Tennessee’s Premiere Musicians

Students in the instrumental music program participate in orchestra or piano ensemble. They take classes in theory, conducting, improvisation, and world music, participating in chamber music as well. They also rehearse within their groups and present several concerts.

Selection Process:  Students wishing to audition for instrumental music should refer to the instructions below for specific audition guidelines and criteria pertaining to their instrument.  

ALL MUSIC AUDITIONS WILL BE SUBMITTED BY VIDEO.

Students will need to make a video recording of their audition submission and upload it to the Accepted platform:  https://app.getacceptd.com/tennesseegsa

1) YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION AND YOUR HARD COPY APPLICATION TO GSFTA BEFORE YOU MAY UPLOAD YOUR AUDITION VIDEO
2) YOU MAY UPLOAD AUDITION VIDEO(S) AFTER NOVEMBER 15, 2018.
3) Deadline to submit videos is January 18, 2019.
4) Upload video to: https://app.getacceptd.com/tennesseegsa
5) QUESTIONS? Please contact:

The Governor’s school for the Arts
615-898-2223
gfsta.com

MUSIC AREAS:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Harp and Voice.

Flute

Scales: B major (2 octaves), D-flat major (2 or 3 octaves), full range chromatic: low C to high C
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Oboe

Scales: E-flat major (2 octaves), E major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: low B-flat to high F
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Clarinet

Scales: E major (3 octaves), D-flat major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: low E to G above high C
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Saxophone

Scales: B major (2 octaves), E-flat major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: low B-flat to high F or F-sharp
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Bassoon

Scales: B-flat major (2 or 3 octaves), G major (2 or 3 octaves), full range chromatic: low B-flat to F or B-flat (2.5 or 3 octaves)
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Trumpet

Scales: F major (2 octaves), B-flat major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: low F-sharp to high C
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Horn

Scales: A-flat major (2 octaves), B -flat major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: from low F or C (below middle C) to A or C above the staff
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Trombone

Scales: D-flat major (2 octaves), A major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: low F to high B-flat (2.5 octaves)
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Euphonium

Scales: A-flat major (2 octaves), E major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: low F to high B-flat (2.5 octaves)
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Tuba

Scales: A-flat major (2 octaves), E major (2 octaves), full range chromatic: low F to high B-flat at top of bass clef staff (2.5 octaves)
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Violin

Scales: B-flat major (3 octaves), E major (3 octaves), (1, 2, or 3 notes per bow)
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Viola

Scales: D major (3 octaves), F major (3 octaves), 2 notes slurred per bow
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Cello

Scales: E-flat major (3 octaves), B major (3 octaves)
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Bass

Scales: G major (2 octaves), B-flat major (2 octaves)
A solo or etude of the student’s choice, unaccompanied.
A short preparation orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Percussion

Scales: Bb Major (2 octaves), Ab Major (2 octaves), on xylophone or marimba.
One orchestral snare solo (Cirone, Aleo, Delecluse, etc).
One short timpani solo (Davila, Firth, Beck, etc). Be sure to show yourself tuning the instruments with a reference pitch, not a digital tuner.
One short two- or four-mallet solo, or a 2-3 minute excerpt from a larger solo.
Optional drum set solo or play-along demonstrating various styles.

Piano

Scales: A major (4 octaves), E-flat major (4 octaves)
Two short contrasting works from different style periods. One should show technical ability and the other lyrical playing.
A short chamber music excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

Harp

Scales: A major (2 or 3 octaves), E-flat major (2 or 3 octaves)
5-7 minute solo work of the student’s choice. Etudes are not acceptable.
A short orchestral excerpt which will be posted on this site on December 26.

VOCAL REQUIREMENTS
Vocalists are required to sing two songs from memory. Your selections can be an Art Song, Folk Song, Aria, or an appropriate selection from the Musical Theatre repertory.

Please consult with your Vocal and or Choral instructor in selecting appropriate audition pieces.

It is highly preferred that you use a live piano accompanist for your prepared solos. If you are unable to access an accompanist, recorded accompaniments will be considered

Each solo should be two to four minutes in length. Please introduce yourself and clearly state the title and composer of each selection.

Upload video to: https://app.getacceptd.com/tennesseegsa

Instrumental Music Faculty

Dr. Jerome Reed

Music Chair

Jerome A. Reed is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano at Lipscomb University.

He has performed extensively in

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Dr. Jerome Reed

Music Chair

Jerome A. Reed is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano at Lipscomb University.

He has performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America, appearing in such venues as the Mendelssohnhaus in Leipzig, Germany; the Musikhochschule in Graz, Austria; and the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels, Belgium. Other appearances have included recitals and masterclasses in Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, France, Italy, England, Hungary, Poland, and Uruguay. He has also performed at Steinway Hall in New York and the Coburn School in Los Angeles. Reed is the director of the music division of the Governor's School for the Arts. He has recorded works for piano and tape for Capstone Records and has released a recording of sonatas for flute and piano with Deanna Little. Navona Records (a division of Parma Recordings) released his recording of Elizabeth Austin’s Rose Sonata. He has given over fifty performances in the U.S. and abroad of Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata, which incorporate a multimedia presentation and readings from Ives's writings. He has been awarded the Avalon Award for Creative Excellence, the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, and in 2010 he was named Teacher of the Year by the same organization.

