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UT School of Music students have played a critical role in enhancing the culture of the community, often offering free concerts for the public’s enjoyment.

Community members can return the favor by enjoying good food, drink, and more of the students’ talents and performances during the School of Music’s annual gala on Saturday, March 22.

The 6:00 p.m. event will be held at the Cherokee Country Club, 138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. It is open to the public and requires reservations. Tickets, called sponsorships, start at $175 per person, are paid at time of reservation, and are tax-deductible.

The gala is the School of Music’s largest fundraiser to benefit student scholarships. All proceeds go toward scholarships.

To make a reservation, call 865-974-7547 or visit the website.

“We have a lot of competition for really good students from surrounding areas and all over the country,” said Sheena McCall, chair of the School of Music Advisory Board. “Some places can give them complete scholarships, covering all the costs. We have nationally and internationally known faculty, and students want to come and study with them. But economics might make the difference between them picking UT or another school, and we don’t want to lose those students.”

The gala will include a silent and live auction. During the live auction, participants can bid on having School of Music students perform at an event in their home or another location.

Dinner will be catered by the country club’s renowned executive chef, David Pinckney, formerly of the Orangery.

Last year, the gala raised more than $40,000 in scholarship money.

The event is sponsored by Pilot Corporation and the School of Music Advisory Board.

To learn more about the gala or its four sponsorship levels, visit the website.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,