University of Tennessee at Martin World Ensemble
University of Tennessee at Martin World Ensemble, Dr. Julie Hill & Dr. Josh Smith, Directors
The University of Tennessee (UT) at Martin Percussion Ensemble has performed internationally at the Universidade Federal (UFBA) in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Universidade Federal (UFPE) and Conservatório Pernambucano de Música in Recife, Brazil; and the PercuSonidos International Percussion Festival in Tampico, Mexico. Additionally, the ensemble has performed nationally and regionally at previous PASICs and Tennessee Music Educators Association Conferences. Furthermore, the UT Martin Percussion Ensemble provides communities with a number of educational clinic and concert opportunities, including the “Roots of Rhythm” World Music presentations. The mission of the UT Martin Percussion Ensemble is to promote diversity and tolerance of cultural differences through music. The ensemble has collaborated with such world-renowned artists as X4 Percussion, Caixa Trio, B. Michael Williams, N. Scott Robinson, Scott Kettner, Brian Rice, Zoro, Anders Astrand, James Campbell, Michael Gould, Miles Osland, and Steve Houghton. Also, the group has actively promoted new works and collaborations for percussion with such composers as Adam Silverman, Steven Snowden, Cayenna Ponchione, Ivan Trevino, John Psathas, Halim El-Dahb, Gary Gibson, and Mark Zanter. The UT Martin Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Julie Hill and Dr. Joshua Smith.