His students have won many competitions, including first places in Tennessee Music Teachers Association competitions, the Nashville International Piano Competition, the Tennessee Tech Young Artist Competition, and Clavierfest at MTSU. His student piano trio, the Avalon Trio, placed third in the United States at the Music Teachers National Association Competition in New York. He has served on the faculty of the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy, and currently teaches at the East/West International Piano Festival in China.

He holds the D.M.A. and M.M. in piano performance from The Catholic University of America, where he was a student of Béla Börzörményi-Nagy. He also studied with Jeanne-Marie Darré at the Conservatoire de Musique de Nice.

John McDonald

Music Production Coordinator

John McDonald is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and

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John McDonald

Music Production Coordinator

John McDonald is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. At UMKC, John studies with Dr. Robert Bode and Dr. Charles Robinson, and serves as conductor for an undergraduate select chamber choir, Canticum Novum, and co-conductor of the large ensemble University Singers. Previously, John received a masters of music in choral conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. At ECU, John studied conducting with Dr. Andrew Crane, and voice with Mr. John Kramar. While in Greenville, John was involved in the East Carolina University Opera Theatre program, where he served as Conductor, Assistant Director, Assistant Conductor, Chorusmaster, and Stage Manager. John also had the opportunity to conduct the Collegiate Choir and the award-winning East Carolina University Chamber Singers.

John holds a bachelor of music degree in Vocal and General Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University and taught high school choral music in Murfreesboro, TN. He currently holds the position of Music Production Coordinator for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, and Music Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City. John and his wife, Alyssa, live in Overland Park, Kansas with their son John Tyler, Jr.

Steven Ward

Orchestra Conductor

Professor of Music, Abilene Christian University DMA, Michigan State University
Dr. Steven Ward is Professor of Music at Abilene

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Steven Ward

Orchestra Conductor

Professor of Music, Abilene Christian University DMA, Michigan State University
Dr. Steven Ward is Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University, serving as Director of Bands and Orchestra and teaching courses in conducting. Previous to his appointment at ACU, he was Director of Bands at Hope College in Holland, MI, and the Music Director/Conductor of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Ward holds a D.M.A. in Conducting from Michigan State University, a M.A. in Conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a B.M. in Music Education from Abilene Christian University. Prior to his appointment at Hope College, Dr. Ward was the Music Director/Conductor of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra in La Grande, OR, and was Instructor of Music at Eastern Oregon University.

He has conducted extensively in many different areas including orchestra, band, musical theater, opera, and contemporary music, and is a recipient of the ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. He spent 9 summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp, conducting the Interlochen Philharmonic, as well as middle school and high school bands and orchestras, and faculty ensembles. He has conducted many all-region and similar ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, region orchestras and bands throughout Texas, Michigan, Tennessee, and others.

He has served as a conductor for the Orchestra at the Tennessee Governor’s School in summers since 2006. Dr. Ward is a member of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the American String Teachers Association.

Brandon Houghtalen

Conducting

Associate Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University Maryville native and Governors School for

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Brandon Houghtalen

Conducting

Associate Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University Maryville native and Governors School for the Arts alumnus Brandon Houghtalen joins the conducting faculty in 2015. Dr. Houghtalen is the Associate Director of Bands and an Assistant Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University. His responsibilities include directing the Big Purple Marching Band, conducting the Concert Band, supervising the instrumental music education program and studio horn. He previously held orchestral and band positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of New Mexico and in the public schools of Fayette County, Georgia. Dr. Houghtalen frequently collaborates with emerging and established composers, and has premiered and commissioned works by Doug Farrell, Paul Hembree, Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann, Greg Simon, Steven Snowden, and Joseph Turrin. His editions of the music of James Reese Europe and the 369th Infantry Regiment Band were premiered at Arizona State University in January 2012.

Together with Emmett O’Leary, Dr. Houghtalen is Editor and Host of Music Ed Resource (MER), a website and podcast that explores topics relevant to pre-service and in-service music teachers. MER is available through the iTunes Store and at MusicEdResource.com. As a hornist, Dr. Houghtalen has performed with professional ensembles throughout the United States, including the Traverse (MI) Symphony, Oak Ridge (TN) Symphony, Waltham (MA) Symphony, the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band (GA) and the Salt River Brass (AZ). His brass mentors include John Ericson, Sam Pilafian, Pat Sheridan, and the late Calvin Smith.

He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on the topics of music education, horn pedagogy, and music technology. Dr. Houghtalen holds degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Tennessee, University of Colorado, and Arizona State University. His primary conducting teachers include Gary W. Hill and Allan R. McMurray. He is an active member of the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Band Association and the College Band Directors National Association, for which he serves as a member of the Committee on Technology.

