The ongoing racial injustices that affect Black communities must be acknowledged. The violence which has escalated over the past few weeks regarding the mistreatment of people of color and other marginalized populations has reached a tipping point. The University of TN at Martin’s Department of Music offers condolences to all communities impacted by injustices that currently exist in our society and stand in solidarity with you. We also recognize that the stain of systemic racism and inequality not only affects those in our state of TN and the United States, but exists in all parts of the world.
We know that music and the arts have the power to transform and heal communities. While the mission of the UTM Music Department remains to cultivate excellence in musical education, performance, and the liberal arts, we recognize that this is a time in which action is needed more than words and music notes.
UTM Music is committed to taking steps which ensure any and all people associated with our department, as well as any actions carried out on behalf of our department, are both safe and inclusive. Our faculty, staff, and students are committed to working together to make this happen.
As a department of music, we vow to listen more, educate further, and work harder to repair the fractures that, for far too long, have kept us from embracing our common humanity.
Our native state of TN has long been recognized for our contribution to music and culture around the entire world. We are equally proud and recognize the vital role that Black people played in this and celebrate their contribution to our art form and all parts of our department, campus, and community.
Black Art Matters. Black Music Matters. Black Lives Matter.
Julie Hill, DMA
Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Music
Campus Coordinator, Faculty Evaluation
University of Tennessee at Martin
Past-President, International Percussive Arts Society
University of Tennessee System President's Inaugural Educate Award Winner
Cunningham Outstanding Scholar/Educator
Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship
UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher
The Department of Music offers a wide variety of opportunities and extra curricular activities for you to enjoy including events, travel studies, outreach programs, student organizations, competitions and extra curricular ensembles. It is our hope that every person can experience the music within.
The Department of Music is proud to offer over 100 events each year which range from performances of world renowned guest artists through our Allison Nelson Guest Artist Series, interactive workshops, conferences, guest lecturers, recruiting events, and student performances. Many of our performances are streamed live on Facebook at our UTM Music page.
For information about dates, registrations, tickets and more, please visit our Events page.
The Department of Music is committed to investing in our community and offers several programs designed to benefit the residents of Martin, surrounding areas, and beyond. Our signature programs include, Community Music Academy, Roots of Rhythm tour, Martin Community Band, After School Arts Program, and so much more.
A complete list of all our outreach programs and more information can be found on our Community Members page.
There are lots of activities for music students that are designed to develop leadership skills, offer expanded performance opportunities, make friends, and connect with the campus. Students can choose from approximately twenty different ensembles to play in, take private lessons, join one of our music student organizations, and participate in fun studio activities throughout the year. Many of these activities are open to music majors, minors, and campus musicians.
Check out some of our ensembles and student organizations on our Current Students page.
Learn about music from around the world by joining us on one of our travel studies. The Department of Music has orchestrated over thirty travel studies in sixteen different countries. Travel studies are open to students, parents, and community members. Travel studies are announced at the beginning of the academic year.
Opened in August of 2013, the renovated and expanded Fine Arts Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin serves as the home for the Departments of Music and Visual and Theater Arts. The 112,000 square foot facility was completed at a cost of $14 million and includes 16 classrooms, 24 studio rooms, 35 offices, 23 practice rooms, a music computer lab, choral/recital hall, band rehearsal hall, percussion rehearsal room, labs for graphic arts, ceramics, fabrics, and sculpture, a costume shop, scene shop and a state-of-the-art black-box theater. Plans are under way for phase two of the project, which will include a renovation of the Harriet Fulton Theatre and a new state of art large seat capacity performance hall.
UTM Music was well-represented at the Memphis Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions at Rhodes College School of Music in early November. Two winners and two staff members helped to ensure that UTM was both seen and heard.
UTM freshman Caroline Oldfather won first place in the First Year Treble, and junior Meleah Gateley won third place in the Third Year Treble divisions. Dr. Amy Yeung, professor of music adjudicated and UTM collaborative pianist Dr. Chan Mi Jean accompanied the students at the auditions.
Ninety-nine student singers from UTM, the University of Memphis, Union University, Rhodes College, and some private voice studios competed in 14 different categories ranging from high school to graduate levels.
To compete, students prepare to perform three (for lower classmen) to four songs (for upper classmen) during the preliminary round of the competition and sing one song during the final round if they advance. Oldfather sang “Magnolia” by Tom Cipullo, and Gately sang “Che faro senza Euridice?” from the opera “Orfeo ed Euridice” by Christoph Willibald von Gluck during the final round.
Oldfather is a freshman vocal performance major from Huntsville, Alabama. While studying voice under Dr. Ginger Beazley at the Ars Nova School of the Arts she took on roles in productions such as The Little Prince, Hansel and Gretel, and Suor Angelica. She is familiar with competitions having claimed top spots on regional and national levels. In her free time, Caroline enjoys riding her horse, playing piano, composing music, and making clothes for herself and her cat.
Gateley, from Humboldt, Tennessee, is a junior vocal performance major. She has attended Jackson State Community College and performed with the Innovation Vocal Ensemble as well as regional and state choirs. During her high school years, she studied voice and piano with Heather Korn and Esther Lemus and competed in many competitions. She currently performs with UTM University Singers and the New Pacer Singers and teaches voice lessons through the Community Music Academy at UTM. Her hobbies include playing the ukulele, writing original songs and poetry, and performing in musical theater.
After receiving degrees from UTM, Gateley plans to get a master's in music therapy and either become a therapist or continue professionally as a singer/songwriter. Oldfather would like to further her education in voice performance after she graduates and hopes to perform professionally.