Area Festivals and Clinics and Postings

September 22, 2018

UTC Fiddle Fest!  September 22, 2018

The third annual UTC Fiddle Fest is a venture into American folk music for the Department of Performing Arts at UTC. Come and join award-winning fiddlers Jim Wood and guitarist Inge Wood on Sat. Sept. 22.  This free day-long festival offers a fun opportunity to learn about and play American fiddle tunes and folk music in an informal orchestra setting, with musical arrangements of the tunes made by Jim Wood. This year, we will add in some Irish fiddling for good measure, with Tom Morley.

The Fiddle Fest Orchestra is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, and guitar players at the intermediate to advanced levels, grades 9 – 12 and adults. Reading music fluently is required. Jim Wood will teach the orchestra about playing fiddle music, and he and Tom will play the fiddle solos.   Sandy Morris, UTC Symphony Orchestra conductor, will conduct the orchestra. Pre-registration is online at, then click the button for UTC Fiddle Festival.  Directors do NOT have to attend, but all out-of-town students will need an adult chaperon on site or nearby.  Local students will need a chaperon accessible.  Students may register themselves and their teachers will be contacted later for more information.  Music will be available on the website.  Online registration closes on Thursday, September 20. 

Participants will gather at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday September 22 at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center (752 Vine Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403). Rehearsal will begin at 10:00 a.m. Following a lunch break (on your own), Jim Wood will lead a clinic on an interesting aspect of folk music, then more rehearsal. The Festival will conclude with a free public concert at 5:00 p.m. in Roland Hayes Concert Hall. Informal dress is appropriate. Invite friends and family!

Jim Wood has won over 160 first prizes in folk music competitions, including at least seven fiddle championships.  Jim and wife Inge Wood, are multi-instrumentalists.  Tom Morley, Irish Traditional fiddler, is classically trained with a degree in music education. He performs as a soloist and with two groups: the Celtic/World music band, Mithril, ( and the Irish folk duo, Banna de dhá ( Sandy Morris is well-known in the region for her work with the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestras and conductor of community orchestras as well as her teaching career at the Center for Creative Arts and her work as a clinician.

This Fiddle Fest is sponsored by Dr. Jonathan McNair, the Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music; and the UTC Department of Performing Arts, Division of Music.

EVENT CONTACT: Dr. Jonathan McNair; , 423-425-4679.

October 20, 2018

Science Hill High School 2018 Hilltopper Invitational
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