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Khyle WootenKhyle Wooten (PhD)

(PhD), Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education

University of Tennessee
School of Music
328 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-0706
Website: Choral Studies

Khyle Wooten, a native of Philadelphia, PA, is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He leads a unique life in music as an educator, conductor, researcher, and composer. He previously maintained posts with National Heritage Academies, Clayton County Public Schools, and the Walter D. Palmer School District where he has led middle and high school choral ensembles.

An active musician, he is the conductor and co-founder of the Sankofa Concert Series in Atlanta, GA, a vocal artist collective dedicated to the preservation and performance of works by composers of African descent. Previously, he served as a music director in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and several regions of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Among his recent accomplishments, Wooten is an inaugural fellow with the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Future of Music Faculty Fellowship. At present, he commits to leading ongoing research on the lives and choral music of Black women composers. More, as composer, he has completed commissions for vocal works by the Cincinnati Song Initiative and the Kairos Concert Opera. His recent works include Thy Gracious Balm (SATB) and Sancta Maria (TTBB), and Image of Joy (baritone and piano).

Wooten holds the Bachelor of Science in music education from Lincoln University (PA), the Master of Music in choral conducting from Georgia State University, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education, with an emphasis in choral conducting, from Florida State University.

  • D.M.A. in Cello Performance, with honors - University of Maryland (2000)
  • M.M. in Cello Performance, with honorsNew England Conservatory (1991)
  • B. A. in Russian and East European Studies, cum laude—Yale College (1987)
  • Alla sarabanda: tranquillo by William Bolcom from Suite No. 1 in C Minor. Live performance by Wesley Baldwin at the Society for New Music by Amber Music.

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