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The Official Publication of the Tennessee Music Education Association<br />

TMEA 2023<br />




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TMEA 2023<br />



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by Kathleen Carter Bell<br />

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VOLUME <strong>75</strong>, NO. 2

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2023 VOLUME <strong>75</strong>, <strong>No</strong>. 2<br />


04<br />

05<br />

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TMEA Board and Council Directory<br />

2022-2023<br />

Tennessee <strong>Musician</strong> Advertiser Index<br />

Issue <strong>No</strong>. 2<br />

TMEA President’s Message<br />

Ryan Fisher<br />

24<br />

27<br />


Never Take “<strong>No</strong>” from an Inanimate<br />

Object: A Guide for Teaching Oboists<br />

by Kathleen Carter Bell<br />

TMEA Back Then<br />

May 1964<br />

Tennessee <strong>Musician</strong> is mailed to members four times each year at an annual<br />

subscription rate of $5.00 (included in dues).<br />

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TMEA 2023 Conference<br />

Performance Ensembles<br />

TMEA 2023 All-State Conductors<br />

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tmea executive board<br />

TMEA Executive Director<br />

Michael W. Chester<br />

michael.chester@tnmea.org<br />

TMEA President<br />

Ryan Fisher, Ph.D.<br />

ryan.fisher@tnmea.org<br />

TMEA President-Elect<br />

Joel Denton<br />

leaderslead@yahoo.com<br />

TMEA Immediate Past-President<br />

Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry<br />

derryberrya@rcschools.net<br />

TMEA Secretary<br />

Dian Eddleman<br />

deddleman@usjbruins.org<br />

tmea council<br />

WTGMEA President<br />

Jennifer Proseus<br />

wtgmeamemphis@yahoo.com<br />

WTGMEA President-Elect<br />

Allen Moody<br />

amoodyteacher@gmail.com<br />

WTVMEA President<br />

Adrian Maclin<br />

maclinal@scsk12.org<br />

WTVMEA President-Elect<br />

Reachel Hudgins<br />

reachelhudgins@dcchoctaws.net<br />

WTSBOA President<br />

Jennifer Cupples<br />

jennifer.cupples@wcsk12tn.net<br />

WTSBOA President-Elect<br />

Benjamin Martin<br />

bmartin@huntingdonschools.net<br />

tmea board of directors<br />

TMEA State General Music Chair<br />

Ben Torres<br />

benjamin.torres@cmcss.net<br />

TMEA State Choral Chair<br />

Demetrius Robinson, Ed.S.<br />

dlrbnsn2@memphis.edu<br />

TMEA State Orchestra Chair<br />

Cynthia Wright<br />

cynthia.wright@maryville-schools.org<br />

TMEA State Band Chair<br />

Ollie Liddell, Ph.D.<br />

liddello@scsk12.org<br />

TMEA State Higher Education Chair<br />

Lauren Ramey, Ph.D.<br />

lauren.e.ramey@gmail.com<br />

MTGMEA President<br />

Corynn York<br />

yorkc@rcschools.net<br />

MTGMEA President-Elect<br />

Abbi Miller<br />

abigail.miller@cityschools.net<br />

MTVA President<br />

Lorna Pyka<br />

lornapyka@yahoo.com<br />

MTVA President-Elect<br />

T.J. McLaughlin<br />

t.j.mclaughlin@sumnerschools.org<br />

MTSBOA President<br />

J.R. Baker<br />

john.baker@rcstn.net<br />

MTSBOA President-Elect<br />

Stacy Jernigan<br />

stacy.jernigan000@gmail.com<br />

TMEA NAfME Collegiate Chair<br />

Michael Chandler, Ph.D.<br />

chandlermd@apsu.edu<br />

TMEA Society for Music Teacher<br />

Education/Research Chair<br />

Loneka Wilkinson Battiste, Ph.D.<br />

lbattis2@utk.edu<br />

TMEA Advocacy and<br />

Government Relations Chair<br />

Christopher Dye, Ed.D.<br />

christopher.dye@mtsu.edu<br />

TMEA Communications Manager,<br />

Publications Editor and<br />

Advertising Manager<br />

Anna Laura Williams<br />

anna.laura.williams@tnmea.org<br />

ETGMEA President<br />

Bryant Adler<br />

etgmea@gmail.com<br />

ETGMEA President-Elect<br />

Hannah Strong<br />

hannahstrong@hvocals.com<br />

ETVA President<br />

Kristen Wiram<br />

KristenWi@gmail.com<br />

ETVA President-Elect<br />

William Brimer<br />

william.brimer@knoxschools.org<br />

ETSBOA President<br />

Jim Burton<br />

president@etsboa.org<br />

ETSBOA President-Elect<br />

Megan Christian<br />

presidentelect@etsboa.org<br />

tmea project chairs<br />

TMEA Modern Band Education Chair<br />

Michael Parsons<br />

mlparsons@briarcrest.com<br />

TMEA Jazz Education Policy Chair<br />

Frank Zimmerer, Ed.D.<br />

frank.zimmerer@mnps.org<br />

TMEA Tri-M Chair<br />

Pamela Wilensky<br />

wilenskypb@scsk12.org<br />

TMEA Music In Our Schools Month Chair<br />

Lisa Crunk<br />

crunkl@bedfordk12tn.net<br />

TMEA Music Merchants Industry Chair<br />

Scott Lane<br />

scott@lanemusic.com<br />

TMEA Retired Teachers Chair<br />

Deborah Gouge<br />

debbie.gouge@ecschools.net<br />

TMEA Webmaster<br />

John Womack<br />

john.womack@tnmea.org<br />

tmea all-state & conference management team<br />

<strong>TN</strong> All-State Choral Chair<br />

Brian Russell, DMA<br />

brian.russell@tnmea.org<br />

<strong>TN</strong> All-State Instrumental Chair<br />

Carter <strong>No</strong>blin<br />

carter.noblin@tnmea.org<br />

<strong>TN</strong> All-State Jazz Band Chair<br />

Cord Martin<br />

corderyl.martin@gmail.com<br />

<strong>TN</strong> Treble Honor Choir Chair<br />

Tiffany Barton<br />

tntreblechoir@gmail.com<br />

TMEA Conference<br />

Registration Chair<br />

Mark Garey<br />

mgarey86@comcast.net<br />

TMEA Conference Performing<br />

Ensembles Instrumental Chair<br />

John Mears<br />

mearsj@rcschools.net<br />

TMEA Conference Performing<br />

Ensembles Choral Chair<br />

Susan Kelly, DMA<br />

kellysu@rcschools.net<br />

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TENNESSEE MUSICIAN ADVERTISER INDEX | VOLUME <strong>75</strong>, <strong>No</strong>. 2<br />

Tennessee <strong>Musician</strong><br />

The Official Publication of the<br />

Tennessee Music Education<br />

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The Tennessee Music Education<br />

