School of Music News

UT to Host Jazz Festival for Area Middle, High School Bands February 22

East Tennessee middle and high school band students can sharpen their music skills and learn from top jazz professionals at UT’s first annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 22. Participating bands will have the opportunity to perform before clinicians who will then provide feedback to the students. Guest clinicians are members of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and the UT jazz faculty.

UT to Host Collegiate A Cappella Regional February 8

The community is invited to come enjoy some friendly competition and music on Saturday, as nine collegiate a cappella groups vie for the chance to advance to the national stage. UT will host the quarterfinal contest of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella. The 7:00 p.m. event will be in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall of UT’s Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. UT’s all-women’s a cappella group, reVOLution, also will compete.

UT to Host National Music Conference February 13 through 15

Music educators, scholars, students, composers, and professionals from around the nation will converge on UT this month to hone their craft, share best practices, and enjoy concerts by internationally renowned performers. The February 13-15 conference will include a keynote address by famous jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen, the longtime band leader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

A Game Day in the Life of a Drum Major

There are stars still twinkling in the early morning sky when Jessica Henderson sits down at her kitchen table with a bowl of Cap’n Crunch and coffee. It’s 5:30 a.m. on September 28, and in just about seven hours, Henderson will be leading the Pride of the Southland Band members to Neyland Stadium for kick off. But kick off is not where game day begins for Henderson.

International A Cappella Group Swingle Singers to Perform at UT November 3

The Swingle Singers, an internationally acclaimed a cappella vocal group known for pushing the boundaries of the human voice, will perform on campus Sunday, November 3. The 6:00 p.m. concert will be in the James R. Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. The groups sing folk ballads, funk jams, fugues, opera, jazz, and pop. The concert is free and open to the public.