Governor’s School Music Teachers Offer Free Public Concerts at MTSU This Month

MURFRESBORO, Tenn. — The teaching musicians of the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts will share their art with the community in a series of free public concerts this month at Middle Tennessee State Universityshowcasing the same talents they share daily with the hundreds of young people participating in the annual residency program.

The concerts, which feature MTSU Music school teachers alongside expert musicians from across the country, are scheduled to Tuesday, June 14; Friday, June 17; and Tuesday, June 21.

Each performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hinton Hall inside the School of Music’s Wright Music Building, located at 1439 Faulkinberry Drive in Murfreesboro.

The June 14 concert will feature four musical pieces: the Trio for flute, oboe and piano by composer Madeline Dring; Alyssa Morris’ Displasia duo; Songs from the Cotton Grass by Hillary Tann; and Still Life with Avalanche by Missy Mazolli.

MTSU flute teacher is ready to perform Dring’s composition Deanna Little, oboist Amy Collins from the University of South Florida and pianist Amy Dorfman from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

Collins will return to present Morris’ piece with Blair School saxophonist Brian Utley then performs Tann’s composition with the voice teacher and soprano from the University of West Virginia Hope Koehler.

Mazolli’s composition will feature a brief reunion of some of MTSU’s acclaimed faculty-in-residence ensemble members, the Stones River Chamber Players, joined by University of Mississippi cellist Christine Kralik. She and flautist Little will perform with the clarinetist Todd Waldeckerviolinist Andrea Dawsonpercussionist Brian Müller and pianist Richard Blumental, all MTSU faculty.

The concert on June 17 will feature two works by composer Franz Schubert and pieces by Vaughan Williams and Ernest Chausson.

Blumenthal, fellow MTSU horn Angela DeBoer and tenor from Eastern Carolina University Daniel Shirley will present Schubert’s Auf dem Strom. Koehler and Waldecker will be back with the pianist from Lipscomb University Jerome Reed to perform Der Hirt auf dem Felsen by Schubert.

For Williams’ composition Five Mystical Songs, Dawson and Kralik will be joined by the West Virginia University pianist Guillaume Koehler, Nashville Opera Chorus Director and Accompanist Amy Tate Williams, Austin Peay State University violinist Emily Hannah-Crane, University of Virginia violist Ain Balija and bassist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Taylor Brown.

La Chanson Perpétuelle de Chausson will be presented by Dawson, Blumenthal, Kralik, Hope Koehler, Hannah-Crane and Balija.

And on July 21, the teachers of the Governor’s School will conclude their concerts with interpretations of the Quartet in F minor, op. 95; Kleine Kammermusic No. 2 by Paul Hindemith; and Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44.

Dawson, Hannah-Crane, Balija and Kralik will perform Beethoven’s piece, and Little, Collins, Waldecker and DeBoer will be joined by Chattanooga State Community College bassist Staci Spring for Hindemith’s play. Hannah-Clare, Dawson, Balija, Kralik and Reed will present Schumann’s work.

Launch of MTSU, continues the tradition of the Governor’s School

The 38th Annual Governor’s School for the Arts is a three-week residency program for public, private, and home-schooled high school juniors and seniors in music, drama, visual arts, dance, and film, aided by teachers and artists from across the country.

They apply or are nominated by their professors and audition or present portfolios of their work. When accepted, they come to MTSU for days filled with workshops, presentations, masterclasses, rehearsals, guest lectures, field trips, concerts, and parties that look a lot alike.

Tennessee established youth summer programs in arts, engineering and math, and international studies—one for each of the state’s three major divisions—in 1984 at the request of the governor at the time. Alexander Lamar.

Today, there are 11 different Governor’s Schools across the state, ranging from agricultural science to teaching, to immerse students in their chosen fields for three to four weeks. Some also give them college course credit.

The final and other performance videos from Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts are available at

More information about the annual event is available at and on his social media accounts at and to

For more information on MTSUs liberal arts college, which offers programs in each of the Governor’s School specialties, visit

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