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  • Dr. Jacqueline Avila has been awarded a UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.
    This postdoctoral fellowship will allow Jacqueline to conduct research and complete her book, tentatively titled CineSonidos: Cinematic Music and Identity in Early Mexican Film (1896-1952). Her book is an examination of meaning and cultural representation in Mexican film music during the industry’s early sound period. This project is a continuation of her work previously completed for her dissertation.  This fellowship will allow her to spend extended time in Mexico during the upcoming academic year.

  • Dr. Kenneth Jacobs retired in May 2014 after 40 years of teaching composition at UT. We wish him happiness in his retirement!
  • Dr. Karen Ladd retired in May 2014 after 21 ears of teaching at UT. We wish her well in her retirement!
  • UT School of Music’s Natalie L. Haslam Music Center dedication ceremonies held September 12-13, 2013
    The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center was dedicated on September 12-13, 2013 with a concert and a dedication ceremony. Cutting the ribbon at the dedication were Natalie and Jim Haslam, Governor Bill Haslam, Sandra Powell, Jim Powell, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, Sen. Lamar Alexander, UT President Joe DiPietro, Arts &Sciences Dean Theresa Lee, School of Music Director Jeff Pappas, Margie Stephens and student Megan Brooker.
    Link for more information: http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2013/09/13/ut-natalie-haslam-dedicate-music-building/

    Ribbon Cutting
  • Original “Tennessee Waltz” manuscript given to UT
    US Senator Lamar Alexander, his wife, Honey, and three other couples - Ashley and Lew Conner, Denise and Steve Smith, and Colleen and Ted Welch  - purchased the original manuscript of the “Tennessee Waltz” in August. The manuscript was presented to UT at the dedication of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on July 13, 2013. The manuscript will be displayed in the new music building.



  • Fay AdamsPractice room G031 dedicated to Fay Adams
    On September 5, 2013, a practice room in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center (room G031) was dedicated to Fay Adams.  Her two sons, Andy and John, led the development campaign to get this room named in her honor, and many family and friends were there to share in this wonderful moment with her. Congratulations, Fay!
  • Marvelene MooreMarvelene Moore to Retire
    After 35 1/2 years of teaching in the School of Music, Dr. Marvelene Moore has decided to retire effective July 31, 2014.  She says: “My years as a Professor of Music Education have brought me great joy and fulfillment.  I have especially enjoyed working with the students and with all the faculty. I wish you much success in the future.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. Moore on her years of service to UT!
  • Sande MacMorranSande MacMorran to retire
    After 39 1/2 years at the University of Tennessee, Sande MacMorran will be retiring December 31, 2013.  Please join me in thanking Sande for his years of service to the School of Music and in wishing him only the best in his retirement endeavors.
  • The School of Music moves into the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center in July 2013.  In 2004, Natalie and Jim Haslam and the Haslam Family Foundation gave the University of Tennessee $32.5 million. The largest allotment of this money, $10 million, went to the UT School of Music to help build a new music facility. The new music building was designed by Associated Music Center Architects, a joint venture of BarberMcMurry architects and Blankenship & Partners(http://www.bma1915.com/projects/learn.html). The contractor for the building was Johnson & Galyon, Inc.
  • All-Steinway SchoolThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s School of Music is an All-Steinway School, meaning that at least 90 percent of its pianos are Steinway-designed pianos.  The pianos include 35 upright pianos, along with 19 6-foot, 2-inch grand pianos, 13 7-foot grand pianos and one 9-foot concert grand piano. The delivery of the pianos to UT’s new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center in August 2013 completes the university’s privately financed $3.5 million campaign to become an All-Steinway School.
  • School of Music Honors Convocation – Spring 2013
    We would like to congratulate the following students who received awards at the 2013 School of Music Honors Convocation: Award Winners were as follows:
    • School of Music Winners:
      • Megan Brooker, flute
      • Andrea Markowitz, soprano (accompanist: Jared Cotter, piano)
      • Trio: Carson Hayes, piano; Eric Greenep, clarinet; Matt Gabriel, cello
      • Trombone Quartet: Sean Copeland, Daniel Reeve, Nathan Arnwine, and Tylar Bullion
    • 2013 Student Research Contest in Music
      • Kevin O’Brien  -- First Place
      • Tyler Mitchell  -- Second Place
    • College Music Society Southern Chapter Annual Conference
      • Allison Hendrix  -- First Place in Student Paper Contest  
      • Tyler Dieterich  -- Honorable Mention in Student Paper Contest
      • Zack Pentacost  -- first prize in student composition contest (Also first prize in the Philip Slates Memorial Competition for Graduate Students sponsored by the Southeastern Composers League. )
      • Blair Boyd --  Honorable mention in the student composition contest
    • Music Study Club Scholarship 2013-14 – Inna Karsheva
    • Student Ambassadors  for 2013-2014:
      • Megan Brooker
      • Liza Cooper
      • Olivia Anderson
      • Jasmeed Pantleay
      • Roxanne Cabrera
      • Marissa Mitchell
    • Sigma Alpha Iota: Scholastic Award - Erica Cooter
    • Sigma Alpha Iota: Sword of Honor -- Jackie Webb  and Rachel Goldston
    • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: Collegiate Honor Award -- Ben Salter
    • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: Scholastic Award -- Ben Salter
    • Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society -- 2013 New Members:
      • Caitlin Bolden (MM Vocal Performance)
      • Megan Brooker ( BM Music ed & Flute Performance)
      • Sarah Hawkins (BM Music Ed)
      • Lydia Kabalen (MM Music Ed)
      • Yunyue Lin (MM Collaborative Piano)
      • Landon Paul (BM Vocal Music Ed)
      • Hayley Wheelock (BM Music Education)
    • Presser Scholar  -- Megan Brooker
    • Outstanding Graduating Seniors
      • 2013 Music Education – Adam Ford
      • 2013 Piano Performance – William Crowe
      • 2013 Strings Performance – Alicia Keener
      • 2013 Woodwinds Performance – Bradley Legg
      • 2013 Voice Performance – Jenna Weaver
  • UT Band Performs for the Prestigious American Bandmasters Association (March 2013)
    On Monday, March 4th, UT’s top concert band, the Wind Ensemble, will depart for Tampa, Florida, where they will perform for the American Bandmasters Association. The American Bandmasters Association is the most prestigious band association in the world.
  • UT Symphony Orchestra and Choirs Perform Beethoven Symphony No. 9  (February 24, 2013)