Association (TMEA) was officially<br />

formed in 1945 as a voluntary, nonprofit<br />

organization representing<br />

all phases of music education at all<br />

school levels. The mission of TMEA<br />

is to promote the advancement of<br />

high-quality music education for all.<br />

Active TMEA membership is open to<br />

all persons currently teaching music<br />

and others with a special interest<br />

or involvement in music education.<br />

Collegiate memberships and<br />

retired memberships are available.<br />

Additional membership information<br />

is available on the TMEA website:<br />

www.tnmea.org.<br />

The Tennessee <strong>Musician</strong> was<br />

founded in 1948 with J. Clark Rhodes<br />

appointed by the TMEA Board of<br />

Control as inaugural editor.<br />

Tennessee <strong>Musician</strong> was preceded<br />

by an earlier publication, Tennessee<br />

Music Editors’ Downbeat, which was<br />

discontinued by the TMEA Board of<br />

Control at the spring board meeting,<br />

held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in<br />

1948.<br />

All advertising and editorial<br />

materials should be sent to<br />

Anna Laura Williams, Managing<br />

Editor and Advertising Manager;<br />

anna.laura.williams@tnmea.org;<br />

615-784-8632.<br />

Advertising information is available<br />

on the TMEA website:<br />

https://www.tnmea.org/advertising.<br />

html. Submit editorial materials by<br />

e-mail in Microsoft Word format.<br />

<strong>No</strong>n-member subscriptions and<br />

single copy orders can be placed via<br />

e-mail to the editor.<br />

Deadlines for advertisement orders<br />

and editorial materials:<br />

Issue <strong>No</strong>. 1 – Deadline: September 15<br />

(in home delivery: December/January);<br />

Issue <strong>No</strong>. 2 – Deadline: <strong>No</strong>vember 15<br />

(in home delivery: January/February);<br />

Issue <strong>No</strong>. 3 – Deadline: February 15<br />

(in home delivery: March/April);<br />

Issue <strong>No</strong>. 4 – Deadline: April 15<br />

(in home delivery: May/June)<br />

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the articles included in the Tennessee<br />

<strong>Musician</strong> are those of the authors and<br />

do not necessarily reflect the official<br />

policy or position of TMEA, the<br />

members, the staff, or the advertisers.<br />

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Tennessee Music Education Association leadership has been<br />

hard at work over the last few months. I am excited to share<br />

more information about the exceptional successes that your<br />

TMEA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Council<br />

Members, and Project Chairs have accomplished for you.<br />

Our organization now has a TMEA Constitution and has<br />

substantially amended our TMEA Bylaws to improve the<br />

overall flow and structure while also removing redundancies<br />

and contradictions. You can review these recently adopted<br />

amendments on the TMEA website.<br />

One of my priorities as president of TMEA was to create our<br />

first Equity in Music committee. The board approved the<br />

committee members at the end of the Fall semester, and the<br />

committee has now had several meetings. Roland Wilson and<br />

Jasmine Fripp are co-chairing this important committee, and<br />

they have already started several research projects to examine<br />

equity in our organization and our music programs across<br />

the state. The committee will also present a session at the<br />

conference and solicit your feedback on your perceptions of<br />

diversity, equity, inclusion and access to develop programming<br />

to address potential issues identified.<br />

We are also elated to launch the inaugural All-State Modern<br />

Band this Spring. Our TMEA Modern Band Project Chair,<br />

Michael Parsons, has done a fantastic job in organizing the<br />

audition process and will host and lead the ensemble at<br />

Briarcrest High School prior to our professional development<br />

conference. We hope to show you some video footage from the<br />

modern band event at the conference.<br />

As we approach our 64th Annual Tennessee Music Education<br />

Association Conference, I want to encourage you to purchase<br />

your ticket to attend the TMEA Awards Banquet on<br />

Thursday, April 20, 2023. Dr. Cedric Dent, MTSU professor<br />

and Take 6 legend, will present the keynote address, and Susan<br />

Smith, President-Elect of the NAfME Southern Division,<br />

will share information on the exciting things our national<br />

organization has done and is planning to execute in the coming<br />

months and years. My favorite part of this event is recognizing<br />

our outstanding music educators in Tennessee. We have added<br />

several award categories in order to ensure music teachers of<br />

various grade levels are acknowledged for the essential work<br />

they do to expose our students to a quality music education.<br />

Sound Fuzion, the phenomenal modern band from the<br />

University of Memphis, will perform at the conclusion of<br />

our banquet.<br />

In this issue, you will read about the incredible ensembles<br />

that have been selected to perform at this year’s conference.<br />

On Wednesday evening of the conference, we will present two<br />

community music ensembles: Tennessee Wind Symphony<br />

and Music City Chorus. Thursday morning will feature the<br />

Collierville High School Wind Ensemble; the <strong>No</strong>lensville<br />

High School Wind Ensemble will perform afterwards as part<br />

of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Awards Ceremony.<br />

That afternoon, we will present a power-packed, two-hour choral<br />

performance session that features Athena Treble Choir from<br />

Stewarts Creek High School, the Farragut High School<br />

Advanced Mixed Choir, TEBA (Tenor Bass) Chorale from<br />

Middle Tennessee State University, and the Cordova High<br />

School Concert Singers. We will also have chamber ensemble<br />

performances during the conference from the percussion<br />

ensembles at Blackman Middle School, Blackman High<br />

School, and East Tennessee State University.<br />

Finally, our All-State ensembles will be led by a diverse<br />

representation of the very best conductors and educators in our<br />

country. You can read more about their accolades and credentials<br />

in this issue. I can’t wait to witness the impact these talented<br />

directors will make on our students. If you haven’t already,<br />

be sure you register for the 64th Annual TMEA Conference<br />

immediately. All details on the presenters and schedule<br />

are available through our conference app (Whova). This<br />

conference will be one you will not want to miss.<br />

Ryan Fisher, Ph.D.<br />

39th TMEA President<br />

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Performance on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 9:00 p.m<br />

The Tennessee Wind Symphony (TWS) was founded in 1991.<br />

It presents a year-round series of concerts in a wide range of<br />

venues. The TWS is dedicated to excellence in symphonic<br />

band performance and to providing quality band music for the<br />

people of Tennessee.<br />

In addition to a regular schedule of concerts in Tennessee, the<br />

TWS has performed in Washington, D.C.; London, England; and twice at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. The TWS has received numerous<br />

awards and recognitions, most notably the 2007-2008 John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Scroll, <strong>No</strong>rth America’s most<br />

prestigious award for community concert bands.<br />

The Wind Symphony typically provides admission-free concerts, being a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in the State of<br />

Tennessee, funded entirely through membership dues, donations, and corporate sponsors. The TWS membership consists of a wide<br />

range of ages, professions, and musical backgrounds. Members live and work all over East Tennessee, assembling weekly in Knoxville<br />

for rehearsals.<br />

The Tennessee Wind Symphony is a member of the Association of Concert Bands, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and<br />

is supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission.<br />

Dr. John Culvahouse<br />

John N. Culvahouse retired as Professor of Music Education at Kennesaw State University in<br />

2014. From 1991 until 2007, he served on the faculty at the University of Georgia, where he was a<br />

tenured Associate Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty. Prior to his appointment at UGA<br />

in 1991, Dr. Culvahouse taught in the public schools in South Carolina and Tennessee for seventeen<br />

years, where he directed high school, middle school, and elementary school bands. He received the<br />

Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Doctor<br />

of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina. In 2014, he was elected to<br />

the membership of the American Bandmasters Association. On April 24, 2018, he was appointed<br />

Conductor of the Tennessee Wind Symphony.<br />

Dr. Wayne Dorothy<br />

Wayne F. Dorothy, Professor of Music Emeritus, recently retired as Director of Bands and<br />

Professor of Music from Hardin-Simmons University where, for sixteen years, he conducted<br />

the Concert Band, “The World Famous” Cowboy Band, and taught graduate and undergraduate<br />

classes in conducting, band repertoire, and music education. His 39-year teaching career included<br />

appointments at Ball State University, <strong>No</strong>rth Dakota State University, Morehead State University,<br />

