TTU's Southeast Chamber Music Institute Celebrates 15 years

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 21, 2009) – Tennessee Tech University’s Southeast Chamber Music Institute is an opportunity for high school musicians to develop their skills and for the community to attend a free concert series.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the SCMI is set this year for May 31 through June 5, and TTU musicians will present the Summer Evenings of Chamber Music series at 7:30 p.m. that Monday through Thursday in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.
Nearly 100 high school musicians will attend the university’s SCMI, where they will rehearse daily in chamber groups such as string, brass and wind quintets or jazz combos, receive coaching and individual instruction from TTU music faculty, and learn about music composition from composer-in-residence Greg Danner.
“It’s so gratifying to work with these students who come from all around Tennessee and the entire Southeast region,” said Anne Thurmond, a TTU music professor who also serves as director of the SCMI. “They’re serious musicians who want to work hard, and they make incredible strides through the week.”
Thurmond continued, “I want to be sure to invite the community to join us each night for some very exciting performances.”
Each night, a different TTU faculty chamber ensemble will be featured.
• On Monday, June 1, the Cumberland Quintet will present some of its favorite original quintets and arrangements, including Divertimento by Franz Joseph Haydn and a set of ancient Hungarian dances by Ferenc Farkas.
The Cumberland Quintet begins its 37th year as an ensemble, and current members are Roger Martin, flute; William Woodworth, oboe; Thurmond, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; and Jeremy Hansen, horn.
• On Tuesday, June 2, the Brass Arts Quintet will perform a concert featuring an array of musical styles, ranging from a Baroque sonata to Dixieland.
Members of the BAQ include Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpet; Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone; and Winston Morris, tuba.
• A faculty string concert is set for Wednesday, June 3. Music will include the Schubert Quintet in C Major and a piano trio by Debussy.
TTU string faculty include Wei Tsun Chang and Adrienne Tabor, violin; Idalynn Besser, viola; Dan Allcott, cello; Steve Benne, bass; and Catherine Godes, piano.
• A faculty jazz concert is set for Thursday, June 4. It features Phil Barham, saxophone; Chris McCormick, trumpet; Lonnie Breland, piano; Mark Smith, bass; and Eric Willie, drums.
The week culminates with performances at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5, of chamber music prepared by the SCMI students. Like the faculty concert series, these shows are also free and open to the public.
This year, the SCMI received a grant from the Cookeville Arts Council to support the event and its contributions to the community.
For more information about the SCMI, the faculty concert series or the student performances, call Thurmond at 931/372-6087. 

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