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More than 90 high school musicians will play with and take lessons from Tennessee Tech University faculty during the 17th annual Southeast Chamber Music Institute held from May 29 to June 3.

Throughout the week, young instrumentalists will rehearse together in chamber groups, including string quartets, brass quintets, wind quintets and a jazz combo. TTU string, piano, wind and percussion faculty will meet one on one with the students for coaching and lessons. Students will also learn about composition with the university’s composer-in-residence, Greg Danner.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to play in small groups with only one person per part, an experience that they don’t often get in their high school music programs,” Institute Director Joshua Hauser said.

The Summer Evenings of Chamber Music concert series is also offered as part of the program. There will be performances by the Cumberland Quintet, the Brass Arts Quintet, Faculty Strings and the Faculty Jazz Combo. All performances are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Summer Evenings of Chamber Music

On Monday, May 30, The Cumberland Quintet will perform some of their favorite original quintets and arrangements, including a Quintet by Reicha and music by Joaquin Rodrigo and Franz Liszt. The group begins its 39th year as an ensemble, and current members are Roger Martin, flute, William Woodworth, oboe, Anne Thurmond, clarinet, James Lotz, bassoon and Jeremy Hansen, horn.

On Tuesday, May 31, The Brass Arts Quintet will once again present an entertaining and informative program of works from the rock and roll era. This concert features the group in pieces made famous by The Beatles, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bobby McFerrin, Elvis and more. Members include Charles Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpet, Greg Danner, horn, Joshua Hauser, trombone and Winston Morris, tuba along with special guest Eric Willie, drums.

On Wednesday, June 1, Faculty Strings, featuring Wei Tsun Chang, violin, Idalynn Besser, viola, Dan Allcott, cello and Catherine Godes, piano. Music will include pieces for instrumentation ranging from solo piano up through string quartet.

On Thursday, June 2, TTU Faculty Jazz Combo promises to present an exciting mix of jazz favorites. The group features Phil Barham, saxophone, Chris McCormick, trumpet, Joshua Hauser, trombone, Lonnie Breland, piano, Grant Lynch, bass and Eric Willie, drums.

SCMI students will perform the chamber music they have prepared on June 3. These concerts are also free and open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Contact Joshua Hauser at 372-6086 for more information.