Deanna Little

Flute Faculty

Associate Professor, MTSU DM, Indiana University Deanna R. Little, associate professor of flute at Middle Tennessee State University, holds a

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Deanna Little

Flute Faculty

Associate Professor, MTSU DM, Indiana University Deanna R. Little, associate professor of flute at Middle Tennessee State University, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Music degree in flute performance and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Her primary instructors include James Scott, Kate Lukas, Peter Lloyd, Trevor Wye, and Angeleita Floyd.

As a professor at MTSU, Little currently teaches applied flute, classes in woodwind methods, literature and pedagogy and directs the MTSU Flute Choir. As a writer/arranger she is the author of Daily Flutin’, a daily warm-up and exercise book for flutists, and has arranged several works for flute ensemble. As an active performer, Little is a member of the Stones River Chamber Players and a frequent guest on Nashville’s WPLN “Live from Studio C” radio broadcasts. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony ( AL), and Evansville Philharmonic (IN).

Little has won numerous awards for her flute playing. She was a two time winner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition (1998, 1996) as well as the recipient of an award for best performance of a newly commissioned work at the 1996 convention. She was a winner in the 2007 Myrna Brown Competition in Texas and a 1998 semi-finalist in the New York Concert Artists Guild Competition. She has performed as a soloist, master class clinician, and flute ensemble director throughout the mid-west and mid-south. She was also the 2004 local arrangements coordinator for the NFA Convention in Nashville, TN and is the past-president of the Mid-South Flute Society.

Amy Collins

Oboe Faculty

Amy Collins, oboist, is presently a member of the artistic faculty at The University of South Florida and principal oboist

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Amy Collins

Oboe Faculty

Amy Collins, oboist, is presently a member of the artistic faculty at The University of South Florida and principal oboist with Opera Tampa.  Ms. Collins spends her summers on the faculty of The Governors School for the Arts in Tennessee as well as The Clazz International Summer Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. Prior to these appointments Ms. Collins was on the faculty of The InterHarmony International Summer Music Festival in Aqui Terme, Italy and Sultzbach-Rosenburg International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenburg Germany, served as second oboist with The Classical Summer Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and was honored in the Fall of 2007 to perform for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome Italy where she made history as being the first instrumentalist to perform in the Basilica of St. Peters since Pope John Paul I.  In addition to The University of South Florida, Ms. Collins is also on faculty at Hillsborough Community College, Eckerd College as well as Gibbs High School (Pinellas County Center for the Arts) and she has an active private studio. She was English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for six years, second oboe/English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for five years, and principal oboist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Ft. Myers for six years prior.

              Ms. Collins has played with The New York City Opera Company, Miami City Ballet Company, Joffrey Ballet, The Moisiev Ballet, Mannheim Steamroller, Cirque de Sole, and with such greats as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, and Josh Groban, to name a few.  Ms. Collins released her first solo oboe recording in 1995 entitled “Amy and Friends” and her second oboe recording in 1998 entitled “Amy and Friends at Christmas”. Ms. Collins has given clinics throughout the United States. She has received two grants from The Pinellas County Arts Council and has served on the grant committee for The Pinellas County Arts Council. She has also been an Allstate oboe adjudicator and often is a double reed judge at both the district and state levels of FBA’s Solo and Ensemble events. Ms. Collins is president of her own business; The Stellar Corporation, Inc. dba Stellar Oboe Products.  In 2017, The Stellar Corporation, Inc. (www.oboe.net) celebrated twenty years in business.

               Ms. Collins received her bachelor’s degree from The University of South Florida and her master’s degree from both The University of South Florida as well as The University of Florida.  Primary teachers include John Mack, Robert Mayer, Jan Eberle, Patty Sharp Malone and Leslie Odom.

Todd Waldecker

Clarinet Faculty

Associate Professor, MTSU DM, Indiana University Todd Waldecker serves as Associate Professor of Clarinet in the School of Music at

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Todd Waldecker

Clarinet Faculty

Associate Professor, MTSU DM, Indiana University Todd Waldecker serves as Associate Professor of Clarinet in the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University where he was a recipient of the 2006 MTSU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award.  Waldecker is also a faculty member of the summer Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts where he teaches a selective group of high school clarinetists. His degrees include the Doctor of Music from Indiana University, Master of Music from Yale University, and a music education degree from the University of Missouri.

His primary teachers include Howard Klug, David Shifrin, Eli Eban, James Campbell, Alfred Prinz and Paul Garritson. Prior to his appointment at Middle Tennessee State University, Waldecker held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue University, and the University of Northern Iowa. Waldecker has performed by invitation as a featured soloist at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2008 and the 2007 University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium.

As a member of MTSU’s Stones River Chamber Players, he has performed throughout the southern United States, Germany, Switzerland, and France; and has appeared at conventions of the National Flute Association and the Guitar Federation of America. In 2006, Waldecker traveled to South Korea with the MTSU Wind Ensemble where his performance of Artie Shaw’s “Clarinet Concerto” was broadcast on Korean television. Waldecker is a frequent performer with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and has recorded with the ensemble for Decca, NAXOS, and National Public Television. Since 1999, he has also served as principal clarinetist with Orchestra Nashville and has recorded and toured nationally with the ensemble.

