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Department of Music

Bands

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Joseph Hermann
Professor
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JWHermann@tntech.edu
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Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 306 / Box 5045
931-372-3165
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Eric Harris
Associate Professor
D.M.A. The University of Southern Mississippi; M.M.E. The University of Southern Mississippi; B.M.E. Winthrop University
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EHarris@tntech.edu
Music
Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 308 / Box 5045
931-372-3728
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Director, The Golden Eagle Marching Band
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Eric L. Harris is Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University where he is director of The Golden Eagle Marching Band, conducts the university Concert Band, and teaches classes in instrumental music education and music appreciation. Prior to his appointment at TTU, he taught for twelve years in the public schools of Charlotte, North Carolina. During this time, his middle and high school bands earned numerous superior ratings in concert and marching events across the state. In 1997, Dr. Harris was honored as one of twelve Time-Warner Star Teachers selected from over 6,000 instructional staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Dr. Harris is a member of the American School Band Director’s Association and has enjoyed teaching, conducting, and judging invitations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Mississippi. Other professional affiliations include NAfME, CBDNA, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi. He is the author of Fundamentals of Music Theory for the Wind Band Student – a three-volume music theory workbook series published by NorthLand Music Publishers. Most recently he served as a contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, Volume Two and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. In December of 2011, Dr. Harris presented a session at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic entitled, "The Whole Enchilada: A New Curriculum Model for Twenty-First Century Bands."

Orchestras

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Daniel Allcott
Professor
Indiana University, Drake University
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DAllcott@tntech.edu
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Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 356 / Box 5045
931-372-6179
http://danallcott.wix.com/danallcott
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For over 20 years, Dan Allcott has been conducting daring collaborations, outstanding symphonic concerts, and leading opera and ballet productions with international stars. Professor of Music at Tennessee Tech and Music Director of both the Oak Ridge Symphony and the Bryan Symphony orchestras in Tennessee, Allcott regularly conducts Tennessee's finest musicians (members of the Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga Symphonies) in concerts lauded by critics and enthusiastically enjoyed by audiences. He has conducted the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Danish Radio Orchestra, and has a continuing relationship as a guest conductor with Asheville Lyric Opera, where he most recently led performances of Tosca and Marriage of Figaro. He has led world premieres by Tennessee composers Stefan Freund, Rachel DeVore Fogarty, and Greg Danner, and was a commissioner of the League of American Orchestra's initial "Made in America" project, giving the Tennessee premier of a work by Joan Tower. Through his research and performance he has revived the works of the early 20th century Tennessee composer, Charles Bryan. Mr. Allcott enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for live classical music. He is a frequent guest speak to several Rotary groups throughout Tennessee, and has frequently been an on air guest on WUOT, WBIR’s “Live at 5 at 4”, and Clear Channel’s “Cumberland Viewpoint.” He can be seen frequently as featured guest on “BSO Backstage: A Concert Preview” produced by WCTE. Additionally, he is a committed music educator having served as President of Tennessee’s chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. He will conduct the Knox County High School Festival Orchestra this year, and is Summer Director of Eastport Strings in Eastport, Maine. Allcott served as Music Director and Principal Conductor for Atlanta Ballet from 2000-2010 during which time he led over 250 performances with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. In addition to traditional ballet scores, he led musical collaborations with the Indigo Girls, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Red Clay Ramblers, the Michael O'Neal Singers, Atlanta Boy Choir, and the Atlanta Youth Choirs. Atlanta Ballet has performed Mr. Allcott’s own arrangements of Carmen and Shed Your Skin. In the fall 1996, Mr. Allcott was appointed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Conducting Fellow, a position he held for three years. In 1998, Mr. Allcott was named the first Herbert von Karajan Fellow of the American Austrian Foundation at the Salzburg Festival and has been a participant in the Nicolai Malko and Grzegorz Fitelberg competitions in Europe. He has conducted in master classes with Michael Tilson Thomas and Gunther Schuller. He holds a Master of Music degree in cello performance from Indiana University where he completed his coursework towards the Doctor of Music in both conducting and cello performance before he left graduate school to become Music Director of Atlanta Ballet. At Indiana he served as Associate Instructor of Conducting and conductor of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble.

Choral/Voice Ensembles

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Craig Zamer
Associate Professor
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CZamer@tntech.edu
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Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 365 / Box 5045
931-372-3650
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Dr. Craig Zamer is the Director of Choral Activities at Tennessee Tech University where he directs a non-auditioned Concert Choir of 113 students and the Tech Chorale, TTU’s top auditioned choir. Dr. Zamer received his Masters degree and Doctorate in Music Education and Choral Conducting from The Florida State University where he studied with André Thomas, Kevin Fenton, and Judy Bowers. Before his graduate work he taught high school choral music at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County, Virginia. Dr. Zamer has been an invited adjudicator and clinician throughout the state of Tennessee as well as Virginia, Florida, Iowa, and Colorado. Dr. Zamer has also conducted abroad in England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic. He also has conducted in Northern China at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China.

Jazz

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Chris McCormick
Professor
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CMcCormick@tntech.edu
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Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 217 / Box 5045
931-372-6182