Kansas State University, and eight years as a public-school band director in Tennessee. Dorothy<br />

earned the B.S. and M.S. in music education from the University of Tennessee and the Doctor of<br />

Arts in conducting from Ball State University. His honors include the National Band Association’s<br />

“Citation of Excellence,” “1999 <strong>No</strong>rth Dakota Band Director of the Year,” Sigma Alpha Iota “Friend<br />

of the Arts,” East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association Honorary Lifetime Member, and<br />

elected membership in Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster’s Fraternity (1985) and Pi Kappa<br />

Lambda. In 2008, his Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band performed at the College Band<br />

Directors National Association Southwest Region Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.<br />

Dorothy has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in 17 states and performs as a clarinetist and saxophonist. Dorothy<br />

held elected office in the Texas Music Educators Association and served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association,<br />

East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association, and <strong>No</strong>rth Dakota Music Educators Association. He has numerous publications,<br />

including entries in four volumes of the GIA Teaching Music through Performance in Band series.<br />

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Performance on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 9:00 p.m.<br />

Under the direction of Dusty Schleier, the Music City Chorus<br />

(MCC) is a premier men’s a cappella chorus based in Nashville,<br />

Tennessee, known for its captivating and entertaining<br />

performances of diverse repertoire, including barbershop,<br />

musical theater, pop, and holiday favorites. MCC recently<br />

presented its second show at the historic Ryman Auditorium<br />

in December 2022 with special guest artist David Phelps. For the first time in its <strong>75</strong>-year history, MCC was crowned International<br />

Chorus Champion of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2022, fulfilling the dream of its 80+ chorus members.<br />

MCC focuses on building fellowship and camaraderie through the barbershop style. MCC is fortunate to have an incredibly talented<br />

music leadership team, with certified directors and coaches who seek to build the individual vocal craft and musicianship of each<br />

chorus member. Music, and especially a capella singing, has the power to change lives for the better; MCC takes its role seriously as<br />

an arts community leader in Middle Tennessee, striving to share their love and passion for vocal excellence with as many as possible.<br />

Performing at TMEA is a huge honor for the chorus, and it helps them fulfill their mission of exceptional singing and lifelong learning.<br />

Dusty Schleier<br />

Dusty Schleier joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1989. He is a second-generation<br />

barbershopper, and “grew up” singing with the three-time International Champion Phoenicians<br />

chorus. He served as an assistant director with the Phoenicians and directed the Mesa, AZ, chapter<br />

from 1998-2000.<br />

In June of 2000, Dusty moved to Connecticut and later won the <strong>No</strong>rtheastern District Quartet<br />

Championship with Prelude. He directed the Bridgeport, CT, and the Westchester County, NY,<br />

chapters while living in the northeast. He led the Westchester Chordsmen to multiple<br />

Mid-Atlantic division championships as well as a Buckeye Invitational Championship. Dusty is<br />

also a past International Quartet competitor with Resolution and a four-time International Quartet<br />

Finalist with <strong>TN</strong>S.<br />

In 2007, Dusty relocated to Nashville and is the Director of Meetings & Conventions for the<br />

Barbershop Harmony Society. Dusty is a certified Performance Judge and travels the country coaching quartets & choruses. He<br />

resides in Smyrna, <strong>TN</strong>, with his wife, Erica, and daughter, Scarlett.<br />

Rick Spencer<br />

Rick Spencer has spent over three-quarters of his life immersed in barbershop harmony. He joined<br />

the Barbershop Harmony Society at age 10 and has dedicated most of his life to teaching others<br />

about the barbershop art form.<br />

As a quartet singer, Rick has won numerous district-level awards and has placed as high as 4th in<br />

international competition. He is a Music Judge for the Barbershop Harmony Society, a published<br />

arranger of men’s and women’s a cappella choral music, and an active music coach and clinician.<br />

Originally from Connecticut, Rick holds degrees in music and music education from the University<br />

of Connecticut. When he’s not doing music, Rick loves spending time with his wife Heather and<br />

their combined family of six children.<br />

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Performance on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.<br />

The Collierville Wind Ensemble (Collierville High School)<br />

is the top performance group comprised of 9th-12th grade<br />

students. The wind ensemble's mission is to expose students<br />

to the rich history of wind band literature and create<br />

memorable performance for the Collierville community. The ensemble has earned consistent superior ratings in concert<br />

performance assessment and ASBDA awards of distinction. The ensemble has worked with several esteemed conductors,<br />

including Dr. Scott Jones (Ohio State University), Dr. Steve Moore (University of Miami), Dr. Steven Meyer (<strong>No</strong>rthern Arizona<br />

University), Dr. Christopher Morehouse (Southern Illinois University), Dr. Benjamin Diden (Georgia Tech University), and Dr.<br />

Albert Nguyen (University of Memphis).<br />

Thomas Richardson<br />

Mr. Thomas Richardson is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the<br />

University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music in Education and the University of<br />

Southern Illinois with a Master of Music in Wind Conducting.<br />

Prior to joining Collierville High School, Mr. Richardson was Director of Bands at Berkeley High<br />

School in South Carolina before moving to Tennessee. From 2017 to July 2019, Mr. Richardson<br />

was vital to the growth of Collierville High School as the Associate Director of Bands. The<br />

concert bands earned consistent superior ratings, the winter guards were MIA medalists (2018-<br />

2019), and the jazz band earned its first superior rating in 2019. Mr. Richardson then became<br />

the Director of Bands at Collierville in the Fall of 2019 continuing the growth of the program<br />

to three concert bands, all earning superior ratings at concert assessment. The marching band<br />

became BOA regional finalist in 2019. The CHS band program has continued to grow their<br />

participation in the All-West, All-State, NAfME, and MFA national honor bands each year.<br />

Mr. Richardson’s professional organizations include the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee<br />

Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. He still performs with multiple professional performing<br />

groups, including the Charleston Wind Symphony (South Carolina), Sacred Winds Ensemble (Pikeville, KY), and the<br />

Memphis Wind Ensemble. He continues to volunteer time to local band programs as an adjudicator and clinician. Mr.<br />

Richardson is the current conductor of the Memphis Youth Wind Ensemble and serves on the executive board for the<br />

Scheidt School of Music summer music programs.<br />

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Performance on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 11:30 a.m.<br />

The <strong>No</strong>lensville Wind Ensemble (<strong>No</strong>lensville High School)<br />

is the premiere instrumental ensemble of <strong>No</strong>lensville Band.<br />

Currently in its fifth year, the Wind Ensemble is comprised<br />

of advanced young musicians representing grades 9 through<br />

12. The ensemble consistently produces MTSBOA All Mid-<br />

State Honor Band and Tennessee All-State Band members. In addition to annually achieving unanimous superior ratings at Concert<br />

Performance Assessment and the ASBDA Award of Distinction in Concert Performance, the <strong>No</strong>lensville Wind Ensemble performed<br />

before 8 million viewers as a televised featured on ABC World News Tonight With David Muir. The ensemble is honored to perform<br />

the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame Concert at the 64 th Annual Tennessee Music Education Association Conference,<br />

which will feature the premiere of the first <strong>No</strong>lensville Band commission by composer Brant Karrick.<br />

Benjamin Easley<br />

Benjamin Easley serves as Director of Bands at <strong>No</strong>lensville High School, the newest Williamson<br />

