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11th Annual UT Viola Celebration

September 16–17, 2017

For one weekend every fall, the UT Viola Celebration shines a spotlight on the viola. Violists of all ages – students and professionals alike – join together in a rare exaltation of the alto clef! 

The University of Tennessee’s eleventh Anniversary Viola Celebration, scheduled September 16–17, 2017, will include all of the special topic classes, master class, and performance opportunities of previous Viola Celebrations. 

As a special treat, Kenji Bunch will perform his new concerto for Amplified Scordatura Viola with the UT Symphony Orchestra at the Faculty Recital and Concerto Performance on Saturday, September 16!

The Viola Ensemble Competition will be held once again this year – plan to enter in order to win the beautiful traveling trophy! Activities have been organized to allow for all ages and abilities to celebrate the viola in this weekend of fun and learning.

2017 Viola Celebration Guest Faculty

  • Kenji Bunch, composer and violist
  • Molly Gebrian, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Anna Barbrey Joiner, Furman University
  • Jennifer Pucket, Memphis Symphony
  • Nina Missildine, Montgomery Ridge School
  • Eric Wong, Cavani Quartet

The Faculty Recital and Concerto Performance by Kenji Bunch will be held in the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building at UT. All other events will take place in the brand new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

As an incentive to apply early, the first 10 students to register online after noon EST on August 1 will be invited to perform a duo with one of the faculty at the final concert!

Congratulations to our 2017 Duo Prize Winners

Andy Billings, Cassandra Gibson, Anthony Knepp, Angela Lois, Brandon McGrath, Gabrielle Padilla, Selena Piercy, Cameron Rehberg, Kim Street, and Kristina Zeinstra


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