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Achievements (2004 to the present)


April 2008 August 2007
  • "Danse Macabre" wins on regional level of the Society of Composers Inc./ASCAP Student Composition Competition (Dosia McKay)
April 2007
  • "Happy Sad Bluesy Day" woodwind trio is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Janet Bolds)

  • Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Virtual Orchestra, and Chorus is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Jess Hendricks)

  • Appointed the Spring Resident Composer of the University of Tennessee Studio Orchestra (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Meandering" for clarinet and piano is performed as part of the Clarinet Studio Concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Earthbound Magic", "Abstract Fusion", and "Fantasia for Electric Bass" are performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Midnight Dances with Lily" string trio is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Glenn Kahler)

  • "Invasive Thought" woodwind quintet is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Spencer Kappelman)

  • "The Quarrelsome Squire" brass quintet is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (David Lothamer)

  • "Snow Angels" woodwind quintet is performed at the New Music Concert at the East Tennessee State University (Dosia McKay)

  • Recepient of the Univeristy of Tennesse School of Music scholarship for 2007-2008 (Dosia McKay)

  • "Invasion of Clowns" performed by the Loose Lips Brass Quintet at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Dosia McKay)

  • "Snow Angels" woodwind quintet is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Dosia McKay)

  • "Lights Out" for electric guitar and synthesized accompaniment is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Johnny Newman)

  • "No Thank You, John" is performed by Ms. Rebekah Smeltzer and Mr. Adam Stokes during UT's School of Music Honors Convocation. (David Pegel)

  • "Epics and Heroes" for trombone is performed by Mr. Adam Stokes during his junior recital at the UT Music Hall.(David Pegel)

  • Concerto "Epics and Heroes for trombone and piano is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (David Pegel)

  • Recepient of the Univeristy of Tennesse School of Music scholarship for 2007-2008 (David Pegel)

  • Concerto "Epics and Heroes for trombone and piano is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (David Pegel)

  • "Secret Life of Acrobats" for auxilary woodwind quintet is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (David Pegel)
March 2007
  • Quartet for Woodwinds, op 7 selected for performance as part of the Southeastern Composerís League Annual Forum at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (Jess Hendricks)

  • "Fantasia for Electric Bass" selected for performance as part of the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Dances of the Dreamer" and "Fantasia for Electric Bass" selected for performance as part of the College Music Society South Central Chapter at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Meandering" for clarinet and piano, selected for performance as part of the Southeastern Composerís League Annual Forum at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (Bruce Johnston)

  • Sonata for clarinet and piano is selected for performance at the Southeastern Composers League's Forum at the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (David Lothamer)

  • "Danse Macabre" Piano Trio wins the Southeastern Composers' League's "Arnold Salop Memorial Composition Contest" for undergraduate students (Dosia McKay)

  • "Snow Angels" woodwind quintet is selected for performance at the Southeastern Composers League's Forum at the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Dosia McKay)

  • "Invasion of Clowns" brass quintet is selected for performance at the College Music Society's Southern Chapter conference at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (Dosia McKay)

  • "Song of the Seraphim" for SATB chorus a'capella is premiered by Pat Flannagan's Chamber Choir at the King College in Bristol, TN (Dosia McKay)

  • "Nightmares" for timpani and grand piano is selected for performance at the Southeastern Composers League's Forum at the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (David Pegel)
February 2007
  • "Fantasia for Electric Bass" selected for performance as part of the Society of Composers Region VI Conference at Central Missouri State University in Warrenburg, Missouri (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Kyrie" (an adaptation of a Baroque sonata, for choir, solo instrument, and piano) is premiered by 2007's Georgia All-State Choir, under direction of Dr. Angela Batey, during Georgia's annual music educator's association. (David Pegel)
November 2006
  • Winner of the Philip Slates Composition Contest with the Quartet for Woodwinds, op 7 (Jess Hendricks)

  • Winner of an ASCAP award (Jess Hendricks)

  • "Flourish" is performed by the Eastman Tuba Mirum at Eastman Music Conservatory, under the direction of Mr. Thomas J. Ricer. (David Pegel)
October 2006
  • "Hypnosis" is performed by Professor Calvin Smith during a guest recital at Virginia Technological University. (David Pegel)
September 2006
  • "Nightmares" is performed by Professor Mark Douglas and Ms. Luda Kwan during a University of Tennessee Faculty Solo Recital. (David Pegel)
August 2006
  • "Zurich String Quartet" is premiered by Mary Ann Fennell's student quartet at Concord United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN. (Dosia McKay)
May 2006
  • Jazz fusion piece "Abstract Fusion" is performed as part of The Little Tennessee River Music Festival at the Sequoya Birthplace Museum in Vonore, TN (Bruce Johnston)
April 2006
  • "Sat Gamaya", op 32 is performed by the University of Tennessee New Music Ensemble (Jess Hendricks)

  • "Lunar Reflections on the Sea", op. 33 is performed by the composer and Dr. Charles Brooks at the University of Tennessee Composer's Concert (Jess Hendricks)

  • "My Heart Won't Let Go", "Fantasia for Electric Bass" as well as "Micromovements" performed as part of the New Music Concert at the University of Tennessee (Bruce Johnston)

  • Sonata for clarinet and piano is premiered at the New Music Concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (David Lothamer)

  • "Invasion of Clowns" brass quintet is premiered at the New Music Concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music (Dosia McKay)

  • "Nightmares" is choreographed by Ms. Julia Danzer, formerly of the UT Dance Company, for a student choreography show held at the University of Tennessee. (David Pegel)

  • "Vignettes" is debuted by Ms. Erika Gifford. Similarly, Nightmares is debuted by the joint efforts of Ms. Laurel Black and the composer. (David Pegel)
March 2006
  • String Quartet No. 2, op 15 is performed by the Araya Quartet at the Southeastern Composer's League Conference in Spartanburg, SC (Jess Hendricks)

  • "Micromovements" is performed as part of the Southeastern Composer's League Annual Forum at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Hypnosis" is debuted by Mr. Alex Cantrell (David Pegel)
February 2006
  • Award of Merit for Outstanding Student Composition at the College Music Society Southern Chapter Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico for string quartet "Micromovements" (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Finite Verba Christi" is debuted by the University of Tennessee Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Angela Batey (David Pegel)
May 2005
  • Symphonic-Rock Arrangement of "Phantom of the Opera Theme" is performed by Carter High Concert Band (two performances). (Johnny Newman)

  • John Phillip Sousa Band Award' for music and composition achievements at Carter High School. (Johnny Newman)
April 2005
  • "Flourish" receives its premiere performance by the UT Tuba Ensemble at the Southeastern Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) in Athens, Georgia. (David Pegel)
March 2005
  • Jazz works "Abstract Fusion", "Confucius", and "Freedom" performed as part of the Annual Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert at the University of Tennessee (Bruce Johnston)

  • Jazz fusion piece "Freedom" performed as part of Percussion Night at the University of Tennessee (Bruce Johnston)

  • "Lamentations" receives its premiere performance at University of Tennessee, as prepared by Mr. Clif Kee. (David Pegel)
November 2004
  • Stand-tune arrangements performed by Carter High Marching Band (Johnny Newman)

  • "Musicbox" and "Chorale" receive premiere performances at the University of Tennessee, by the efforts of Mr. Alex Cantrell and the UT Horn Ensemble. Consciousness also receives its debut performance by the composer at same recital. (David Pegel)
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