County Schools high school which opened in 2016. Prior to starting <strong>No</strong>lensville Band, Mr. Easley<br />

began his Tennessee teaching career at John Overton High School. He previously served as<br />

Associate Band Director at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, where his concert<br />

ensembles achieved the UIL Sweepstakes Award and the Mighty Ram Band performed his<br />

original compositions and arrangements as finalists at the 2012 TX UIL 5A State Marching<br />

Contest and multiple Bands of America Regional Championships.<br />

Under his leadership, <strong>No</strong>lensville Band membership has increased by 450% since its beginnings<br />

in 2016. In addition to consistently earning unanimous superior ratings at Concert Performance<br />

Assessment and the ASBDA Award of Distinction in Concert Performance, recent <strong>No</strong>lensville Band<br />

performances include appearances at the 49th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards,<br />

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and Nissan Stadium for the Tennessee Titans.<br />

Honored as a four-time CMA Music Teacher of Excellence, Manilow Music Teacher Award winner, School Band & Orchestra Magazine’s<br />

“50 Directors Who Make a Difference,” and 2018-2019 <strong>No</strong>lensville High School Teacher of the Year, Mr. Easley graduated summa cum<br />

laude with a B.M. in Trombone Performance, M.M. in Instrumental Conducting, M.M. in Music Education, and M.M. in Music Theory<br />

Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His primary professional mentors include Jack Delaney, John Kitzman,<br />

Ray Conklin, Lynne Jackson, Brian Merrill, Frank Troyka, and John Easley. As a performing artist, Mr. Easley has collaborated and<br />

performed live with Grammy-winning recording artists including Josh Groban, <strong>No</strong>rah Jones, Shane & Shane, and Béla Fleck & the<br />

Flecktones. He currently resides in <strong>No</strong>lensville with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters, Ella (8) and Harper (6).<br />

Regina Go<br />

Regina Go serves as Assistant Band Director for <strong>No</strong>lensville High School and Mill Creek Middle<br />

School in <strong>No</strong>lensville, Tennessee. A native of Indiana, Regina graduated from Indiana University<br />

in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music Education. During that time, she performed with nearly every<br />

IU band and orchestra, including the Wind Ensemble and the Philharmonic Orchestra. She also<br />

performed at the Foster Farms Bowl in 2016 during her time with the IU Marching Hundred. She<br />

has been a member of the Steel Pan and the Afro-Cuban ensembles and performed with many extracurricular<br />

ensembles, such as the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble. Regina spent multiple years<br />

with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (summers of 2015, 2016, and 2018).<br />

Throughout her undergraduate career, Regina built and shared her skills as a middle and high school<br />

educator. She taught at Ben Davis High School (Indianapolis, IN) and served as a lead percussion<br />

instructor for Edgewood High School (Ellettsville, IN). She has taught private lessons since 2015,<br />

teaching lessons to students anywhere from ages 5-22. In 2019, Regina moved to Tennessee and<br />

became the Assistant Band Director at Woodland Middle School, and simultaneously worked with the Ravenwood High School marching<br />

band and winter percussion ensembles in Brentwood, Tennessee. She taught there for three years before moving to her current position<br />

in <strong>No</strong>lensville.<br />

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Performance on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.<br />

The Athena Treble Choir is the flagship treble ensemble of<br />

the Stewarts Creek High School choral program, which also<br />

includes the Apollo Contra Ensemble (advanced tenor/bass),<br />

Bel Canto (intermediate treble), Giovani Voci (beginning<br />

treble), and Meistersingers (beginning tenor/bass). The<br />

Stewarts Creek Choirs are one division of the Stewarts Creek<br />

Fine Arts Academy, which, along with Visual Arts, Theater,<br />

and Instrumental Music, offers a collaborative, conservatory-style education within Stewarts Creek High School, offering students<br />

a focused study in the Arts while enjoying the benefits of a comprehensive public high school. The Academy also offers the Stewarts<br />

Creek Arts Certificate, a four-year diploma program that offers the highest-achieving students guided opportunities for growth, such<br />

as monthly advisory sessions, yearly performance evaluations, and a senior Capstone Recital/Portfolio juried by Stewarts Creek<br />

faculty. Nearly fifty students in the Stewarts Creek Choral and Theater programs take private voice instruction from two applied<br />

voice faculty who teach during the school day. Stewarts Creek students perform in two voice recitals and masterclasses each year.<br />

Stewarts Creek voice students are past winners of Regional NATS competitions and the Orpheus Vocal Competition and are regularly<br />

accepted into the All-County Choirs, Mid-State Choirs, All-State Choirs, Governor’s School for the Arts, and Regional/National<br />

Honor Choirs of the American Choral Directors Association.<br />

Dr. Susan Kelly<br />

Dr. Susan Kelly is Director of Choirs at Stewarts Creek High School, where she conducts five choirs,<br />

teaches Dual Enrollment Ear Training, and music directs the campus musicals and operas. She<br />

joined the faculty of Stewarts Creek in 2020. Prior to coming to Stewarts Creek, Dr. Kelly served as<br />

an Assistant Professor of Music/Choral Director at Tennessee State University where she directed the<br />

University Choir and Meistersingers, taught classes in Music Education and Conducting, and taught<br />

Applied Voice. She currently serves as an associate conductor for Vox Grata Women’s Choir and as<br />

Adult Choir Director at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro. Dr. Kelly is also in demand as<br />

a guest conductor, having recently conducted the KY-ACDA All-State Middle-School Choir, as well<br />

as choirs in Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. Additionally, she has sung<br />

soprano with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a professional choir based in eastern Tennessee and The<br />

Cecilia Ensemble, based in Augusta, Georgia. Susan holds undergraduate degrees in Music Education<br />

and English Education from Wilkes University, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Temple<br />

University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Prior to her move to<br />

Tennessee, Susan was active in both PennsylvaniaMusic Educators Association (in which she served as Choral Coordinator of District<br />

9) and ACDA (in which she served as President-Elect Designate of PA-ACDA). She is serving as the Vice-President of <strong>TN</strong>-ACDA.<br />

Dr. Brian Russell<br />

Dr. Brian Russell is Director of Choirs at Stewarts Creek High School, where he conducts five<br />

choirs, teaches Dual Enrollment Music Theory, music directs the campus musicals and operas,<br />

and is Fine Arts Department Chair. Dr. Russell founded the Choral Program when Stewarts<br />

Creek opened in Spring 2013. Dr. Russell holds his Bachelor of Music degree from MTSU where<br />

he studied trombone, piano, violin, and voice. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees<br />

in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he won the coveted<br />

Walter Hagan Conducting Prize and the Julius Herford Prize, awarded for outstanding research<br />

in his dissertation on the music of G. P. Telemann. Before returning to Murfreesboro in 2012,<br />

Dr. Russell was Assistant Professor of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington) and<br />

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY), where he conducted vocal and instrumental<br />

ensembles, taught conducting and courses in secondary instrumental and vocal methods. He has also<br />

taught middle and high school instrumental and vocal music at five different schools in Rutherford and Sumner counties.<br />

He has been an invited guest conductor and clinician for regional and All-State choirs across the Southeast, Midwest, and <strong>No</strong>rtheast.<br />

Dr. Russell is the Executive Music Director of Murfreesboro’s Ethos Youth Ensembles. Dr. Russell is also Director of Music at St.<br />

Andrew Lutheran Church in Franklin, the State Choral Performance Assessment Coordinator for the Tennessee Chapter of the<br />

