MM Indiana University at Bloomington
Steve Benne, instructor of double bass, earned his master’s degree in double bass performance from the University of Indiana at Bloomington, studying with Lawrence Hurst and Stuart Sankey. He is the principal double bassist with the Knoxville Symphony and premiered the Harbison Concerto for Bass Viol with the Knoxville Symphony as a member of the consortium of bassists dedicated to premiering the work. Formerly with the New American Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Benne has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, the Grec Festival and the Priory of Chirens Chamber Music Festival.
B.Music(Viola Performance) University of Louisville, M.Music (Viola Performance) Belmont University. Additional Studies at Indiana University, University of Victoria, Oberlin College Conservatory
Adjunct instructor of Viola at TTU since 2008. Assistant Principal Viola, Bryan Symphony Orchestra. Assistant Principal Viola, Orchestra Kentucky. Violist, Music City Baroque. Idalynn Besser has also performed and recorded with the Nashville Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra. She is the director of The Music House Nashville, an independent music school in Nashville, TN.
Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 358
M.M. University of Georgia, B.M.E. Ohio State University
Originally from Ohio, Mrs. Hauser earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Ohio State University. She taught middle and high school band before attending the University of Georgia for a Masters degree in Woodwind Performance and to begin work on an additional Masters degree in Musicology. She has performed as a bassoonist with several orchestras including the Valdosta Symphony, the Williamsport Symphony, and the Roanoke Symphony’s production of the Nutcracker. Mrs. Hauser was one of two recipients of the inaugural General Education Award for Outstanding Teaching in Fall 2010 and in Spring 2015 she was honored with the inaugural College of Education Adjunct Faculty Award. In collaboration with professor Michael Clark, Mrs. Hauser is the author of the new Music Appreciation textbook, Exploring Music: Sound Ideas.
Coordinator of The String Project
B.M. Univeristy of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music M.M. University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
A native of Columbus, Indiana, Sarah McKelvie recently transplanted to Cookeville to join the faculty at Tennessee Tech University. Sarah began her musical studies on the violin at the age of five. Her passion for the lush sound of the viola was sparked in high school and it was this instrument that she later received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. As an undergraduate, Sarah was a member of the Caricato String Quartet as both second violinist and later violist. This chamber group was a semi-finalist at the internationally acclaimed Fishoff Chamber Music Competition in 1995. She was also a Fellow at both the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center. While in graduate school, Sarah was a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Sarah has been a member of orchestras in Europe including the Esternach Festival orchestra, and served as principal violist in the Lucca Opera Festival Orchestra in 1997. From 2001 through 2014, she served as principal violist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic under the direction of David Bowden. Currently she collaborates with Cookeville area musicians, local churches, and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. Sarah has been teaching private and group classes on the violin and viola for over fifteen years. Prior to coming to Cookeville, she created rich music programs in schools as well as directed the McKelvie String Studio, a vibrant and active private studio with over 35 of Columbus, Indiana's most talented young string players.
Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 358
Music Appreciation / Music Theory / Aural Techniques
M.M. Southern Methodist University / B.M. University of Central Florida
David Odegaard currently teaches Music Appreciation at Tennessee Tech University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Music Theory from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Odegaard’s Master’s Thesis “Sonata Form and Deformation in Dimitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony” explore Shostakovich’s unique approach to the sonata form via Schenkerian analysis. His paper entitled “Key-relationships in Roméo et Juliette” was presented at the international Berlioz Bicentennial Conference, Denton, Texas, and at the University of Würzburg, Germany. As adjunct faculty at the University of Central Florida, Mr. Odegaard taught music theory, aural skills, and applied double bass and established a computer assisted ear training lab. While in the Dallas, Texas area Mr. Odegaard maintained a large studio of double bass students from beginner through precollege level in the nationally acclaimed Plano Independent School District. His students achieved prominence in solo and ensemble festivals, regional UIL orchestral competitions, and youth orchestra auditions. As an active professional double bassist, Mr. Odegaard performed with several Dallas area orchestras and show productions. Since moving to Tennessee he has continued performing in area orchestras and featured productions and maintains a private bass studio. David is currently the principle bassist if the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.