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Brian Utley

Saxophone Faculty

Brian Utley is Senior Lecturer in Saxophone and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Utley

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Brian Utley

Saxophone Faculty

Brian Utley is Senior Lecturer in Saxophone and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Utley has been a featured soloist with the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and is the regular classical saxophonist with the Nashville Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the contemporary music ensemble Intersection, the Blair Wind Quintet, the Stone Fort Wind Quintet, and the Nashville Saxophone Quartet.

Utley is a regular recitalist at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has performed at multiple NACUSA conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposia, and new music festivals. As an advocate of new music, he has premiered works by noted composers including David Froom, Leonard Mark Lewis, Stephen Lias, Lidiuno Pitombeira, and William Price. His first solo recording Characters is available on the Mark Records label. The project features 21st-century works by American composers, including three world premiere recordings. Utley is an endorsing artist for Légère Signature Series Reeds.

Utley holds degrees from Louisiana State University and Murray State University, and his primary teachers include Griffin Campbell and Scott Erickson. Prior to his appointment at Vanderbilt, he was Associate Professor of Saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Staci Spring

Bassoon Faculty

Bassoon Faculty, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Community Engagement & Education Manager, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

A native of Chattanooga, TN, Staci

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Staci Spring

Bassoon Faculty

Bassoon Faculty, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Community Engagement & Education Manager, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

A native of Chattanooga, TN, Staci A. Spring returned to the Scenic City in 2016 to continue a versatile career as a freelance musician, music educator, and arts administrator. In addition to her role as Community Engagement & Education Manager for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, she performs frequently as an orchestral and chamber musician, maintains a private bassoon studio, and teaches bassoon at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Other activities include teaching bassoon for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and serving as the Competition Chair for the prestigious Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition.

Previous experience includes faculty appointments at Stephen F. Austin State University, Lee University, McMurry University, Abilene Christian University, and Hardin-Simmons University, where she taught courses in applied bassoon, music history, aural skills, woodwind methods, and chamber music. Passionate about creative programming and collaboration, she has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals, and was previously a member of the Stone Fort Wind Quintet, Key City Winds, and the Abilene Chamber Players. Other experience includes performing with professional orchestras throughout Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida, and performing at conferences for the International Double Reed Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Flute Association.

Spring is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas, where she studied bassoon with Kathleen Reynolds and also completed a Graduate Academic Certificate in Arts Leadership as a Priddy Scholarship recipient. She earned dual Master of Music degrees in Historical Musicology and Bassoon Performance from The Florida State University, studying with scholar Denise Von Glahn and bassoonist Jeffrey Keesecker. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in North Carolina.

Spring is a native of Chattanooga, TN and attended the Governor’s School for the Arts while in high school.

Mark Clodfelter

Trumpet Faculty

Mark Clodfelter is a versatile performer of international acclaim and a Grammy nominated recording artist. He was recently described by

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Mark Clodfelter

Trumpet Faculty

Mark Clodfelter is a versatile performer of international acclaim and a Grammy nominated recording artist. He was recently described by Classical Voice North Carolina as “…a stellar world-class trumpeter who’s dazzling playing wowed the audience”, as “warm toned” by the Lexington Herald Leader (KY) and “an exceptionally strong performer” by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. As a soloist, Mark has appeared in many of the world’s finest performing venues throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Thailand, Greece, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, the Czech Republic and the Peoples Republic of China.

Mark can be heard as Principal Trumpet of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Trade Winds (Tamp Fl.) and with the Palladium Brass. At home in a great array of styles, his commercial affiliations have recently included split lead with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Mark is member of Covalence, a chamber duo, with Rebecca Wilt, his wife and renowned collaborative pianist. Additionally, he spends summers as a member of the faculty of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy.

Mr. Clodfelter has recorded extensively in styles ranging from classical to rock. He has also appeared with such headliners as Josh Groban, The O' Jays, Gladys Knight, Mannheim Steam Roller, the Moody Blues, the Lettermen, Doc Severinson, Bob Mintzer, Frank Mantooth, Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell and Ray Charles.

Mark is the Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. During the decade prior to this appointment, he was Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky. In both cases, his students garner national and international recognition; winning coveted awards and professional placement. Additionally, he was Co-Conductor of the Blue Grass Area Jazz Ambassadors and the Central Kentucky Youth Jazz Orchestra. Mark entered collegiate teaching as Instructor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Band at Mars Hill College. He has served on the faculty of the prestigious Eastern Music Festival and has taught the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Mark was a founding member of the Giannini Brass and has held positions with the Greensboro Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, the North Charleston Pops,the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony, the Greenville (SC) Symphony and the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Clodfelter holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Master of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mark Clodfelter is an S.E. Shires Performing Artist and plays Pickett Brass custom mouthpieces.

