If students plan to pursue a career in choral music, whether it be in an educational or church setting, they should become a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). The purposes of ACDA include fostering and promoting the finest types of choral music, the organization and development of choral groups of all types, the intelligent understanding of choral music, significant research in the field of choral music, and cooperation with all organizations dedicated to the development of musical culture in America. Contact Professor Angie Batey for further information.
The College has an active student chapter of NAfME. The purpose of the student chapter of this national music organization is to provide leadership in professional growth for future music educators. All music students are invited to join. Contact Professor David Royse for further information.
A campus-wide organization open to anyone at UTK interested in music composition. We are planning on rebuilding the organization this year, with new events such as an open Coffee House and Composing Competitions. Contact Professor Andrew Sigler for further information.
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Iota is an organization which promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, and campus groups. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, grants, and awards in many areas of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and provides a lifetime of fraternity contact. Contact Professor Barbara Murphy for further information.
The undergraduate student organization, VolOpera, has a mission to educate young singers in traditional opera stagecraft, providing a knowledge base for a career in performance or music education. In the fall semester, the group meets 1-2 times a week to prepare for an opera scenes program. Weekly rehearsals offer musical exposure through research and rehearsal, with occasional master/special topic classes. VolOpera also offers a handful of recital opportunities throughout the spring and fall semesters. This group is open to undergraduate Vocal Music Education majors, Vocal Performance majors and minors, as well as any undergraduates that have experience performing. Contact Professor Kimberly Roberts for further information.