On Sunday, January 22nd, 2012, a select group of ETSU Brass Students, under the direction of Jimmie Self, joined with Kingsport's Symphony of the Mountains in their "Blast of Brass" performance. The student group was featured on the program as well as joining the Symphony of the Mountains brass sections - inluding ETSU's Jimmie Self and Jeffery Whaley - for several large brass ensemble works. The students were Brandon Linkous, Ethan Tate, Akasha McReynolds, Reilly Fox, Anthony Holley, and Dustin Yarber.
Recent Graduates Become Music Educators
Congratulations to Andrew Richmond (Bluff City Middle School), Kenneth Carrico (Sullivan South High School), Brandon Woods (Cloudland High School), Brandon Guffey (Abington) Bradley Fore (Sullivan County), and Justin Conway (Elizabethton). We know you will make wonderful teachers as you pass on your knowledge and love of music.
We are very proud of all of our graduates! Please click on the "Alumni" link on the left to tell us where you are and what you're doing.
Congratulations to Dr. Maria Niederberger
Dr. Maria Niederbeger's composition "Mountain Visions" for solo violin, a "story" about Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN, was selected for the International (IAWM) Congress at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ (Sept. 15 to 18, 2011). Her piece will receive a performance on September 15, 2011 with renown German violinist René Kubelik featuring as soloist. For more information about Dr. Niederberger's compositions, please visit her website at www.maniederberger.com.
$1100 Raised for Tsunami Relief
On April 9, 2011, flute students in the ETSU Suzuki Studies Program raised $1100 for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.
ETSU Graduate Publishes Flute Quartet
ETSU music alumnus Kelly Drouillard (graduated in 2010) published her flute quartet entitled "Emerald Hills and Sapphire Sea" with Flute World Co. She has written this work during her composition studies with Dr. Maria A. Niederberger at ETSU Music.
Congratulations, Kelly! We are very proud of all of our graduates' accomplishments!
Award Given to ETSU Music Faculty
ETSU French horn instructor Jeffery Whaley was recently awarded the College of Arts and Sciences' "Non-Regular Faculty Award" for the 2010-2011 Academic Year. Jeffery also recently won Principal Horn of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra after lengthy international audition process.
ETSU Wind Ensemble was selected to be featured at the most recent TN Music Education Association Conference in Nashville, TN. The ensemble took the stage on Friday April 8 to represent the department and university for an audience of the finest music students and educators throughout Tennessee.
The ETSU Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Jenrette, went on tour from March 6th -15th to Szeged, Budapest, and Vienna. To see more pictures from their European travels, go to the ETSU Music Alumni and Friends page on facebook.
ETSU Piano Students rated very highly in State Competition at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music on Saturday, November 6, 2010.
Eunqing Zhou was named winner of the MTNA Steinway College Artist Competition and will advance to the semifinal round where he will compete with state winners from nine states for the right to advance to the national finals at the MTNA National Conference in Milwaukee.
Hanbo Ma was named runner-up and alternate of the MTNA Steinway Collegiate Artist Competition.
Matthew Brickey was named runner-up in the TMTA College Piano Competition, and Zixi Zhou received Honorable Mention.
Katherine Benson, junior at ETSU University School, was named Honorable Mention in the Tennessee round of the MTNA Yamaha Senior Piano Competition.
Anonymous Donor Starts Endowed String Scholarship
The ETSU Department of Music is pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has given $5,000 toward the development of a $10,000 "ETSU Strings Scholarship Endowment." The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to students at East Tennessee State University who wish to pursue an undergraduate music degree in instrumental performance and/or music education with an emphasis on stringed instruments. Recipients must perform on either violin, viola, cello, and/or double bass. "This is exciting news for all of our current and future string majors," stated Dr. Frank Grzych, Chair, Department of Music. All requirements for this scholarship are posted in the music office.
Once this endowed scholarship is totally funded, which is at the $10,000 level, scholarship auditions will be established and awards given to qualifying students. The Department of Music seeks everyone's assistance in raising the remaining $5,000 to complete this endowment. Anyone interested in supporting this new scholarship can either contact Ms. Tisha Harrison in the University Foundation Office (439-6145) or Dr. Frank Grzych in the Department of Music (439-4270) ... or simply send a check to the ETSU Foundation Office and state on the memo line: String Endowed Scholarship. The Department of Music deeply appreciates the kind gift from our gracious anonymous donors.
Pictures from ...
"A Week of Musical Celebration" ... the Department of Music's saluteto the East Tennessee State University Centennial Celebration ...
Dr. Frank Grzych conducts the combined ETSU Chorale and Symphonic Wind Ensemble in " Mountain Memories" by Michael Davis. Also pictured is Professor Herbert Parker, narrator ...
The 5 Browns offer a master class to ETSU piano students and area
music teachers ... Yunquig Zhou is seen here performing on a Steinway piano for the 5 Browns ...
One of the 5 Browns pianos is loaded into Culp Auditorium thanks to help from Phi Mu Alpha ...
