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David Floyd (BM, theory and performance ’17)

  • David received a full assistantship in music theory to begin an MM in Theory at Rutgers in Fall 2017.
  • David presented his paper “Diversifying the Music Theory Curriculum” at The College Music Society Southern Chapter Regional Conference at Austin Peay State University.

Brady McNeil (MM, theory ’16)

  • started teaching at Central High School in Phenix City, AL in Fall 2016.
  • Thesis: “The Efficacy of Discerning Musical Parts within the Context of an Instrumental Ensemble”
  • Advisor: Dr. Barbara Murphy

Jacqueline Messinetti (BM, music education ’17)

  • Gave a paper, “An Italian in Paris: An analytical study of Alfredo Casella’s Barcarola et Scherzo Op. 4,” at the College Music Society Southern Regional Conference in Birmingham, AL in February 2016.

Paul Royse (BM, piano performance and theory ’17)

  • After being accepted at UT Austin, Florida State, and Kentucky, Paul accepted a full assistantship in Music Theory MM at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for Fall 2017.
  • Paul presented his paper “Nose to the Grind:  Structural Paradigms in Grindcore and its Sub-Genres” and performed his composition “Synaptic Connections” at The College Music Society Southern Chapter Regional Conference at Austin Peay State University.
  • He was awarded a 2017 Extraordinary Professional Promise Award at the Chancellor’s Honor Banquet and placed second in the 2017 UTK Student Music Research Contest and presented during the Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology.
  • Paul also won the outstanding graduating senior award from the School of Music in the Music Theory/Composition area. 
  • In 2017, Paul won The College Music Society Southern Chapter Student Composition Contest for “Synaptic Connections.”
  • As a composer, in 2016 he received Honorable Mention in the Collegiate Category of the NAfME Student Composers Competition, and performed “Synaptic Connections” at the Young Composers Concert during the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
  • Royse’s composition, “Synaptic Connections,” was the winner of the Music Teachers National Association Composition Contest: State of Tennessee in October 2015 and Honorable Mention, Music Teachers National Association Composition Contest: national competition in July 2016.

Jessica Schue (BM ’16)

  • Gave a paper, “Two Murders and a Tonnetz: An Investigative Analysis of Carlo Gesulao’s Tristis est anima mea,” at the College Music Society Southern Regional Conference in Birmingham, AL in February 2016.

Alexis Smerdon (MM, theory ’16)

  • Started teaching at the University of Tennessee as a lecturer in music theory, Fall 2016. She is also establishing her own trombone, piano, and theory studio in Knoxville, TN.
  • Thesis: “A Proposal for the Inclusion of Jazz Theory Topics in the Undergraduate Music Theory Curriculum”
  • Advisor: Dr. Barbara Murphy

Ryan Stennes’ (BM, composition ’16)

  • Stennes was accepted to the Masters program in Architectural Acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Fall 2017.
  • Ryan’s choral work was the SEC winner in the choral division of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Columbia Chamber Choir/Civic Orchestras. The CCO performed three works and the Choir performed two works selected through the 2016 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, funded by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Each of the composers of the selected works was awarded a $500 honorarium plus travel and accommodations for the performance.
  • Stennes’ choral composition was a semifinalist in Category B (Other Semifinalists among the best, independently from their Nationality) for the International Composition Competition "Maurice Ravel.” The “Maurice Ravel” International Composition Contest is organized by the Ravel Association together with other institutions of the Provinces of Bergamo and Novara.

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