Angela DeBoer

Horn Faculty

Associate Professor of Horn & Music Theory Middle Tennessee State University

Angela DeBoer is the Associate Professor of horn at

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Angela DeBoer

Horn Faculty

Associate Professor of Horn & Music Theory Middle Tennessee State University

Angela DeBoer is the Associate Professor of horn at Middle Tennessee State University where she also teaches music theory, brass literature and pedagogy.   She is an active performer, playing second horn with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and assistant principal horn with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. DeBoer appears regularly with the nationally acclaimed Nashville Symphony as well as performing with the Nashville Opera, Nashville Ballet and maintaining a presence in the recording studios of Nashville.  Additional creative activity will find her performing on the Baroque and Classical natural horns; instruments on which she presents lectures and masterclasses at workshops and schools around the country.  Ms. DeBoer is also the co-coordinator of the MTSU music faculty concert series, the Stones River Chamber Players, and since 2011 has been on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.

Prior to her work in Tennessee, DeBoer was a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and worked with the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Opera.  She was also active in the freelance community in and around Chicago for many years, performing with the Milwaukee, Grant Park, Elgin, South Bend, Northwest Indiana, Duluth-Superior and Illinois Symphonies as well as with Symphony II, Chicago Sinfonietta, Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Opera Theatre and the Illinois and Fort Wayne Philharmonics.  She also spent several seasons as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a group with which she also appeared as soloist.  She has attended several competitive music festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West.  Angela was also a semi-finalist at the 2007 International Horn Competition of America.

Ms. DeBoer received her Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, studied in the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music and received her Master of Music from Northwestern University.  Her primary teachers include Gail Williams, David Krehbiel, Jerome Ashby and Jonathan Boen.

In addition to her work at MTSU and in the music profession, Angela competes nationally in Three Day Eventing (horse triathlons) with her horse Christopher.

Ben McIlwain

Trombone Faculty

Dr. Ben McIlwain joined the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall of 2010 and was named

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Ben McIlwain

Trombone Faculty

Dr. Ben McIlwain joined the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall of 2010 and was named the Nina Bells Suggs Endowed Professor of Trombone in May of 2014. He holds degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (B.M.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and The Florida State University (D.M.)

One of Dr. McIlwain’s main passions and research interests is supporting new music for the trombone.  As of June 2017, Dr. McIlwain has commissioned over 30 new works for trombone solo and/or ensemble.  This includes compositions for his group, Tromboteam, which successfully funded a Kickstarter.com campaign in 2012 that raised $10,000 for new works for trombone ensemble including composers James Kazik, Kevin McKee and Alan Theisen to name a few.  Tromboteam released their debut album containing all nine of these Kickstarter.com funded commissions in 2015. This recording is funded by a Scholarly and Creative Arts Grant provided by the College of Arts and Letters.  After being awarded the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence, Dr. McIlwain was able to fund a new concerto for trombone and orchestra by Russian composer, Polina Nazaykinskaya.  In addition, the composer agreed that this piece would be written in memory of McIlwain’s former student Gustavo Campos Cassemiro, who lost his battle with cancer on December 4, 2013.  The title of this work is Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, In Memoriam to Gustavo Campos Cassemiro.   Premiere performances included with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra in February 2015 and with the U.S. Pershing’s Own at the American Trombone Workshop in March 2015.

In addition to these commissioning and performance opportunities, Dr. McIlwain has been active in service to the International Trombone Association.  The former President of the International Trombone Association, Jiggs Whigham, appointed him, Director of TAPAS (Trombone Artists Performing for Amateurs and Students), which aimed to increase membership in the Association.  Dr. McIlwain is also a frequent contributor to the ITA Journal as a writer and literature reviewer.

At Southern Miss, Dr. McIlwain directs all aspects of the trombone studio including The Southern Miss Trombone Choir, Select Octet,  and Hub Bones (jazz trombone ensemble).  The Southern Miss Trombone Choir was invited to perform twice at the 2013 International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA and at the American Trombone Workshop in 2017.   He is also a member of the Southern Arts Brass Quintet, the faculty brass quintet at Southern Miss. In June 2015, Dr. McIlwain joined members of Tromboteam to start an annual summer trombone camp in 2015: Summer Slides @ Southern Miss with Tromboteam, which was a rousing success. His primary teachers have included Dr. David Loucky, formerly of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Per Brevig, former Principal Trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, along with Dr. John Drew, professor of trombone at Florida State University.

As a Presidential University Fellow at Florida State University, Dr. McIlwain was the first doctoral trombone student and one of two in the entire College of Music at FSU to ever receive this honor. The research for his doctoral treatise titled, “Select Contributions and Commissions in Solo Trombone Repertoire by Trombonist Innovator and Pioneer: Stuart Dempster,” consists of extensive interviews with Stuart Dempster and Pauline Oliveros, among others.  He has published articles in the Grove Dictionary for Music and Musicians and the International Trombone Association Journal. Dr. McIlwain has also performed as a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, and Trombonapalooza.