Avis and Ronald Romm invited Dr. David Champouillon to perform a
selection in the Trumpet and Piano Celebration held at 1st Presbyterian
Ronald and Avis Romm present a master class for students and area
music educators ...
Earl Stuckenbruck tunes the 5 Browns' pianos before the Steinway
Dedication Concert ...
Dr. Frank Grzych introduces the ETSU piano faculty and students to VIPs and donors at a reception prior to the 5 Browns Concert ...
Dr. Paul Stanton, President of East Tennessee State University, welcomes
audience members attending the 5 Browns concert ...
Ron Losby, President of Steinway & Sons talks about Steinway pianos ...
Steinway President Ron Losby presents the "All Steinway School"
plaque to ETSU President Dr. Paul Stanton ...
The 5 Browns in concert ...
After the concert ...
The 5 Browns
Back Row -
Dr. Chih-long Hu - ETSU Piano Faculty
Dr. Benjamin Caton - ETSU Piano Faculty
Sally Coveleski - Steinways & Sons, New York
Dr. Frank Grzych - ETSU Department of Music, Chair
Dr. Paul Stanton, ETSU President
Ron Losby, Steinway & Sons President
Mrs. Sandy Powell and Mr. James Powell - Steinway Donors
Bill Metcalfe - Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville
Brandon Herrenbruck - Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville
Tommy Edds - District Manager of Steinway & Sons
ETSU Music Instructor Martin Walters Earns Third Grammy Nomination
The contemporary jazz group " Spyro Gyra" who performed as part of the East Tennessee State University 2009 Homecoming activities, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Their album " Down The Wire" was mixed by ETSU double bass instructor and jazz combo director Martin Walters. This is the third album that Mr. Walters has mixed for Spyro Gyra, with all three earning a Grammy nomination from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Mr. Walters took home a Grammy in the category "Best Contemporary World Music Album" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as engineering and producing Jazz Week's " 2009 Record of the Year" with Esperanza Spalding.
Famed Violinist Mark O'Connor Brings His String/Fiddle Camp to ETSU
Famed violinist Mark O'Connor brought his summer "String/Fiddle Camp" to the campus of East Tennessee State University. Starting the week of June 21st music soared around the campus as students from across the nation and as far away as Germany learned more about string/fiddle performance. Over 100 campers were present for five days of music classes and performances. One performance experience took place around the alumni carillon as campers, together with Mark O'Connor, performed a "theme and variations" on the Westminster Chimes. As the program ended the carillon's chimes sounded the top of the hour. What a finale! For more information regarding Mark O'Connor visit the Mark O'Connor Website. .
Piano Performance Major Hanbo Ma Places at International Competition
Hanbo Ma, from China, recently placed 3rd in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, CA. She has studied piano since the age of four with Mr. Lufei and Mr. Hong Huang in Zhengzhou. After being admitted to Wuhan Conservatory's elementary school and high school, she studied with Dr. Bin Su and Dr. Yi-ching Ng. She has received awards from the Asia-Pacific Schumann Competition, 71st Steinway Competition, and the Wuhan Conservatory of Music Piano Competition. Hanbo is a freshman piano performance major here at East Tennessee State University where she studies with Dr. Chih-Long Hu. CONGRATULATIONS HANBO!
Rachel Barger Wins National Scholarship
Our congratulations go to Department of Music student Rachel Barger. Rachel is a clarinet major and received one of twelve undergraduate scholarships nationwide given by Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. for the 2010/2011 academic year. Rachel is a Senior music major from Kingsport, TN.
Department of Music announces the Nicholas L. Tate Music Education Scholarship Endowment
The Department of Music is honored to announce the gift of an endowed scholarship by the Craig and Marianna Tate Duncan Family. The " Nicholas L. Tate Music Education Scholarship Endowment" is established to honor the memory of their son, Nicholas Loran Tate. Born in Colorado and raised in Maryland, Nicholas was a talented instrumental musician who spent the last five years of his life working with special needs children. Nicholas lost his life in September 2009. This scholarship will serve as a testament to Nicholas' love of music and will be awarded, through audition, to a music major specializing in music education.
CONGRATULATIONS to Joshua Golden
Joshua Golden, vocal music major, has been selected for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass. Joshua is a student of Dr. Thomas Jenrette and will be conducting "Beati quorum via" Op. 38, No. 3, by composer Charles Stanford. He will travel to Memphis, TN, March 10-13, 2010 for the Southern Division ACDA conference and is one of four students selected for this honor. Other student honorees are from Virginia, Louisiana, and Florida. CONGRATULATIONS Joshua Golden!
TenBucsWorth to Sing at National Conference
TenBucsWorth has been invited to sing the opening concert at the national convention of the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses Conference at Miami University in March, 2010. This ten member male chorus is under the direction of Dr. Thomas Jenrette, Director of Choral Activities at ETSU. More information will be posted as it becomes available.