Faculty/Staff News

  • New Faculty
    We would like to welcome the following faculty to UT!
  • Barbara MurphyDr. Barbara Murphy (Associate Professor of Music Theory) and Dr.  Brendan McConville (Assistant Professor of Music Theory) have published a new e-book on the fundamentals of music theory. Foundations of Music Theory: An interactive e-book (Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2012) includes videos on the basic topics in music theory as well as quizzes and tests on these topics. The question banks include almost 4000 questions.
  • Marvelene MooreDr. Marvelene C. Moore (Professor of Music Education) has published a volume of essays referencing traditional and contemporary thought on theory and practice in music education for all age groups, from the very young to the elderly. Critical Essays in Music Education spans a broad range of subject areas from history and philosophy to art and music, and addresses issues such as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, as well as current issues in technology and performance standards. Written by leading researchers and educators from diverse countries and cultures, this selection of previously published articles, research studies, and book chapters is representative of the most frequently discussed and debated topics in the profession. This volume, published in January 2012 by Ashgate Publishing, documents the importance of lifelong learning. It is an indispensable reference work for specialists in the field of music education.
  • David RoyseDr. David Royse (Associate Professor of Music Education) was presented the Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award at the Spring 2012 School of Music Honors Convocation. Tis award was established in 2004 by the School of Music Advisory Council and is presented annually to recognize outstanding teaching by a member of the faculty as recommended by the students of the School of Music.
  • Dr. Marvelene Moore was named a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education for 2013.  Dr. Moore was only one of  three individuals to be named this year. Fellows have been awarded since 2002 to those who have made outstanding contributions to music education.

    Dr. Moore receiving Lowell Masson Fellow award.
  • Rachel GoldenRachel May Golden (Associate Professor, Musicology) was accepted to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on music and travel in Europe and the Americas between 1500 and 1800. The institute took place at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL in July 2013.

