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Mark Drake (BM, composition)

  • Mark was awarded a 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship grant to compose a new work. The committee approved a total stipend of $2000 for the project. This final project will be presented at Discovery Day – a fall event to showcase the summer research efforts of UT students.

Wesley Fowler (BM, music performance)

  • Wesley and collaborator Alex Gray won the Office of Undergraduate Research Gold Award in the college of Art at the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) for their research and musical contributionto the Bonne Chance mobile video game.

Alex Gray (BM, composition and music & culture)

  • In July 2017, Gray released his debut solo album Improvisations Vol. I featuring electroacoustic improvisations with fixed media.
  • Alex and collaborator Wesley Fowler won the Office of Undergraduate Research Gold Award in the College of Arts and Sciences at the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) for their research and musical contributionto the Bonne Chance mobile video game.
  • Gray collaborated with video artist Elise Stephens performing improvisational electronic music with reactive visuals which was performed at Appalachian State, The Modern Studio, and the Nashville Summer Sleep Concert.
  • Contributed music to installation artist Kelsey Stephenson’s “embodied” which was featured at McMullen Gallery in Alberta, Canada and Ewing Gallery at UT.

Gage Lippi (BM, composition)

  • Gage is working with director Brian Mcknight on a film series entitled 'Historic Routes and Whereabouts' which takes as its subject the historical buildings of Sevierville.

David Marvel (MM, theory)

  • David presented a poster at the Pedagogy into Practice Conference in June entitled “Contracting Grades in Aural Skills; An Updated Model for Instruction and Evaluation” at Lee University.

Skye Van Duuren (MM, composition ’17, performance)

  • Skye gave a presentation called “Manifestations: A Fixed Media Microtonal Octet” at the Intonations: Music Near and Distant Symposium hosted by the Student Society for Musicology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
  • For his project, “Purest Harmony: A practical process for creating music in just intonation,” Skye will first compose a piece to show both the capability for purely tuned chords and some examples of more exotic music only available in just intonation systems. This work will then be recorded, part by part, with professional musicians, and combined to make a finished product. If possible, a concert will be staged at the School of Music which includes a live performance of the piece. This project will be Skye’s Master’s thesis.
  • Skye was the winner of a prestigious University of Tennessee Thomas-Penley Graduate Fellowship for 2016. This fellowship takes the form of a $10,000 stipend that provides a graduate student up to twelve months of support to pursue a research project or creative endeavor of exceptional promise. Only one Penley and 10 Thomas awards were made university-wide.

Harry Ward (MM, theory)

  • Memory Bias won the Percussion Arts Society Composition Contest for 2017. The award includes a $1,000 monetary prize, a published review of Memory Bias in Percussive Notes, and solicitation for performance at PASIC 2017.
  • Harry won the Thomas Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The award ($10,000) is for work on his thesis project "Polystylistic Authentications: A New Approach to Analysis in Alfred Schnittke's Piano Quartet." The main goal of his thesis is an analysis of Schnittke’s Piano Quartet. With the grant money, he will be creating a presentational video that explores a quasi-Schenkerian analysis of the source material for the quartet.

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