Educators interested in integrating music into the curriculum to improve student achievement, and musicians who want to hone their craft, are invited to a six-day conference at UT. The ninth biennial National Symposium on Multicultural Music will be held October 8-13. The event is for general music teachers, choral and band directors, university students and professors, and the local community. Participants may earn professional development credit.
School of Music News
Sydney Gabbard says she has a passion for music, calling it “my first and last love.” That passion led the soprano to UT where she is a first-year graduate student in music with a concentration in opera. It also put her on the national stage Monday when she was invited to sing at a rally for President Barack Obama in Cincinnati.
With a new building in the works, plans to equip it with the world’s best pianos, and a new director on the job, there’s a new song playing for UT’s School of Music. Jeffrey Pappas began work August 1 as the school’s new director. Among his priorities will be getting the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center up and running and promoting the School of Music’s Steinway initiative, which is integral to the university’s mission of becoming a Top 25 public research institution.
The UT Chamber Singers just wrapped up a ten-day tour traveling through Ireland and singing in some of the country’s most famous cathedrals. At the end of their trip, students Simon Hogg and Carrie Nicely spent some time talking to locals about the ‘Troubles,’ a decades-long period of conflict that continues today, dividing the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland.
The UT Chamber Singers are spending ten days traveling through Ireland and singing in some of the country’s most famous cathedrals. The Chamber Singers will be in Ireland through July 10. Follow their journey through their videos and photographs.
In July, about forty members of the UT Chamber Singers choral ensemble will serenade concert-goers in some of Ireland’s famous cathedrals. But first, they will give the East Tennessee community a chance to enjoy some of the same music at a send-off concert Thursday, June 28. The 8:00 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, will be at Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd.
A UT cello student will perform in a tribute to heroes Wednesday, May 9, as part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Jeremiah Welch, of Knoxville, will join other youth from around the country at the celebration, which will take place at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC. The event is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The final steel beam was placed on the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Wednesday, in a ceremony marking the midway point for construction. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek joined philanthropist Natalie Haslam, for whom the center is named, students, faculty, and administrators in signing the twenty-foot steel beam before it was set over the building’s north entrance.
The campus community is invited to stop by and sign a 20-foot steel beam between 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, before it is placed in the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. A 1:00 p.m. ceremony will follow. Both events will take place on the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street. The “Topping Out” ceremony marks the midway point in the construction of the building. The 123,000-square-foot facility will open to students in fall 2013.
The School of Music’s board of advisors will host silent and live auctions Saturday, April 14, to benefit student scholarships. The “Showcase 2012: Soundsation!” begins at 6:00 p.m. The black-tie-optional event will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art and will include live music and fine dining. School of Music students and internationally acclaimed UT faculty will provide live entertainment throughout the evening.