In addition to the Suggs Endowed Professorship and Lucas Award, Dr. McIlwain has also been awarded the Junior Faculty Creative Achievement Award and the College of Arts and Letters’ Junior Faculty of the Year Award at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Ben McIlwain is a Performing Artist for S.E. Shires Trombones.

Matthew Crossley

Tuba Faculty

Masters University of Missouri – Kansas City

Recently completing graduate studies in Kansas City, Matthew earned a Masters degree in tuba

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Matthew Crossley

Tuba Faculty

Masters University of Missouri – Kansas City

Recently completing graduate studies in Kansas City, Matthew earned a Masters degree in tuba performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. While attending the Conservatory, Matthew held the tuba Fellowship position in the UMKC Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet, an ensemble devoted to performing a diverse selection of literature, and performing educational outreach performances. The quintet competed in a number of national and international competitions, which included an appearance as an international finalist in the 2010 Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, CA, and semi-finalist in the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition held in Boulder, CO. Matthew performed at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as a member of the Conservatory Wind Symphony under the direction of Steven D. Davis

Matthew earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew served as principal tuba in the MTSU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and was a four-year member of the Band of Blue. In 2005, Matthew performed throughout South Korea with the MTSU Wind Ensemble.

Currently serving as a band director at Riverdale High School (TN), Crossley provides extensive instruction for concert, marching, and chamber ensembles. Matthew served as Director of Bands at Sunset Middle School in Brentwood, TN from 2007-2009. At Sunset Middle School, Crossley implemented an active jazz band and private lesson program, along with receiving consistent superior and excellent ratings at concert festivals.

Being an active performer in the Middle Tennessee and Kansas City area for several years, Matthew served as Principal tuba/Production Manager for the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra for two seasons, and has also performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Philharmonic (MO), Missouri Brass Quintet, First Class Brass, and the Nashville Philharmonic. Crossley was also a performing member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps ( Rosemont, IL). Matthew’s teachers include Thomas Stein, Gilbert Long, David Loucky, Michael Arndt, Joseph Stegemann, and Prentiss Hobbs.

Matthew is a member of the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association, Professional Teachers of Tennessee, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Andrea Dawson

Violin Faculty

Andrea Dawson joined the MTSU Music Faculty in 2007 and the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts

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Andrea Dawson

Violin Faculty

Andrea Dawson joined the MTSU Music Faculty in 2007 and the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts in 2008. Dawson is a member of the Stones River Chamber Players and Music City Baroque (formerly Belle Meade Baroque), and has been a featured chamber musician on WPLN, Nashville Public Radio. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, China, France, Mexico, Curaçao and Brazil. Before moving to Tennessee, she was Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas Pan American and Associate Concertmaster of the Valley Symphony Orchestra in south Texas.

Dawson received her Masters in Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the coveted Performer¹s Certificate. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, with a minor in French, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Oberlin College. Her principal teachers include Lynn Blakeslee, Camilla Wicks, Taras Gabora, Kathleen Winkler, and Robert Koff.

Mark Reneau

Violin Faculty

Adjunct Professor, Southern Adventist College and Cadek Conservatory Concertmaster, Huntsville Symphony

Violinist Mark Reneau’s career encompasses solo, recital and concerto appearances,

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Mark Reneau

Violin Faculty

Adjunct Professor, Southern Adventist College and Cadek Conservatory Concertmaster, Huntsville Symphony

Violinist Mark Reneau’s career encompasses solo, recital and concerto appearances, as well as orchestral, opera, chamber music and baroque performance. Concertmaster since 1998, Mr. Reneau has performed with the HSO since 1977. He plays frequently in the violin section of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, performing with such conductors as Stefan Sanderling, Carlos Kalmar and Leonard Slatkin. Since 2000, he has performed regularly in the violin section of Orchestra Nashville. In 2003 and 2004, he toured with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Since 2005, he has been Associate Concertmaster of the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington state. Several of his performances with the Bellingham Festival have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Prior to his appointment in Huntsville, he served as associate concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera from 1983 to 1998. In 2006, he was concertmaster of the first Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition held in the United States. Mr. Reneau has made several recordings with Orchestra Nashville, including the first stereo recording of Virgil Thomson’s cello concerto and a critically acclaimed Naxos disc of works by Aaron Copland. He has also made studio recordings with diverse artists such as Trey Anastasio, James Brickman and Rebecca Lynn Howard. Mr. Reneau is gifted and dedicated teacher, serving over twenty years on the faculty of Southern Adventist University. Since 2000, he has taught at the Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts.

From 1978-2005, he was on the faculty of Cadek Conservatory of Music. His students are regularly accepted to music conservatories and major festivals, and are performing with distinguished ensembles such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Reneau’s sons are also accomplished musicians. Charles is bass trombonist with the Oregon Symphony, and has performed with the orchestras of Honolulu, Huntsville, Atlanta, Alabama, the Metropolitan Opera and the Israel Philharmonic. Douglas is a graduate trumpet student at the Indiana University. Winner of several national competitions, he toured Europe in 2005 performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. In the summer of 2008, Douglas with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Mr. Reneau’s hobbies include the study of old stringed instruments and bows, cooking, and the study of theology and social history..