American Choral Directors Association, and the All-State Choral Chair for the Tennessee Music Education Association. Dr.<br />

Russell lives in Murfreesboro with his wife and three children, all of whom attend Stewarts Creek schools.<br />

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Performance on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.<br />

The Advanced Mixed Choir is the premiere ensemble in the Farragut High School<br />

Choral Program. Students selected for this choir have completed at least one semester<br />

of study in vocal music during which they have shown exceptional musical skill. The<br />

group focuses on performing a variety of repertoire while building skill in music theory<br />

and sight reading. Members of this ensemble regularly participate in All East Honor<br />

Choir, All-State Choirs, and Governor’s School for the Arts. In the last two years, the<br />

Advanced Mixed Choir has performed for the opening session of the Tennessee State Senate, scored straight superior markings<br />

at JB Lyle and ACDA State Performance Assessment, and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.<br />

Mitchell Moore<br />

Mitchell Moore is the Director of Choirs at Farragut High School, where he directs Women’s Chorale,<br />

Men’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Advanced Women’s Choir, Advanced Mixed Choir, and vocal directs the<br />

annual musical. Originally from Tifton, Georgia, Mitchell graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education<br />

from Georgia College & State University (Milledgeville, GA) in 2015. He served as Director of Choirs<br />

at Howard High School (Macon, GA) from 2015-2018. In 2020, he graduated with a Master of Music<br />

in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, <strong>TN</strong>), where he directed the UT<br />

Women’s Chorale and VOLume men’s a cappella ensemble. Mitchell has been fortunate to participate<br />

in the 2019 Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute and the 2020 Southern Division ACDA Student<br />

Conducting Masterclass. He is proud to be serving his third year as the Choir Director at Farragut High<br />

School (Knoxville, <strong>TN</strong>).<br />



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Performance on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.<br />

The MTSU TEBA Chorale began singing together in the Fall<br />

of 2019. The ensemble is open to all university students,<br />

staff, and faculty who sing tenor or bass. They perform<br />

two concerts each semester, with a varied repertoire from<br />

madrigals to musical theatre. The ensemble encompasses<br />

students from across many majors, with over half being<br />

non-music majors such as audio production, plant and soil<br />

science, and aerospace. They were invited to perform for the Williamson County Men’s Choir Festival, and they regularly appear<br />

in MTSU’s “Joys of the Season” produced by the College of Liberal Arts.<br />

Angela Tipps<br />

Angela Tipps is completing her 25th year at MTSU. She conducts the MTSU TEBA and SOAL<br />

Chorales, teaches basic and choral conducting, coordinates the music appreciation courses in the<br />

School of Music, and often serves as musical director for the Department of Speech and Theatre.<br />

Angela recently became the Musical Director of the Middle Tennessee Choral Society, which<br />

performs major choral works with orchestra each semester. She is also the Organist and Director<br />

of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro. Her choirs have sung for TMEA, state<br />

and regional ACDA conferences, and have been recorded for NPR’s Performance Today. The MTSU<br />

SOAL Chorale was invited to perform in the Nashville Symphony Chorus’s “Voices of Spring”<br />

concert in 2019.<br />

Ms. Tipps received the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from MTSU and the Master<br />

of Church Music degree from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville. She studied conducting<br />

with Dr. Sandra Willetts and organ with Dr. Janette Fishell and Dr. Wilma Jensen. She is Past-<br />

President of the Tennessee chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and a past college representative for MTVA. An<br />

active conductor and clinician, Angela has conducted the Virginia All-State Mixed Chorus, the Governors School for the Arts, and<br />

various collegiate and high school festivals across the region.<br />

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Performance on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.<br />

The award-winning Concert Singers is the top-performing<br />

ensemble at Cordova High School. “The Singers” are<br />

comprised of 10th through 12th grade honor students and<br />

occasionally a few 9th graders who meet the audition and<br />

academic requirements; they must maintain a C average<br />

in their classes to perform with this ensemble. Of this<br />

ensemble, 30 of these singers made the All-Southwest Tennessee Senior High Honor choir. “The Singers” continuously receive<br />

superior ratings, best in class, and overall top ensemble at local and national competitions. In 2018, “The Singers” reached<br />

national acclaim with over 9 million views on Facebook for their musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and have had<br />

additional viral videos surpassing over a million views on both YouTube and Facebook. “The Singers” by invitation have performed<br />

in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Hawaii, and New York at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall. This past Spring, “The<br />

Singers” were selected to perform at the 2022 Southern Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Raleigh,<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina. The students continuously graduate with full vocal, choral, and academic scholarships to institutions of their choices.<br />

The Concert Singers are widely known for their inspiring and moving performances.<br />

Adrian Maclin<br />

Adrian Maclin is in his tenth year as director of choirs at Cordova High School. As a product<br />

of Memphis City Schools, Maclin was inspired by his middle and high school choral directors<br />

to become a music educator. Adrian is a graduate of Philander Smith College where earned his<br />

Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with emphasis on vocal performance.<br />

Adrian works hard to not only produce outstanding performing ensembles, but he is committed<br />

to educating and cultivating the total musician and student. Adrian works to inspire his<br />

students to allow music to inspire their next chapter in life. In addition to Adrian’s work at<br />

Cordova, he serves the Memphis-Shelby County School district on the Music Leadership team.<br />

In this role, Adrian’s primary focus is to support his choral colleagues and novice directors<br />

in professional development planning and presentations, and opportunities to organize team<br />

teaching and mentoring. Adrian also serves as President for the West Tennessee Vocal Music<br />

Educators Association and has served on the board for the Tennessee Chapter of the American<br />

Choral Directors Association. Through these roles, Adrian hopes he fulfill his part to aid in every child having access to a strong<br />

choral music education.<br />

Maclin has faithfully served his home church of Mount Moriah-East Baptist Church 18 years as the Minister of Music. Adrian<br />

has adjudicated festival as well as served as guest clinician in the Memphis area, Louisiana, Florida, and for the National Baptist<br />

Convention Lucie E. Campbell Music Workshop. Adrian was recently recognized by the Country Music Association Foundation<br />

as one of their 2020 Music Teachers of Excellence award recipients. Maclin has two daughters, Madison and McKenzie, who<br />

are the apples of his eye.<br />

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Tennessee All-State SATB Choir<br />

Dr. Julie Yu (She/Her/Hers) is Professor<br />

of Music and Co-Director of Choral<br />

Studies at Kansas State University<br />

where she oversees and conducts<br />

undergraduate choral ensembles,<br />

choral music education courses and<br />

the summer and residency Master<br />

of Music choral programs. Her choirs have performed in the<br />

following: Carnegie Hall; Hawaii; the National Cathedral in<br />

Washington, D.C.; Austria; the Czech Republic; France; Ireland;<br />

and Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music<br />

Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master<br />

of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma State<br />

University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral<br />

Conducting from the University of <strong>No</strong>rth Texas.<br />


Tennessee All-State TTBB Choir<br />

A two-time Michigan Emmy Award<br />

winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of<br />

Excellence recipient, and a 2015<br />

GRAMMY® Award nominee, Dr. Eugene<br />

Rogers is recognized as a leading<br />

conductor and pedagogue throughout<br />

the United States and abroad. In<br />

addition to being the founding director<br />

of EXIGENCE and the director of choirs and an associate professor<br />

of conducting at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rogers is the artistic<br />

director of The Washington Chorus (Washington D.C.). Rogers<br />

holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in choral music education from the<br />

