More than 60 high school musicians will get to perform in small groups with the guidance of Tennessee Tech University’s award-winning faculty at the Southeast Chamber Music Institute from Sunday, May 26, through Friday, May 31.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to play in small groups with only one person per part,” said Joshua Hauser, institute director and TTU trombone professor. “That is something they don’t often get in their high school music programs.”
Students will receive instruction from TTU’s string, wind and percussion faculty and a different faculty ensemble will perform every night. The Summer Evenings of Chamber Music concert series is free and open to the public. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building on campus.
On Sunday the Cumberland Quintet will perform some of its favorite original quintets and arrangements, including pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Walter Piston and Gioacchino Rossini. The ensemble is comprised of Roger Martin, flute; Wonkak Kim, clarinet; William Woodworth, oboe; James Lotz, bassoon; and Jeremy Hansen, horn.
On Monday the Brass Arts Quintet, comprised of Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpet; Greg Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone, and Ryan Snell, tuba, will present works from stage, screen and beyond. Featured composers include Greg Danner, Harold Arlen, John Barry, Adele and The Beatles.
Faculty Strings and Piano, comprised of violinist Wei Tsun Chang, violist Idalynn Besser, cellist Dan Allcott, bassist Steve Benne and pianist Catherine Godes will perform Tuesday.
Phil Barham, saxophone; Chris McCormick, trumpet; Joshua Hauser, trombone; Fred Kennedy, piano; Sarah Ransom, bass; and Paul Deatherage, drums, will perform an array of jazz favorites at Wednesday’s TTU Faculty Jazz Combo concert.
Institute students will perform two programs at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Friday, May 31, also in Wattenbarger.