Ayn Balija

Viola Faculty

DMA, James Madison University Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music

Violist Ayn Balija, enjoys a varied career

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Ayn Balija

Viola Faculty

DMA, James Madison University Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music

Violist Ayn Balija, enjoys a varied career as both a teacher and performer. As the Lecturer of Viola at the University of Virginia, Ms. Balija is a member of the Rivanna String Quartet, co-directs the Chamber Music Seminar, and serves as principal violist of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. In the 2009-10 Season she was asked to perform, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with guest violinist Max Rabinowitz.

She frequently collaborates with the composition faculty on new works and volunteers for the UVA Baroque Orchestra. Dedicated to teaching, Ms. Balija seeks to develop a well-rounded musician. Students who go on in music are accepted into some of the top music schools around the nation. She was invited to present a paper at the 2014 American String Teachers National Convention entitled “Roles, Rules, and Running” highlighting the development of non-major talent and future roles they will take in society.

Immersing herself in the Charlottesville, VA and Columbus, OH communities, Ayn provides private lessons as a Boyd Tinsley Tutor in the Charlottesville Public Schools, performs outreach concerts, and maintains a private viola studio. Outside of the University, Ms. Balija performs with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH, gives masterclasses and recitals around the region, and collaborates regularly with her colleagues. She is often asked to substitute for the Richmond Symphony and has gone on tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

During summers, she has attended numerous festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Banff Center, Credo, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. She participated as an orchestral musician, chamber coach, mentor, and quartet fellow. Starting the summer of 2006, Ms. Balija was awarded the Aspen Mentor Fellowship to aid in the instruction of aspiring orchestral musicians. This summer she will return to Yachats Summer Music Festival in Yachats, OR and be on faculty at the Tennessee Governors School of the Arts. Ms. Balija has degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal mentors are Jeffrey Irvine and Peter Slowik. She is currently finishing her doctoral studies at James Madison University with Amadi Azikiwe.

 

Christine Renée Kralik

Cello Faculty

Christine Renée Kralik, DMA, MS, BA

Adjunct Professor of Cello and member of Quartet Nova at Angelo State University Dr. Christine

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Christine Renée Kralik

Cello Faculty

Christine Renée Kralik, DMA, MS, BA

Adjunct Professor of Cello and member of Quartet Nova at Angelo State University Dr. Christine Renée Kralik is a thriving young professional cellist who received her Doctorate of Musical Arts with an emphasis in cello performance from Texas Tech University in May of 2018. She holds a Masters in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah. She studied cello performance with Jeffrey Lastrapes at Texas Tech University, Cleveland Orchestra cellist Richard Weiss at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Utah Symphony cellist Pegsoon Whang at the University of Utah.

Dr. Kralik was principle cellist of the Texas Tech Symphony Orchestra for all three years of her Doctoral studies, providing her with many opportunities to solo and lead. She performed in many recitals with faculty and students, participated in premiere recording sessions, performed as a TMEA soloist, was an active member of the Graduate String Quartet, has performed with symphonies all over west Texas, is a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in chamber ensembles in the communities of Lubbock and San Angelo on many occasions. Along with holding a busy performance schedule, Dr. Kralik finds great joy in teaching. She teaches students in the communities of San Angelo and Lubbock as well as students studying cello on the collegiate level, through Angelo State University and Texas Tech University.

This summer she is excited to join the faculty of the Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts and to be able to work with the students, where she will share her passion and love for music and the cello with those she teaches. Dr. Kralik will also be returning to teach cello at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Dr. Kralik performs on a German Wilhelm Hammig cello dated 1907.

Taylor Brown

Double Bass Faculty

Master’s degree from Duquesne University Bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University

Double bassist, Taylor Brown, joined

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Taylor Brown

Double Bass Faculty

Master’s degree from Duquesne University Bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University

Double bassist, Taylor Brown, joined the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera as principal in 2012. Prior to his appointment, Taylor performed regularly with the symphony orchestras of Youngstown, OH, Canton, OH, and West Virginia. In addition to his work with the CSO, Taylor has performed as a substitute musician with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Huntsville Symphony, toured internationally with Barry Manilow, and has performed with Earth, Wind, and Fire.

He maintains a private teaching studio in the Chattanooga area comprised of students of all ages and is a faculty member of Tennessee’s Governor’s School for the Arts. Taylor has earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s degree from Duquesne University. His primary teachers were Jeffery Turner and Micah Howard of the Pittsburgh Symphony and John Hood of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As an advocate for the arts, Taylor has served as a musician’s representative on the board of directors of the CSO and is a founding board member of Chattanooga Young Artistic Network (CYAN). When not performing, Taylor enjoys riding bikes on the roads and trails of the Chattanooga area.

Brian Mueller

Percussion Faculty

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Brian Mueller is currently Lecturer in Percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. 

He holds a

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Brian Mueller

Percussion Faculty

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Brian Mueller is currently Lecturer in Percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. 