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Master of Music<br />

and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from<br />

University of Michigan.<br />


Tennessee All-State SSAA Choir<br />

Dr. Jessica Nápoles is Professor<br />

of Choral Music Education and<br />

Conductor of the Concert Choir at<br />

the University of <strong>No</strong>rth Texas (UNT).<br />

A native of Florida with a Cuban-<br />

American background, Dr. Nápoles<br />

taught in the public schools of Miami<br />

and Orlando, Florida. She received<br />

three degrees in Music Education from the Florida State<br />

University. Dr. Nápoles has conducted All-State and honor<br />

choirs in seventeen states. Additionally, she guest conducted<br />

honor choirs for the ACDA Southern, Eastern, <strong>No</strong>rth Central/<br />

Central and Western regions of the American Choral Directors<br />

Association (ACDA) and was the featured conductor for the<br />

World Strides Honors Performance Series in Carnegie Hall on<br />

multiple occasions.<br />



Tennessee All-State Jazz Band<br />

Chief Master Sergeant Kevin Burns<br />

was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and<br />

grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee. He<br />

enlisted in the Air Force in <strong>No</strong>vember<br />

1993. His first assignment was with<br />

the U.S. Air Force Band of the West,<br />

Lackland AFB, Texas. In 1996, he won a<br />

position with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Colorado Springs,<br />

Colorado, as lead trumpet with the Falconaires jazz ensemble.<br />

In 2002, he won a position with The U.S. Air Force Band as split<br />

lead trumpet with the premier jazz ensemble of the Air Force, the<br />

Airmen of <strong>No</strong>te. From 2017-2020, Burns led the Airmen of <strong>No</strong>te<br />

as flight chief. He currently serves in his 30th and final year in<br />

the Air Force. Chief Master Sergeant Burns’ duties also include<br />

leading the Marketing and Outreach shop for the entire unit. Chief<br />

Burns' music exposure began at a very early age thanks to his<br />

musical family. His senior year at Cleveland High School, he won<br />

the lead trumpet position with the Tennessee All-State Jazz Band<br />

(1985). His formal secondary music studies began at Lee University<br />

in Cleveland, Tennessee. He finished at Oral Roberts University in<br />

Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree<br />

in performance and a Master of Business Administration degree.<br />



Tennessee Treble Honor Choir<br />

Dr. Shannon Jeffreys is Professor of<br />

Music and Director of Choral Activities<br />

at Georgia Southern University in<br />

Statesboro, Georgia. Her focus is the<br />

Southern Chorale, teaching in the<br />

undergraduate and graduate conducting<br />

and music education curriculums,<br />

along with directing Southern Gentlemen. Dr. Jeffreys has led these<br />

choirs in six international choral competitions and two national<br />

competitions where the choirs won significant awards. Most<br />

recently, Southern Chorale won both of their categories in the<br />

2022 Sing Berlin International Choral Competition. In 2019, she<br />

received the Conductor’s Award from the Ave Verum International<br />

Choral Competition in Baden, Austria. Choirs under her direction<br />

have also been featured at multiple state and national conferences,<br />

most recently performing at the National Collegiate Choral<br />

Organization’s National Conference. She holds degrees in music<br />

performance and conducting from Birmingham Southern College,<br />

the University of Mississippi, and the University of South Carolina.<br />

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Tennessee All-State<br />

9-10 String Orchestra<br />

Dr. Angela Ammerman, referred to<br />

by the Washington Post as a “music<br />

teacher prodigy,” earned degrees in<br />

Music Education from the University<br />

of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory<br />

of Music, Boston University, and her Ph.D. from George Mason<br />

University. Dr. Ammerman has dedicated much of her musical<br />

career to providing access to quality music education for<br />

underserved populations of children, including the beginnings of<br />

a strings program at a children’s home in Chiang Mai, Thailand.<br />

Dr. Ammerman is in high demand as a clinician and guest<br />

conductor and has recently been invited to conduct the California<br />

Jr. High All State Orchestra as well as the Georgia Middle School<br />

All State Orchestra.<br />


Tennessee All-State<br />

11-12 Symphony Orchestra<br />

Kevin <strong>No</strong>e is currently Director<br />

of Orchestras and Professor<br />

of Conducting at the UMKC<br />

Conservatory of Music and Artistic<br />

Director of the Pittsburgh New Music<br />

Ensemble. A passionate promoter<br />

of the arts of our time, <strong>No</strong>e has<br />

commissioned and premiered over one hundred new works<br />

to date. With a background in the theatre, he serves regularly<br />

as writer, stage director, singer, actor, and filmmaker for a<br />

variety of mixed-media productions. <strong>No</strong>e has worked at<br />

Michigan State University, the University of Texas at Austin,<br />

the National Repertory Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony,<br />

Duquesne University, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Melbourne<br />

Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Jacobs School<br />

of Music at Indiana University, and has conducted All-State<br />

and honors orchestras all across the United States.<br />


Tennessee All-State<br />

9-10 Concert Band<br />

Dr. Andrea E. Brown was appointed<br />

the Associate Director of Bands at<br />

the University of Maryland in 2018<br />

where she conducts the UMD Wind<br />

Ensemble, serves as the Director<br />

of Athletic Bands, and teaches<br />

conducting. Brown is formerly<br />

a member of the conducting faculty at the University of<br />

Michigan and served as the Director of Orchestra and Assistant<br />

Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology in<br />

Atlanta. She is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and<br />

adjudicator in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Originally<br />

from Milan, Tennessee, she is a graduate of Austin Peay State<br />

University and earned a Master of Music degree in horn<br />

performance and a Master of Music Education degree with<br />

a cognate in instrumental conducting from UNCG. She was<br />

awarded the Rose of Honor as a member of Sigma Alpha Iota<br />

Women's Music Fraternity and is an honorary member of<br />

Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.<br />



Tennessee All-State<br />

11-12 Concert Band<br />

A native of Greeley, Colorado, Dr. Lowell<br />

E. Graham was named Music Director<br />

for the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra<br />

(GPO) in 2021. He previously served<br />

as Professor of Music holding the<br />

Abraham Chavez Professorship in Music at The University of Texas<br />

at El Paso (UTEP) from 2002 to 2021. Prior to that he served as<br />

Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band in<br />

Washington, D.C. As a USAF Colonel, he became the senior ranking<br />

musician in the Department of Defense. He is a graduate of the<br />

University of <strong>No</strong>rthern Colorado where he received a Bachelor of<br />

Arts degree in music education in 1970 and a Master of Arts degree in<br />

performance the following year. In 1977, he became the first<br />

person to be awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in<br />

orchestral conducting from The Catholic University of America in<br />

Washington, D.C.<br />

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by Kathleen Carter Bell<br />

Never take ‘<strong>No</strong>’ from an inanimate object.” These words,<br />

spoken by John Mack, legendary principal oboist of the<br />

Cleveland Orchestra, have been a comfort and, at times, a<br />

challenge to young oboists. Mr. Mack was speaking about reedmaking,<br />

but reeds aren’t the only challenge oboists face. This<br />

article provides strategies to help music educators and their<br />

students triumph when the oboe tries to say an emphatic “<strong>No</strong>!”.<br />

