News & Announcements
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- September 2014 - Kenneth Jacobs (Professor of Music Composition, retired 2014) won 2nd place in the American Prize: Orchestra Division prize for his composition "Approaching Northern Darkness." The judges said Ken Jacobs has "...a distinct individual voice."
The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually. The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories. (More information about the prizes and contests: theamericanprize.org )
Ken Jacobs' music, artwork, and photography are featured at www.kennethajacobs.com
- September 2014 - Andrew Sigler (Lecturer in Music Composition) has won second prize in the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers for his composition "finding the air up there". The piece will be performed in Houston on November 1.
The competition is open to junior, high school, college and professional composers, with cash awards for first and second place in each category. The top two winners will also have the opportunity to hear their works publicly performed and recorded during Foundation for Modern Music's 2014-2015 season.
Through the competition, Foundation for Modern Music honors its late Artistic Director Robert Avalon, who helped develop and initiate several important new projects for the Foundation, including this competition for young, college and mid-career composers. More information on this competition can be found at http://www.modernmusic.org/competition.htm
- September 2014 - Music Building Honored with State's Second Highest Architecture Award
Tennessee's chapter of the American Institute of Architects has awarded the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center with the second-highest design honor in the state. (more information: TN today article – won't link for me)
- August 2014 - Pride of the Southland Band Kicks off 2014 Season with New Music, Surprises
Fans of the Pride of the Southland Band are in for new music and surprises this season when UT's beloved marching band takes the field. The band will debut new music it will play in the stands for cheers and chants during UT's August 31 season opener against Utah State.
August 2014 - 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.
- May 2014 - Dr. Kenneth Jacobs retired in May 2014 after 40 years of teaching composition at UT. We wish him happiness in his retirement!
- May 2014 - Dr. Karen Ladd retired in May 2014 after 21 ears of teaching at UT. We wish her well in her retirement!
- May 2014 - Marvelene 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!
- April 2014 - Music Student to Perform at Carnegie Hall Friday
Carson Hayes, a senior music major, was a featured solo pianist at a special concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 25. The 8:00 p.m. concert took place in the Weill Recital Hall as part of the InterHarmony International Music Festival's concert series.
- February 2014 - UT School of Music hosted the 2014 Joint Conference of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic chapters of the College Music Society and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.
In conjunction with this conference was the Doc Seversinsen International Composition Contest. Winners of this contest had their pieces played at the gala concert on Friday, February 14, 2013. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.music.utk.edu/conference/index.html and the winning pieces of the Doc Severinsen contest can be heard on http://www.music.utk.edu/doccompcontest/winners.html .
- December 2013 - Sande 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.
- September 2013 - 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/
- September 2013 - 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.
- September 2013 - Practice 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!
- 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.
- September 2013 - School of Music is an All-Steinway School
The 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.