Every year, the orchestra holds a competition for college-age students and for younger musicians; the winners get to perform a concerto with the professionals accompanying them.
“It gives younger musicians a chance to play with a professional orchestra, which not many do,” said James Lotz, bassoon professor at TTU. “Anytime a musician gets to stand in front of an orchestra and play an entire concerto is amazing.”
Potter, a bassoonist from Mountain City, is no stranger to performing. He regularly plays with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra in Cookeville. He has also been the principal bassoonist with the TTU symphony band for three years.
“I think it’s a good experience. It’s helped me prepare for other auditions so I know what to expect,” he said. “It feels so good to do something so scary, to put yourself out there and get something good out of it.”
Potter is the third TTU student in three years to win the competition, but only the second bassoon player to win in more than a decade.
Potter will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts to perform Vivaldi’s “Bassoon Concerto in A minor.” Call (865) 981-8590 for ticket information.