For music educators who aren’t oboists, starting students<br />

on oboe can be a daunting task. While I can’t speak to all the<br />

burning questions in one article, what follows are some things<br />

to consider:<br />


There isn’t an exact recipe for the perfect oboist, but it helps<br />

to ask who might be a good candidate for the instrument. Since<br />

there are fewer band parts for oboes (and likely fewer available<br />

instruments), you don’t need as many in your program. That<br />

said, it’s often hard to choose quality high school repertoire<br />

with zero oboists. Encourage self-motivated students who<br />

seem enthusiastic enough to stick with band to try the oboe.<br />

Students who can persevere and will be dedicated to practicing<br />

are a must. I remember sitting in beginning band staring<br />

jealously at the flute players who already sounded decent on<br />

their shiny instruments, while I sounded like a strangled duck.<br />

Even though I was excited about my instrument, it was still<br />

disheartening. It’s common to feel behind even if you start<br />

learning to play when everyone else does. If possible, start<br />

oboists over the summer to give them a jumpstart. Students<br />

who are easily frustrated or embarrassed may not be happy<br />

with an instrument which, for good or ill, often puts players<br />

in the spotlight. Parental support is also very beneficial,<br />

since it is a perpetually expensive instrument: oboes are not<br />

cheap, great reeds often cost $25-30 each, private lessons are<br />

encouraged, and oboes are fragile, meaning regular repairs. If<br />

local organizations sponsor young students in music lessons or<br />

fund educational equipment, oboists would be great candidates.<br />

Philosophies differ regarding when and how to start students<br />

on oboe. Some programs have students learn another<br />

instrument and then transition to the oboe or bassoon; others<br />

start students directly on a double reed instrument, which<br />

I recommend. While there are pros and cons, I’ve found that<br />

students who switch from another woodwind instrument<br />

have already developed playing habits and strengthened an<br />

embouchure which doesn’t directly translate to the oboe (for<br />

example, proper clarinet embouchure is almost the exact<br />

opposite of good oboe embouchure).<br />

REEDS:<br />

One of the most crucial determinants of success or struggle on<br />

the oboe is the reed. Students may buy mass-produced reeds<br />

or professionally hand-made reeds. If you can help students<br />

find a reputable and reliable professional source, professional<br />

reeds are undoubtably the best choice. I purchased two of the<br />

same type of store-bought reed for a woodwind methods class,<br />

and the pitch was an entire step different between them. In<br />

that circumstance, how could students ever learn if their pitch<br />

issue is them or the reed? Students should always have 3-4<br />

functioning reeds. Consider keeping extras in your office, since<br />

reeds always seem to break on concert days.<br />

Reeds require special care and maintenance to make them last.<br />

Each student should have a small cup in which to soak the reed<br />

before playing. Soaking the reed with saliva is not the same as<br />

letting it soak in water. The reed should be placed gently, caneend<br />

first, in water almost up to the string. The cork shouldn’t be<br />

soaked, since it will be hard to fit in the oboe if it expands. The<br />

reed should be in the water between 1.5-2 minutes. Any less, the<br />

reed will not be soaked enough to vibrate well; any more, and<br />

the reed can oversoak, making it hard and too open, altering the<br />

pitch. Please try to give oboists enough time to get their reed<br />

out and soaked! It can be stressful for oboists to both treat their<br />

reed with care and hurry to get set up and ready to play.<br />

It is wise to perform periodic “reed checks” to confirm that<br />

the student’s reeds are in playing shape. The opening should<br />

not be overly closed or open, the reed should be without cracks<br />

(which are death to reeds), and the corners intact. If the reed is<br />

cracked, missing all corners, or extremely closed, it’s time for a<br />

new reed.<br />




“Fundamentals” refers to the most important physical<br />

elements of playing an instrument: embouchure, breathing,<br />

hand position, posture, tone, pitch, etc. Great fundamentals<br />

are essential. They help us play successfully and enjoyably,<br />

ultimately helping us do everything we want to do musically.<br />

While it’s impossible to discuss all fundamentals in detail here,<br />

these are the most important elements for beginners:<br />

Embouchure<br />

Start by having students whistle (or pretend to, if they can’t).<br />

When we whistle, the corners of our lips are forward (“ooo”<br />

shape) and our chin is flat. This is a great start for the oboe<br />

embouchure. From the whistling position, have students very<br />

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slightly tuck their lips inward and “firm up” the lips as if they’re<br />

cinching a drawstring bag. Instruct students to look in a mirror<br />

and work to memorize this feeling. The reed is then placed on<br />

the lower lip. Approximately 2/3 of the cane should be in the<br />

player’s mouth. The thread should not be touching the lips.<br />

Biting on the reed with pressure from the jaw or teeth should<br />

be completely avoided! Building an embouchure takes time and<br />

practice — it’s normal for the embouchure to get tired until new<br />

muscles develop.<br />

Breathing<br />

Breaths should be low, deep, and expansive. If students’<br />

shoulders are rising and falling with each breath, they’re likely<br />

using only the top half of their lungs, which is insufficient.<br />

Have students envision breathing in warm air with their tongue<br />

on the floor of their mouth. Breaths should be noiseless but<br />

powerful. It is often necessary to let old, used air out before<br />

taking a full, deep breath in. Breath should always be supported<br />

using the abdominal muscles.<br />

Hand Position<br />

We always want students to aim for tension-free playing! Avoid<br />

flat fingers and collapsed finger joints, which lead to pain<br />

and greater problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Have<br />

students hold out their hand with their palm up, imagining<br />

they’re gently holding a baby chick or a ping pong ball. Fingers<br />

should curve around the imaginary object, not squeezing it.<br />

Holding that position, have students turn their hand over, and<br />

try placing it on the instrument. Fingers, especially the ring<br />

finger and pinky (which tend to straighten the most) should<br />

still be curved. Have students aim for quiet fingers that stay<br />

close to the keys.<br />

student is playing sharp: check the reed’s pitch (should sound<br />

a C by itself ), make sure the student isn’t biting the reed, and<br />

lastly have them take the reed a tiny bit out of their mouth. If<br />

a student is playing flat: check the reed’s pitch (as before, it<br />

should sound a C), make sure they’re blowing fast and supported<br />

air, and have the student put a little more reed in their mouth to<br />

raise the pitch.<br />

It’s tempting for directors to start beginning instrumentalists<br />

in the key of Bb, but the notes in a Bb scale are quite awkward<br />

for beginning oboists. Begin by teaching students the following<br />

notes: middle B, A, G, F#, E and D, all of which they can play by<br />

putting down one finger at a time.<br />

It is helpful to understand what I call the “F” situation on<br />

oboes: there are three ways to play a low or octave F. “Regular<br />

F” should be the default fingering, however anyone who takes a<br />

look at a fingering chart will see that we quickly run into finger<br />

problems if we go from D or Eb to this “regular F.” There are two<br />

solutions — a “forked F” fingering (often indicated in method<br />

books with an “x”) or a “side F” fingering. The “side F” fingering<br />

is far and away preferable due to the sound consistency, but<br />

many beginning oboes do not have the “side F” key. When<br />

available, it is always better to try teaching the “side F” fingering<br />

as opposed to the “forked F.” It is very hard to break students<br />

from relying on the “forked F” fingering — but necessary for the<br />

best pitch and tone. Make sure oboes you’re purchasing have<br />

the “side F” key and low Bb (the two keys most often omitted<br />

from student instruments).<br />

Posture<br />

Students should start with their feet flat on the floor for<br />

stability, their upper body lifted without tension, and their eyes<br />

looking straight ahead or slightly raised. The oboe should come<br />

up to the player, not vice versa. For the best embouchure and<br />

tone, the oboe is held at an angle of 45 degrees or less. Arms<br />

should be relaxed at the player’s side, rather than floating<br />

midair.<br />

Tone<br />

As early as possible, discuss what is meant by a “great oboe<br />

tone.” This ideal differs greatly from player to player. For me,<br />

a great tone means depth and richness, with resonance and the<br />

ability to produce many musical colors. A goal should be to have<br />

the different registers on the oboe match as much as possible,<br />

which means we need to constantly adjust our voicing (internal<br />

adjustments of throat, mouth and tongue placement). From the<br />

beginning, have students listen to recordings of great oboists.<br />

Pitch<br />

The oboe is very pitch-flexible. On the reed alone, we can<br />

achieve a whole range of pitches. Have students practice<br />

singing a pitch before playing it to develop their inner ear. If a<br />

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Get a private teacher ASAP: A private teacher can help students<br />