He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2016).  His prior academic background includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University (2007) and a Master of Music degree from The University of North Texas (2009). Brian has worked as a freelance drummer, percussionist, and instructor for many years, and is also a published composer.  He has traveled and performed nationally and internationally, including as a guest soloist and clinician at the Paris Conservatory in December of 2014, and has performed twice at PASIC. He has been an active steel pan performer with the Bloomington based steel pan group, Steel Panache, and currently plays marimba with the newly formed B-Line Jazz Percussion Trio.  Brian performs regularly with the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and is also an active clinician, presenting workshops and performances nationally.  He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion.

Amy Dorfman

Piano Faculty

Professor, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music

Pianist Amy Dorfman has performed as a soloist and chamber

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Amy Dorfman

Piano Faculty

Professor, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music

Pianist Amy Dorfman has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe. Ms. Dorfman combines in her playing a gentle touch and musical sensitivity with what critics describe as a “formidable technique…exciting and energetic.” As a founding member of the Blakemore Trio, Ms. Dorfman has enjoyed concerts around the country with the group since 2002. In 2010 they released their debut CD The Blakemore Trio plays Beethoven and Ravel on Blue Griffin Records. Fanfare magazine wrote, “another chamber ensemble has arrived to claim the limelight...for Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio, they don’t come any better than this one.”

The American Record Guide hailed their performance of the Ravel trio as “Impressionism at its best.” The trio is currently at work on a recording of the complete chamber works of Los Angeles-based composer Adam Schoenberg, which is slated for a 2017 release. For over twenty years, Dorfman accompanied the great American bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer performing in such series as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as on NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning and The Lonesome Pine Special. She has enjoyed collaborations with the Blair String Quartet in chamber music series in Memphis, Sedona, Arizona and Music Mountain in Connecticut.

Ms.Dorfman has appeared as soloist with the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She has received several awards for her playing including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. She attended Indiana University’s School of Music, where she studied with Alfonso Montecino and James Tocco and chamber music with Menachem Pressler.

She is currently Professor of Piano at The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and a guest artist and teacher at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. She has coached two chamber groups that have gone on to be prize-winners in national divisions of MTNA competitions. Her students have attended undergraduate and graduate programs at many prestigious institutions, as well as summer music festivals at Aspen, Eastern Music Festival, Indiana University, Bowdoin and Brevard among others.

David Northington

Piano Faculty

Professor, UT-Knoxville DMA, Yale University At his New York debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, the New York Times called

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David Northington

Piano Faculty

Professor, UT-Knoxville DMA, Yale University At his New York debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall, the New York Times called David Northington “an immensely gifted musician…who combines the technical mastery of a virtuoso with the musical sensitivity of a poet.” Such critical accolades have followed Northington throughout the world in concerts and concerto engagements. 

His tours have included the United States, eastern and western Europe, Canada, China, and Russia.  In addition to recitals and concerto engagements, he has given master classes at many of the leading conservatories in these countries.  David Northington’s masterful pianism has won him first prizes in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the East/West Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association’s International Competition, the unanimous Judges Prize at the Fourth Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and selection to the Artistic Ambassador Program sponsored by the United States Information Agency. 

As an Artistic Ambassador for the United States, Northington has toured extensively in France, Spain and Portugal.  In addition to broadcasts throughout Europe on the Voice of America, he has filmed recitals in the historic Tallyrand Theatre in Paris for telecast on French National Television. Recently, Northington celebrated the international release of a compact disc featuring of the waltzes of Chopin on the Centaur Records label.

After this release, Dr. Northington was invited to perform solo recitals in the United States, Italy and Poland.  Since receiving his degrees at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music, David Northington has taught on the faculties of several universities.  His many teaching awards include the Tennessee Music Teachers Association’s Teacher of the Year Award and the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts “Outstanding Teacher Award’.  Dr. Northington has also been the recipient of the Tennesssee Arts Commission’s Artist of the Year Award.

 

 Past Commissioned Composers

1985 Orchestra Kenneth Schermerhorn – Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Overture “Celebration! A Tennessee Quilting Party” 1986 Orchestra Marvin Lamb – Tennessee Technological University, “Amazin” for Orchestra and Chorus Wind Ensemble Don Freund – Memphis State University, “Jug Blues and Fat Pickings” 1987 Orchestra L. Thom Hutcheson – MTSU, “We, the People…” for Orchestra, Mixed Choir, and Narrator Wind Ensemble Jeffrey Wood – Austin Peay State University, “Symphonic Fantasy” 1988 Orchestra Gilbert Carp – University of Tennessee, Martin, “Serenade for Orchestra” Wind Ensemble Robert Jager – Tennessee Technological University, “Old Hickory Suite” 1989 Orchestra Jordan Tang – Jackson and Paducah Symphony Orchestras, “Preludes for Orchestra (1989)” 1990 Orchestra Paul Martin Zonn – University of Illinois, “Dawn River” 1996 Orchestra and Chorale Commissioned for the Tennessee Bicentennial Celebration Vernon Whaley – Cedarville College and President, Integra Music Group, “Tennessee Morning”