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Clarinet Studies

Current Students

Emma Burklin
Emma is currently a sophomore in UT's College of Arts and Sciences. She graduated from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in anthropology, with an honors focus on archaeology, and a minor in applied music. She hopes to attend graduate school to study forensic anthropology, and one day wants to work in a lab analyzing evidence. She will continue playing clarinet, no matter where her career takes her.
David Floyd
David graduated from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee in spring 2013. He is an advocate for new music and has performed live premieres of music by Sid Richardson and Joo Won Park, as well as numerous performances of music by his peers in the music theory/composition program at UT. In January, 2015, he won the Grand Prize in the River City Winter Clarinet Festival and performed in a masterclass with Dr. Scott Wright from the University of Kentucky. He is a junior at the University of Tennessee, pursuing a BM in both Clarinet Performance and Music Theory, where he performs in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Electroacoustic Ensemble, and Contemporary Music Ensemble. In his spare time, he enjoys dancing, cooking, and performance art.
Jacob G.
Jacob was born in Fort Worth Texas but spent the better part of his childhood growing up in the small town of Fairview Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. Jacob started playing the clarinet at the age of eleven and it has been one of his biggest passions ever since. After graduating from Fairview High School in 2014, Jacob left for UT in pursuit of a music education degree. After his first semester Jacob changed his career goals and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied music with a minor in business administration in hopes of one day starting a business to manufacture and repair high quality clarinets for teachers and performers around the globe. Aside from music, Jacob enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping and fishing.
Corbin Hines
Corbin Hines is a freshman in the UT Clarinet Studio. He is from Cleveland, Tennessee and a graduate from Cleveland High School. Corbin is a music education major who hopes to one day direct a high school band. Jazz and classical music are his main musical influences and his favorite clarinetist is Martin Frost.
Alexus Howerton
Alexus Howerton is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education from the College of Arts and Sciences. She participated in the Governor’s Honor Band in 2014 and in the East State Red Band in 2016. She is currently a member of the Pride of the Southland Band and of the Clarinet Studio at the University of Tennessee. In addition, Alexus has a deep-rooted passion and appreciation for music.
Howard (A.J.) Perry
A.J. is a junior pursuing a degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Tennessee. He graduated in 2013 from Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, TN. He was a 2016 River City Clarinet Winter Festival Young Artist's Competition finalist. A.J. has participated in many ensembles at UT, including Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Contemporary Ensemble, as well as a number of chamber ensembles. His future goals include obtaining a Master's Degree in Audio Engineering and becoming a technician for a recording studio or entertainment company.
Jacob Peterson
Jacob is a freshman clarinet player and music education major, as well as minoring in composition. He came to the University of Tennessee from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jacob wants to eventually get his doctorate and teach at the collegiate level as well as teach lessons privately.
Deidria Tankersley
Deidria attended Southeast Whitfield High School in Dalton, Georgia. During high school, Deidria played clarinet in marching band, wind ensemble, and also sang alto in concert choir. After graduating, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and began working to pay for college. Deidria worked full time for the university for many years and recently decided to return to college to pursue a degree in Music Education. Her dream is to become a Music Educator/Band Director in public schools. Deidria has played clarinet in the University of Tennessee's Concert and Symphonic Bands and is currently a member of the Pride of Southland Marching Band.
Claire Terrell
Claire is from Franklin, Tennessee where she attended Franklin High School. There, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, the Franklin High School Marching Band, and the Concert Choir. Claire is currently studying music composition, but her primary instrument remains a passion. She has hopes for a career as a composer and performing as a singer and clarinetist.
Melody Trigona
Melody is a current senior music education major at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She hails from Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tennessee and has big plans for her future. After her undergraduate graduation, Miss Trigona wishes to pursue a Master's degree in conducting and her career dream is to one day be the director of a high school marching band and be invited to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. On a less serious note, Melody's hobbies include playing and napping with her cats and reading as many books as she can.
Krista Weathersby
Krista is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. She attended McMinn County High School in Athens, Tennessee and graduated in 2012. Krista hopes to teach elementary music classes or middle school band in the future. She has a passion for music and would like to share it with the next generation of students. Outside of music, Krista also enjoys tennis, running, and board games.
Erin Whaley
Erin is a senior studying music education. She is a graduate of Sevier County High School. Erin plans to intern in the public school system and continue her study of music education in the master's program at UT. Future plans include teaching in a middle school band setting and perhaps furthering her studies in conducting.
Jamie Logan Wilkerson
Jamie is from Powell, Tennessee.  She has been playing the clarinet since age 11 and graduated from Karns High School in 2013.  Jamie has performed with The University of Tennessee Concert Band, The University of Tennessee Symphonic Band, and The University of Tennessee Clarinet Choir.  She has also marched in The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Marching Band.  Jamie has taken lessons from Amber Ansell and is currently studying with Dr. Victor Chávez at UT.


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