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School music educators are eligible for up to two Barnett & Company Masterworks concert tickets at $15 each. Please mention this discount and be prepared to provide further information to verify music educator status. Discounted tickets are subject to availability and do not apply to loge/box seats.

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Elementary Teachers

PostludeMusic Educator Celebration Concert Night
Thursday, March 5, 2020 • 7:30pm • Tivoli Theatre

Join the CSO for a celebration of music educators
and music education at our Beethoven Piano Concerto
No. 2 concert. Teachers are invited to attend the
VIP Lounge as celebrated guests of the CSO during
intermission for free hors d’oeuvres and wine. Please
mention the music educator discount when purchasing
your ticket to ensure your RSVP.

Reservations

Ensembles in School Reservation

To request a visit, please fill out the CSO Ensembles-in-Schools Request Form. Please email Amy Morgan with any additional questions.

Instrument Trunk Show

To check-out an instrument, please download and fill out the form below.  Instrument scheduling is subject to availability.
Instrument Check-Out Sheet

Available instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Saxophone
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine and other various percussion instruments

For more information, contact Amy Morgan at amorgan@chattanoogasymphony.org.

Teachers guides

Teachers guides for past Young People’s Concerts, Opera performances, and other CSO performances are available for teachers to download, copy, and use.  Please give credit to the CSO Education Department when appropriate.

Middle/High School Teachers

Leading from the Podium: The Art of Conducting and Rehearsing
January 31 – February 2, 2020 on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Campus

Geared toward conductors of all levels, this intensive three-day symposium provides the opportunity to conduct professional musicians of the Chattanooga Symphony, as well as attend presentations on a wide range of topics regarding score study, rehearsal techniques, and podium presence. Each active participant will also receive feedback from clinicians Kayoko Dan (Music Director of the CSO), Michael Griffith (Visiting Director of Bands at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), and Dr. Craig Davis (Director of Bands at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga). Up to fifteen active participants will be accepted to take the podium, and auditors are welcome. The workshop will also include optional social & networking activities!

Kayoko Dan

Bio

A versatile conductor, Kayoko Dan is active in the fields of orchestra, ballet, and opera. Ms. Dan began her tenure as the 8th Music Director of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in the 2011-2012 season. Previously, she served as Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and Music Director of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. She has been awarded the Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, as well as the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institute. Ms. Dan has participated in numerous workshops including the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar, International Bartok Festival, Fondazione I Pomeriggi Musicali Conducting Workshop and National Conducting Institute.

As a strong advocate of music education, Ms. Dan is in demand as a clinician at universities, high schools, youth orchestras, and regional orchestras throughout the country. She has taught at several elementary schools including Thomas J. Pappas school for homeless children in Arizona as an ArtsBridge Scholar. While serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, her dedication and passion for music education was recognized by Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from the Arizona State University. Additionally, she is a frequent guest speaker at university conducting classes to encourage young conductors who are pursuing a career in music.

Ms. Dan began her musical training in Japan at age three. After relocating to the United States, she continued her musical studies with flute and received a Bachelor in Music Education at the University of Texas, and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Master in Music Education from Arizona State University. Her principal teachers are Timothy Russell and Timothy Muffitt. She has also studied with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Zoltan Pesko, Jorma Panula and William Reber.

Ms. Dan and her husband Andrew reside in Chattanooga with their son and his canine sister, Tomo.

Dr. Craig Davis

Bio

Originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana, Craig B. Davis is a conductor, educator, and arranger living in the United States of America. As the Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he directs the Marching Mocs, the UTC Wind Ensemble, the UTC Pep Band, and instructs undergraduate conducting, pedagogy, and arranging. In addition to his duties at UTC, he also serves as a clinician and adjudicator at various conducting symposiums and performance festivals worldwide.

He has collaborated on several musical projects in recent years, including the transcription of John Corigliano’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (G. Schirmer), and La Luna Azul by Adam Schoenberg (published by the composer). Currently, he is creating a wind transcription of the Debussy Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra in a continued passion for providing the wind band medium with increasing repertoire and collaborative opportunities with guest artists. As an advocate for music in schools, his primary focus is finding ways to engage with communities through musical performance, and invite those who would otherwise feel out-of-place to find connections with live music, regardless of the performance venue.

Dr. Davis began his formal music education as a pianist at the age of four. Prior to his time at UTC, he has taught in Missouri and at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. He received his Doctorate in Wind conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Wind Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Horn Performance from Louisiana State University.

Michael Griffith 

Bio

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Michael Griffith is currently the Visiting Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he directs the Marching Mocs and Pep Band, conducts the wind ensemble, and teaches courses in music education, music theory, and instrumental conducting. Prior to taking the position at UTC, he taught instrumental music in the public schools in Tennessee for seven years.

Mr. Griffith holds the Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from The Florida State University College of Music, where he studied conducting with Richard Clary. As a graduate teaching assistant at FSU, he taught courses in instrumental music education and served as assistant conductor for the wind orchestra, symphonic band, and concert band. Mr. Griffith also conducted new works with the Florida State University New Music Ensemble, and assisted with the instruction and administration of the world famous Florida State University Marching Chiefs.

Mr. Griffith holds an undergraduate degree in music education and trumpet performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he studied trumpet performance with Richard Steffen and conducting with Dr. Gregory Wolynec.

Click here to learn more about the 2020 Conducting Workshop

 

CSO CELEBRATES MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

In March 2020, the CSO will join with local educators and organizations to celebrate music in Chattanooga schools.

Read Across America Day
As a part of MIOSM, the CSO will celebrate music through storytelling. CSO staff, musicians, and volunteers will read Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown and present the book to the music teacher or school library. Based on a true story, the book introduces young readers to trailblazing musician Melba Doretta Liston, whose childhood love of the trombone led her to become a jazz icon, eventually arranging and playing on songs for Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones, and many more.

To sign-up for a time, fill out the form below.

Visit the CSO’s Music in Our Schools Month website to learn more about the book and author!

Moment for Music
Celebrate Music in your school every day with Moment for Music. Developed by the CSO and tested by several Hamilton County music teachers last year, this includes musical samples curated for each school day and a corresponding book of information and other activities. Share these musical moments over your school’s PA system during announcements, at a morning assembly, or to kick off each music class for a short, fun way to put Music in Your School.

View the online guide here, or download the PDF. Email amorgan@chattanoogasymphony.org for more information or to request a hard copy.

PostludeMusic Educator Celebration Concert Night
Thursday, March 5, 2020 • 7:30pm • Tivoli Theatre

Join the CSO for a celebration of music educators
and music education at our Beethoven Piano Concerto
No. 2 concert. Teachers are invited to attend the
VIP Lounge as celebrated guests of the CSO during
intermission for free hors d’oeuvres and wine. Please
mention the music educator discount when purchasing
your ticket to ensure your RSVP.

Music in Our Schools Month Website
The CSO’s Music in Our Schools Month website has a variety of resources that teachers and the general public can utilize, including materials to share their support with elected officials who make important decisions every year regarding music and arts in the schools.

Music Teachers – shine a spotlight on your music program or exceptional students at the MIOSM website.  Email a short paragraph and any relevant pictures to Amy Morgan to be included on the website.