Accomplished Tennessee Performing Groups Will Take the Stage at NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville

From October 27–30, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) will hold its 2013 NAfME National In-Service Conference at the Gaylord Opryland and other locations in Nashville, Tennessee. Professional development for music educators is a focus is the conference and several special music groups were invited to perform for conference attendees.

Dian Eddleman, president of the Tennessee Music Educators Association (TMEA), said Association officers worked diligently to ensure that highly-accomplished performing groups were selected for the conference performances.

TMEA is a NAfME federated state association. Eddleman, the choral director at University School of Jackson, Tennessee, a college preparatory school, said, “Groups applied through our (TMEA) Area Board Chairs.  Resumes and program files were submitted.  Resumes were compared according to performance experience and diversity of groups.  In addition, we did not want to have two groups from the same district and/or school.”

As groups were considered for performances at the conference, she said TMEA sought a mix, adding, “We picked the best groups, and included one group from every genre, level, style that were submitted from chamber choirs to bluegrass.”  

Eddleman said the performing groups “will demonstrate that Tennessee is definitely leading the way in music education in many areas, from teacher evaluation and assessment to innovative music programs such as Music Makes Us in Nashville Metro Schools.”  


The music groups that are scheduled to perform at the NAfME In-Service Conference are:


Sunday OCTOBER 27


The Belmont University Wind Ensemble

Belmont University

Dr. Barry Kraus, conductor

Dr. Nola Jones, guest conductor

Nashville, Tennessee


Soddy Daisy High School Symphonic Band

Eric Majors, Conductor; Coleen Pruitt, Assistant Conductor

Soddy Daisy High School

Soddy Daisy, Tennessee


White Station Middle School Chorale

Emily Frizzell, Director

White Station Middle School

Memphis, Tennessee




Hendersonville High School Brass Quintet

Jeffrey T. Phillips, Director

Hendersonville High School

Hendersonville, Tennessee


Houston High School Show Choir

“Fifth Measure”

William Rayburn, Director

Houston High School

Germantown, Tennessee


Riverdale Sax Ensemble

Mike Aymett , Director

Riverdale High School

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Ryman Studio


The Belmont University Chorale

Belmont University

Jeffrey Ames, Director

Nashville, Tennessee


Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble

Tennessee Tech University

R. Winston Morris, Director

Cookeville, Tennessee


Bethel University Renaissance Bluegrass Band

Bethel University Renaissance Program

Peter Jeffrey, Executive Director

McKenzie, Tennessee


Union University Singers

Christopher Mathews, Director

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee


Lausanne Chamber Flutes and Lausanne Tre Brass

Terri Green, Director

Lausanne Collegiate School


Trevecca Jazz Fusion

Matt Murdock, director

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee



Tuesday, October 29


Central High School Honors Chamber Orchestra

Pamela Wilensky, Director

Central High School

Memphis, Tennessee


The Wizards

Linda Lee Friend, Director

Nashville Metro Schools

Nashville, Tennessee


 Siegel Middle “Orff”-estra and Drumming Ensemble

Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry

Siegel Middle School

Murfreesboro, Tennessee


Liberty Technology Magnet High School Woodwind Ensemble

Karen Henning, Director

Liberty Technology Magnet High School

Jackson, Tennessee


 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chamber Singers

J. Kevin Ford, Director

Chattanooga, Tennessee


Bobcat Company/Bel Canto

Knox-Central High School

Beckye Justice Thomas, Director

Knoxville, Tennessee


Bethel University Renaissance “Vocal Authority”

Peter Jeffrey, Executive Director,

Nashville, Tennessee


Chattanooga Boys Choir

Vic Oakes, Director

Chattanooga, Tennessee


Wednesday OCTOBER 30


Overton Symphony Orchestra

Chelsea Negray, Chris Piecuch, and James Weil, Directors

Overton High School

Memphis, Tennessee


Tennessee Tech Percussion Ensemble

Eric J. Willie, Associate Professor of Percussion

Tennessee Tech University,

Cookeville, Tennessee


Conference Overview

2013 NAfME National In-Service Conference Registration

Tennessee Music Education Association


Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, September 24, 2013. © National Association for Music Education