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Music educators, scholars, students, composers, and professionals from around the nation will converge on UT this month to hone their craft, share best practices, and enjoy concerts by internationally renowned performers.

The February 13-15 Joint Regional Conference of the College Music Society Southern and Mid-Atlantic Chapters and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction will be held in UT’s Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard.

It will include a keynote address by famous jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen, the longtime band leader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and a Grammy Award winner. The 11:15 a.m. February 14 lecture will be held in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall of the Haslam Music Center.

The conference also will feature an 8:00 p.m. February 14 concert showcasing the winning works from the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest. The works will be played by internationally renowned trumpeters Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, and Gabriel DiMartino.

All sessions, presentations, and performances are free and open to the public. Educators may earn professional development credit.

The conference and concerts will give the School of Music a chance to show off its new home, said David Royse, associate professor of music education, who is coordinating the conference along with Brendan McConville, assistant professor of music theory, and Barbara Murphy, associate professor of music theory.

“It’s also an opportunity to get college faculty in from all over the country to see our facilities and hear our outstanding music groups, faculty, and students,” he said. “It’s part of our continuing celebration of the new music building.”

The conference will feature performances, paper presentations, and panel discussions, including a talk by Knoxville jazz great Donald Brown and a concert showcasing his works.

Thirty-one new pieces of music will be performed by UT students and faculty at the numerous concerts throughout the conference.

Additionally, conference presenters will be incorporated into regular class schedules so UT students will have an opportunity to learn from them.

“This will spread UT’s reputation,” Royse said of the conference. “UT will benefit from it and our students will benefit.”

For more information about the conference or to see the schedule, visit the website.


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