This morning the university held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek was joined by UT System President Joe DiPietro, Governor Bill Haslam, and US Senator Lamar Alexander, along with other officials, to honor Natalie Haslam and commemorate the opening of the new building. Check back with Tennessee Today later in the day for more from the festivities.
School of Music News
The Chattanoogan did a wrap-up of UT’s new facilities including the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, RecSports Complex, and the John D. Tickle Engineering Building. “If you are a University of Tennessee at Knoxville graduate and have not been to campus in a while, you might think you are in the Emerald City, not Big Orange Country, during your next visit,” wrote reporter John Shearer.
Marvelene Moore, a professor who specializes in classroom music for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, has received the Lowell Mason Fellow Award, the highest honor in the music education field. The National Association for Music Education presented Moore with the award this summer during its national assembly. She was one of three educators to receive the honor.
The new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center is a physical expression of the musical art form. Acoustical wall panels and retractable curtains allow the recital hall and rehearsal rooms to be tuned to reverberate or absorb sound to meet the needs of various performances. Performance studios and academic offices are soundproof. Even the building’s very façade is musical.
Music students at UT will learn on only the best pianos in the world at a new facility that now bears the international mark of music excellence. The School of Music is officially an All-Steinway School, thanks to the successful completion of an initiative to raise more than $3.5 million to purchase sixty-eight new Steinway & Sons pianos to either replace or add to its existing inventory. The university joins an elite group of institutions worldwide that have the All-Steinway status.
There are no 7-foot music room grand pianos left at the Steinway & Sons factories in New York and Hamburg,
The College of Arts and Sciences has appointed two new associate deans to enhance the college’s graduate studies and diversity initiatives. Brent Mallinckrodt, professor of psychology, has been appointed associate dean for graduate studies, and Angela Batey, James Cox Professor of Music, has been appointed associate dean for diversity.
The School of Music will partner with a local theater group to present a summer production of South Pacific beginning June 7. The musical will run through June 23 at the UT Carousel Theatre. This marks the tenth annual collaboration between the School of Music and the Tennessee Valley Players.
Coinciding with the City of Knoxville’s Italian week and Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, the School of Music will host Italian soprano Manuela Formichella at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in a guest performance of The Music of Tosti: Love Songs of Southern Italy in Alumni Memorial Building Performance Hall I, room 32. Formichella will also lead a master class with UT voice students the next day.
A renowned journalist and an opera singer known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty will receive honorary degrees in May. The Board of Trustees today approved the degrees for Tennessee natives John Seigenthaler and Mary Costa. Seigenthaler will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and speak at the College of Law commencement on May 10. Costa will speak and receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane and Musical Letters at the College of Arts and Science commencement on May 10.