November is the peak performance month for the Music Department, when you can catch everything from jazz concerts to string ensembles.

“November is crazy with concerts, because all the different ensembles have their concerts at the end of the semester,” explains Madison Dell, a senior music major. “There’s something almost every night in November. We have so much going on. We have student recitals, orchestral concerts, and other performances all this month.”

All music department performances start at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted, and most of them are free or discounted to students.

Head to the Roland Hayes Concert Hall on November 13 where the UTC Jazz Band will showcase its talent. Listen to works in a variety of styles from some of music’s master musicians including: Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen, Arturo Sandoval, Quincy Jones, Richard Rodgers, Thelonious Monk, and Cootie Williams. The performance will also feature guest vocalists Amy Oaks and Alea Tveit.

“Jazz band is really accessible. They play tunes you’ll probably know. You’ll definitely be able to get into it, maybe even dance a little,” says Dell.

This year, the UTC Chamber Singers will be joining the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Chorus to perform a spectacular rendition of Mozart’s Requiem at the Tivoli on November 14. Tickets are $33 and up and will be sold at the Tivoli box office or the CSO website.

The UTC Chattanooga Singers and Chamber Singers will present their fall choral concert on November 15. Highlights include Louis Vierne’s “Solemn Mass, Opus 16,” Blake R. Henson’s “My Flight for Heaven,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Sweet Day,” Benjamin Britten’s “A Hymn to the Virgin,” and Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei.” This concert will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

“Beat Hunger” is the annual fall percussion concert. This event has been a popular staple of the Music Department for more than a decade. It has been so popular past that it is a two night event, occurring November 24-25.

Schedule of Events
November 13: Jazz Band Concert
Roland Hayes Concert Hall 7:30 PM

November 14: Chamber Singers performance with CSO
The UTC Chamber Singers will join the CSO to perform Mozart’s Requiem.
Tivoli 7:30 PM

November 15: UTC Choral Concert
St Pauls Episcopal Church 7:30 PM

November 16: Faculty Recital
UTC Faculty recital featuring both classical and jazz music.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall 7:30 PM

November 17: Cadek Community Orchestra
Roland Hayes Concert Hall 3:00 PM

November 19: UTC Orchestra Concert
Roland Hayes Concert Hall 7:30 PM

November 21: String Project Concert
Cadek 200 Assembly Hall 6:30 PM

November 21: Mens and Women’s Choral Concert
Men’s Chorus conducted by Dr. Lee Harris and the Women’s Chorale conducted by Dr. Rebecca Atkins.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall 7:30 PM

November 24: Beat Hunger
Annual Fall percussion concert is given as community service.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall 7:30 PM
Admission is two non-perishable food items for the Community Kitchen.

November 25: Beat Hunger
Roland Hayes Concert Hall 7:30 PM

The performance will include songs such as “Trio Per Uno,” “ Crecendo,” “Winter Nocturns,” and “Song of the Mountain Stream.” Guest performers Funkabucket, a street percussion group consisting mainly of UTC alumni, will play in the lobby on improvised percussion instruments. The concert will also continue the tradition of featuring surprise guests not listed in the program.

“If you come, you’re going to hear a great concert, you’re going to feed some hungry people right here at the holidays, and you’re going to have a great time,” says percussion director and originator of the Beat Hunger Event, Dr. Monte Coulter. “Everybody wins. The audience gets a great concert, the community kitchen gets mountains of food and monetary support, and the players get a huge, appreciative audience.”

In lieu of an admission price, the Music Department will be accepting nonperishable donations for the Chattanooga Food Bank.

“There are a lot of things happening here in Chattanooga, specifically on campus, that people might not be aware of. There is a good variety of events that come along in the course of the year,” says Dr. Lee Harris, Head of the Department of Music. “It’s really a cultural resource for the greater community.”

The department is also presenting The Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, a celebration of trumpet performance and education. The 2014 festival will be held at UTC Fine Arts Center from January 17 – 19. This three-day event includes concerts, master classes, trumpet ensemble performance opportunities, festival ensembles, and exhibits. As one of the nation’s premiere regional trumpet conferences, it hosts as many as 300 participants from several southern states.

Admission to the jam session and guest artist concerts are free of charge and open to the general public. Participants in other festival activities must register to participate. To register, simply download and fill out the Participant Registration Form. Festival registration is $40 if postmarked by December 13. Registration after December 13 is $50.

Get a full description of each event at the Department of Music’s website. For those events that require tickets, visit the UTC Box Office in the Fine Arts Center 10 – 4, Monday – Friday. Tickets are also available online at Ticket Tracks.

“As a department, we try to reach out to the community, to nonmusical people, and we want them to get involved and enjoy the arts as much as we do. We welcome anyone from the community to come join us,” says Dell.

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