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KNOXVILLE — Music and cultures from around the world are coming to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The School of Music, along with MENC: The National Association for Music Education, is hosting the eighth biennial National Symposium on Multicultural Music Oct. 4-9. The event is co-sponsored by Ready for the World, UT Knoxville’s international and intercultural awareness initiative.

Though attending the symposium requires registering and paying a fee, several of the music performances, featuring cultures from around the world, are free and open to the public.

The free events include:

  • Monday, Oct. 4 — 7-8:30 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Building Performance Hall 32: Cajun music with Dennis Stroughmat and the L’ Esprit Creole Cajun Band.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 — 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the UT Conference Center: Irish music performance featuring the Four Leaf Peat Band.
  • Thursday, Oct. 7 — 7-9:30 p.m. in the UT Conference Center: Multicultural music children’s concert featuring the Knox County Elementary Honors Choir and the Oak Ridge High School Chorus.
  • Friday, Oct. 8 — 7:30-9 p.m. in the UT Conference Center: Folk dancing taught by Debra Miller of Pearson Education/Silver Burdett.
  • Saturday, Oct. 9 — 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the UT Conference Center: Scottish music performance featuring Tracy Wilson and Knoxville Pipes and Drums.

Other free events include several music education presentations and roundtable discussions. For a complete lineup, visit Free sessions are marked with “GS.”

The symposium will consist of workshops and sessions on music from a variety of cultures, including African, African-American, Appalachian, Caribbean, Chinese, Irish, Korean, Mexican American, Native American, Scottish and others.

The symposium also will include materials and hands-on workshops for teaching multicultural music and will feature presentations by Knox County and UT students. Participants also may choose to attend a field trip to the Museum of Appalachia to explore Appalachian music.

Anyone wanting to learn more about multicultural music or any of the featured cultures is invited to attend the symposium. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 1 or attendees can register and pay on site. All sessions are free for UT Knoxville students. The on-site registration fee for other students is $80 for all four days, $65 for three days, $45 for two days and $30 for one day. Students who pre-register for all four days by Oct. 1 will receive a $5 discount.

The on-site registration fee for music teachers is $160 for all four days, $130 for three days, $95 for two days and $60 for one day. The discounted fee for music teachers who pre-register by Oct. 1 is $150 for all four days.

Pre-registration payments can be sent to Marvelene Moore, UT School of Music, 2438 Dunford Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996. Checks must be made payable to the University of Tennessee.

For more information, visit


Donna Hundley, School of Music, (865-974-5678,

Kristi Hintz, UT Media Relations, (865-974-3993,