Area Festivals and Clinics

September 23, 2017

UTC Fiddle Fest!  September 23, 2017

The second 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 John Boulware, and guitarist Inge Wood, for a free day-long festival learning about and playing American fiddle tunes and folk music in an informal orchestra setting with musical arrangements of the tunes made by Jim Wood.

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 will share solo spots with his pupil John Boulware. Sandy Morris, UTC Cadek 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 21.

Participants will gather at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 at the UTC Fine Arts Center Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center (752 Vine Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403) and begin rehearsal on the fiddle music 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 public free 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. John Boulware is also a Tennessee state champion in fiddling. Along with Jim’s wife Inge Wood, all three of these clinicians are multi-instrumentalists. 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.

September 30, 2017

Clinch River Classic
Dragon Stadium, Clinton, TN
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Karns Marching Invitational
Karns High School

October 7, 2017

Spirit of the Valley Invitational
Hardin Valley Academy|
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“Music in the Castle”
Band Competition (Bristol, TN)
For more information and a registration link, click here:
Tennessee High School Band – Mighty Viking Band – 2017 …
Competition Information Secure your band’s spot in the contest as soon as possible by returning the registration form along with the registration fee of $75.00 made …

Vanderbilt Trombone Symposium
Dear East Tennessee Colleagues,
We are so excited to welcome the legendary trombonist Ian Bousfield to Nashville in a few weeks!  The Blair School of Music is hosting the Vanderbilt Trombone Symposium on Saturday, October 7th, and it will feature Ian, me, and tons of other great artists!  There will be concerts, clinics, and masterclasses, and due to generous support from our sponsors and donors we are offering this event FREE.
I wanted to make you aware of this opportunity and invite you and your students to head west for a great time of learning and music-making.  Middle and high school students will find this event to be immensely educational and enjoyable!
For detailed info, including a complete schedule of events, registration info, and artist/clinician info, visit!   Also, there is a high-res flyer that you can load here VanderbiltTromboneFLYERFINALHI-RES.  Feel free to share this far and wide!
Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word, and I hope to see you in October!

October 21, 2017

Rhea County Marching Invitational.
The RCMI will take place on October 21, 2017 at Rhea County High School. We have an incredible panel of judges, some of the nicest facilities in the area, and what promises to be an outstanding hospitality room. For more information please click here RCMI . To register, please fill out the google form on this link

October 28, 2017

SHHS Hilltopper Invitational Marching Competition
Science Hill High School, Johnson City, TN
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The Alcoa High School Band Competition
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