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Workshops & Clinics

The School of Music offers many workshops, clinics and conferences for students and musicians in the East Tennessee area:

Choir All-East Prep Clinic (August)

Each fall, the choral area provides a workshop to high school choral students in Tennessee to help them prepare for their All-East auditions.  During the day-long clinic, the students are provided multiple opportunities to prepare for their audition and receive valuable vocal training.  The preparatory clinic is always provided free of charge to all participants.

Viola Celebration (November)

An annual weekend event designed to explore and delight in all things viola. This weekend includes an exciting line-up of events, including a series of master classes with renowned violists, a practice seminar, Introduction to Alexander Technique class, faculty concert, and of course, the famous All-Viola Orchestra! There will also be a section geared specifically to young violists with a Suzuki class and performance opportunity on the Cox Auditorium Stage.

Single-Reed Day (November)

A full day of recitals and masterclasses from UT faculty and special guest artists.

Instrumental Senior Clinic Workshop (December)

The University of Tennessee School of Music woodwind, brass, percussion and string areas present a FREE one day workshop designed to cover everything that a music student will need to successfully enjoy the Senior Clinic try-out procedure. The workshop includes sessions on scales, sightreading, practicing skills, instruments and equipment, and Senior Clinic music.

Tennessee Cello Workshop (February)

This annual three-day seminar for cellists and cello enthusiasts last year drew approximately 100 participants from 21 States. It features master classes, lectures, concerts, cello ensemble activities, and the final rounds of two TCW cello competitions.

Annual Jazz Festival (February)

An annual event for Middle and High School bands. Participating bands have the opportunity to perform for a panel of experienced educators in a non-competitive environment and receive feedback on their performance in a clinic setting. The festival also presents master class opportunities for students, including sectional workshops for saxes, brass and rhythm led by members of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and a jazz styles workshop by UT Jazz Faculty. The day concludes with a special concert featuring the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and UT Jazz Faculty.

Horn Summit (March)

All High school and college age horn players and directors are invited to participate in the first ever Tennessee Horn Summit.  The purpose of the Horn Summit is to grow, learn, and experience our mutual love for music and the horn together.

New Triad for Collaborative Arts Opera Master Class Series (March)

An intensive weekend seminar which brings to our campus 5 of the most recognized authorities in the world of classical music and stage training.

Violin Festival (March)

An annual event offers a weekend of learning and musical celebration to violinists of all ages and levels. Numerous violin workshops and activities will be led by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable violin pedagogues in the East Tennessee region. A grand gala closing concert will include performances by an all-violin orchestra, UTVF chamber ensemble, and the violin festival faculty.

Smoky Mountain Flute Invitational (April)

An annual weekend event for flute players of all ages and skill levels to enjoy a wide variety of lectures, workshops, and performances. This event is free of charge and open to all participants.

UT Percussion Festival (April)

A 3-day event featuring guest artists who will give master classes and presentations to individual students and full ensembles from schools in the region. Guest artists for 2015 are Robert Chappell (Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus – Northern Illinois University) and Brian Mason (Morehead State University). The festival will include adjudication of high school percussion ensembles as well as a High School Honor Percussion Ensemble.

Music General Education Workshops

A series of workshop on topics pertinent to music educators. Classroom-tested materials and strategies are shared. Active participation and interaction with colleagues is encouraged. These workshops may qualify for in-service credit.

Recent workshops have included:

  • Cultivating Singing in the Choral Ensemble and General Music Classroom
    This morning workshop for teachers of singing and choirs in elementary and middle schools will explore techniques for cultivating an energized learning environment where choristers take ownership in the process. Believing that every child should have the opportunity to share in song, Orff-Schulwerk based singing and vocal development activities for the general music classroom conclude the day. A children’s choir will form the demonstration group.


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