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Charles Faulkner Bryan, born in 1911 in McMinnville, Tenn,, began his career in Cookeville, at Tennessee Tech University, where he taught and studied during the Great Depression. The university is commemorating the centennial of his birth on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Bryan Fine Arts Building with a full day and evening of free public presentations and performances. Featured events include:

  • "Charles Faulkner Bryan's Legacy for Music Education," presented by Carolyn Livingston, 10:10-11:05 a.m., in Wattenbarger Auditorium. Livingston, a TTU music education alumna, is the author of “Charles Faulkner Bryan, His Life and Music,” published in 2003 by the University of Tennessee Press.
  • Livingston will also present “Musicians as Writers," from 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m., in BFA 223.
  • "The Appalachian Dulcimer," presented by visiting artist Ralph Lee Smith, 1:25-2:20 p.m., in BFA 223. Widely acknowledged as the nation's foremost authority on the folk instrument, Smith will be the first musician to tune and perform on the instruments in the Bryan Collection in decades.
  • The University Orchestra and the Tech Chorale, TTU's premier student orchestral and vocal ensembles, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium. The program includes selections by Bryan, as well as dulcimer music by Smith. TTU's director of university orchestras is Dan Allcott, and Craig Zamer directs the university’s choral program.

Other public programs are being developed for the Bryan Centennial. For an up-to-date schedule of events, visit the TTU Music Department's website at and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra's website at


The Bryan Centennial coincides with the first subscription concert of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra's 49th season. The performance, which includes one of Bryan's most celebrated compositions, begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors 65 and up, and $8 for students. Call 931-525-2633 for availability. The performance is sponsored by Regions Bank.

TTU Arts Roundup:


Appalachian Center for Craft

  •  The 2011 “Focus on Fibers” exhibit will open Friday, Oct. 7, in Gallery One. The exhibit features works by Craft Center students, faculty and the artist in residence.
  • Jay Song’s “Spectator,” a metal and mixed media exhibit, is on display in the North Windows gallery of the Appalachian Center for Craft through Thursday, Oct. 27.
  • April Flanders's "Outbreak Populations," a printmaking and installation exhibit, is on display in Gallery Two of the Appalachian Center for Craft through Thursday, Nov. 3

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

  • Charles Clary’s cut paper wall sculpture exhibit runs until Oct. 27. A gallery talk and reception is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the gallery.                                             

TTU Music


  • The TTU Young Artist Piano Competition is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts building on TTU’s campus.
  • The Bryan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dan Allcott, is performing at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts building on TTU’s campus.
  • The TTU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Joseph Hermann, performs at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts building on TTU’s campus.
  • TTU’s Jazz Bands, directed by Chris McCormick, performs at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts building on TTU’s campus.


The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 372-3161.