fix specific oboe problems they encounter (and there will be a<br />

lot). They will also be experts in oboe repertoire and able to<br />

assist with reeds. If there isn’t a private teacher in your area,<br />

many teachers are open to giving online lessons, which can be<br />

a great alternative.<br />

Consider purchasing a personal instrument. Unless your<br />

school has a decent instrument that has received regular<br />

repairs and adjustments, students who can afford it will be<br />

better off purchasing their own oboe. There are many great<br />

brand options, including: Fox, Lorée, Yamaha, and Howarth. A<br />

big consideration is whether to purchase a plastic or wooden<br />

instrument. Plastic instruments are more resilient to heat and<br />

cold but lose something by way of tone. Wooden instruments<br />

require special care, including a break-in process and warming<br />

up wood before playing to prevent cracking, but often have<br />

more resonance and a richer tone. It may be best for students to<br />

purchase plastic unless they’re planning to continue studying<br />

oboe in college.<br />

Develop a consistent warm-up routine and practice plan:<br />

regular long tones, scales, and other exercises will help students<br />

improve rapidly and gain consistency.<br />

Listen to great oboe players: There are CDs and other recordings<br />

available for purchase or streaming on the internet and Spotify.<br />

Listening to incredible performers will help students know<br />

what they’re aiming for sound-wise. Some of my favorite players<br />

include Linda Strommen, Elaine Douvas, John Ferrillo, Jeffrey<br />

Rathbun, Roger Roe, Eugene Izotov and Frank Rosenwein.<br />

Students should attend any available events to learn about their<br />

instrument, including camps, faculty recitals, double reed days,<br />

and orchestral and band concerts. Exposure to great music will<br />

help make better musicians!<br />


A passionate educator and performer<br />

of solo, chamber, and orchestral<br />

repertoire, Dr. Kathleen Carter<br />

Bell has recently relocated with<br />

her husband to the Nashville area,<br />

where she serves as Instructor of<br />

Oboe and English Horn at Tennessee<br />

State University. Kathleen served as<br />

Oboe Lecturer at Auburn University<br />

for three years, is oboe faculty for<br />

Indiana University’s Summer Music<br />

Clinic, and taught at Interlochen this past summer as the<br />

Oboe Teaching Fellow. Kathleen has given masterclasses and<br />

presentations across the country and represented Indiana<br />

University at Seoul National University’s 2019 Chamber<br />

Music Festival. Her trio, Elicio Winds, has been awarded<br />

several grants, including: an Alabama State Council on the<br />

Arts grant to commission five woodwind trio pieces, which<br />

will be performed on an upcoming CD; a Draughon Center for<br />

the Arts and Humanities collaborative outreach project; and<br />

a SEC Travel Grant to the University of Arkansas. Kathleen<br />

recently performed with the Elicio Winds at the NFA<br />

Conference (Chicago) and presented several recitals at the<br />

IDRS Conference (Boulder). An advocate of new music, Bell<br />

has collaborated with several female composers, including<br />

Althea Talbot-Howard, Alyssa Morris, and Meera Gudipati.<br />

Kathleen and her husband, Conor Bell, have started an<br />

organization called Double Talk Workshop to equip educators<br />

to teach young double reed players. Bell is fascinated by the<br />

interdisciplinary arts and music’s place within the broader<br />

context of art and culture. Her current research includes the<br />

influence of the ancient Greek aulos on Wagner’s use of the<br />

oboe. Kathleen earned her DM degree from Indiana University<br />

and was one of six graduate recipients of the 2012 Barbara<br />

and David H. Jacobs Fellowship, granted for “excellence and<br />

leadership in the world of music.”<br />

Purchase: a good reed case, a tuner, metronome, and drone<br />

Explore double reed vendors online: Forrests Music, Midwest<br />

Musical Imports, RDG Woodwinds, Trev-Co Varner Music,<br />

Harvard Double Reeds<br />

The oboe is a beautiful instrument which presents many unique<br />

challenges. Helping students develop confidence and skill early<br />

will increase their enjoyment in making music and raise the<br />

overall level of your musical ensemble!<br />

A previous version of this article appeared in Ala Breve<br />

(February/March 2020), the official publication of the Alabama<br />

Music Educators Association, and is reprinted here with<br />

permission.<br />

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➣<br />

➣<br />

➣<br />

In this issue of the Tennessee <strong>Musician</strong>, then-TMEA<br />

President O’Dell Willis reflected upon the work of the<br />

TMEA under his leadership term and welcomed thenincoming<br />

TMEA President Tom Cowan.<br />

An announcement recognized O’Dell Willis on his honor of<br />

being elected to the American Bandmasters Association.<br />

According to the article, Mr. Willis was the only Tennessee<br />

member of the organization at the time of this May 1964<br />

publication.<br />

A news release highlighted the Knox County Junior-Senior<br />

High School Festival that was held at the University of<br />

Tennessee Alumni Memorial Auditorium on April 24,<br />

1964. Over 300 students participated in the High School<br />

Chorus under the direction of Mr. Edward H. Hamilton (a<br />

former TMEA Past-President and former conductor of the<br />

Knoxville Chorale Society). Additionally, approximately 700<br />

vocalists performed in the Junior High School Chorus with<br />

conductor Mr. J. B. Lyle (a former Supervisor of Music for<br />

Knox County Schools).<br />

➣<br />

The summary of the East Tennessee Vocal<br />

Association’s spring East Tennessee Vocal Festival<br />

was included in this publication. This event occurred<br />

April 15-16, 1964, and was hosted on the campus<br />

of Maryville College. The following individuals<br />

served as adjudicators for the festival:<br />

Ê<br />

Ê<br />

Ê<br />

Ê<br />

Ê<br />

Ê<br />

Warner L. Imig (University of Colorado, Boulder)<br />

Paul W. Peterson (Salem College, Winston-Salem,<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina)<br />

Richard G. Cox (University of <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina,<br />

Greensboro<br />

Louis O. Ball (Carson-Newman College)<br />

Dan Linsinger (Maryville College)<br />

Gordon Leavitt (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)<br />

➣ Five bands from Tennessee performed in the 1964<br />

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington,<br />

D.C. The Tullahoma High School Band, the<br />

Memphis Central Band, and the Cookeville High<br />

School Band were three of the bands that represented<br />

Tennessee at this parade.<br />


<strong>Vol</strong>ume 16, <strong>No</strong>. 4 – 12 pgs.<br />

O’Dell Willis, TMEA President<br />

Carolyn M. Scruggs, Editor<br />

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