  • Gary Sperl is the Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award recipient for 2013
    The Distinguished Teaching award is presented annually to recognize outstanding teaching by a member of the faculty as recommended by the students of the School of Music. The Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award was established in 2004 by the Student Council. This award is voted on annually by the students of the School of Music.
  • Welcome to our new faculty (Fall 2013):
  • Ms. Lori Thomas Brown has been appointed as our new First Year Coordinator.
  • Dr. Don Pederson (Music Theory) and Mr. Gary Sperl (Clarinet) are retiring in June 2013.
  • Dr. Cathy Leach has been named the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies starting July 1, 2013.
  • Dr. Angela Batey has been appointed the new 25% time Associate Dean for Diversity in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Batey will continue to be the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of Choral Activities in the School of Music.
  • New Faculty
    We would like to welcome the following faculty to UT!
  • Dr. Barbara Murphy (Associate Professor of Music Theory) and Dr.  Brendan McConville (Assistant Professor of Music Theory) have published a new e-book on the fundamentals of music theory. Foundations of Music Theory: An interactive e-book (Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2012) includes videos on the basic topics in music theory as well as quizzes and tests on these topics. The question banks include almost 4000 questions.
  • Dr. Marvelene C. Moore (Professor of Music Education) has published a volume of essays referencing traditional and contemporary thought on theory and practice in music education for all age groups, from the very young to the elderly. Critical Essays in Music Education spans a broad range of subject areas from history and philosophy to art and music, and addresses issues such as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, as well as current issues in technology and performance standards. Written by leading researchers and educators from diverse countries and cultures, this selection of previously published articles, research studies, and book chapters is representative of the most frequently discussed and debated topics in the profession. This volume, published in January 2012 by Ashgate Publishing, documents the importance of lifelong learning. It is an indispensable reference work for specialists in the field of music education.
  • Dr. David Royse (Associate Professor of Music Education) was presented the Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award at the Spring 2012 School of Music Honors Convocation. Tis award was established in 2004 by the School of Music Advisory Council and is presented annually to recognize outstanding teaching by a member of the faculty as recommended by the students of the School of Music.

Current Students

  • On Saturday, Sept 29, 2012, six UT music education students and I attended The 7th Annual Tennessee Collegiate NAfME Fall Kick-Off at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Attending were (L-R) Dr. David Royse, Adam Ford, Holly Thomas, Jordyn Bidwell, Amanda Lovell, Tyler Dieterich, Billy Prosise (not pictured).

    (L-R) Dr. David Royse, Adam Ford, Holly Thomas, Jordyn Bidwell, Amanda Lovell, Tyler Dieterich, Billy Prosise (not pictured).
  • Tyler Dieterich (M.M. Music Education 2013) presented his graduate research study, Tennessee High School Band Directors’ Attitudes and Perceptions toward Marching Band Competitions, on the Student Research Poster Session at the 7th Annual Tennessee Collegiate NAfME Fall Kick-Off at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee (Sept 2012). Tyler Dieterich (M.M. Music Education 2013) presented his graduate research study, Tennessee High School Band Directors' Attitudes and Perceptions toward Marching Band Competitions, on the Student Research Poster Session at the 7th Annual Tennessee Collegiate NAfME Fall Kick-Off at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee (Sept 2012). 

  • Jeremiah Welch (BM cello) was selected to perform at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administra­tion's (SAMHSA) National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day program May 9, 2012, at the Lisner Audito­rium in Washington, D.C. He was featured as one of the youth performing in a tribute to the heroes of hope—family, friends and provid­ers—who have helped young people who have experienced trauma. His story was selected because it conveyed his strength and resilience in facing life's challenges.

Alumni News

  • Elizabeth Cole FIsherElizabeth Cole Fisher (B.M. Music 2004) received an End-of-Tour award after having served in the United States Navy for 7 and a half years (September 2004 - March 2012). She played flute/piccolo in the Navy Band Northeast in Newport, RI and most recently for Navy Band Great Lakes in Great Lakes, IL. Elizabeth's last duty station was in support for the Naval Service Training Command (boot camp). She is now living in Milwaukee, WI, working as a Development Assistant for the Ten Chimneys Foundation – a non-profit organization that preserves and shares the Ten Chimneys, a National Historic Landmark estate created by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne to serve as a national resource for theatre, arts, and arts education. She is married to Erik Janners (September 2012).


 

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