School of Music News

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.

Winners of Severinsen International Composition Contest Announced

Three public university music professors from around the country have been chosen as the winners of the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest. The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music, and the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society sponsored the competition. First-place winner Peter Lieuwen will receive $10,000 for his piece “Concerto Alfresco,” written for solo trumpet and symphony orchestra.

Renowned Throat-Singing Ensemble Alash to Perform October 15

Alash, a world-renowned Tuvan musical ensemble famous for throat-singing, will perform at UT on Tuesday, October 15. Tuvan throat singing is a unique practice where multiple pitches emanate simultaneously from a single performer’s voice.

Songwriters’ Original Manuscript of ‘Tennessee Waltz’ Given to UT’s Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

US Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, along with three other couples, have given UT the original manuscript of “Tennessee Waltz” to be displayed prominently in the university’s new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Alexander presented the lead sheet to Haslam today before playing “Tennessee Waltz” on the piano for her and a gathering of the music center’s supporters at the building’s dedication.