Peterson
Ensembles: Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorale, UT Singers
Contemporary A Cappella Ensembles: Four O’clock Shadow, reVOLution, VOLume
The University of Tennessee Choral Program boasts a long and rich tradition in choral excellence. Choral ensemble participation provides a rich tapestry of experiences and opportunities for students all across campus. Singing in one of UT's ensembles has been one of the largest student participating activities on campus for many years. Thousands of UT students have shared the experiences of preparing and presenting concerts to audiences of all kinds and sizes - regionally, nationally and internationally - and from these experiences they take away valuable musical memories and friendships. The energy generated by these singers makes UT a very exciting place to sing and creates a rich environment in which to create music, develop personal artistry, and participate in the power of voices joined in song. In short, choral music at the University of Tennessee echoes the rest of the UT experience — new ideas, new approaches, and new understandings!
Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Men's Chorale and Women's Chorale:Auditions are held during Freshman Orientation Sessions in the summer and at the beginning of each semester. No prepared song is required; you will be asked to vocalize and sight read.
UT Singers: Auditions for the UT Singers are by invitation from the director and are held at such times that there are openings for new personnel.
Four O’clock Shadow, reVOLution, VOLume: Auditions take place after the fall semester begins.
The UTK Jazz Big Band
Website: Jazz Program Website
Directors: Mr. Mark Boling, Mr Keith Brown, Mr. Harold “Rusty” Holloway, Mr. Donald Brown
Ensembles: Big Band, Studio Orchestra, Small Jazz Ensembles
The UT Jazz Big Band is a very active part of the Jazz program at UT. Students performing in this group become familiar with the playing styles of many of the classic bands from the past and also have a chance to work with compositions from today's leading writers. The band performs on campus and throughout the area. Small Jazz Combos are one of the Jazz program's greatest assets. These ensembles give the student an outlet to experiment with the material they are learning in other classes and to receive immediate feedback from the different ensemble directors.
UT Opera Theatre
Website: Opera Theatre Website
Director: Mr. James Marvel
The UT Opera Theatre is part of the Vocal Studies program and is fast becoming one of the most successful programs of its kind in the southeast. The ensemble features the best of the School's undergraduate and graduate singing actors. The Opera Theatre stages at least two full-scale productions each year and has recently staged Don Giovanni and Street Scene. An important aspect of the program is the Knoxville Opera Studio, a collaboration between the Knoxville Opera and the UT Opera Theatre.
For audition information, contact Mr. Andrew Wentzel.
See Also: Vocal Studies Website