School of Music News

UT Women’s Group reVOLution Advances to A Cappella National Semifinals

ReVOLution, UT’s all-women a cappella group, trumped challengers from several major universities this weekend to advance to the national semifinals of a collegiate a cappella competition. The ensemble performed in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday in the regional finals of the 2013 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The ensemble’s next stop is the national semifinals in Nashville on March 23. ReVOLution is the first UT group ever accepted into the international competition.

Concert to Celebrate Famed Composer Rachmaninoff’s Final Performance at UT

Legendary Russian composer, pianist, and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff performed his final public concert in what was formerly the Alumni Gymnasium on the UT campus on February 17, 1943. He died five weeks later. UT will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s final performance with an 8:00 p.m. concert on Sunday, February 17, featuring internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Evgheny Brakhman.

Wanted: Composers for UT’s Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest

Doc Severinsen

Amateur and professional composers alike are invited to submit original works for the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest, vying for the $10,000 prize and the chance to premiere their music with world-renowned trumpeters. The competition is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music, and the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society.

NPR: 5 Jazz Christmas Albums For 2012

National Public Radio highlights five jazz Christmas albums for 2012 and the one from UT musicians tops the list. Christmas Time is Here is an album by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra is led by Vance Thompson, a UT lecturer of jazz trumpet. It also features Gregory Tardy, UT assistant professor of jazz saxophone and a renowned saxophonist. See the

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Elf on the Shelf: Alumna’s Creation Sparks New Holiday Tradition


Though some of Santa’s elves spend their days putting together toys, special “scout” elves are adopted by families to watch over boys and girls during the day and report back to Santa at night. That’s the premise behind one of the holiday’s newest crazes—Elf on a Shelf. And it’s the brainchild of Carol Aebersold, a UT alumna.

Holiday ‘Staycation': UT Has Plenty of Activities to Fill the Free Hours


As the fall semester comes to a close, there are still plenty of activities to fill your free time during the holiday season. From the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol to hands-on activities at the UT Gardens, the campus has something for everyone.

Acclaimed American Boys Choir to Host Free Workshops, Perform at UT October 30

The American Boychoir, one of the nation’s premier choral groups, will present several workshops and a concert at UT on Tuesday, October 30. All events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. The UT School of Music is sponsoring the event.

UT to Host National Multicultural Music Symposium Oct. 8-13

West African dance and drumming at the 2010 symposium.

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.

Graduate Music Student Pursues Passion, Sings for U.S. President


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.