TTU's Southeast Chamber Music Institute June 1-6 offers nightly concerts

It may be summertime, but at Tennessee Tech University, the sound of music is still in the air.

From June 1 through 6, the university will host the 14th annual Southeast Chamber Music Institute for high school musicians, at which TTU music faculty will present free nightly concerts that are also open to the public.

The faculty concerts begin on Monday, June 2, and showtime for each is at 7:30 p.m. All will be held in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The concert schedule for the week is as follows:

• Monday, June 2 — a faculty strings concert featuring Wei Tsun Chang, violin; Melissa Allen, viola; Dan Allcott, cello; Steve Benne, bass; and Catherine Godes, piano.

• Tuesday, June 3 — Brass Arts Quintet featuring Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpet; Greg Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone; and Winston Morris, tuba.

• Wednesday, June 4 — Cumberland Quintet, with Roger Martin, flute; William Woodworth, oboe; Anne Thurmond, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; and Jeremy Hansen, horn.

• Thursday, June 5 — a faculty jazz concert, with Chris McCormick, trumpet; Lonnie Breland, piano; Mark Smith, bass; and Paul Deathrage, drums.

At 9 and 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, the participating high school students will showcase chamber music they have prepared, and both of those concerts will also be free and open to the public.

“Nearly 80 high school musicians will take part, rehearsing in chamber groups such as string quartets, brass quintets, wind quintets and a jazz combo,” said Thurmond, a music professor at TTU and an organizer of this year’s Institute.

Throughout the week, coaching and individual instruction will be provided by the Cumberland Quintet and Brass Arts Quintet, as well as by various string, piano, wind and percussion faculty. Many students will also receive lessons in music composition.

For more information about the Southeast Chamber Music Institute, call TTU’s music department at 931/372-3161.


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